- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 25, 2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW | Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will pave the way for driverless cars in California.

The governor signed it at the Mountain View headquarters of Google Inc., which has been developing autonomous car technology.

The legislation, which calls for regulations for autonomous vehicles by Jan. 1, 2015, would allow vehicles to operate autonomously, but a licensed driver would need to sit behind the wheel to serve as a backup.

2 deputies, suspect shot near San Diego

LAKESIDE | Two sheriff’s deputies were shot Tuesday in suburban San Diego while investigating a case of possible child abuse, and the child-abuse suspect was also shot, authorities said.

The shootings occurred shortly after noon at an apartment in Lakeside, a semi-rural community east of San Diego, said San Diego County sheriff’s Capt. Duncan Fraser. He declined to elaborate on the circumstances, including who fired the shots.

City Hall ruins from 1906 earthquake are unearthed

SAN FRANCISCO | Construction crews have unearthed the massive foundations of the old San Francisco City Hall destroyed in the disastrous 1906 earthquake.

The wreckage of the building and its 300-foot dome became a symbol of the quake. Workers digging on Hyde Street near Fulton Street for a landscaping project found the ruins Sept. 14, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday.


Gas drilling lawsuit against feds rebuffed

ALBANY | A federal judge has rejected state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit seeking to force a full environmental review before the Delaware River Basin Commission allows natural gas drilling in a watershed that provides drinking water for millions of New Yorkers.

U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn ruled Monday in favor of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies.

Mr. Schneiderman said Tuesday that he’s pleased the ruling left the door open for legal action at a later date.


Gay couple to sue over attack mailer that used their picture

DENVER | A gay couple from New Jersey is suing a group that used their engagement photo in an attack mailer against a Colorado state lawmaker who supports civil unions.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says it will file a federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the couple against the Virginia-based Public Advocate of the United States. The group used a photo of Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere holding hands and kissing.

The mailer questioned the values of state Sen. Jean White, who faced a primary against a fellow Republican in a northwestern Colorado district. Ms. White lost the primary.


Dolphin found in wildlife refuge died of a gunshot wound

NEW ORLEANS | Someone fatally shot a bottlenose dolphin in Louisiana.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday that the dolphin had been shot on its right side just behind its blowhole. The bullet was found in its lung.

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or people who shot the dolphin.

The dolphin’s body was found Saturday in a state wildlife refuge.


Uranium-enrichment plant approved by federal panel

RALEIGH | The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved construction of a North Carolina plant using classified laser technology to enrich uranium for nuclear reactors. The NRC said Tuesday it has issued a license for the GE-Hitachi Global Nuclear Fuels facility near Wilmington.


Corporal punishment policy expanded by school district

SPRINGTOWN | A Texas school district has revised its corporal punishment policy to allow administrators of either sex to paddle boys and girls — as long as a school official of the same gender is present.

The change comes after the Springtown school district acknowledged that a male assistant principal recently paddled two high school girls.

That violated previous policy that required a school official of the same sex as the student to carry out corporal punishment.

Texas requires parental permission before any paddling in schools. It is one of about 19 states that allows corporal punishment.


Woman in prison charged with stick-figure threat

BOISE | A woman who was about to be released from an Idaho prison will stay behind bars a while longer because federal prosecutors say she mailed a threatening stick-figure drawing to a relative.

Linda Joyce Lakes, imprisoned on probation violations stemming from a 2007 sentence for grand theft, was scheduled to be released last Friday. But earlier this month, she was charged with mailing threatening communications, a felony.

Prosecutors say that in 2010, Lakes mailed a drawing that apparently depicted a battered stick figure alongside threatening phrases such as “No tears,” “No hiding,” and “No more you.”


Ex-Army recruiter executed in 2002 shooting death

HUNTSVILLE | A former Army recruiter failed to win a fourth reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court and was executed Tuesday evening in Texas for participating in the shooting death of a woman he and a buddy met 10 years ago at a bar.

Cleve Foster was pronounced dead at 6:43 p.m. CDT, 25 minutes after his lethal injection began and two hours after the high court refused to postpone his punishment. Three times last year, the justices stopped his scheduled punishment, once when he was moments from being led to the death chamber.

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