- - Monday, June 28, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Manson family killer refused parole

SACRAMENTO | Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has rejected a recommendation to parole a member of the Charles Manson family who was convicted of taking part in killings more than four decades ago.

Bruce Davis is serving life sentences for two 1969 slayings, although he was not involved in the two-day murder spree that killed actress Sharon Tate and six others and made national headlines.

The governor in a letter made public Monday reversed a January decision by the state parole board, saying the murders were “especially heinous.” “I believe his release would pose an unreasonable risk of danger to society at this time,” he wrote.

The board determined that Davis, 67, is ready to be released. While incarcerated, he earned a master’s degree in religion and a doctorate in philosophy of religion, married and fathered a daughter.

FLORIDA

Tennis star Capriati survives overdose

Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati was recovering Monday from an accidental overdose of prescribed medication, a family spokeswoman said.

The 34-year-old Ms. Capriati, once ranked No. 1 in a career sidetracked by personal troubles, was in stable condition after being rushed to the hospital Sunday and expected to make a full recovery, spokeswoman Lacey Wickline told the Associated Press.

Ms. Wickline declined to identify the medication and would not say how Ms. Capriati was found or who called emergency services.

Public records show Ms. Capriati owns a condo on Singer Island in Palm Beach County, Fla. Riviera Beach city spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said a person was transported from Ms. Capriati’s address Sunday morning but could not provide details, citing privacy laws.

ILLINOIS

Cop guilty of lying about suspect abuse

CHICAGO | A decorated former Chicago police lieutenant accused of suffocating, shocking and beating confessions out of scores of suspects was convicted Monday of federal perjury and obstruction of justice charges for lying about the torture of suspects.

Jurors deliberated for parts of three days before finding former Lt. Jon Burge guilty. Burge, who did not react as the verdict was read, faces 45 years in prison when he’s sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow.

Burge’s name has become synonymous with police brutality and abuse of power in the country’s third-largest city. For decades, dozens of suspects — almost all of them black men — claimed Burge and his officers tortured them into confessing to crimes ranging from armed robbery to murder.

The accusations of torture and coerced confessions eventually led to a still-standing moratorium on Illinois’ death penalty.

LOUISIANA

BP says cleanup bill at $2.65 billion

NEW ORLEANS | BP’s mounting costs for capping and cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico spill have reached $2.65 billion, it said Monday, but the oil giant denied reports out of Russia that CEO Tony Hayward is resigning.

The company’s expenses climbed to $100 million per day over the weekend, according to an SEC filing Monday, as engineers eyed a tropical storm headed for the Texas-Mexico border. It was expected to miss the oil-spill area but could still generate disruptive waves and winds.

It was a rocky start to the week after BP PLC stock fell 6 percent Friday in New York to a 14-year low. BP has lost more than $100 billion in market value since the deep-water drilling platform it was operating blew up April 20, killing 11 workers and starting the massive leak.

British-based BP rushed to deny the report by Russia’s state RIA Novosti news agency, which cited Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin as saying Mr. Hayward would introduce his successor at a Moscow meeting.

BP spokeswoman Carolyn Copland in London said the report “is definitely not correct.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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