Sunday, December 29, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from tonsil surgery is running out of time to find a new facility to take her in and keep her on a ventilator. A judge's ruling will allow Children's Hospital Oakland to remove 13-year-old Jahi McMath from life support at 5 tomorrow night unless her family appeals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles county officials hired dozens of police officers rejected for jobs at the sheriff's department after investigators found evidence of dishonesty or past misconduct. The Los Angeles Times reports that the sheriff's department hired about 280 of the officers from a unit dissolved as a cost-saving measure. The officers included one who cut a man's neck with a knife in an off-duty fight.
CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California church nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about gun violence. The Los Angeles Times reports that the nativity scene on the lawn of the Claremont United Methodist Church shows Martin in a hoodie, slumped over and bleeding. Critics on Facebook have blasted the depiction as sacrilege.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — December has been one of the driest months ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual. The Sacramento Bee reports that the city of Folsom has already imposed a mandatory 20-percent water conservation order.