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POSTED March 8, 2012 7:28 p.m.

Boaters warned of whales in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At least one gray whale is still hanging around San Francisco Bay a day after a mother and her calf were first spotted near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Federal wildlife officials say whale spray was seen again Thursday morning as boaters were warned to steer clear of the wayward pair if spotted. It wasn't clear if the spray was from one or two whales.

Farallones Marine Sanctuary spokeswoman Mary Jane Schramm says witnesses observed a small boat speeding toward the whales, forcing the pair to get out of the way. Schramm says boaters who harass whales could face civil and criminal penalties.

Thousands of gray whales migrate each spring from off the coast of Mexico to feeding grounds off Alaska. Several whales typically wander into the bay each year.

 Catholic diocese ends funding over gay comments

OAKLAND . (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento will no longer fund a charity for the homeless because the director spoke in support of abortion rights and gay marriage.

The Sacramento Bee says as much as $10,000 a year will be pulled from the nonprofit Francis House.

The diocesan director of social services sent a letter last month to the Rev. Faith Whitmore. The letter said the diocese was ending two decades of funding because her public statements clash with teachings of the Catholic Church.

Whitmore is a United Methodist minister. She became head of Francis House in April. She says her comments were made as an individual, not as head of the welfare agency, and calls the diocesan decision "surprising and disappointing."

Pacifica police officer shoots, kills pit bull

PACIFICA  (AP) — Authorities say a Pacifica police officer shot and killed a pit bull after it attacked a smaller dog.

Officers responded to the home where the attack occurred around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday. The first officer to arrive apparently saw the owner of the smaller dog — a corgi — trying to fend off the pit bull.

Police say the pit bull chased the corgi into another room and grabbed it by its throat. The officer opened fire after police say the pit bull came at him.

The animal was shot once in the chest. Officials say it and a husky that was found loose nearby belonged to a neighbor.

The corgi was treated for its wounds.

Shuttered SF Bay area nursing school sued

SAN JOSE  (AP) — Several former students and employees of a San Francisco Bay area nursing school that was shut down by state regulators are suing the institution.

The San Jose Mercury News reports ( that the latest suit against the Institute of Medical Education was filed last week by Kimberlee Gonzales, a former student.

She says the institute's owners, Sunil and Bindu Vethody, misled students about the school's finances and accreditation. Concerns over both led the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to close the institute last month.

The for-profit school served about 250 students on campuses in San Jose and Oakland. In addition to nursing, it offered courses in dental hygiene, phlebotomy and MRI and ultrasound technology.

The Vethodys' attorney, James Cai, says he has not been able to reach the couple for several weeks.



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