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POSTED September 14, 2012 9:19 p.m.

Teacher accused of watching porn in school

TWIN RIVERS  (AP) — A substitute teacher in Northern California is under investigation following accusations that he was watching pornography at an elementary school.

A junior high school-age student at Orchard Elementary School in Rio Linda reported seeing a nude person on the male substitute teacher's computer screen earlier this week.

His name has not been released.

Twin Rivers Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Tom Janis says parents have been notified and the substitute teacher has been banned from their campuses until the investigation is completed.

Janis declined to discuss the incident or the teacher's history with the district citing the ongoing investigation.

Janis says while the teacher can still work in other districts, they will notify those other districts if the allegation turns out to be true.

Manhattan Beach doesn't like Malibu sand plan

MANHATTAN BEACH  (AP) — There's a battle brewing over Southern California beach sand.

Erosion has carved away the dunes on Malibu's celebrity-soaked Broad Beach and the city is looking elsewhere for a source of sand to be barged by sea to replenish its shoreline.

Broad Beach residents like the quality, clean sand off Manhattan Beach for its $20 million project.

Manhattan Beach city leaders have written state officials asking for rejection of Malibu's bid to scoop up its sand.

The State Lands Commission and California Coastal Commission are studying the sand replenishment plan.

Death Valley now hottest place on earth


DEATH VALLEY (AP) — California's Death Valley has racked up another extreme accolade — it's now deemed the world's hottest place.

Long known as the lowest, driest and hottest spot in the United States, Death Valley this week was named as the hottest place on the globe by the World Meteorological Organization.

An international team of weather experts said the title comes after it investigated a long-held record from El Azizia, Libya, and found that an inexperienced weather observer recorded the temperature incorrectly.

The Libyan record was logged as 136.4 degrees on Sept. 13, 1922 — 90 years ago Thursday. It was set after the observer broke a more reliable instrument and used a complicated and less reliable type of thermometer, experts said. They believe the temperature was off by about 5 degrees.

The new official highest recorded surface temperature is 136 degrees on July 10, 1913, in Death Valley. The average daily high temperature in Death Valley last month was 113 degrees. The hottest day this year was July 11, with 128 degrees.

The committee included experts from Libya, the United States, Egypt and other countries.


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