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HEAD MOUSKETEER GINNY TYLER DIES AT 86: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Disney head Mousketeer and voice actress Ginny Tyler has died in Washington at 86.

Son Ty Fenton tells the Los Angeles Times  that his mother died of natural causes on July 13 at a nursing home in Issaquah, Wash.

When episodes of television's "The Mickey Mouse Club" were repackaged for syndication in 1963, Tyler became the new head Mouseketeer who hosted new segments of the TV show that were woven around the old.

Tyler was the voice on the records "Bambi" and "Babes in Toyland."

She was also the voice of Polynesia the Parrot, who helped teach Rex Harrison to talk to the animals in the movie "Dr. Dolittle."

STABBING SUSPECT CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of stabbing three homeless people and leaving notes labeled "death warrants" at the crime scenes has been charged with three counts of attempted murder.

The District Attorney's office said Monday that 37-year-old Courtney Anthony Robinson is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Prosecutors will request Robinson be held on $3 million bail.

Robinson turned himself in Friday night after police appealed to the public for help in locating him. He is suspected of knifing three people in the back in separate incidents this month as they were sleeping.

GUNMAN KILLED AFTER SHOOTING AT POLICE AFTER CHASE : ANAHEIM  (AP) — Anaheim police have shot and killed a gunman who fired at officers after a stolen SUV chase.

It's the weekend's second deadly Anaheim officer shooting. An unarmed man was shot to death Saturday afternoon, leading to a violent clash between witnesses and police.

Late Sunday, anti-gang officers spotted a gang member in a stolen sport utility vehicle and a brief pursuit ended when three people jumped from the SUV and ran.

Sgt. Bob Dunn says early Monday that officers were chasing the suspects on foot when one of them fired one or two rounds at an officer.

LA UNVEILS $48 MILLION SOLAR POWER PLANT: ADELANTO  (AP) — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has unveiled a solar plant it says can power 3,300 homes a year.

The 10 megawatt  Mojave Desert plant actually began generating electricity to Los Angeles on June 30.

The $48 million plant has more than 46,000 solar panels. It was built on DWP land 65 miles north of Los Angeles and can generate up to 10 megawatts of power.

Los Angeles currently obtains about a fifth of its electricity from renewable energy sources, including wind farms. The DWP wants to obtain a third of its power from green sources by 2020.

EX-POLICE OFFICER GETS 4 YEARS FOR SUSPECT ABUSE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Desert Hot Springs police officer was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for abusing suspects with pepper spray and a stun gun, including an attack on a woman who was too drunk to stand by herself, according to federal prosecutors.

A federal jury convicted Anthony Sclafani, 42, in February of two counts of deprivation of rights under the color of law, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret Carter.

The sergeant and watch commander was convicted of using a Taser to stun suspects in two February 2005 incidents, after both had already been pepper-sprayed and subdued, said Carter, who argued the case with lead counsel Steven Arkow.

PRISON GUARD SENTENCED FOR PHONE-SMUGGLING: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A California correctional officer has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for taking bribes from inmates to smuggle tobacco and cellphones.

The U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento says Bobby Joe Kirby was also ordered to forfeit nearly $16,000 during his sentencing Monday.

He earlier pleaded guilty to honest-services wire fraud for taking the money in exchange for sneaking tobacco and telephones into the California Correctional Center in Susanville.

He told investigators he had been paid $150 for each phone he smuggled to an inmate. Prosecutors say he smuggled in more than 100 phones during a 12-month period in 2010 and 2011.