Bill would ban SeaWorld orca shows in California
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California state lawmaker wants to ban SeaWorld from using killer whales in its San Diego shows.
Assemblyman Richard Bloom, who unveiled the bill Friday, says orcas are too large and intelligent to be confined in small tanks for their entire lives.
His measure also would ban captive breeding and prohibit the import and export of orcas.
SeaWorld spokesman Dave Koontz says the company hasn't seen Bloom's legislation and can't comment on it.
U-T San Diego reports that Bloom, a Santa Monica Democrat, was moved to act after watching the documentary "Blackfish," which argues that killer whales in captivity become more aggressive to humans and each other.
SeaWorld has called the film propaganda.
BEVERLY HILLS CRASH U
LAPD officer killed in Beverly Hills traffic crash
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and his rookie partner was critically injured when their patrol car collided with a big rig on a residential street in Beverly Hills. The truck driver also was injured.
Police Chief Charlie Beck said the Hollywood division officers were responding to a call of unknown trouble when the collision occurred about 8 a.m. Friday in an area of narrow, curving residential streets.
The circumstances of the crash are under investigation, and police hadn't released the names of those involved.
Beck said the injured officer and the truck driver will survive. He described the male officer who was killed as "extremely well-respected," and said the injured partner, a woman, graduated from the police academy just three months ago.
Beck said the truck was hauling a trash container and also carried a loader.
Son charged in killing parents in California home
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a college student has been charged with killing his parents and trying to kill his brother and sister in the family's luxury Southern California home.
The Orange County district attorney's office on Friday charged 19-year-old Ashton Sachs with two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder. If convicted of all charges, he could face the death penalty.
Prosecutors say Sachs returned to Orange County from Seattle and fatally shot Bradford Sachs and Andra Sachs on Feb. 9 while they slept in their San Juan Capistrano home.
They say he also shot his 8-year-old brother, who was paralyzed by the gunfire, and fired at his 17-year-old sister but missed.
Sachs was arrested Thursday by sheriff's investigators. He is being held without bail.
Judge: Sharper can't be held indefinitely in jail
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge says former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper cannot be held without bail indefinitely in a sex assault case in Los Angeles but gave Louisiana prosecutors more time to indict him before allowing his release in California.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn issued the ruling Friday after hearing arguments from Sharper's attorneys that the athlete should be released on bail.
Sharper has not been charged in New Orleans but faces charges in Los Angeles of drugging and raping two women.
Korn gave prosecutors until March 13 to present an indictment from New Orleans.
Sharper has pleaded not guilty in the California case and was free on $1 million bail until an arrest warrant was issued in New Orleans,
OC woman gets prison for bilking nuns of $285,000
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County woman who bilked a group of nuns out of $285,000 has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.
Fifty-nine-year-old Linda Rose Gagnon of Irvine was sentenced Friday for wire fraud and was ordered to pay restitution.
Prosecutors say Gagnon defrauded an order called the Religious of Jesus and Mary out of funds that were intended to care for elderly and infirm nuns.
Authorities say Gagnon pretended to be a financial expert and offered to help the order buy a San Diego home for use by retired sisters. Instead, she used the money to prop up her real estate company and for personal expenses - including lingerie, manicures and pet-sitting services for her dog.
Authorities she burned through the entire amount in just 64 days.
Global ho-hum greets hubbub over bitcoin's creator
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Who is bitcoin's real creator? The bitcoin community is reacting to that burning question with a collective ho-hum.
Developers and bitcoin enthusiasts from Finland to Texas are downplaying the media frenzy that occurred Thursday after Newsweek identified the digital currency's creator as a Japanese American living in Southern California, only to have the man vehemently deny it to The Associated Press.
The furor, they say, means little to bitcoin's future and whether it becomes officially recognized by the governments and the financial community as a viable form of money.
The written computer code that underpins bitcoin has changed dramatically since its inception in 2009, spawning a generation of entrepreneurs seeking to ride its growing popularity to newfound wealth.
And while most bitcoin users and investors maintain a healthy interest in learning the true identity of the person behind the cryptocurrency, they say the financial platform's maintenance and growth depends on the many creators who are working on it now.
Border Patrol releases use-of-force guidelines
PHOENIX (AP) - The Border Patrol has released guidelines on how agents are instructed to use deadly force in dealing with immigrants along the border.
Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher issued a directive Friday about techniques agents should use in dealing with rock throwers and other threats.
The directive suggests that agents obtain a tactical advantage in rock-throwing scenarios such as seeking cover or distancing themselves from the situation.
The Border Patrol has faced growing criticism in recent months for not being transparent enough about how it responds to immigrants who throw rocks at agents. Critics believe agents are too trigger-happy in those situations.
The Department of Homeland Security also released use-of-force policies that were written in 2004 and 2010 for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
UC SANTA BARBARA-FAN CONFRONTATION
UCSB coach apologizes after fan confrontation
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - UC Santa Barbara men's basketball coach Bob Williams has apologized to Hawaii coach Gib Arnold for an incident in which a fan went on court and confronted Arnold during a game against the Gauchos.
The school's athletic department said Friday it has apologized to Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay and Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell for what happened in the first half of Thursday night's victory by UCSB.
The department says the safety of student-athletes, staff and fans is important and it is reviewing the incident and "solidifying event protocol" in hopes of preventing a repeat in the future.
A male UCSB fan ran on the court and confronted Arnold while the coach was arguing a call that went against Hawaii. Two Hawaii players pushed the fan away from the coach.
SUBWAY FALL-BLIND LUCK
Blind man survives track fall as LA train arrives
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officials say a blind man who walked off the edge of a Los Angeles subway platform bounced off one of the rails below, landing in a tiny alcove in the track bed just wide enough to keep him from being hit by an approaching train.
Authorities say the 47-year-old man, whose name has not been released, suffered only minor injuries from the fall.
LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have declined to release surveillance video from the subway platform.
Metro spokesman Paul Gonzales, who has seen the video, says it shows the man going over just seconds before the train arrives.
It also shows him approaching a pebbled warning zone at the platform's edge and tapping it with his cane. But then he takes one more step forward and falls.
Former TV academy president Hank Rieger dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Family members say the former president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has died in Oceanside, Calif.
Henry "Hank" Rieger was 95. He died on Wednesday.
In his 40 years with the TV academy, Rieger also served as president of the organization's Hollywood chapter and editor and publisher of Emmy magazine.
Before joining the TV academy, Rieger worked for United Press International and in publicity for NBC, promoting such series as "Bonanza," ''Star Trek" and "Sanford and Son." He later started his own publicity firm, which counted ESPN among its clients.
In 1994, Rieger was honored with the TV academy's Syd Cassyd Award for his long and distinguished service to the organization.
Rieger's wife of 65 years, Deborah, died last year.
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