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AMERICANS ON EVEREST-ANNIVERSARY
BERKELEY, Calif. — It might be hard to conceive now, in an era of extreme sports and ultra-light equipment, but there was a time when Americans who set out to conquer mountains engaged in a pursuit that was as lonely as it was dangerous. But four men remember: Norm Dyhrenfurth, 94; Jim Whittaker, 84; Tom Hornbein, 82, and Dave Dingman, 76. The leather boots that stayed wet for weeks. Oxygen canisters that weighed 15 pounds. The shrugs of indifference most of their countrymen gave a half-century ago to what it takes to get a U.S.-led mountaineering expedition to the top of Mt. Everest. By Lisa Leff.
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VEGAS GUN BATTLE
LAS VEGAS — Kenny Cherry was an aspiring rapper who moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas to pursue his career. His music videos online show him cruising the Strip in his Maserati. Michael Boldon was a family man and taxi driver who hailed from Michigan and loved fast cars. The two men's lives — along with that of an unidentified passenger in Boldon's cab — ended in violence normally seen only in movies: gunfire, a fiery crash and an explosion before dawn Thursday on the neon-lit Las Vegas Strip. By Ken Ritter and Michelle Rindels.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. —California lawmakers on Friday positioned themselves to tackle changes to the state's landmark environmental regulatory law, which has long been a source of conflict among business, environmentalists, labor groups and local governments. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat, proposed a bill on the last day for lawmakers to introduce legislation. Steinberg said his SB731 will make it easier to build so-called infill projects and limit "document dumps" aimed at delaying projects. By Judy Lin.
TOUR BUS CRASH
SAN BERNARDINO , Calif. — A mother and daughter injured in a Southern California tour bus crash that killed eight people filed a lawsuit Friday against the tour bus operator and the charter company that organized the fatal trip. The lawsuit filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court names as defendants the National City, Calif.-based Scapadas Magicas and Tijuana, Mexico-based Interbus Tours and Charters. The lawsuit also names the bus driver, Norberto B. Perez.
OAKLAND, Calif. — A judge in Northern California on Friday freed a man who spent nearly seven years behind bars after being wrongfully convicted for attempted murder.
Ronald Ross broke down and began sobbing for 10 minutes after Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson ordered his release. A team of volunteer lawyers argued for four years that Ross was a victim of sloppy police work and lies by witnesses.
SAN DIEGO — A federal jury in San Diego has convicted four Somali immigrants — including an imam from a local mosque — of conspiring to funnel money to a terrorist group in their native country. After a three-week trial and three days of deliberations, the jury convicted the four men of conspiring to raise and send money to Somalia's al-Shabaab. The men coordinated fundraising efforts and sent nearly $9,000 to al-Shabaab between 2007 and 2008, prosecutors said.
FIGHTER JET GROUNDED
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Friday grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade in one plane. The problem was discovered during what the Pentagon called a routine inspection at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., of an F-35A, the Air Force version of the sleek new plane. The Navy and the Marine Corps are buying other versions of the F-35, which is intended to replace older fighters like the Air Force F-16 and the Navy F/A-18. All versions â€" a total of 51 planes â€" were grounded Friday pending a more in-depth evaluation of the problem discovered at Edwards. None of the planes have been fielded for combat operations; all are undergoing testing. By Robert Burns.
CALIF GAS PRICES
LOS ANGELES — It's still February, but California gas prices are springing forward. The average price of gasoline in the region saw one of the largest one-month leaps since 2000, the Automobile Club of Southern California said Friday. Statewide, the average price of regular gasoline was $4.22, up 12 cents from last week.
— MARINE MURDER SUSPECT — The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says a 23-year-old Marine corporal has been arrested on a murder warrant charging him with killing a man found dead in his car last month after two weeks missing.
— LAPD REVENGE KILLINGS-MISTAKEN IDENTITY — Eight Los Angeles police officers who mistakenly shot newspaper delivery women while guarding a target of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner remain out of the field pending an internal investigation.
— PORTLAND KILLINGS-PLEA — A convicted sex offender accused in the Portland deaths of a California teen and a woman who had befriended him has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated murder.
— LAWYER LOCKED UP — An attorney says he went to the downtown San Diego jail to visit a client and ended up becoming a prisoner himself.
— CHILI FINGER LADY-ARRESTED — A Northern California woman convicted of planting a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili has been arrested again after police say she made up another tale, this one about a shooting involving her son.
— HOME INVASION HOMICIDE — Santa Clara County prosecutors say a fifth person has been charged in the slaying of a wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist inside his Monte Sereno mansion.
— POLICE-SEX CRIMES — Prosecutors say a former Long Beach police officer has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for sex crimes involving underage girls.
— LA GUN CONTROL — Los Angeles city officials are preparing to debate a proposed ban on magazine clips that are used in high-capacity guns.
DETROIT — Honda is moving its North American leadership from California to a major factory campus in Ohio. The Japanese automaker said Friday that about 50 leadership and support jobs will move to Marysville, Ohio, near Columbus. But the company says its American headquarters and about 2,500 workers will remain in Torrance, Calif., near Los Angeles.
NEW YORK — A federal judge is blocking Apple from conducting a shareholder vote on a package of governance proposals, handing a victory to a rebel investor who is trying to persuade the company to share more of its cash with its investors. U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in New York ruled Friday that Apple was wrong to bundle four amendments to its corporate charter into one proposal for a vote at next Wednesday's annual meeting. Shareholders should get to vote on the amendments separately, he said. Although the ruling was preliminary, before both sides had a chance to fully make their case, Sullivan said Apple was likely to lose. He granted dissident investors a preliminary injunction against Apple pending a full trial. By Peter Svensson.
OSCAR COUNTDOWN-ADELE-LES MISERABLES
LOS ANGELES — It was an extra starry, musical day at the Dolby Theatre. Adele took the stage first Friday, followed by the cast of "Les Miserables," singing together of the first time. Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, along with co-stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham-Carter, Sasha Baron-Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit and Samantha Barks rehearsed their performances on the Oscar stage. They were backed by members of the musical's stage productions from London and Broadway.
HKN--OLD AND GOOD
At 42, Teemu Selanne still has some good days left on the ice. Plenty. The NHL's oldest player is leading Anaheim in scoring headed into its game Sunday against Colorado, and the Ducks rank among the best teams in the Western Conference with about a third of the shortened season finished. On the other side of North America, 40-year-old goaltender Martin Brodeur has aged so gracefully between the pipes that he has been able to help the New Jersey Devils stay near the top of the East. Nicklas Lidstrom knows what it takes to flourish in your 40s as an NHL player, winning his seventh Norris Trophy in 2011 when he was 41. In his first year of retirement, the former Detroit Red Wings thinks he can explain why the three oldest players in the league — Selanne, Brodeur and Dallas Stars winger Jaromir Jagr — still got it. By Larry Lage.
SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner will follow Matt Cain in San Francisco's starting rotation, though Giants manager Bruce Bochy says there will likely be some shuffling before the end of spring camp. "We can still tweak it," Bochy said Friday. "I'll keep saying that when I look at all five starters, they are all so balanced." Ryan Vogelsong starts Saturday's exhibition opener against a visiting split squad of Los Angeles Angels. Cain will take the ball Sunday, followed by Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito. Zito will start for the World Series champions in their regular-season home opener, with Vogelsong to pitch out of the fifth spot. By Rick Eymer.
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