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POSTED April 2, 2012 12:53 a.m.

• WINDOWS BROKEN DURING OAKLAND PROTEST: OAKLAND  (AP) — Oakland police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects after windows were broken and slogans were spray-painted on buildings during an Occupy Oakland anti-police march Saturday night.

Police say during the march, video surveillance cameras caught images of several people leaving the crowd and vandalizing downtown businesses.

Occupy protesters have been staging the weekly demonstrations on Saturday nights since a series of clashes with police earlier this year.

In recent weeks the marches have been mostly peaceful, so police had scaled back the number of officers monitoring the demonstrations.

No arrests were made during Saturday’s protest.



• MAN KILLED AT APPARENT COCKFIGHTING OPERATION: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the killing of a 32-year-old man at what appears to be a cockfighting operation in Sacramento County.

Sheriff’s spokesman Jason Ramos told the Sacramento Bee that Ronald Smith died after being assaulted at the cockfight that was being held behind a private home around 11 p.m. Friday.

Initially Smith was believed to have been shot, but investigators say he was killed when the teen tried to commit a robbery.

The 17-year-old was also hurt. Deputies say he ran across the street to an apartment complex and asked a resident of the complex for help.

Investigators did not provide specifics about the nature of Smith’s injuries, his cause of death, or the injuries suffered by the teen.



• STORM BRINGS SNOW, BIG WAVES TO SOUTHERN CALIF.: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spring storm that battered Northern California Saturday continues to move south, dumping snow in the mountains above Los Angeles and bringing big waves to beaches.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Forwood says swells of 15 feet were reported Sunday at Hermosa Beach. Waves topping eight feet were spotted off San Diego.

Winds gusting to 55 mph and accumulating snow at elevations above 4,500 feet prompted the NWS to issue a winter weather advisory for the mountains of northern LA County.

The California Highway Patrol says vehicles were getting stuck in heavy snowdrifts west of Frazier Park.

Forwood says dry, warm Santa Ana winds were expected to move into the region on Monday.



• 2 DEAD IN PACIFICA FIRE: PACIFICA (AP) — Authorities say a teenage girl and an elderly man were killed in a fire early Sunday in Pacifica.

American Red Cross spokeswoman Patricia Peper says the blaze, reported around 6 a.m. in a single family, two-story home, took the life of a 13-year-old girl and a 93-year-old man.

Their names have not been released.

Peper says 11 other people living in the home were left homeless. She described the residents of the home as an “extended family.”

Fire and police officials were investigating the cause of the blaze, but released no information Sunday.

Matt Lucett, a spokesman for the North County Fire Authority, told the San Mateo County Times that the fire did not appear to be intentionally set.



• METROLINK TRAINS GETTING GPS-BASED SAFETY DEVICES
: LOS ANGELES (AP) — All Metrolink commuter trains will be outfitted with GPS-based tracking devices by next year, two years ahead of a federally mandated deadline for the safety system, Metrolink officials said.

The $200 million system, known as positive train control, will be the first of its kind among U.S. passenger railroads, The Ventura County Star reported Saturday.

It monitors speed and location and can detect whether a train is on the wrong track or has missed signals to slow down — and if so, can automatically stop the train safely.

The system is on an accelerated pace thanks to a $20.9 million grant from the California Department of Transportation.

“That grant will save lives,” Metrolink Board Chairman Richard Katz told the newspaper. “We cobbled together the $200-plus million to fund this project from member agencies and state and federal grants, and this grant from Caltrans, one of the last funding pieces, was an important part of it.”

If the rail system had positive train control in place at the time of the 2008 crash in Chatsworth that killed 25 people, the accident might have been avoided, Katz said.

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