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Schiavo group helps family of teen on ventilator

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A foundation started by Terri Schiavo's family says it has been working with relatives of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery to get her transferred to a long-term care facility.

Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network says it has been working behind the scenes to help get Jahi McMath moved to a care facility.

Schiavo, who suffered brain damage after a heart attack, was at the center of a years-long right-to-die struggle that ended in 2005 when her husband removed her feeding tube over objections from her parents.

Jahi underwent a tonsillectomy and related procedures at Children's Hospital Oakland on Dec. 9 to treat sleep apnea and was declared brain dead three days later after complications.

Children's Hospital spokeswoman Melinda Krigel says it has not heard from any facility.


Police probe death of popular N. California priest

(Information in the following story is from: Times-Standard,

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a popular priest has been found dead in the rectory of a Northern California church, and detectives have launched a homicide investigation.

Eureka Mayor Frank Jager tells the Eureka Times-Standard that the body of Rev. Eric Freed was found today in the St. Bernard Church rectory after he failed to show up for morning Mass.

Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills says the department is conducting a murder investigation at the church, but he would not confirm the identity of the victim.

Mills says the killing occurred sometime after parishioners left evening services yesterday.

Parishioner Winette Treder says that when Freed didn't show up this morning, a deacon went to look for him and found the body.

Freed also taught religious studies at Humboldt State University.


Police: 2 dead in San Bernardino after dispute

(Information in the following story is from: The Sun,

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man dialed 911 after fatally stabbing his estranged wife and daughter.

The San Bernardino Sun reports Jordan Sartorio called police early today to report the stabbings and then tried to slash his own wrist. He was arrested and was expected to undergo surgery.

The couple was divorced but still lived in the same house in San Bernardino, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

Authorities say Sartorio apparently got angry after an argument. Killed were 51-year-old Miraflor Sartorio and her 6-year-old daughter, Jira.

Neighbors were shocked by the deaths and said the couple often disagreed about money.


Report: Schools spend less on tablets than LAUSD

LOS ANGELES (AP) — School districts are increasingly providing students with tablet computers, but most are spending less than the Los Angeles Unified School District.

LAUSD is paying $768 apiece for an iPad for its students, teachers and administrators. The Los Angeles Times reports other school districts are opting for less expensive devices.

For example, the Perris Union High School District is paying $344 each for a Chromebook for students. In San Diego, some students are equipped with a $200 tablet.

Schools are trying to find ways to hold down costs while embracing technology. Some are leasing computers or buying cheaper iPad models without spending more for curriculum software.


Gold Rush mining town exposed by receding lake

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

GRANITE BAY, Calif. (AP) — Historically low waters levels in Northern California's Folsom Lake have exposed the remains of a Gold Rush-era mining town flooded decades ago.

The Sacramento Bee reports that remnants of the town of Mormon Island have been uncovered by the lake's receding waters, drawing people out to the lakebed in search of artifacts.

In the 1800s, Mormon Island had a population of 2,500, but had dwindled to a few families by the 1940s. The town once had four hotels, dry goods and other stores and seven saloons.

It was flooded after Folsom Dam was built in 1955.

So far, people have found rock-lined foundations, old glass, a doorknob and rusty nails, and expected more to be exposed as the water continues receding.


James Avery of 'Fresh Prince' fame dead at 68

NEW YORK (AP) — James Avery, the character actor who laid down the law as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.

Avery's publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press that Avery died yesterday in Glendale, Calif., following complications from open heart surgery. He was 68, Snyder said.

Avery played Will Smith's uncle on the popular TV series. His movie credits included "Fletch," ''The Prince of Egypt" and "8 Million Ways to Die."