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San Jose store sells winning lotto ticket

(Information in the following story is from: KNTV-TV.)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — An unassuming gift shop in a San Jose strip mall has produced at least one millionaire.

California lottery officials say Jenny's Gift Shop sold one of two winning tickets for Tuesday's near-record $636 million Mega Millions jackpot. The jackpot was the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

San Jose-based KNTV reports that store owner Thuy Nguyen came to the store after receiving word about the winning ticket at home. He thumped his chest, as he told the station he felt good and lucky.

Nguyen took over the store four months ago.

He said he didn't know who bought the ticket, but that most of his customers were his friends.

The second winning ticket was sold in Georgia.


Body found stabbed, wrapped in plastic in South LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman checking up on her aunt found her stabbed to death and bound in plastic inside a South Los Angeles apartment.

Crystal Spradley tells City News Service she went looking for her aunt, 45-year-old Wanda Threadgill, Tuesday night after not hearing from her for two weeks.

Spradley says she and her boyfriend broke down the door of her aunt's apartment and found her body in a bedroom.

Los Angeles Police Detective Chris Barling says Threadgill's death is being investigated as a homicide.

Spradley says she had been able to access her aunt's cellphone voice mail and discovered she had not been going to her job as a security guard.


Coroner: Man who died was high on PCP

(Information in the following story is from: The Press-Enterprise,

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Riverside County coroner's officials say a man beaten in a videotaped struggle with deputies died of the combined effects of heart disease, acute PCP intoxication and the stress of the fight.

The Press-Enterprise reports the coroner's final report about the case was released Tuesday, two months after the Oct. 11 death of 41-year-old Raymond Johnson.

Johnson died about an hour after he was pepper-sprayed, Tasered, beaten with batons and repeatedly kicked when he refused to get out of his car at a Burger King restaurant in Moreno Valley.

Deputies were summoned after Johnson was seen violently kicking his legs while seated in the car, which was blocking the drive-thru.

His family has filed a $30 million claim against the county, alleging that deputies used excessive force.


Tonsil surgery patient to remain on life support

(Information in the following story is from: San Francisco Chronicle,

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California hospital has agreed to keep on life support a 13-year-old girl declared brain-dead after having surgery to remove her tonsils.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports officials at Oakland Children's Hospital agreed Tuesday not to remove Jahi McMath's ventilator after the girl's family served a cease-and-desist order demanding she be kept breathing.

Tests have measured no brain activity.

The hospital said Sunday it would conduct an investigation after the girl went into cardiac arrest and died, before being brought back by hospital staff.

Doctors said the surgery would help with Jahi's sleep apnea, but there were complications during her recovery last week and blood poured out of her nose.

The newspaper says the next steps remain unclear, and privacy laws leave the hospital unable to comment on the case.


Placerville schools get fed grant after shooting

(Information in the following story is from: The Sacramento Bee,

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly three years after a Northern California school principal was shot and killed by a janitor in a personnel dispute, the district is getting a $220,000 federal grant to "restore a sense of safety and security."

The Sacramento Bee reports the U.S. Department of Education announced the grant for Placerville Union School District on Tuesday.

The money will fund continued counseling for students, parents and staff and pay for a police officer to spend 20 hours a week among the district's three schools.

In February 2011, John Luebbers shot 50-year-old Principal Sam LaCara twice in the office at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville. LaCara died at a hospital.

Since the shooting, the district has designed new school safety plans and installed surveillance cameras and panic buttons at its campuses.


LA's 'Carmageddon' bridge over I-405 opens

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The freeway bridge that was the centerpiece of Southern California 2011's "Carmageddon" and its 2012 sequel has finally been completed.

County and state transportation officials say the Mulholland Bridge over Interstate 405 in the Sepulveda Pass opened for crossing at 6 a.m. Wednesday. A ceremony celebrating the opening is planned for later in the day.

Construction on half of the bridge brought the weekend-long shutdown of a 10-mile stretch of the notoriously congested west-side freeway in the summer of 2011. The shutdown was dubbed "Carmageddon" in advance by officials warning drivers of possibly unprecedented gridlock, but motorists mostly stayed away and the project was finished quickly without major problems.

A year later a similar shutdown occurred for the other half of the bridge that spans I-405, with similar smooth results.


William Morris Endeavor, Silver Lake buying IMG

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment is teaming with investment firm Silver Lake Partners to buy sports marketing firm IMG Worldwide.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Aside from sports figures, IMG also has clients in the fashion industry. IMG got its start in 1960 with a handshake between Mark McCormack and golfer Arnold Palmer, according to its website. It has 3,500 employees and operates in more than 30 countries.

William Morris Endeavor was created in 2009 when the agency William Morris merged with Endeavor. The Beverly Hills company's clients include people that work in film, television, music, literature, theater and digital media.

Patrick Whitesell and Ariel Emanuel, co-CEOs of William Morris Endeavor, will serve as co-CEOs of the combined company.