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FISHERMAN DEATH

Fisherman dies after being swept to sea in N Calif

(Information in the following story is from: Marin Independent Journal, http://www.marinij.com)

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) — A fisherman is dead after getting dragged into the ocean by large, strong surf while trying to retrieve an ice chest.

The Marin Independent Journal reports that witnesses on Monday reported seeing the man disappear into the sea at North Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Park spokesman John Dell'Osso tells the newspaper that onlookers lost sight of the fisherman just seconds after he went in.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Sonoma County Sheriff's Office launched a search, found the man's body and brought it back to shore.

The Marin County coroner and park service are investigating the death, and did not identify the man.

PHONY PRESIDENT'S SON

Con-man who defrauded couple to be sentenced

(Information in the following story is from: Marin Independent Journal, http://www.marinij.com)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man convicted of defrauding a Northern California couple out of $1.6 million is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court.

The U.S. attorney's office tells The Marin Independent Journal (http://bit.ly/1eJi86I ) that it is seeking a 37-month sentence and a restitution order for 42-year-old Blessed Marvelous Herve, who pretended to be the son of Congo's president.

Herve admitted to persuading the couple to forward him money with promises of repayment, lucrative commissions and false claims that the federal government had seized his money and imprisoned him.

The two victims, ages 69 and 70, lost their retirement savings and ended up $200,000 in debt.

Herve's lawyers say his father was a "high-level government official" in the Republic of Congo who was assassinated during political unrest.

Herve is due in court Wednesday.

BURN BAN

Fireplace use banned in 7 California counties

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Air district officials have issued a ban on fireplace use in seven California counties.

The Air Quality Management District says burning wood, pellets and manufactured fire logs in residential fireplaces, stoves and fire pits is prohibited until midnight Monday.

The counties included are San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Madera, Fresno, Kings and Tulare. Portions of Kern County are also included.

Officials say the ban results from deteriorating air quality across the Central Valley.

Violations can result in fines.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE-CHARGE RAGE

Silicon Valley sees shortage of EV charge stations

(Information in the following story is from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com)

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to charge their cars at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers competing for charging access.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with demand, creating thorny etiquette issues in the workplace.

Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer for German software company SAP, says the company's 16 charging stations are now not near enough for the 61 employees who drive electric vehicles.

Graf says cars are getting unplugged while charging, creating animosity between employees. The company is drafting guidelines for EV-driving employees.

ChargePoint, which operates a large EV-charging network, says companies should provide one charging port for every two electric vehicles.

FOOTBALL FAN SHOOTING

2 wounded after shooting at Fresno football party

(Information in the following story is from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com)

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police say two men were injured in a shooting at house party in Fresno after a San Francisco 49ers fan was taunted by fans of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Fresno Bee reports that two men, ages 63 and 45, received non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting during the Seahawks victory in the NFC championship game on Sunday.

Fresno County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Lolkus says 39-year-old Amado Vargas was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Lolkus says Vargas first threatened people with a knife, which was wrestled away from him.

Police say Vargas then ran into a room with a gun safe, took out a handgun and fired multiple shots.

SUPER BOWL-SEAHAWKS

Carroll says Sherman sorry rant overshadowed win

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle coach Pete Carroll says after speaking with Richard Sherman the fiery cornerback was apologetic that his rant against San Francisco's Michael Crabtree overshadowed the Seahawks reaching their second Super Bowl in franchise history.

Carroll said the pair spoke Monday a day after Sherman deflected a pass intended for Crabtree and was intercepted by teammate Malcolm Smith in the closing seconds of Seattle's 23-17 win over the 49ers to win the NFC championship.

Sherman lit up social media after his shouting postgame interview with Fox reporter Erin Andrews then didn't back down from his comments toward Crabtree, later calling him "mediocre."

Carroll described his view of the conversation between the pair as a father speaking to his son. Carroll said Sherman is a very emotional player and that's what drives him, but he wanted to make sure Sherman presented himself in the best light.

49ERS-INJURIES

49ers hurt from serious injury to NaVorro Bowman

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco linebackers coach Jim Leavitt says he remains optimistic that NaVorro Bowman will be playing when the 49ers open new Levi's Stadium next season.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said after Sunday's NFC championship game that the All-Pro linebacker is believed to have a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. There was no word Monday on potential surgery.

Left guard Mike Iupati (ee-yoo-PAH'-tee) also broke his left ankle in the 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He says he doesn't know whether he will need surgery but is scheduled to be further evaluated Tuesday.