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POSTED June 26, 2012 9:05 p.m.

Santa Clara to appeal 49ers stadium decision

SANTA CLARA  (AP) — Santa Clara plans to appeal an oversight board's decision to pull $30 million in funding from the new 49ers stadium.

City officials said they will ask the state Department of Finance to review last week's decision by the board. The board consists of officials from around Santa Clara County.

It was given control of the money after the state scrapped redevelopment agencies.

Voters had earmarked the $30 million in redevelopment funds for the stadium. But the oversight board said the money would be better spent elsewhere.

The issue could end up in court. In the meantime, both city and team officials say construction on the $1.2 billion stadium will continue.

Endangered fin whale found dead near Pt. Reyes

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE  (AP) — A rare, endangered fin whale has been found dead at a beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore, the apparent victim of a ship strike.

The 47-foot-long juvenile whale washed up near Wildcat Beach on Friday with severe injuries.

Dr. Frances Gulland of the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito said the whale's spine was fractured, likely as a result of being hit by a vessel.

Fin whales can grow to nearly 90-feet in length, and are the second-largest mammals on the planet behind the blue whale.

The filter feeders are also the fastest large whales, reaching speeds of 25 mph.

The rare whales exist around the planet, with a population of about 2,000 currently estimated to live off the Washington and California coasts.

Crews stop search for man who may be in SF Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emergency crews have stopped searching for a man who friends say may have fallen into the San Francisco Bay attending a baseball game nearby.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Officer Mark Leahey says the search was called off before noon Tuesday for the 27-year-old man from Woodland ., who was reported missing late Monday after he and a friend left the game at AT&T Park and walked to their car near Pier 32.

Police say the man apparently walked out toward the edge of the pier while the friend was checking a text message. When the friend was done about a minute later, he said he couldn't find the man.

Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge says no foul play is apparent as crews searched for the man stretching across from the Bay Bridge to Alcatraz.

Judge: Release names tied to UC Davis pepper spray

OAKLAND (AP) — A judge has ruled that the University of California must release the names of all the police officers involved in pepper-spraying student protesters at UC Davis last year.

Alameda Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo issued the ruling on Tuesday in response to a lawsuit filed by the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times.

The UC police officers' union had tried to keep the names under wraps, saying that naming officers was barred under state law and could subject them to harassment.


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