COLD SNAP-CALIFORNIA FATALITIES
4 die of hypothermia in SF Bay Area cold snap
(Information in the following story is from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com)
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Four people have died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area while the region is gripped by freezing temperatures.
Rosie Dominguez, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County coroner's office, confirmed the deaths and their cause but provided no further information. Dominguez referred questions to a county spokeswoman, who did not immediately return a phone call Friday afternoon.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that three of the victims died in homeless encampments while a fourth person died in a garage in the county on the south end of San Francisco Bay.
Temperatures dropped as low as 30 degrees at San Jose International Airport early Friday.
Woman leaves hospital after fatal Calif. home fire
MERCED, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say a California woman who survived a blaze that killed her husband and two of her children has been released from the hospital.
Witnesses told the Merced Sun-Star that 31-year-old Ignacio Figueroa-Bautista died after taking the woman and an infant out of the burning Merced duplex then going back for two 5-year-old children who did not survive.
Merced fire Capt. Bill Alcorn said Friday that the infant was still in critical-but-stable condition at the Fresno Regional Medical Center burn unit. The mother was treated there and released Friday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Alcorn says it apparently started in the living room.
Man not guilty of stabbing girl, 12, in 1998
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A homeless man has been acquitted of stabbing to death a 12-year-old Southern California girl in her bedroom more than a decade ago.
A jury on Friday found Richard Tuite not guilty of voluntary manslaughter. His 2004 conviction had been overturned but he's already served most of the original 17-year sentence.
Prosecutors said Tuite sneaked into an Escondido bedroom in 1998 and repeatedly stabbed Stephanie Crowe.
Authorities charged the girl's teenage brother and two of his friends with the killing but dropped the charges after drops of her blood were found on Tuite's clothing. The boys' families later settled a false arrest lawsuit for $7 million.
Tuite's attorney, Brad Patton, argued the blood on the clothing was due to crime scene analysis contamination and he was never in the house.
Apple wants Samsung to pay $22M for legal bills
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Apple wants Samsung Electronics to pay $22 million of the legal bills that the iPhone and iPad maker has rung up so far defending its mobile device patents in a legal showdown with its rival.
The money sought in court documents filed Thursday would be in addition to the $930 million in damages that juries decided Samsung owes Apple Inc. after hearing evidence in two separate trials held in a San Jose, Calif., federal court.
Apple is asking U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to order Samsung to pay $15.7 million in attorney fees. That would cover less than one-third of the more than $60 million that Apple says it owes its lawyers in the case.
Apple also wants Samsung to reimburse its lawyers for $6.2 million in various expenses.
No prison time for 2 top ex-execs in NY conspiracy
NEW YORK (AP) - The founder of a California-based semiconductor company and its ex-chief financial officer won't go to prison after pleading guilty in New York to conspiring to obstruct an anticipated federal investigation.
Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. founder Louis Tomasetta (tahm-ah-SEHT'-uh) and Eugene Hovanec (HOH'-vah-nehk) were sentenced Friday in Manhattan federal court to three months of probation. They admitted in August that they conspired to destroy or falsify records related to Vitesse's April and October 2001 stock option grants.
Prosecutors say the men tried to destroy the records because they believed an investigation would occur.
The 64-year-old Tomasetta lives in Ojai (OH'-hy), Calif. The 61-year-old Hovanec lives in Westlake Village, Calif.
Vitesse was founded in 1984 to develop integrated circuits for high-performance electronics.
Fawcett portrait worth $12M, expert tells jury
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An appraiser says an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett currently held by actor Ryan O'Neal is worth an estimated $12 million.
New York art appraiser Lee Drexler told a jury being asked to consider who owns the artwork that the piece is an extraordinary piece of Warhol's art.
O'Neal is being sued by the University of Texas at Austin, which wants the actor to turn over the painting because Fawcett left the school all her artwork upon her death in 2009. O'Neal contends the portrait was a gift to him from Warhol.
Drexler's opinion could be used if a jury opts to award the university damages from O'Neal.
The university rested its case after Drexler's testimony Friday.
Third HIV case spurs another porn moratorium
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The advocacy group for the adult film industry has called for another moratorium on filming after an actor tested positive for HIV for the third time this year.
The Free Speech Coalition said in a statement Friday that an adult performer came up positive at one of the group's testing centers, and called for a halt to filming while all possible partners are tested. Such moratoriums aren't binding, but generally bring compliance within the industry.
The group did not release the name or any details about the performer.
In August an actress who worked under the name Cameron Bay tested positive and set off a scare within the industry. Her on-screen partners were medically cleared but off-screen boyfriend and fellow performer Rod Daily announced he had also contracted HIV.
BART TRAIN DISABLED-INVESTIGATION
Calif. PUC to join in BART disabled train probe
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say a state agency is also looking into why a disabled train stranded hundreds of passengers in a tunnel that sent at least nine people to the hospital.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said Friday that the California Public Utilities Commission will be a part of the probe on why a train became stuck in the Berkeley hills tunnel due to an electrical short causing the emergency brakes to suddenly activate on Wednesday.
Trost says the CPUC initiates an investigation whenever more than two people require medical transport after a transit incident.
The 10-car train with around 700 passengers was traveling from Pittsburg to San Francisco came to a stop when the brakes activated and created a smoky dust that made several passengers ill.
Bryant scheduled to return to lineup Sunday
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - The Lakers expect to have Kobe Bryant back in their lineup when they face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
The team posted a dramatic video on its Facebook page Friday indicating Bryant will be back Dec. 8.
Bryant hasn't played this season while recovering from surgery in April on a torn Achilles tendon.
Los Angeles signed the fourth-leading scoring in NBA history to a two-year contract extension last week. Bryant's new deal is reportedly worth $48.5 million and takes him into his 20th season with the Lakers.
Woods ties record and takes a 2-shot lead
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Tiger Woods had a birdie putt on every hole and made 10 of them Friday to tie his own course record at Sherwood and take a three-shot lead in the World Challenge.
Woods had a 10-under 62, matching the score he shot in the second round at Sherwood six years ago. That gave him a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson, who birdied the last hole for a 68. Matt Kuchar also had a 68 and was another shot behind.
Graeme McDowell played with Woods and called it a clinic. Woods missed only one fairway and hit every green. Woods said it was similar to the 61 he had at Firestone this year when he won the Bridgestone Invitational by seven shots.
Woods already is a five-time winner at Sherwood.
WORLD CUP NOISEMAKERS
2014 World Cup noisemakers quieter than vuvuzelas
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Researchers say the official noisemakers for next year's World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil will be significantly quieter than the vuvuzela (voo-voo-ZEHL'-uh) horns that caused so many headaches in 2010.
The new instrument is a rattle called the caxirola (ka-SHE'-rah-luh), and it creates sound pressure levels similar to normal conversation.
Researchers from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil said Thursday that it would take about 2,000 caxirolas to emit the same noise level as one vuvuzela.
In South Africa, throngs of fans playing vuvuzelas created a deafening roar during matches.
The incessant buzzing from the long, skinny horns was so loud that players on the field had a hard time communicating, and many TV viewers initially thought there were reception problems.
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