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DOC CONVICTED OF MISDEMEANORS IN OHIO TEEN'S DEATH: DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The doctor of a 14-year-old Ohio girl who had cerebral palsy and weighed just 28 pounds when she died has been found guilty of three counts of failing to report child abuse or neglect.

Montgomery County prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says Margaret Edwards was found guilty Friday in juvenile court in Dayton. The Trotwood resident is scheduled to be sentenced on the misdemeanors May 16.

Edwards was Makayla Norman's doctor from July 2010 until the girl's March 2011 death from nutritional and medical neglect complicated by her chronic condition.

Edwards hasn't returned calls seeking comment.

Norman's mother and a nurse were convicted last year of involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Two other nurses were convicted of failing to provide for a functionally impaired person.

OHIO POLICE CHIEF SAYS HE ATE CAKE LACED WITH POT: LAURELVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief says he ate cake left in his kitchen without realizing it was laced with cannabis oil.

Laurelville Chief Mike Berkemeier says he fell ill after eating the cake a couple of weeks ago and couldn't figure out what was wrong. He says he drove a few blocks to the police station, where medics took him for medical testing.

The Logan Daily News reports Berkemeier was hospitalized for more than a day. While there, a phone call with his daughter revealed the cake had been laced with an oil form of the psychoactive chemical component that causes a high from marijuana.

Berkemeier tells WBNS-TV one of his daughter's friends took the cake to his home, about 35 miles southeast of Columbus.

FACEBOOK THREAT CLOSES SCOTTS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL: SCOTTS VALLEY  (AP) — Police are trying to find the person who posted an online threat against a Santa Cruz County high school that led to all classes and activities being canceled as a precaution.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that school officials kept Scotts Valley High School closed on Friday after local police alerted them to the shooting threat made on a Facebook thread.

Scotts Valley Police Sgt. John Wilson tells the newspaper that part of the post stated, "If you go to school tomorrow, you will die."

Families were notified by email overnight that the school would be closed.

Student Karina Cordro didn't get the news and showed up at school. She assumes the threat was a prank, but it creeped her out anyway.

Principal Valerie Bariteau says she hopes the threat was a hoax despite the inconvenience it caused.

2 INJURED, 1 IN CUSTODY AFTER SHOOTING AT VA. MALL: CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — An 18-year-old student is behind bars, charged with shooting and injuring two women at a mall branch of a southwestern Virginia community college.

Christiansburg Police Chief Mark Sisson said Friday evening that Neil MacInnis of Christiansburg was charged with two counts each of malicious wounding and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail.

Authorities are still trying to establish a motive and any connection between MacInnis and the victims.

Sisson says MacInnis was subdued at New River Valley Mall minutes after he entered the satellite campus of New River Community College around 2 p.m. Friday.

One of the victims was airlifted to the hospital and the other was taken by ambulance. Officials did not provide any update on their conditions.

CALIF. TEACHERS FUND TO SELL $3M IN FIREARM STOCKS: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The nation's largest teacher pension fund says it will sell about $3 million worth of stock from companies that make guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines that are illegal in California.

The California State Teachers' Retirement System announced Friday that it will sell holdings in Sturm, Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer made a motion in January to divest after pension fund officials determined that the $162 billion fund invests in the owner of a company that manufactured one of the weapons used in the Connecticut school shooting.

The fund invests for more than 850,000 public school teachers, other employees and their relatives.

CARNIVAL: NO REIMBURSEMENT TO US FOR DISABLED SHIP: MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. says all maritime interests must assist without question those in trouble at sea, a duty that would not include reimbursing the U.S. government nearly $780,000 for costs associated with the rescue of the crippled Triumph cruise ship.

Carnival released letters Friday replying to an inquiry by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, about the Triumph stranding and the cruise line's overall safety record. Among Rockefeller's questions was whether Carnival would repay the government for Coast Guard costs in the Triumph case as well as $3.4 million to the Coast Guard and Navy from the 2010 stranding of the Carnival Splendor in the Pacific Ocean.

"These costs must ultimately be borne by federal taxpayers," Rockefeller said in his March letter, adding that Carnival appears to pay little or no federal income taxes.

DEALER SELLING ROGUE EX-LAPD COP'S GUN FOR CHARITY: NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A southern Nevada pawn gun dealer is auctioning a handgun once owned by a rogue former LAPD officer who killed four people before fatally shooting himself after a manhunt in February.

George Bramlett at Bargain Pawn in North Las Vegas thinks the .38 Special that Christopher Dorner sold him in January might fetch a couple of thousand dollars.

He tells The Associated Press he wants to donate the money to the families of two California police officers Dorner killed.

But administrators handling funds for San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputy Jeremiah MacKay and Riverside police Officer Michael Crain say the families don't want the money.

Sgt. Brian Smith calls the offer "morbid."

Already, the bidding is close to $500 for a weapon Bramlett says is probably worth $250 to $300.