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BILL WOULD CHARGE 911 FEES ON PREPAID CELLPHONES: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Californians who use prepaid cellphones would pay a little more to add minutes under a bill moving through the Legislature.

The Assembly on Thursday approved a bill that would require prepaid cellphone users to pay the same fees currently charged to those with wireless contracts to support 911 operations and various utility services.

Cellphone users with annual contracts are charged the fees in their monthly bills.

AB300 by Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea of Fresno would require retailers to charge the fees when customers with prepaid accounts buy additional minutes.

The legislation passed 62-0 on an urgency basis and heads to the Senate.

POLICE SEARCH LA BREA TAR PITS IN MURDER CASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police and other authorities are searching the La Brea Tar Pits for evidence in a homicide investigation and aren't revealing what they may have found.

Officer Rosario Herrera says Thursday morning's search involved a dive team searching the murky depths of the black lagoon in the heart of the city's Miracle Mile area.

The La Brea Tar Pits are located on Wilshire Boulevard, on the same campus as the Page Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Hundreds of thousands of animal carcasses have been dredged from the pits through excavations over the last century, helping scientists piece together the past inhabitants of the Los Angeles Basin.

MAN DIES AFTER SAN DIEGO AUTHORITIES FIRE STUN GUN: FALLBROOK . (AP) — Authorities say a man died after San Diego County sheriff deputies shot him with a stun gun and ordered a K-9 dog to attack.

The Sheriff's Department says three deputies tried to subdue the man after he ran into a Fallbrook house Wednesday night. Authorities say he resisted.

The man stopped breathing around the time paramedics arrived to respond to the stun gun wound and a dog bite. Efforts to save his life failed.

The Sheriff's Department says the incident began when a deputy saw the man driving erratically with a flat tire. The driver stopped when ordered but then fled, crashed into a fence and ran inside the house.

VOLUNTEERS RENOVATE HOME OF DORNER VICTIM: REDLANDS  (AP) — Volunteers have renovated the home of a San Bernardino County sheriff's detective who was shot to death by rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

About 80 volunteers gathered Wednesday at the Redlands home of Jeremiah MacKay.

Volunteers from the Sheriff's Department and Home Depot made $20,000 in improvements, including replacing doors, carpets and flooring, laying sod, updating a kitchen and creating a child's playroom.

MacKay was killed in February as authorities surrounded Dorner in a mountain cabin near Big Bear. The fired Los Angeles policeman had vowed revenge. He killed four people and then himself during a weeklong rampage.

MacKay leaves a wife, infant son and 7-year-old daughter. His widow, Lynette MacKay, says she's grateful for the support she's received since her husband's death.

NO CAUSE YET IN INVESTIGATION OF FATAL LIMO FIRE: REDWOOD CITY (AP) — Almost five weeks after five nurses were killed while trapped inside a burning limousine, the California Highway Patrol said officers have not yet finished their investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

CHP spokesman Arturo Montiel said investigators are interviewing the four surviving nurses, who with their friends had planned a night of celebration the nuptials of one of the victims, Neriza Fojas.

They have also interviewed driver Orville Brown, who has said he helped survivors escape through a partition blocking the passenger area.