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• COUPLE DIED IN MALL MURDER-SUICIDE, GIRL SURVIVED: SAN JOSE  (AP) — Police say two people found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a Northern California strip mall parking lot were once a couple and that a toddler found nearby is their daughter.

The 17-month-old girl was found inside a car near where her parents’ bodies were found Saturday in the shopping center’s parking lot in San Jose.

Police said Sunday that the man walked up to the woman and fired a single shot into her head before turning the gun on himself.

• NEGLIGENCE SUIT AGAINST LOWE’S SETTLED: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Home-improvement retailer Lowe’s has agreed to pay $50,000 to resolve the claim of a boy who slipped and fell on a wet floor at a Sacramento County store.

Matthew C. Provins, 11, was eight when he fell and fractured his right leg. A suit filed by his father, Brent Provins, alleges the store was negligent because it failed to dry the floor or warn customers of the danger.

North Carolina-based Lowe’s filed a third-party complaint against the father, saying he was negligent because he did not more closely supervise his son.

A judge will now decide whether to grant Lowe’s request to seal the agreement before any payment is made.

• 3-D RELEASE STEERS ‘TITANIC’ PAST $2 BILLION MARK: LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Cameron has shored up his position as king of the worldwide box office.

Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster “Titanic” sailed beyond the $2 billion mark in lifetime ticket sales, thanks to a 3-D re-release of the film that was timed to the centennial of the ship’s sinking.

Only one other movie has topped $2 billion, and it’s also Cameron’s. His 2009 sci-fi smash “Avatar” earned $2.8 billion worldwide.

• Nesting hawks delay work on desert solar project: SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) ‚Äî Work on a massive solar energy project could be delayed because several pairs of red-tailed hawks are nesting in the path of a power line.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Sunday that Southern California Edison crews have been trying to upgrade a transmission line in the Mojave Desert to connect the solar project to the power grid.

The Bureau of Land Management said work on the line was expected to be done this month, but crews won’t be able to complete it until after the hawk nesting season ends in August.

A spokesman for BrightSource Energy Co. says that won’t delay the company’s plans to begin delivering electricity early next year from the solar plant.