Manhunt for gunman who shot, wounded SFPD officer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A manhunt is underway for a gunman who shot and wounded a San Francisco police officer before taking off and abandoning a vehicle near a shopping mall.
Officer Gordon Shyy says the 28-year-old officer and his partner drove to the Mission District Saturday to check out a vandalism call. Shyy says when the officers approached the suspect vehicle, its driver backed up toward the police car. The officer's partner, who was a passenger in the police car, fired several rounds at the vehicle before it fled.
Shyy says the officer was struck in the left shoulder. The 6-year veteran of the department is being treated at a hospital.
The vehicle was later found about 10 miles away, near a shopping mall in Daly City.
FIGHTER JET CRASH
Pilot killed in fighter jet crash is identified
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The military pilot killed in a fighter jet crash during a training exercise in Nevada has been identified as 32-year-old Marine Capt. Reid Nannen.
Nannen died when the F/A-18C went down March 1 on a Navy range training complex east of Naval Air Station Fallon. The Marine jet was on loan to the naval station.
The Hopedale, Ill., native was a student at the TopGun school there.
Nannen's permanent assignment was at the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan, and he had twice deployed to Afghanistan during his 10-year career.
Obama to preserve California federal lands
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) - A White House official said Saturday that President Barack Obama will expand the California Coastal National Monument to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands.
Expected Tuesday, the action will permanently protect about 1,665 acres of federal lands on the Mendocino County coast in Northern California, just north of Point Arena.
It will expand a national monument created in 2000 by President Bill Clinton to include coastal bluffs and shelves, tide pools, onshore sand dunes, coastal prairies, riverbanks, and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River.
Obama's designation would follow recent action by the Environmental Protection Agency to block development of Pebble Mine, a massive copper and gold deposit in Alaska's treasured Bristol Bay region.
Obama pledged in this year's State of the Union address to use his presidential authority to preserve more federal lands for future generations. The action he is taking will bypass Congress, which has been slow to act on proposed legislation to preserve public lands. Congress last week passed its first wilderness bill in five years, to designate a 32,000-acre area in Michigan, but other public lands bills remain stalled.
Police have warrant in attempted Banksy theft
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police are looking for a Los Angeles man accused of trying to steal a chunk of cinderblock wall bearing a painting by the world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy.
New Orleans police say they have a warrant to arrest 30-year-old Christopher Sensabaugh on charges of attempted theft and criminal damage to property.
The mural, which locals call the Rain Girl or the Umbrella Girl, was painted on a vacant building - Banksy's usual canvas.
It shows a mournful girl holding an umbrella from which rain pours onto her as she extends a cupped hand into the clear air beyond the umbrella.
The wanted man was photographed by residents, including two professional photographers, working behind a wooden screen and sitting on a rental truck. He told them he was removing the piece for an art show in London.
The Times-Picayune reports the man eventually left without the section of wall. A guard was posted to protect it, and it has since been plastered back into the wall.
Photographer Charlie Varley says the man gave his name only as Chris, and said he was a "private art handler from Los Angeles" hired by the building's owner to send the piece of wall to the Tate - England's national gallery - for a Banksy retrospective.
A spokeswoman for the Tate told The Associated Press there are no plans for such an exhibition.
Cal edges Colorado 66-65 in overtime
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - California clinched a high seed for the Pac-12 tournament and kept alive slim hopes at making it into the NCAA tournament with a 66-65 win over Colorado on Saturday.
The Golden Bears went nearly eight minutes without a basket but scored seven points in overtime, all on free throws.
Justin Cobbs made four of them to overcome a 5-of-17 night from the floor and help Cal end its three-game losing streak.
Richard Solomon and David Kravish both had double-doubles for California, which ends the regular season in a five-way tie for third place in the Pac-12. The Bears will be the fourth seed and get a first-round bye in the conference tournament beginning Thursday in Las Vegas.
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