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POSTED May 7, 2013 9:37 p.m.

 

 3 PARTIES SPLITTING $1M AWARD: PLOTLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say three parties will split the $1 million reward offered during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, with most of it going to a couple tied up by the rogue ex-cop before his final shootout with authorities.

The LAPD posted a document on its website Tuesday explaining the payout process, saying, 80 percent of it will go to the couple, James and Karen Reynolds, 15 percent to a man who found Dorner's burning truck in the Big Bear area where he was eventually discovered, and 5 percent to a tow-truck driver who spotted Dorner at a Corona gas station earlier in the manhunt.

BOSTON MARATHON FUND CHIEF: LOWER EXPECTATIONS: BOSTON (AP) — The administrator of a fund created to help Boston Marathon bombing victims has a blunt message for them: Lower your expectations.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg said at a public meeting Tuesday that the $28 million One Fund Boston won't pay out nearly enough to fully compensate the families of the three killed or the more than 260 injured, and may not pay much of anything to those with less serious injuries.

"There isn't enough money to pay everybody who justifiably expects it or needs it," he said.

Meanwhile, there was no resolution about where to bury one of the two suspects in the attack.

An aide to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said he did not want to see Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was a resident of Cambridge, buried in Boston and called the decision "a family issue."

STUDENTS TO CHALLENGE 'TWERKING' VIDEO SUSPENSIONS: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Some of the dozens of students suspended for making a suggestive "twerking" video at a San Diego high school are challenging their punishment.

Thirty-one students, mostly girls, were suspended from Scripps Ranch High School last week, days after the online posting of a video showing students doing the posterior-shaking dance.

School district Superintendent Bill Kowba says in a memo that he considers the video deeply offensive with implications for lewd conduct and sexual harassment.

Six of the students are seniors and could be banned from the prom, commencement ceremony and other events.

COLORADO SHOOTINGS SUSPECT TO ENTER INSANITY PLEA: DENVER (AP) — The man accused in the deadly Colorado theater shootings wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers said Tuesday, despite their fears that the plea could severely hamper his ability to mount a defense against the death penalty.

James Holmes is charged with more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder in the July 20 assault on a packed Aurora movie theater that killed 12 and injured 70. Prosecutors announced last month they would seek the death penalty.

Holmes was widely expected to plead insanity given the compelling evidence against him, but his attorneys put it off for weeks, saying state laws on the death penalty and insanity overlap in ways that violate his constitutional rights and his ability to mount an effective defense.

One of their worries: If Holmes doesn't cooperate with doctors who will evaluate his sanity at the state mental hospital, he could be barred from calling witnesses to testify about his mental condition during sentencing. That would make it nearly impossible for his lawyers to use his mental state as an argument against the death penalty.

VENTURA COUNTY GROWERS TOLD TO USE LESS WATER: CAMARILLO  (AP) — Growers in Ventura County are being told to use less water this fall or face shortages.

Officials with the United Water Conservation District said at a meeting Monday in Camarillo that groundwater levels are as low as they've been in years.

The district will be unable to meet more than half of the peak demand of water, which occurs in October.

Murray McEachron, a hydrologist with United Water, predicted that by August wells in the Saticoy area may go dry.

More than 60 people from the Farm Bureau of Ventura County and the California Strawberry Commission attended the meeting.

The district manages groundwater supplies for 340,000 users in the county.

Much of the state experienced a record-dry January and February.

3 BODIES FOUND ON FARM: OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday were investigating the deaths of three people whose bodies were found on a rural property in eastern Kansas, a day after friends of the residents called police to report a foul smell at the site.

Meanwhile, investigators in a nearby county were waiting to see if one of the bodies is a suburban Kansas City mother who has been missing with her 18-month-old baby since last week.

The bodies of two adult men and one woman were found Monday on the farm west of Ottawa, which is located about 60 miles southwest of Kansas City, Sheriff Jeff Richards said at a news conference.

Kortni McGill, of Ottawa, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she, Corey Schlotzhauer, 26, and Shona Osladil, 21, went to the home Monday afternoon and saw in the garage a dead body covered in a tarp and weighted down with a cinder block.

MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN TEXAS COURTHOUSE KILLING: GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — After disrupting his capital murder trial several times with profanity-filled outbursts, a Texas man erupted in one final chaotic fit when a jury sentenced him to death on Tuesday for killing a bystander while trying to shoot his daughter outside a courthouse.

Bartholomew Granger's courtroom rants against his daughter, prosecutors and the judge had intensified since he was convicted last week of capital murder in the death of 79-year-old Minnie Ray Sebolt, who was walking outside the courthouse in Beaumont when she was shot in March 2012.

Granger, 42, showed no remorse as he admitted opening fire on his daughter and running her over with his truck because she had testified against him in a sexual assault case, but he insisted he didn't kill Sebolt. His daughter and her mother were among three women wounded in the attack.

 

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