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The body “had to be in a grave,” he said. “We had looked underneath before and didn’t see anything.”

Carnel disappeared on June 21 while in the care of his mother’s boyfriend.

CALIFORNIA

65 state parks spared closure for the moment

SAN FRANCISCO — With a busy Fourth of July week looming, California parks officials on Thursday announced that 65 of the 70 state parks once slated to be closed owing to budget cuts will remain open at least temporarily after a closure deadline that had been set for Sunday.

The move came after the state reached agreements with nonprofits, local governments and others regarding 40 of the parks, and deals were in the works for 25 more, the California Department of Parks and Recreation said.

The state had issued a list of 70 parks - nearly a quarter of its entire system - that it intended to close to bridge a $22 million budget deficit, but will now only close five.

NEW JERSEY

8 security screeners fired at Newark airport

NEWARK — Officials have fired eight screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey after they were captured by surveillance cameras sleeping or violating other standards.

The Transportation Security Administration had suspended the employees after they were videotaped in a baggage room in December.

The TSA would not say how many of the firings were for sleeping on duty.

Their union told the Star-Ledger of Newark all eight would appeal their dismissals.

Meanwhile, the newspaper reported the TSA also is looking into photographs of screening supervisors who appear to be sleeping in front of monitors used for detecting explosives and other threats.

Two of the supervisors say they were not working at the time the photos were taken.

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