RIM FIRE PROSECUTION
Federal charges expected for Rim Fire suspect
SONORA, Calif. (AP) - Federal officials are expected to file charges against the person they believe started the wildfire that raged through Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Foothills earlier this year.
Tuolumne County District Attorney Michael Knowles announced on his office's Web site Thursday that federal prosecutors had privately declared their intention to prosecute the hunter who U.S. Forest Service said in September had set an illegal campfire in the Stanislaus National Forest that got out of control, becoming one of the largest fires on record in California.
The hunter's name has still not been released.
The fire, which began burning Aug. 17 and was not contained until Oct. 24, burned 400 square miles, including dozens of buildings.
State officials have estimated damages exceed $54 million.
BOY'S BATMAN WISH
'Batkid' returns to SF for charity event
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 5-year-old Northern California boy who has battled leukemia for years and attracted thousands of fans last month by taking on the persona of his favorite superhero, Batman, is returning to San Francisco.
Five-year-old Miles Scott will be an honoree on Saturday at Brave the Bay, a series of events at Aquatic Park that will raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation, the organization that made his own superhero wish come true on Nov. 15 as he duked it out with the Riddler and the Joker.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Miles will be there cheering on participants in the 5-kilometer Santa Walk and Fun Run, the Santa plunge in the Bay, and the Santa cable car pull. Organizers hope to raise $75,000- enough to pay for about 10 wishes.
COLLEGE HATE CRIME
SJSU president names hate crime task force leader
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The president of a California university where four white students are accused of racially tormenting their black roommate says he has set up a task force that will conduct an independent review of the harassment, which has sparked outrage on campus and throughout the Bay Area.
San Jose State University President Mohammad Qayoumi said in a letter on Thursday that he has named retired Judge LaDoris H. Cordell to lead the task force, which by the end of April will determine what existing rules were broken and recommend changes for ensuring future student safety.
Police say the white students taunted the black student with racial slurs, barricaded him in his room and placed a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck.
The white students are facing misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges.
SANTA CLARA-CS BAKERSFIELD
Santa Clara beats Cal State Bakersfield, 60-42
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Nate Kratch and Evan Roquemore each buried a pair of 3-pointers to start the second half and spark a 37-18 run that led to Santa Clara's 60-42 win over Cal State Bakersfield Thursday night.
By the time Robert Garrett converted a three-point play with 10:51 remaining the Broncos held a 15-point lead.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Santa Clara (3-4), who lost a pair of games last week in the Cable Car Classic, falling to North Dakota State and Rice.
Roquemore, who missed the first three games with back issues, led the Broncos with 12 points. Kratch added 11 points and Jerry Brown another 10.
Brandon Barnes came off the bench to score nine points and grab six rebounds to lead the Roadrunners (5-4), who did not have a player score in double figures.
Top-ranked UConn routs UC Davis 97-37
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Bria Hartley scored 20 of her 25 points before halftime and top-ranked Connecticut routed UC Davis 97-37 on Thursday night.
Breanna Stewart had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Huskies (10-0), who were playing with just six scholarship players because of injuries. It was the Huskies' final tuneup before a showdown later this month with No. 2 Duke.
Sydnee Fipps scored 13 points and Kelsey Harris had 12 to lead UC Davis (2-5).
The Huskies used an early 22-0 run to break the game open and led by 43 points at halftime.
Hartley outscored UC Davis 20-17 by herself in the first half. The senior guard was 8 of 9 from the floor during the game, including all five she attempted from 3-point range. Hartley became the 19th player at UConn to reach 1,500 points in her career.
Kunitz scores 2, powers Penguins past Sharks 5-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Chris Kunitz scored twice during a four-goal second period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.
Pascal Dupuis, Jayson Megna and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which snapped San Jose's six-game winning streak. Sidney Crosby added three assists in his 500th career game to push his point total to an NHL-leading 42.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 44 saves for the Penguins against the league's highest-scoring team. Pittsburgh played without star Evgeni Malkin, scratched after sustaining a lower-body injury during the morning skate.
Tomas Hertl got his 14th goal for San Jose. Antti Niemi made 23 saves but was pulled after two periods, and the Sharks lost in regulation for only the fourth time this season.
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