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SMUGGLING BOAT

Smuggling boat with 20 aboard seized off Oceanside

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities have captured a boat that apparently was trying to smuggle 20 people into the U.S. from Mexico.

The Border Patrol says an aircraft spotted the 30-foot panga boat before dawn on Tuesday about 30 miles off the coast of Del Mar in San Diego County.

The boat finally was stopped about 12 miles from Oceanside.

Thirteen men and seven women were detained.

Authorities say they plan to charge two of the men with human smuggling.

USC-SHAW

USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.

Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans' team activities, the school announced in a statement Wednesday.

The school didn't explain how Shaw actually was injured in its statement, but USC officials say they regret posting a story lauding Shaw's tale on their website Monday.

USC coach Steve Sarkisian says the Trojans are "extremely disappointed in Josh." Shaw is a fifth-year senior, a team captain and a key starter in USC's defensive secondary.

The school notes Shaw has retained legal counsel.

IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS-SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco to help fund immigration attorneys

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will become the first city in California to provide funding to help immigrants facing deportation obtain an attorney.

Supervisor David Chu says the city will give $100,000 to the nonprofit Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, which will use it to provide free legal representation for immigrants living in the country illegally.

He said the initiative is an expansion of the city's Right to Civil Counsel program that had focused on tenants facing evictions.

San Francisco has long had a "Sanctuary City" law, which aims to provide refuge for people who entered the country illegally.

California Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials recently announced a proposal to provide $3 million to immigration attorneys.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-FINES

Bill addresses watering in homeowner associations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber says some homeowners are caught in bind. They face fines under state regulations that prohibit washing driveways, as well as fines from their associations if they don't follow its rules.

The bill also lets associations fine homeowners for refusing to water their lawns if the housing development uses recycled water for irrigation. A separate bill was signed into law and already blocks such fines under most circumstances.

Nielsen's bill passed the Senate 36-0 Wednesday. It arose after reports that some homeowners were being fined for trying to save water amid California's drought.

LAKE TAHOE-WILDFIRE

Wildfire near Tahoe closes part of Kingsbury Grade

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - A wildfire burning in the dry brush and timber near the south end of Lake Tahoe forced the Nevada Highway Patrol to close a stretch of the Kingsbury Grade on the Carson Valley side of the mountain.

The Douglas County Sheriff's office reports the fire that broke out about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in a remote area about half way up the mountainside. It burned about 6 acres before fire crews stopped its advance about 4 p.m.

No evacuations have been ordered, but some homes were threatened at one point in an area where the Kingsbury Grade (State Route 207) meets Foothill Road.

Crews remain on the scene and authorities are asking people to stay out of the area.

PEDIATRIC NURSE-MOLESTATION

Pediatric nurse charged with molesting 2-month-old

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A pediatric nurse in Southern California has been charged with molesting his 2-month-old foster baby.

An FBI statement says Michael William Lutts was arrested Tuesday at his San Diego home. He's charged with sexually exploiting a child.

The 50-year-old appeared in federal court Wednesday but didn't enter a plea. He remains in custody.

Authorities say Lutts is a pediatric nurse in San Diego County and he was given custody of a 2-month-old, prematurely born foster baby on Aug. 4.

Prosecutors allege that he began molesting the child the same day. KNSD-TV reports images and video of the acts were found on a cellphone seized by the FBI.

Authorities haven't said exactly where Lutts worked.

No information was available about whether he has a lawyer who could be reached for comment.

ASHIMA DRONES-RENO

Drone maker moving to Reno with 400 jobs by 2018

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles says it plans to move its new drone headquarters from Pasadena, California to Reno, and with it, hundreds of good-paying jobs

Officials for Ashima Devices expect 400 new jobs to be added by 2018 with a reported average salary of $70,000.

Gov. Brian Sandoval joined Ashima officials in making the announcement Tuesday with leaders of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the company's committed to collaborating with the University of Nevada, Reno on programs to prepare students for occupations in the field.

Ashima's newly developed, round drones called "Hexpucks" and not yet in production. They'll be made mostly for law enforcement, fire and rescue to use as first-response reconnaissance with a range of about a half mile.

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