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POSTED September 18, 2012 7:46 p.m.

FBI says monitoring Occupy protests within rules

OAKLAND  (AP) — The FBI says surveillance of the Occupy Oakland fall protests was within federal rules and there was no intrusion into the lives of law-abiding people.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California complained earlier this month that documents obtained through a public records request included FBI reports on Occupy Oakland.

The FBI told the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday that the bureau is required to conduct investigations in a way that respects liberty and privacy.

FBI monitoring of the Occupy movement, the bureau says, stayed within federal rules.

The documents obtained by the ACLU include FBI reports on Occupy protests, a meeting on how to deal with a possible airport demonstration and an alert to corporate security officials before December's attempt to shut down the Port of Oakland.

San Jose Police Chief Moore announces retirement

SAN JOSE (AP) — Embattled San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore, who has been facing criticism for the city's surging crime and officers' low morale, says he is retiring.

Moore made his surprise announcement on Monday. He became police chief in February 2011 after serving as acting chief for four months. His last day will be on January 31.

The 51-year-old's announcement comes nearly a month after the police union delayed a potential "vote of no confidence" against him and Assemblywoman Nora Campos' open letter to the 30-year police veteran stating that the city's violence is "spiraling out of control."

San Jose's 33 homicides this year is on pace to surpass last year's total of 39.

Moore said budget cuts and officers either being laid off or leaving for other agencies, played a part in his decision as well as spending more time with his family.

Family says Calif. man may have fallen from train

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The family of a retired California firefighter who disappeared from an Amtrak train says it now appears that he may have fallen from the train somewhere in eastern Colorado or western Nebraska.

Charlie Dowd's family members had been organizing searches in Omaha and Lincoln for the 69-year-old San Mateo man because they believed he may have mistakenly gotten off the train at one of those stops.

But Jen Dowd said Tuesday Amtrak police told the family a passenger on the California-to-Chicago train saw Dowd standing near a train door Thursday night. Another passenger later found an exterior door ajar around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Jen Dowd says the search for her father will now focus on the 160 miles of track between Fort Morgan, Colo., and McCook, Neb.

Yahoo closes $7.6 billion deal with Alibaba Group

 

SUNNYVALE  (AP) — Yahoo has completed a long-awaited $7.6 billion deal with China's Alibaba Group, generating a windfall that could help ease the pain of Yahoo shareholders who have endured the company's foibles during the past few years.

After Yahoo distributes most of the proceeds to its shareholders, its recently hired CEO Marissa Mayer will still have an extra $1.3 billion to finance acquisitions or hire new talent as she tries revive the company's revenue growth.

 

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