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POSTED July 9, 2013 8:41 p.m.

 

PANEL: NEXT MARS ROVER SHOULD GATHER ROCKS, SOIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA-appointed team says the next rover sent to Mars should collect rocks and dirt and store them so that a later mission can return them to Earth. The team's report posted online Tuesday describes recommended science goals for the mission slated to launch in 2020. NASA last year said it planned to launch another rover to the red planet following the success of Curiosity, which made a dramatic touchdown near the Martian equator last August. To keep costs down, engineers will recycle spare parts where possible and use the same landing technology that delivered Curiosity to the surface.

 

JUDGE: TEEN TAFT SCHOOL SHOOTER WILL STAND TRIAL: BAKERSFIELD (AP) — A teenager accused of wounding a classmate at Taft Union High School last year will stand trial on attempted murder charges. A Kern County judge ruled at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday that there is sufficient evidence to try suspect Bryan Oliver on two counts of premeditated attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm. Oliver was 16 at the time of the shooting and is being tried as an adult. He has pleaded not guilty. Defense attorney Paul Cadman told the Bakersfield Californian that Oliver was bullied by his classmates and snapped.

 

30K INMATES REFUSE MEALS IN PROTEST: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Corrections officials say more than 30,000 of California's nearly 133,000 inmates have refused at least one meal as part of a protest over inmates held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison. Inmates announced what they say is the third extended hunger strike in two years to protest conditions for the more than 4,500 held in what are known as Security Housing Units. The isolation units at Pelican Bay near the Oregon border and three other maximum security prisons house mostly gang members and their associates. About 2,300 inmates also refused to go to their jobs or classes.

 

WOMAN BOOKED IN JAIL DIES: SACRAMENTO (AP) — The Sacramento Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a woman who was in custody on drug charges. The Sacramento Police Department booked the 39-year-old Monday on suspicion of possessing 9 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of cocaine. Shortly after 2 a.m. the woman told deputies monitoring the holding tank that she had ingested a controlled substance and was feeling ill. Emergency workers took her to a hospital, where she died at 3:18 a.m.

 

ALLEGIANT TO OFFER HONOLULU-LOS ANGELES FLIGHTS: HONOLULU (AP) — Allegiant Air will be offering flights between Honolulu and Los Angeles. The Las Vegas-based budget airline announced the new service Tuesday. The flights will operate twice a week starting Oct. 30. Introductory one-way fares starting at $99 are being offered. Tickets must be purchased by July 14 for travel by Feb. 13. Allegiant began flying to Hawaii in 2012 with flights from Las Vegas and Fresno. 

 

CITY TRIES HUMOR TO KEEP BUTTS OUT OF PARKS: GLENDALE (AP) — It's not the kind of sign you usually see at a park: "''Our deer don't smoke in your backyard. Please don't smoke in theirs." But the Los Angeles foothill suburb of Glendale hopes such jokes will do a serious job and keep smokers from trashing local parks and trails. The Los Angeles Times says 18 humorous signs were put up in April throughout the Verdugo and San Rafael mountains, at the Glendale Sports Complex and Deukmejian Wilderness Park. Other samples: "Do not throw cigarette butts on the ground. Our squirrels are getting cancer" and "Smokers will be fed to the bears."

 

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