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POSTED November 20, 2012 6:33 p.m.

BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SUES TO BLOCK SUBWAY FUNDING: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Beverly Hills Unified School District is suing U.S. transportation authorities in a bid to block $2 billion in federal funding for a planned subway route that would run under the city's high school.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday against the Federal Transit Administration and transportation officials.

The lawsuit claims federal officials didn't know about serious seismic and methane-gas risks when approving a central Century City location for a stop along the $5.6 billion Westside Subway Extension.

The suit requests new environmental studies because tunneling to that location would create hazards for Beverly Hills High School.

The district filed a previous lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority.

EX-'PRICE IS RIGHT' MODEL WINS SUIT AGAINST SHOW: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury says a former model on "The Price is Right" was discriminated against by producers because of her pregnancy.

The Superior Court jury awarded $776,944 to Brandi Cochran on Tuesday after deliberations that began last week.

City News Service reports that a second phase of the trial will determine whether Cochran should be awarded punitive damages.

The 41-year-old Cochran is a former Miss USA. She claimed she was rejected by producers when she tried to rejoin "The Price is Right" in 2010 after taking maternity leave.

FremantleMedia North America, one of the producers named in the suit, blamed the verdict on a "flawed process." It says that key evidence was excluded by the court.

HIGH COURT TO HEAR APPEAL ABOUT CALIFORNIA RAISINS: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up an appeal from California raisin producers who object to a government program that aims to stabilize prices by regulating the raisin market.

The justices said Tuesday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that dismissed claims brought by farmers in California's Central Valley. The state produces almost all raisins in the United States and about 40 percent of the crop worldwide.

The farmers complain that a Depression-era law unfairly prevents them from selling their entire crop on the open market when the government determines that there otherwise would be a glut of raisins that would drive prices down.

MAN STRUCK BY CAR AFTER ALLEGED KIDNAP ATTEMPT : NATIONAL CITY  (AP) — Authorities in San Diego County say a 14-year-old girl fought off a would-be kidnapper who was then run over by a car.

Police tell U-T San Diego that the girl and her cousin were walking home from a convenience store in National City on Monday night when a BMW driver stopped and chased them.

Sgt. Julian Villagomez says the man grappled with the 14-year-old and punched her in the face but fled when her relatives heard the noise and ran to help.

Villagomez says the man lay down in the street and was hit by a car but jumped up and ran into a Jack in the Box. The girl's relatives then blocked the door until police arrived.

UC DAVIS MEDICAL SCHOOL DEAN RESIGNING: DAVIS  (AP) — A California university medical school dean is resigning amid controversy over doctor experiments on dying cancer patients.

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine dean Claire Pomeroy said on Monday that she will leave the university on June 30.

She's been dean for seven years and she earned $734,000 last year.

UC Davis doctors may have experimented on dying brain cancer patients without proper university or federal approval.

The university last year banned two neurosurgeons, Dr. J. Paul Muizelaar and Dr. Rudolph J. Schrot, from any research involving human subjects.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals, are investigating the allegations.

The university's provost is also conducting a second internal probe.

TEEN WOUNDED ON COMMUTER TRAIN IN LONG BEACH: LONG BEACH  (AP) — Police are looking for suspects in the shooting of a teenager aboard a Metro Blue Line commuter train in Long Beach.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Transit Services Bureau investigators say the wounded 19-year-old male is hospitalized.

His condition isn't known. Investigators will only say he's stable.

The victim was aboard the Metropolitan Transportation Authority train at the Fifth Street Station when he was shot Monday evening.

Investigators tell City News Service that three to four suspects were seen running away.

A motive for the shooting hasn't been disclosed.

TEACHER PLEADS GUILTY TO FELONY TEEN SEX CHARGES: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California high school teacher has pleaded guilty to charges she had sex with two students.

The Pasadena Star-News says 43-year-old Gabriela Cortez entered pleas on Monday to six felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.

She's free on bail pending sentencing in January. The judge says he will await a probation report before deciding on a sentence.

Cortez taught Spanish at Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles. She was placed on leave after her February arrest.

Prosecutors say Cortez had sex at her Montebello home with two male students who were 16 and 17 years old at the time.

FREEWAY CLOSED AFTER BIG-RIG SPILLS LIQUID ASPHALT: BELL GARDENS  (AP) — Southern California freeway lanes have reopened nine hours after a big-rig hauling liquid asphalt flipped and spilled its 1,500 gallons of goo.

The truck overturned during a multi-vehicle crash in northbound lanes of Interstate 710 at about 8:30 p.m. Monday and the freeway remained closed until just before dawn on Tuesday.

KNX radio says commuter traffic was moving in most of the northbound lanes at 6 a.m..

Three people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after the Bell Gardens crash about 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

 

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