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POSTED February 19, 2013 8:00 p.m.

WARDEN SHOOTS, KILLS MOUNTAIN LION: COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — Authorities plan to perform a necropsy on a mountain lion that was shot and killed by a California Fish and Wildlife warden in Placer County over the weekend.

The warden had gone to the area near Colfax on Sunday to post signs warning hikers about a mountain lion sighting there a day earlier when he noticed the animal.

Fish and wildlife spokesman Mark Michilizzi tells the Sacramento Bee the mountain lion appeared prepared to pounce on the warden, who then shot and killed it.

Michilizzi called the warden's actions appropriate, saying the mountain lion was a risk to the warden and the public.

A necropsy is planned to try to help officials determine what may have prompted the animal's behavior. Mountain lions rarely attack humans.

CALIF. PENSION FUND MOVES TO DIVEST FROM FIREARMS: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California's largest public pension system has approved divesting from companies that make guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines that are illegal in the state.

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer made the motion Tuesday as a board member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System.

Lockyer had requested a review of CalPERS' investments after it was revealed that the state teachers' retirement fund invested in the owner of a company that manufactured one of the weapons used in the Connecticut school shooting.

The California State Teachers' Retirement System last month approved Lockyer's motion to divest from companies that manufacture assault weapons, Saturday Night Specials or high-capacity ammunition magazines.

CalPERS has $5 million invested in Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. and Sturm, Ruger & Co. The move is expected to have a negligible impact.

DISNEYLAND MONORAIL TEMPORARILY SHUT DOWN: ANAHEIM  (AP) — A monorail train at Disneyland has returned to service after a temporary shutdown due to a short circuit.

Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown says the theme park's initial report that Monday's incident involved a faulty wheel was in error.

Brown says it turned out to be a minor repair and the Red Monorail is back in service Tuesday at the Anaheim park.

There were no reports of injuries.

CALIF. HOLDS 2ND CAP-AND-TRADE AUCTION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is holding its second auction of carbon permits under its cap-and-trade program meant to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

The state Air Resource Board on Tuesday is auctioning about 22 million tons of carbon permits, called allowances.

The results are expected Friday, according to the Sacramento Bee.

California's cap-and-trade program sets a limit on the amount of carbon that can be released annually from the biggest industrial polluters, a cap that will decline over time.

Right now companies are receiving most of their allowances for free, but can purchase the remainder through the auction or on the open market.

If a company reduces its emissions below the cap, it can sell extra allowances.

The California Chamber of Commerce has sued to halt the program, calling it an illegal tax.

BODY FOUND ON ROOF OF DOWNTOWN LA HOTEL: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say a body has been found on the roof of a downtown hotel where a Canadian tourist was last seen last month.

Officer Diana Figueroa says police responded to the roof of the Cecil Hotel just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Figueroa says it's too soon to know the victim's identity with certainty.

Vancouver, British Columbia, resident Elisa Lam traveled to California alone on Jan. 27 and the 21-year-old was last seen by workers at the Cecil Hotel on Jan. 31.

 

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