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POSTED July 24, 2012 8:52 p.m.

FEDERAL OFFICER KILLED IN MODESTO SHOOTING: MODESTO  (AP) — Authorities have identified the victim of a weekend bar shooting in Modesto as a 34-year-old police officer for the Department of Defense.

Daryl Chargualaf appears to have been inadvertently shot by another federal police officer during a fight in the parking lot of a bar early Sunday morning.

Modesto police say Chargualaf, who was off-duty, had apparently gotten into an argument with a group of people inside the bar that escalated into a physical altercation outside.

Chargualaf was fatally struck when another officer opened fire with his handgun. The shooting also left one of the men the two officers had been fighting seriously wounded.

The names of the alleged shooter and wounded man have not been released.

Police tell the Modesto Bee (http://bit.ly/Pdc5fM) the officer who opened fire appears to have acted in self-defense.

UC BERKELEY TO OFFER FREE ONLINE COURSES THIS FALL: BERKELEY  (AP) — The University of California, Berkeley will start offering free online courses through a nonprofit initiative launched by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Officials say UC Berkeley courses on artificial intelligence and software engineering will be available on the website www.edx.com, which was formed in May.

The two Berkeley courses brings to seven the number of courses that edX will offer this fall.

Officials say the online courses will be free and open to anyone with access to the Internet. Students who demonstrate mastery of the subjects and finish the coursework can receive certificates of completion.

EdX officials say 154,000 students from more than 160 countries registered for MIT's first edX course this past spring. They plan to add more courses from more universities in the future.

BAY AREA HIKER MISSING IN SIERRA: SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK  (AP) — Search teams are looking for a San Francisco Bay Area man who went hiking in the Sierra Nevada on Sunday and hasn't been seen since.

Officials say 31-year-old Tom Heng of San Rafael left on what was supposed to be a day hike to the summit of Mt. Langley, which stands 14,026 feet, but never returned.

Sequoia National Park spokeswoman Dana Dierkes says Heng was last seen near the summit of the mountain Sunday afternoon.

Two helicopters and more than 20 staffers from Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks are searching for Heng. They're joined by officials from the Inyo County Sheriff's Department.

KERN JURY AWARDS $5.5M OVER INCONTINENCE DEVICE: BAKERSFIELD  (AP) — A Kern County jury has awarded $5.5 million to a woman who sued the manufacturer of a type of surgical mesh often used to treat urinary incontinence in women of post child-bearing age.

The Bakersfield Californian reports that the jury held Georgia-based C.R. Bard Inc. responsible for the pain and health problems 53-year-old Christine Scott suffered after she was implanted with the company's Avaulta Plus Biosynthetic Support System in 2008.

Bard no longer sells the material, which is implanted through a patient's vagina to support her internal organs, in the United States. The company issued a statement Monday saying it plans to appeal the jury's verdict.

Scott's lawsuit was the first of hundreds of product liability cases involving Bard and manufacturers of similar synthetic organ slings to go to trial.

NBC TO TAKE A BIG BITE OUT OF DRACULA CLASSIC: BEVERLY HILLS  (AP) — NBC is sinking its teeth into the classic tale of Dracula for a new drama series.

The network announced Tuesday a 10-episode version of the Bram Stoker novel. Jonathan Rhys Meyers has the title role as the vampire set in Victorian-era England.

Meyers is known for starring in the Showtime series "The Tudors," and for the TV film "Elvis."

"Dracula" is from the producers behind the acclaimed hit "Downton Abbey," Carnival Films & Television. It will begin production later this year, NBC said.

DRIFTER ARRESTED AFTER RELEASE IN KILLING CASE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A drifter convicted in the 2007 overdose death of a Southern California college student was arrested for a parole violation after two women responding to his Craigslist roommate ad reported a disturbing encounter in his Hollywood apartment, authorities said.

John Steven Burgess, 42, was arrested Monday night and remained jailed without bail for investigation of possession of ammunition.

Burgess pleaded guilty three years ago to involuntary manslaughter and concealment of the accidental death of 19-year-old Donna Jou, who disappeared in June 2007 after Burgess responded to her Craigslist math tutoring ad.

HOMELESS MAN SAYS WOMAN TOOK $25K IN JEWELRY: PALO ALTO  (AP) — A man who lives in a Northern California homeless center says a woman stole his jewelry worth $25,000, including a collector's edition Rolex watch.

The Opportunity Center resident told Palo Alto police she took the jewelry from his room while he slept.

The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/SRKEsI) says the man told police he was returning to the homeless and at-risk nonprofit center early Friday when the encountered the woman outside.

He allowed her to wait in his room until her friends living in the center returned.

The man says he fell asleep at around 4 a.m. and, when he woke up at about noon, the woman and his jewelry were gone.

The jewelry included gold chains, pendants and the Rolex.

OSBOURNE TWEETS: DONE WITH 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT': BEVERLY HILLS  (AP) — Sharon Osbourne said Tuesday that she's ready to say goodbye to NBC's "America's Got Talent," taking the network by surprise.

In a posting on Twitter, Osbourne addressed "my darling" fellow judge Howard Stern and said, "money is not the reason I'm not returning" to the show. Her tweet trailed off with "it's because ...." and didn't elaborate.

Her message was unexpected, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told a meeting Tuesday of the Television Critics Association.

"This is coming out of context and sort of spontaneously, and we don't even know what's going on. And it's probably much ado about nothing," Greenblatt said, declining to comment further.

Osbourne has a multi-year contract with the series, said a person familiar with the production. The person, who lacked authority to discuss the issue publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.

"America's Got Talent," which is now airing its seventh season, added Stern to the judges' panel this year and moved the production from Los Angeles to New York to accommodate him. Howie Mandel is the show's third judge.

 

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