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POSTED January 23, 2013 7:26 p.m.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS ANOTHER DAY OF RECORD HEAT: LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Diego has broken a 103-year-old daily temperature record but a winter heat spell may be easing.

While the rest of the nation shivered Tuesday, Southern California had highs in the 80s.

San Diego's 80 beat the 1910 record of 76. Lake Elsinore's 81 also snapped a 1910 record by a degree.

Chula Vista and El Cajon also broke records and Ramona tied.

Elsewhere, UCLA's 82 degrees beat the 79 set in 1976 and Camarillo Airport's 82 was a degree over the 1968 record.

JANUARY REVENUE BUMP AFTER TAX CHANGES: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California revenues may finish January about $4 billion ahead of projections because of a jump in income taxes.

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office also says the state set a single-day record on Jan. 16 when the Franchise Tax Board received $2.2 billion in taxes, mostly in payments from the 6 percent of filers who pay quarterly.

The state is now poised to finish the month well ahead of projections.

But agency chief forecaster Jason Sisney said that there needs to be caution in interpreting the one-month boom, saying the spike could be influenced by recent unusual events.

Experts say a major factor was that top earners took a flurry of income at the end of December because of an anticipated 2013 hike in federal tax rates.

AUTHORITIES IN TRUCKEE WARN OF POSSIBLE THIN ICE: TRUCKEE  (AP) — The ice on Donner Lake in the Sierra Nevada may look sturdy, but authorities say it is unstable and are warning skaters of the dangers.

Fire and rescue officials in Truckee say while it was bitterly cold over the past month, temperatures have warmed and the ice is fragile.

They say conditions are similar to five years ago when a skater fell through the ice and drowned.

Authorities say there's no law or ordinance prohibiting ice skating, but they are urging people to weigh the risk before lacing up their skates and heading onto the lake.

FALLING BOULDER KILLS RIVERSIDE COUNTY HIKER: TEMECULA (AP) — A hiker has died after he was struck by a falling boulder in Riverside County.

Coroner's investigators say 23-year-old Nicholas Lovato of Menifee died instantly on Monday.

Investigators say Lovato and four other people had hiked into the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve near Temecula — which is off-limits to the public.

Lovato was sitting on a rock outcropping when it suddenly gave way. He fell about 30 feet into a canyon and then was struck and killed by a falling boulder.

GLENDALE WANTS GUN SHOW BAN ON CITY PROPERTY: GLENDALE  (AP) — Reacting to the Connecticut school shooting massacre, a Southern California city has decided to draft a law banning gun shows on city-owned property.

The Glendale City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to ask the city attorney to draw up an ordinance halting gun shows at the Glendale Civic Auditorium and elsewhere on city property.

The Glendale Gun Show has been held at the site since 1992. The March gun show will be held as scheduled.

Glendale Gun Show events have earned the city $158,000 in the past three years.

EX-TEACHER GETS 60 YEARS FOR MOLESTING BOYS: SAN BERNARDINO  (AP) — A former Southern California elementary school teacher and church youth volunteer who molested little boys for a quarter century has been sentenced to 60 years to life in prison.

San Bernardino County prosecutors say 52-year-old Caleb Hesse pleaded guilty last month to five counts of molesting boys under 14.

Hesse was sentenced on Tuesday.

Hesse was originally charged with 17 counts of child molestation involving boys as young as 9 years old over a 25-year period ending this year.

Hesse was a first grade teacher at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree. He resigned during the investigation.

He was also a youth volunteer with Evangelical Free Church in Yucca Valley

CALIF. MAN IN AX ATTACK PLEADS NOT GUILTY: MOUNTAIN GATE  (AP) — A Northern California man charged with hacking two men to death with an ax used to split logs has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Thirty-five-year-old Thomas McDonald entered the plea in Shasta County Superior Court through his attorney on Tuesday.

The  judge appointed a psychologist to evaluate him.

McDonald is facing first-degree murder, aggravated mayhem and other charges in the February 2012 attack on 54-year-old Karl Bradshaw and 84-year-old Ralph Gearhart Torborg in the town of Mountain Gate.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eight people who say they were hurt when Anaheim police broke up an angry crowd after a deadly police shooting have filed claims against the city.

The  claims of civil rights violations, physical and emotional injury were filed last week and Tuesday. The eight, including an 11-year-old girl, are seeking $500,000 each. Two other men filed claims last year.

All claim they were injured as police tried to control neighbors who gathered on July 21 after officers killed Manuel Diaz. Diaz was unarmed and the shooting sparked protests.

COURT TELLS PRISON TO STOP RACE-BASED PUNISHMENT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeals court has ordered California's Pelican Bay State Prison to halt race-based punishment except during riots and other dire emergencies.

The California Court of Appeal on Wednesday ruled that Pelican Bay authorities were wrong to deprive certain ethnic groups privileges such as family visits, outside exercise and religious services during lengthy periods of heightened racial tensions.

The unanimous three-judge panel upheld a lower court ruling in favor of Jose Morales, a Hispanic inmate from Southern California.

Morales filed a lawsuit in 2010 alleging he was denied certain privileges afforded other inmates because of his ethnic classification.

Prison officials argued unsuccessfully that such "partial lockdowns" of certain ethnic groups is a vital tool in combating racial violence.


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