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ORE. BILL WOULD REGULATE TRACKING DEVICES FOR KIDS: SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It hasn't happened yet in Oregon, but some lawmakers want to be prepared for the day schools replace roll call with tracking devices.

The Oregon Senate passed a bill Wednesday in a 28-2 vote that would require schools to notify students, parents and the state Board of Education before integrating radio-frequency technology that would track students' locations on campus.

Radio frequency identification devices are computer chips used to track cattle, consumer products and, in some U.S. schools, kids.

The devices can be implanted into student ID cards or attached to clothing for the purpose of monitoring students' location on campus, replacing the need to take attendance.

So far, only a few schools in Texas and California have integrated the technology.

JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF PA. GIRL WHO NEEDS LUNGS: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A dying 10-year-old girl can move up the adult waiting list for a lung transplant after a federal judge intervened in her case Wednesday, a move questioned by a prominent medical ethicist.

U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson suspended an age factor in the nation's transplant rules for 10 days for Sarah Murnaghan because of the severity of her condition.

The girl's family believes that is enough time to find a match. Sarah has been hospitalized at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for three months with end-stage cystic fibrosis.

The Newtown Square family filed suit Wednesday to challenge organ transplant rules that say children under age 12 must wait for pediatric lungs to become available, or wait at the end of the adult list, which included adults who aren't as critically ill. The Murnaghans say pediatric lungs are rarely donated, so they believe older children should have equal access to the adult donations.

The judge's ruling lifting the age requirement applies only to Sarah, at least until a June 14 hearing on the request for a broader injunction. Nationwide, about 1,700 people are on the waiting list for a lung transplant, including 31 children under age 11, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.



Kamala Harris sued last month to block a 5 ½-mile extension of State Route 241.

The suit claims the toll road agency violated state environmental law in approving the project.

It calls the extension a dead-end "road to nowhere" and claims its real purpose is to pave the way for a 16-mile extension linking 241 to Interstate 5 near the San Diego County line.

The California Coastal Commission has rejected the longer extension.

The Foothill-Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency contends the small extension is a stand-alone project. Spokeswoman Lori Olin says the agency hasn't seen the suit and can't comment.

RARE PERSIAN CARPET SELLS FOR $33.7 MILLION IN NYC: NEW YORK (AP) — A Persian rug from the early 17th century has sold for $33.7 million in New York City.

Sotheby's auction house says Wednesday's price for the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet was more than three times the previous auction record for a carpet.

The Sickle-Leaf Carpet sold to an anonymous telephone bidder. The seller was the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The carpet was part of a collection bequeathed to Corcoran in 1926 by William A. Clark, an industrialist and U.S. senator from Montana.

The previous record price for a carpet was $9.6 million for a Persian carpet sold by Christie's in London in April 2010.

The Sickle-Leaf carpet measures 8 feet 9 inches by 6 feet 5 inches.

ARIZONA TRANSGENDER BATHROOM BILL WON'T MOVE: PHOENIX (AP) — The sponsor of an Arizona bill targeting transgendered people who want to use bathrooms of the gender they identify with says he's giving up on the issue this Legislative session.

Republican Rep. John Kavanagh said Wednesday there's concern in his caucus about some of his proposal's definitions, so it will have to be shelved until next year.

Kavanagh caused a national uproar in March when he proposed the bathroom privacy language.

The original bill would have made it a crime for a transgendered person to use a bathroom other than the one designated for his or her birth sex.

NEVADA HIGH COURT WEIGHS WYNN TIP-SHARING POLICY:  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Most Las Vegas revelers assume that the chip they throw their blackjack dealer when they're on a winning streak stays with that dealer.

In fact, at the Wynn and Encore casinos in Las Vegas, that tip gets pooled and then split among a great number of employees, including supervisors.

The mandatory tip-pooling policy is the subject of a fight that has waged for seven years, and may now finally be coming to a close.

Attorneys for Wynn Las Vegas and a group of casino employees argued their cases before the Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday. The court is expected to issue a ruling in the coming months.

The dealers argue that $5 million a year is being diverted to supervisors. They claim the sharing policy was enacted in 2006 to provide raises for supervisors without taking it out of corporate coffers.

SOLDIER PLEADS GUILTY IN MASSACRE OF 16 AFGHANS: JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, many of them women and children who were asleep in their villages, pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday and acknowledged to a judge that there was "not a good reason in this world" for his actions.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' plea ensures that he will avoid the death penalty for the middle-of-the night slayings that so inflamed tensions with the people of Afghanistan that the American military suspended combat operations there.

Prosecutors say Bales slipped away before dawn on March 11, 2012, from his base in Kandahar Province. Armed with a 9 mm pistol and an M-4 rifle equipped with a grenade launcher, he attacked a village of mud-walled compounds called Alkozai, then returned and woke up a fellow soldier to tell him about it.