Miss. divorce case seeks gay marriage recognition
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A woman has filed a petition in Mississippi to divorce the wife she married in San Francisco.
Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham hopes the divorce will force Mississippi to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
Czekala-Chatham's lawyer, Wesley Hisaw, says a favorable ruling for Czekala-Chatham wouldn't mean same-sex couples can get married in Mississippi. But marriages from other states would be recognized.
Czekala-Chatham says she married Dana Ann Melencon in California in 2008, but they lived in Southaven, Miss.
The divorce petition in Desoto County Chancery Court says Czekala-Chatham can only file for divorce in Mississippi, where she resides.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. Same-sex recognition cases also have popped up in other states that ban gay marriage.
Jury deliberates suit against Jackson promoter
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury of six women and six men has begun its first full day of deliberations in the lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson's mother against the late pop star's concert promoter.
The Los Angeles jury on Friday resumed talks that began late Thursday after the conclusion of closing arguments.
A plaintiff's lawyer urged jurors to find that AEG Live negligently hired the doctor whose treatment's killed Jackson.
The defense has argued that Jackson alone was responsible for his health care and insisted on having Dr. Conrad Murray as his physician.
FATAL CAR CRASH
1 killed, several others injured in SF crash
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say a 17-year-old boy was killed and two others seriously injured when an elderly woman driving at speeds of up to 80 mph slammed into their minivan, causing both vehicles to roll over.
The crash occurred just before 7 a.m. Friday. Police say the minivan was stopped at a light when it was struck from behind by the woman's Mercedes Benz.
The boy was killed. His mother and a sibling suffered serious injuries.
Three people in a catering van that was also struck suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The Mercedes Benz driver suffered minor injuries.
Police Chief Greg Suhr says witnesses told investigators she had been speeding before the crash. She was not arrested and has not been identified.
Aunt: Slain Dodgers fan was 'sweet boy'
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The aunt of a 24-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers fan who was stabbed to death during a fight over the Giants-Dodgers rivalry in San Francisco says her nephew would never hurt anyone.
Janet Alvarado told KNBC-TV in Los Angeles that Jonathan Denver was a "gentle, sweet boy." Speaking from her home in Covina, she called his death senseless and said she had no idea how it happened.
Police say Denver was stabbed by 21-year-old Michael Montgomery around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday several blocks from the Giants stadium after two groups of men exchanged words about the Giants-Dodgers rivalry. Denver had attended the game and was with his father, his brother and two other people.
Montgomery has been arrested on suspicion of homicide. His father, Marty, has said his son acted in self-defense.
LA schools reports 71 iPads are missing
(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school officials say 71 iPads, including 69 from a single campus, went missing last year as the district tested a program intended to equip every student with one of the Apple tablets.
The Los Angeles Times reports the lost devices are among iPads used in a 13-school trial run.
Officials tell the newspaper that new security measures are being implemented to keep track of the tablets, which cost nearly $700 apiece.
This week the district banned home use of the iPads after nearly 300 students figured out how to alter the security settings so they could surf the Web and access social media sites.
Officials are looking for ways to ensure students use the devices for school work only.
About 14,000 iPads have been distributed so far.
LENDING DISCRIMINATION SETTLEMENT
Calif. lender to settle discrimination claims
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says Plaza Home Mortgage Inc. of San Diego has agreed to pay $3 million to borrowers in a settlement of allegations that it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of race and national origin.
The department says in a statement Friday that the proposal would settle allegations that Plaza charged thousands of African-American and Hispanic borrowers higher fees than white borrowers on wholesale mortgage loans.
In the settlement, Plaza denies all the allegations and asserts that any differences in pricing were due to legitimate, non-discriminatory factors.
The settlement is subject to approval by a court.
WIND FARM-EAGLE DEATHS
Calif. wind farm eagle protection plan released
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A wind energy farm in Northern California could become the first in the nation to agree to protect golden eagles under a conservation plan being worked out with federal officials.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft of the plan for the 100-megawatt Shiloh IV wind farm in Solano County on Thursday. It would allow the farm's 50 wind turbines near Rio Vista to kill up to five golden eagles over a period of five years.
In exchange, the wind farm company would modify power lines elsewhere to prevent the electrocution of golden eagles.
Officials say overall, the plan would help preserve the birds. It is now open to a 45-day public comment period.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Assistant Regional Director Eric Davis says the plan shows the wildlife service can work with the wind industry.
Santa Ana Zoo welcomes baby monkeys
(Information in the following story is from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com)
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — There's a new double dose of cute at the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park.
The Orange County Register reports the zoo has welcomed two newborn monkeys in the past month.
A female black and white colobus was born Sept. 1. Its mother was the first colobus born at the zoo, making the baby the first second generation monkey born there. Colobus monkeys are native to parts of Africa.
A crested capuchin, a native of Brazil, was born Aug. 29. Its gender is still unknown because it integrated with its habitat immediately, before zookeepers had a chance to examine it.
The Santa Ana Zoo now houses 59 monkeys from 16 species.
Angels-Rangers game Saturday moved up to beat rain
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The playoff-chasing Texas Rangers are now trying to beat the rain.
The starting time of Saturday's home game against the Los Angeles Angels has been moved up to 11:05 a.m. Central, which would be the earliest start ever at Rangers Ballpark. The game had been scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The forecast calls for moderate showers and thunderstorms in the area by early Saturday afternoon, increasing in intensity throughout the day.
Texas is still in the hunt for a wild-card spot and this is the last weekend of the regular season, so every game needs to be played.
The Rangers also would like to avoid the possibility of a doubleheader Sunday to end the regular season. They might have to play a wild-card tiebreaker game Monday.
No. 2 Oregon prepared for Cal's Bear Raid
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Bear Raid is coming to Autzen.
New California coach Sonny Dykes and his re-tooled Golden Bears visit No. 2 Oregon with both teams coming off byes, giving them plenty of time to ponder what they might see Saturday night in the conference opener for both teams.
For Oregon, it will be Dykes' pass-happy offense led by freshman quarterback Jared Goff, who is making his first start on the road. He leads the nation with an average of 435.3 yards passing.
But he'll be up against an Oregon defense that has allowed opponents an average of just 9 points per game, tying them for fifth nationally. The Ducks have allowed an average of 189.3 yards passing per game, but only one touchdown reception.