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POSTED November 21, 2012 9:54 p.m.

DISNEY WORKER INJURED ON SPACE MOUNTAIN: ANAHEIM  (AP) — Firefighters say a Disneyland worker was badly injured while he was cleaning the roof of the Space Mountain ride.

The 37-year-old man suffered a broken leg, a broken clavicle and may have broken ribs in the Wednesday morning accident.

Anaheim Fire Marshal Jeff Lutz says his department responded to a call at 7:05 a.m. that a contract worker had slid along the sloped roof of Space Mountain after one of the ropes in his harness apparently came loose.

He apparently slid 20 feet before crashing into a barricade at the bottom of the 45 degree-angled roof.

The incident will be investigated by state workplace safety officials.

Last month, a 68-year-old Disneyland machinist was critically injured when the Space Mountain ride vehicle struck him.

MONEY FROM STATE CARBON AUCTION LESS THAN EXPECTED; SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The sale of California's first pollution permits will generate less money than expected for the state budget.

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers projected that the nation's largest carbon marketplace would raise $1 billion during the fiscal year that ends in June, with about half the proceeds going to close the state's budget deficit.

But the first sale last week raised only $289 million, with most earmarked for utilities and ratepayers. That leaves the state about $56 million.

Two more auctions are planned in February and May. But the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office estimates that the state may gain only about $140 million if the trend holds.

Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer said on Wednesday that the governor's January budget could reflect the lower projections.

JUSTIN BIEBER WON'T FACE CHARGE FOR MAY ENCOUNTER: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors decided not to file any charges against Justin Bieber after investigators found no evidence that the pop star had kicked and punched a photographer after leaving a movie theater last month, a document obtained Wednesday states.

Prosecutors had been asked by police to consider filing a misdemeanor battery charge against Bieber, but Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators found no visible injuries, video or photographs to confirm the allegations by the photographer.

Bieber, 18, was leaving the theater in suburban Calabasas with girlfriend Selena Gomez on May 27 when he had the encounter in a parking lot.

A doctor found only superficial injuries, and deputies observed no injuries on the man after the incident, the document states.

JURY AWARDS $9M IN DEPUTY WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT: COMPTON  (AP) — A jury says the family of an unarmed man shot to death by Los Angeles sheriff's deputies after a car chase should get $9 million.

Deputies in an unmarked sheriff's car were following suspected drunken driver Alfredo Montalvo in Lynwood and had called for backup squad cars when the 29-year-old married father of two crashed into parked cars in 2009.

Montalvo's car was wedged between the vehicles when he put the car in reverse and rammed a sheriff's car, knocking down a deputy.

More than a dozen deputies surrounding the car fired 61 shots in what Montalvo family lawyer John Taylor calls "contagious fire."

POLICE: GUN USED BY SHOOTER AT CALIF. PLANT STOLEN: FRESNO  (AP) — The handgun used by a former convict to shoot co-workers execution-style at a Central California chicken processing plant was stolen in a residential burglary in June, a police chief said Wednesday.

It wasn't clear who stole the four-shot Derringer handgun or how the suspect in the Nov. 6 attack acquired it, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said at a news conference. The serial numbers on the gun had been filed off, but federal investigators were able to raise the numbers and match them to the stolen gun, he said.

Lawrence Nathaniel Jones shot four co-workers, two fatally, in the middle of his morning shift at Valley Protein, investigators have said. The 42-year-old then took his own life. A motive hasn't been established.

One of the victims, Arnulfo Conrriguez, who was shot in the neck, remains in stable condition at Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center, Dyer said.

QUARANTINE FOR DEADLY CITRUS PEST: FRESNO  (AP) — California officials plan to quarantine an area in the state's citrus belt where a pest capable of killing citrus trees was found.

California Department of Food and Agriculture spokesman Steve Lyle said Tuesday that the state is working to determine the quarantine's boundaries in Tulare County. The quarantine will go into effect next week.

An Asian citrus psyllid was discovered last week in a commercial citrus orchard in the county. The psyllid can spread a bacteria capable of killing citrus trees.

Officials were not able to determine whether the psyllid found near Strathmore was carrying the bacteria.

BROWN NAMES TOP ADMINISTRATION AIDE TO JUDGESHIP: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed one of his top aides to serve on a state appeals court.

Jim Humes has been Brown's executive secretary for legal affairs, administration and policy since the Democratic governor took office last year. He functioned as one of the administration's two chiefs of staff.

No replacement was immediately announced.

Humes also served as Brown's chief deputy after he was elected attorney general in 2006.

On Wednesday, Brown appointed the 53-year-old Democrat to become an associate justice on the San Francisco-based First District Court of Appeal. He would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Patricia Sepulveda.

Humes will become the appeals courts' first openly gay justice if the appointment is confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The position pays $204,599 a year.

 

WOMAN SHOT DURING ARGUMENT IN SUPERMARKET: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman has been shot in the leg during a squabble in a Southern California supermarket.

Los Angeles police Officer Bruce Borihanh says a woman was arguing with another woman in the Boyle Heights Food4Less market Tuesday night when a man accompanying one of the women pulled a gun and fired.

The woman was wounded in the leg. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.

 

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