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Third errant killer whale found dead in river

ANCHORAGE — A third killer whale that swam up Alaska’s Nushagak River has been found dead.

A spokeswoman for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service says the carcass of the third whale, a juvenile, was spotted near Grass Island, across the river from Dillingham in an area influenced by tides.

Julie Speegle said in a statement that biologists believe the juvenile likely swam there rather than its body being moved by the tide.

The juvenile and two female orcas, including one pregnant whale, were spotted in fresh water more than three weeks ago. Necropsies last week on the other two whales provided no obvious reasons for why they died.


L.A. sheriff blames himself for misconduct at jails

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said he is to blame for deputy misconduct and brutality against inmates in the nation’s largest jail network.

Sheriff Baca, who is in his third term, acknowledged to the Los Angeles Times that he was out of touch about problems in the jails and failed to put into place important reforms that could have minimized violence against inmates. He said that his subordinates often insulated him from “bad news.”

“The truth is, I should’ve known,” Sheriff Baca said. “So now I do know.”

The sheriff’s department and its top official have come under intense criticism since the American Civil Liberties Union released a report last month alleging abuse and other misconduct by deputies. The FBI has demanded internal department documents detailing the use of force on inmates over several years, as well as other records.


Court blocks immigration status law for schools

ATLANTA — A federal appeals court Friday blocked a key part of Alabama’s law that requires schools to check the immigration status of students, temporarily weakening what was considered the toughest immigration law in the nation.

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