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Prosecutors: Man knew dogs dangerous before attack

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors say a 31-year-old man whose pit bulls mauled a jogger to death was not just negligent but knew that his animals could endanger someone's life.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that in an unusual murder trial prosecutors presented evidence that Alex Jackson's dogs were involved in at least seven other altercations in the 18 months leading up to the May 9, 2013, attack on 63-year-old Pamela Devitt in the desert town of Littlerock.

The jury is in deliberations.

Vincent Jackson told the newspaper his brother has accepted some responsibility and wrote a letter to the victim's husband that was never sent.

But he says he thinks the murder charge is a knee-jerk reaction to people's disdain for pit bulls.

Devitt was bitten 200 times.


Federal officer accused of brandishing gun drunk

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Burbank police say a U.S. Marshals Service agent has been arrested for allegedly brandishing a handgun at a man while intoxicated.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that 27-year-old Andrew LeConte was holding a handgun when he walked up to a man on a Burbank street who was working on an SUV late Wednesday and asked him to follow him.

Police Lt. Eddie Ruiz told the newspaper that the man ran away. Police arrested LeConte after locating him.

LeConte could not be immediately reached for comment Friday.

Ruiz says he was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and brandishing a firearm.

Authorities say his motive for allegedly approaching the man was not immediately clear.


California man sentenced in sex with 'houseboy'

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a San Francisco Bay Area man to 15 years in prison following his conviction on charges he molested a 16-year-old who answered his ad for a "houseboy."

The Oakland Tribune reports an Alameda County judge sentenced 59-year-old Christopher Purcell, of Hayward, on Thursday. A jury in June found Purcell guilty of 22 counts of oral copulation and five counts of sodomy of a person under 18.

Purcell's ad - posted on Craigslist in May 2013 - offered room and board in exchange for cooking and cleaning and said play would be expected.

Prosecutors say Purcell molested the boy until August 2013, when the boy's mother overheard Purcell and her son arguing about sex.

The boy and his mother had been homeless from time to time.


Cee Lo Green enters no contest plea in drug case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cee Lo Green has pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles.

The Grammy-winning singer entered the plea during a brief court hearing on Friday. He also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case.

Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced the 39-year-old singer to three years of formal probation. Young said Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, will be allowed to travel for work.

Green entered the plea just before a preliminary hearing, which would have disclosed potential evidence against him, was scheduled to begin.

Prosecutors rejected a rape charge against Green when he was charged with the felony drug charge in October 2013. His attorney Blair Berk has said Green had consensual sex with the woman he gave ecstasy to during the 2012 dinner.


Northern California wildfire grows overnight

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials battling a vast blaze in a forest in far Northern California say air crews should be able to get going earlier than they have over previous days.

Fire spokesman Jake Rodriguez says smoky skies have reduced visibility and prevented air drops on the blaze in the Klamath National Forest until late afternoon. But skies on Friday and the following few days are expected to be clear.

The lightning-sparked fire complex near the logging and gold mining town of Happy Camp has grown dramatically over the past several days, becoming a threat to about 250 rural homes. Some of the homes are under mandatory evacuation orders.

The two fires in the complex had burned through about 69 square miles as of Friday morning. One was 10 percent contained. There was zero containment on the other.


Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa.

Scientists gave the drug, called ZMapp, three to five days after infecting the monkeys in the lab. Most were showing symptoms by then, and all completely recovered.

Three other infected monkeys not given the drug died.

Seven people were given ZMapp in the current outbreak and two have died, but doctors say there is no way to know if ZMapp helped. The very small supply is now gone and it will take several months to make enough to start studies in people.

The study was published online Friday by the journal Nature.


US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River water

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A top federal water administrator says several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and "over-allocated" Colorado River basin.

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle told a "Business of Water" conference on Friday in Las Vegas on there's no one-step way to avoid the possibility of cuts in water deliveries to states including Arizona and Nevada in the next few years.

She says it'll take multiple, incremental efforts

Castle is a top federal water administrator.

She says other myths are that cities just need to stop wasting water and that water is too valuable to use on farms.

Castle says cooperation is needed on all sides, and myths can be dangerous if they lead people to complacency.


No. 11 Stanford set to open season vs. UC Davis

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - David Shaw was an assistant on the Baltimore Ravens in the fall of 2005 when he heard about the most unlikely upset: UC Davis 20, Stanford 17.

The Cardinal have come so far since that stunning loss to a lower-tier California school that Shaw sees no reason to talk about it now. Instead, he is focused on taking the two-time defending Pac-12 champions even further, starting Saturday when No. 11 Stanford opens its season against an overmatched Aggies team.

And with a big game against No. 15 Southern California looming next week, Shaw is as eager as anybody to get a glimpse of his retooled team in action.

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