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POSTED July 31, 2012 8:55 p.m.

CRIME

ORANGE COUNTY HOCKEY MOM ACCUSED OF SEX WITH TEENS: Prosecutors in the trial of a Laguna Niguel hockey mom accused of sex with her son's teenage teammates gave the boys alcohol and her home was known as the "party house." The Orange County Register reports 45-year-old Kathia Maria Davis's attorney said on the trial's first day Tuesday that she rebuffed the advances of a 13-year-old and believed a 16-year-old was 18 when they had consensual sex. Prosecutors say Davis first had sex with the 16-year-old in summer 2010 and again in summer 2011. Davis' attorney also says the alcohol at her parties was for parents, and teens got the liquor without her permission.

POLITICS

TEXAS US SENATE NOMINEE CRUZ CREDITS TEA PARTY:Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz says his victory in a primary runoff for the GOP Senate nomination is a testament to the hard work of tea party leaders and other grass-roots conservatives. Cruz, who has never held political office, beat Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in Tuesday's runoff.

Cruz told a crowd of more than 200 supporters at a Houston hotel ballroom that every conservative in Texas came together and won the runoff. He thanked his many supporters, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

 

TAXES

LA TO VOTE ON TAX FOR NEW DOWNTOWN STREETCAR LINE: Streetcars are a step closer to returning to downtown Los Angeles after the City Council agreed to put a special tax measure before voters in November.

The council on Tuesday approved the measure that will need a two-thirds majority of about 7,000 downtown voters, and would help return streetcars to downtown for the first time since the demise of the storied Red Car line a half-century ago.

It would tax downtown owners according to property size and proximity to the $125 million trolley system.

With funding from the tax and federal grants, the line would run on a four-mile Broadway-to-Figueroa loop that includes Disney Hall and Staples Center.

 

WORLD

INDIA SUFFERS WORLD’ LARGEST POWER OUTAGE WVER: Electric crematoria are snuffed out with bodies inside, New Delhi's Metro stops and hundreds of coal miners are trapped underground when three Indian electric grids collapse in a cascade, cutting power to 620 million people in the world's biggest blackout. Indians are furious and embarrassed, but many take the crisis in stride, inured by the constant — though smaller — outages caused by a huge electricity deficit that is stymieing the development of this would-be Asian power.

 

NATION

DREW PETERSON TRIAL: Drew Peterson, who was investigated in the disappearance of his fourth wife then charged with killing his third, threatened his ex-wife's life just weeks before she died, a prosecutor tells jurors as the former police officer's murder trial begins.

SEPT 11 ATTACKS-LAWSUIT: A federal judge orders al-Qaida, the Taliban and Iran to pay $6 billion to relatives of Sept. 11 victims for aiding in the 2001 terror attacks, a ruling that is largely symbolic because it would be nearly impossible to collect damages.

ENTERTAINMENT

REDEEMING THE WHO’S OLD TICKETS: They never got to see The Who perform in Rhode Island in 1979 after the mayor canceled the show because of safety concerns over a deadly stampede in Cincinnati. Now, the band plans to end its Quadrophenia tour in February at the same venue where its concert was canceled 33 years ago — giving a group of hardcore fans a chance to finally redeem their tickets. By Michelle R. Smith. AP photos.

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