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POSTED November 20, 2013 8:44 p.m.


NRA SUES SAN FRANCISCO OVER GUN CAPACITY LAW: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National Rifle Association is suing the city of San Francisco, claiming the city violated the Second Amendment with a new ordinance banning possession of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in response to the recently approved measure. The new law expands an existing ban on sales of large-capacity gun magazines and requires owners who have those magazines to turn them over to police within 90 days starting next month.

The lawsuit says limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds gives violent criminals an edge over people trying to protect themselves.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled people have the right to possess handguns in their home for self-defense. NRA attorneys contend weapons holding more than 10 cartridges are in the same category.

OAKLAND POLICE SEARCH FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT: OAKLAND  (AP) — Authorities say a hostage managed to escape following an armed robbery in Oakland.

Two men committed the robbery around 11 a.m. Wednesday in east Oakland. A hostage was later taken, but managed to free himself.

Police say one of the suspects was caught, but the other ran through the grounds of a nearby school. That suspect remained at large as of 1 p.m.

At least two schools were locked down and some residents evacuated, as police looked for the second suspect.

STATE WON'T SEEK NEW TRIAL IN ELDER ABUSE CASE : PLACERVILLE  (AP) — California's attorney general has declined to seek a new trial against the former head nurse at a senior care facility who was accused of felony elderly abuse in the death of an Alzheimer's patient.

State officials said this week they won't seek another trial against Donna Darlene Palmer after an El Dorado County judge declared a mistrial when a jury failed to reach a verdict.

Palmer, ex-director of nursing at Placerville's El Dorado Care Center, was one of two nurses charged last year. Investigators say 77-year-old Johnnie Esco was supposed to be constantly monitored by nurses at the facility. But she died of fecal impaction in 2008 after 13 days in the nursing home.

Rebecca Smith, a licensed vocational nurse, pleaded no contest to felony elder abuse.

SONOMA'S PUBLIC POWER AGENCY SIGNS ENERGY CONTRACT: SANTA ROSA  (AP) — Sonoma County's new public power agency has signed an energy contract that will allow it to provide residents with a larger mix of electricity from renewable sources than is currently offered by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Sonoma Clean Power entered into an agreement with Constellation, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Exelon, Corp.

If the deal is finalized, the agency would become the second such public power agency in California to become active.

The nearly $70-million deal would provide power to an initial 20,000 commercial customers.

Some 120,000 residential accounts will join by 2017, when the agency expects to have secondary energy contracts for $115 million annually.

Seventy percent of the power would be from carbon-free, non-nuclear sources like hydroelectric and solar.


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