SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge in Sacramento has overturned the death sentence of a transient convicted of killing a man more than 30 years ago. The Sacramento Bee reports that the judge adopted the recommendation of a magistrate judge who said Larry Junior Webster had been denied a fair trial during the penalty phase. Webster in 1983 was found guilty of killing William Burke in Sacramento to steal Burke's car.
MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - A Ventura County woman has told authorities she made up a story about being held against her will and sexually assaulted in April. Moorpark police say investigators found discrepancies between the woman's story and the evidence collected.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says it's ready to unveil a plan today for what to do with millions of trees killed in Northern California's Rim Fire that stand at the center of a conflict between environmentalists and loggers. Wildlife advocates want to leave the dead trees in place, saying snag forests provide a rich habitat for spotted owls and black-backed woodpeckers. Loggers say they favor sending the trees to sawmills to help pay for replanting the forest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials say they're receiving $100,000 in funding to help city residents facing deportation for living in the country illegally obtain an attorney. The Chronicle reports that the money will go to the nonprofit Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, which will use it to provide free legal help. Research suggests at least for children, having an attorney boosts their chances of avoiding deportation.
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