OYSTER CO. TO STAY OPEN WHILE COURT DECIDES FATE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Owners of an oyster farm scheduled to be removed from Point Reyes National Seashore can stay open a couple months longer while an appeals court decides whether its lawsuit challenging its removal can proceed.
A three-judge panel of Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday said Drakes Bay Oyster Co. could remain open past the February closure date set by the Interior Department.
The company filed a federal lawsuit after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar decided not to renew its lease.
Salazar's decision upheld a 1976 decision by Congress to return the waterway to wilderness, a decision upheld by a lower court.
The farm's reprieve is good until at least May, when a hearing is scheduled to address the lower court's ruling, which upheld the farm's removal.
CALIFORNIA COUPLE RETURNS BAG WITH $11K IN CASH: VALLEJO (AP) — What would you do if you found a camera bag with more than $11,000 in cash?
That's the dilemma Barbara and Carlos Landeros faced during a Valentine's Day trip to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Vallejo couple found the bag at a vista point north of the bridge. It contained an envelope filled with $100 bills, several credit cards, a camera and lens and a wallet with Chinese currency but no photo ID.
The Vallejo Times-Herald reports the couple waited an hour and a half for the owner to return before they dropped off the bag at the San Francisco police department. Officers tracked down the owner using airline ticket information inside the bag.
The owner rented a van and drove to the Landeros' home to thank them.
DIVERS WHO DIED FRIDAY WERE SAN JOSE COUPLE: CARMEL (AP) — Two scuba divers who died while diving off the coast of Monterey County have been identified as a husband and wife from San Jose.
An official with the state Parks and Recreation Department says 40-year-old Volodymyer Butsky and his wife, 41-year-old Marina Butsky, died while scuba diving at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve Friday afternoon.
Eric Abma, an acting sector superintendent for the department, says emergency crews were called to the park when the couple's daughter told a park employee that her parents were overdue.
Abma says when rescue crews arrived Marina Butsky had been pulled out of the water by two other divers who had found her face down in the water. Firefighters on a boat recovered the body of her husband.
The incident remains under investigation, and the exact cause of their deaths has not yet been determined.
POLICE: MC HAMMER PULLED OVER FOR EXPIRED TAGS: DUBLIN (AP) — A sheriff's department spokesman in Northern California says a Dublin police officer stopped and then arrested MC Hammer because the '90s rap star was driving a car with expired registration and refused to get out of the vehicle.
Lt. Herb Walters of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said in a statement issued Monday that Hammer was "very argumentative" with the officer during the traffic stop late Thursday. He says it's unclear who owns the car.
Hammer eventually came out of the car and was arrested for investigation of obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties.
Hammer, who was born Stanley Burrell, has offered a different account, suggesting he was the victim of racial profiling. He tweeted on Saturday that the officer asked him if he were on parole or probation and tried to pull him out through the car window.
POLICE: CALIF. WOMAN REPORTED INFANT'S DEATH: SEASIDE (AP) — Police say the Monterey County woman arrested on suspicion of killing her infant told investigators the child's body was buried behind her home.
Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Cecilia Warren of Seaside was taken into custody on Friday. Seaside police Commander Judy Stradan says she came to the police station that day to report suspicious activity in her neighborhood, and disclosed the infant's remains during the course of that discussion.
Stradan told The Associated Press on Monday she then took police to the home, where investigators found the baby's decomposed remains in a plastic container in a crawl space. According to Stradan, Warren told investigators the incident occurred a couple of years earlier.
An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death.
Stradan did not know whether Warren had secured an attorney.