LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell had a big lead in a two-way race for a vacant state Senate seat in one of two special elections for the California legislature. With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Mitchell was leading fellow Democrat Mervin Evans 80 percent to 20 percent in the 26th Senate District. In a race between 11 candidates in the 45th Assembly District, Democrat Matt Dabaneh led with 25 percent of the vote while Republican Susan Shelley had garnered 20 percent.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments today on whether attorneys can bounce prospective jurors based solely on their sexual orientation. The arguments are being heard in an appeal of a multibillion dollar antitrust case between two giant pharmaceutical companies. The court is expected to rule at later date.
MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — A Monterey County Superior Court judge has ruled that two gang members should face trial in the death of a 6-year-old boy who was struck by a stray bullet. The Monterey Herald reports that the two young men face murder and other charges in the death of the boy, who was shot in March 2010 while playing in the kitchen inside his house.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers is giving Georgetown University $100 million to create a public policy school. The Washington Post reports the gift by Frank H. McCourt Jr. is the largest ever to the school. He sold the Dodgers last year for a reported $2.15 billion after taking the team into bankruptcy in 2011. McCourt graduated from Georgetown in 1975.