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L.A. MAYOR WON’T SEEK WHITE HOUSE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti won’t seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, saying he wants to finish his job at City Hall.
Garcetti told reporters yesterday that L.A. “is where I want to be.” He had been flirting with entering the presidential race for months. But by stepping away from possible contention, he avoids entering a growing field of bigger names, among them a fellow California Democrat, Sen. Kamala Harris.
Other challenges the low-key mayor in his second term would have faced include managing a city of 4 million while mounting a national campaign in states where he is virtually unknown.
Only recently, Garcetti had suspended his consideration of a campaign during a teachers’ strike, a sign of the diversions that would come with trying to be a mayor-candidate.
WOMAN DIES AFTER FALLING DOWN NYC SUBWAY STAIRS
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a Connecticut woman has died at a hospital after falling down stairs at a Manhattan subway station while holding her 1-year-old daughter.
The medical examiner will determine what caused the death of 22-year-old Malaysia Goodson of Stamford, Connecticut.
Police say Goodson’s child wasn’t hurt. Police say it’s unknown whether the child was in a stroller during the incident as initially reported by authorities.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which also is investigating, calls Goodson’s death “a heartbreaking tragedy.”
The incident occurred at around 8 p.m. Monday at a station in midtown Manhattan.
YOUNGEST FOLLOWER OF CHARLES MANSON CULT SEEKS PAROLE - AGAIN
CHINO, Calif. (AP) — The woman who was the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson will again ask to be freed from prison.
Leslie Van Houten, now 69 and serving a life sentence, has a parole hearing today at the California Institute for Women.
She was twice recommended for parole, but then-Gov. Jerry Brown blocked her release. Brown said Van Houten still laid too much blame on Manson for the 1969 stabbing deaths of wealthy grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.
Van Houten, then 19, was among those who murdered the couple a day after other Manson followers killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in Los Angeles.
In prison, Van Houten has been a model inmate, earned a master’s degree in counseling and headed programs to help inmates.
TEEN SHOOTER’S PARENTS SAY THEY AREN’T RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS ACTIONS
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The parents of a 13-year-old boy who opened fire in a suburban Indianapolis classroom say they couldn’t foresee his actions and deny any responsibility for them.
They boy’s parents responded this week to a lawsuit brought by the parents of Ella Whistler seeking damages for her injuries suffered in the May 25 shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.
Ella was shot in the face, neck and upper chest and one gunshot severely damaged an artery in her right arm and had to be replaced. Her parents have said doctors believe her arm may never fully recover.
Science teacher Jason Seaman ended the shooting when he tackled the youth. Seaman was shot three times in the attack.
The Associated Press isn’t using the boy’s name because he was charged as a juvenile.
TEXAS INMATE FACES EXECUTION
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 61-year-old Texas inmate faces execution for killing a Houston police officer more than three decades ago.
Robert Jennings is scheduled to receive lethal injection this evening. He was condemned for the July 1988 slaying of Officer Elston Howard during a robbery at an adult bookstore.
If executed, he would be the first inmate put to death this year both in the U.S. and in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state.
Jennings’ attorneys have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay his execution.
They argue his trial attorneys failed to ask jurors to fully consider evidence — including details of his remorse for the officer’s shooting and possible brain damage — that might have spared him a death sentence.
POLICE DEPUTY SHOOTS K-9 DOG; HE SAYS IT ATTACKED HIM
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida deputy shot and killed a K-9 that attacked him while he was feeding the dog.
The Ledger reports that the attack and shooting occurred Monday night.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the K-9 deputy had been feeding the dog, Recon, for about a week while the dog’s normal handler was out of town. The deputy says Recon clamped down on his hand, and the dog wouldn’t release him, forcing him to shoot the dog.
Officials say the deputy suffered a serious injury and underwent surgery on his hand.
Recon had been with the department for three years, and officials say they’re not sure what prompted the attack. They say it’s common for K-9 deputies to take care of each other’s dogs when they are away from home.