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POSTED January 31, 2013 8:07 p.m.

WIFE DRIVES TRUCK INTO HOME OF HUBBY'S GIRLFRIEND: PIONEERTOWN  (AP) — Investigators say a Southern California woman angry over her husband's love affair drove a truck into the other woman's desert home.

KCDZ radio says 49-year-old Karen Eastwood caused significant structural damage early Tuesday when she drove the big-rig into the house in Pioneertown, a rural Morongo Valley community about 60 miles east of San Bernardino.

Sheriff's investigators say the woman rammed the truck into the house several times as revenge for having a relationship with her husband.

APPEALS JUDGES: ANTI-PAPARAZZI LAW APPEARS LEGAL: LOS ANGELES (AP) — An appeals panel says California's anti-paparazzi statute appears to be constitutional based on a brief filed by prosecutors.

A preliminary statement by three judges in Los Angeles requires a judge who dismissed charges aimed at a paparazzo who authorities say was driving recklessly to review his order. The judge may stick to his ruling, which would trigger a full appeal, or he could schedule further arguments on the case against freelance photographer Paul Raef.

Raef was the first person charged under the new law after a high-speed chase involving Justin Bieber last year.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson dismissed two charges in November, ruling the law is too broad and is unconstitutional.

CALIFORNIA INMATE DIES WHILE AWAITING EXECUTION: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A 61-year-old inmate has died while awaiting execution at San Quentin State Prison.

Prison officials say James Leslie Karis was found unresponsive alone in his cell early Thursday.

Karis was sentenced to death by a Sacramento County jury in 1982 for kidnapping two Placerville women, raping one, and shooting both in the back.

Thirty-four-year-old Peggy Pennington died, but 27-year-old Patty Vander Dussen lived to identify her attacker.

As he was being sentenced, Karis refused to let jurors hear evidence of his abusive childhood that might have spared his life.

California has executed 14 inmates since 1978, while 57 condemned inmates have died from natural causes and 21 have committed suicide.

 

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