FEDS PROBE STANFORD DAM'S EFFECTS ON RARE FISH: STANFORD (AP) — Federal regulators are investigating whether Stanford University's operation of a San Mateo County dam is illegally harming threatened steelhead trout on California's central coast.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is probing the university's operation of Searsville Dam.
The central coast population of steelhead — which live part of their lives in the ocean and part in freshwater creeks — is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
Environmentalists argue the 65-foot-tall dam blocks the fish from accessing upstream habitat on San Francisquito Creek.
Stanford spokeswoman Lisa Lapin says the school is already in the midst of a two-year study meant to address concerns over the dam's effects on a number of threatened and endangered species that live in the area.
TEEN KILLED, ANOTHER WOUNDED IN OAKLAND SHOOTING: OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland police are looking for a gunman who shot to death a 15-year-old girl and wounded a 14-year-old boy at a housing complex.
Gunfire erupted Sunday afternoon at the 439-unit Lion Creek Crossings complex.
The girl died at the scene. The boy is at Highland Hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.
The gunman is described as a 13- to 16-year-old boy.
A teen boy was shot to death at the east Oakland complex in July
ATTORNEY: DEATH ROW INMATE WAS IMPROPERLY SHACKLED: SAN JOSE (AP) — A federal appeals court is weighing whether to overturn the murder conviction and death sentence of a California inmate whose attorneys say he was improperly shackled during his trial.
Marvin Pete Walker Jr. has been on Death Row for more than 30 years following his 1980 conviction in the shooting death of a 15-year-old at a San Jose liquor store during a holdup.
A federal judge ruled last year that Walker's murder conviction and death sentence should be set aside, saying Walker's shackling had tainted his trial.
The state appealed that decision and says the shackling, while perhaps a mistake, did not alter the jury's verdict. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the appeal earlier this month and is now set to make a decision.