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POSTED June 26, 2014 6:20 p.m.

• DA: Shooting of Calif. college student justified: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — Prosecutors say two campus police officers at Cal State University, San Bernardino, were justified when they shot a graduate student to death while trying to detain him. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office says the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Bartholomew Williams on Dec. 8, 2012, was justified because campus police officers feared for their lives and acted in self-defense. In a report released Thursday, prosecutors say Williams suffered from bipolar disorder and was off of his medication when he fought with three officers who were trying to take him for a mental evaluation. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Williams resisted officers’ attempts to detain him and was stomping on an officer when two others shot at him.

 

• Proposal for Metro stop near LA airport advances: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Transit officials approved a new train station Thursday that would connect to Los Angeles International Airport through a people mover — a step toward closing an embarrassing public transportation gap that has bedeviled travelers in the nation’s second-largest city for years. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s directors unanimously agreed to proceed with studying the environmental impact of the project. It’s the first step toward building a light rail station about 1.5 miles east of the airport. The new station would cost an estimated $200 million and link to the airport with a $1.5 billion elevated train similar to those operating at major airports around the world.

 

• California lawmaker heads to Texas to lure jobs: SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California state lawmaker is heading to Texas to poach jobs. Sen. Ted Gaines plans to visit the state Capitol in Austin on Monday and meet with businesses to promote California’s business climate. The Republican from Roseville is taking a page out of Gov. Rick Perry’s playbook. The Texas governor recently visited Sacramento and test drove a Tesla electric car. California and Texas are among a handful of states competing for Tesla Motors’ planned battery plant, which will represent a $5 billion investment from the California-based car company and its partners.

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