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POSTED April 19, 2013 9:47 p.m.

HOME, FORD TEAM UP ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY: LOS ANGELES (AP) — KB Home is teaming up with Ford Motor Co. in hopes of making energy efficiency a more compelling proposition to would-be homeowners who also drive hybrid and plug-in vehicles.

The homebuilder-automaker partnership announced Friday doesn't involve any financial considerations, the companies said.

Instead, executives at both companies acknowledge the potential for appealing to each other's environmentally conscious customers.

"It's about increased sales, but also how we demonstrate to customers that there's real value in each and every house," said Dan Bridleman, senior vice president of sustainable technology and purchasing at KB Home.

The Los Angeles-based builder is showcasing the energy savings that can be achieved when one pairs its latest model of a net-zero home and a plug-in vehicle from Ford.

Net-zero homes generate electricity through solar power or other forms of alternative energy, in addition to being decked out with appliances and other environmentally-friendly features that ultimately reduce the owner's power bill to zero. That typically happens because the home generates more energy than it consumes. It then sends the excess to a power grid and builds a credit.

CAT WRAPPED IN DUCT TAPE DUMPED AT LA-AREA SHELTER: BALDWIN PARK  (AP) — A cat is recovering after it was dropped off at a Southern California animal shelter with its head and paws wrapped in duct tape.

The 2-year-old male cat was found Thursday at the Baldwin Park shelter. A worker spotted a box in the parking lot, opened it and found a cat with its mouth and nose wrapped in red duct tape, gasping for breath. Its feet also were taped.

Los Angeles County animal control officers say the cat is recovering but will need more rehabilitation time before he's ready for adoption.

MAN SAYS HE KILLED WOMAN WITH BB GUN: SANTA ANA  (AP) — Authorities in Orange County say a man claims he accidentally shot a woman to death with a BB gun.

Police were called to a Santa Ana home Thursday morning.

Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says they found a woman unconscious with a small wound in her upper chest. Thirty-two-year-old Martha Marin died at a hospital.

Police say a 34-year-old man at the home told officers he accidentally shot her with a BB rifle. However, police haven't determined whether the shooting really was accidental.

RIVERSIDE COUPLE SUES OVER PIT BULL SHOOTING: RIVERSIDE  (AP) — A Riverside couple is suing police for $350,000 for shooting their pit bull, named Brad Pitt.

Lindsey Gonzalez-Rivera and Luis Rivera contend that the killing was unwarranted.

Police were deployed to the couple's neighborhood last August to serve an arrest warrant on a murder suspect who lived two doors away.

Police say one officer who was stationed at the Riveras' backyard shot Brad Pitt after the dog surprised, cornered and attacked him.

However, the Riveras claim the officer shot the pit bull through a gate and that it wasn't a danger. They sued late last month.

City Attorney Greg Priamos says the city will defend itself against the suit.

NBC PULLS 'HANNIBAL' EPISODE AFTER BOSTON VIOLENCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC said Friday that it's pulling an episode of its serial killer drama "Hannibal" out of sensitivity to recent violence, including the Boston bombings.

The episode that was to air next week features a character, played by guest star Molly Shannon, who brainwashes children to kill other children.

"Hannibal" executive producer Bryan Fuller asked NBC to pull the episode, citing the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December and this week's Boston Marathon attack, NBC spokesman Stuart Levine said.


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