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Amid student protests, some see erosion of free speech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A recent groundswell of protests on college campuses over race, sexual misconduct and other social issues has some civil libertarians worried that the prized principle of free speech could be sacrificed in the rush to address legitimate student grievances.

The potential conflict between civil rights and the First Amendment was on display at the University of Missouri in Columbia last week when students forced the resignation of the system president over racial incidents and other problems. Their campaign drew widespread support but also complaints that some actions went too far, infringing freedom of the press and expression.

Free speech advocates said the Missouri case highlights a trend of university officials and students being overly-sensitive. Student activists say they are getting more aggressive because administrators are ignoring their concerns.


3 killed in crash that may have involved street racing

(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times,

COMMERCE, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say three people were killed and two critically injured in a multi-vehicle collision that may have involved street racing.

The Los Angeles Times reports the crash occurred early Saturday on South Malt Street in Commerce.

Sheriff's Lt. Robert Medrano says three people died at the scene and two others were rushed to a hospital in critical condition. All five were male.

Officials say the crash remains under investigation.


Mother of student killed in Paris says daughter loved school

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a 23-year-old California college student killed in the Paris terrorist attacks says her daughter was an independent young woman who loved school.

Nohemi Gonzalez, a senior studying design at California State University, Long Beach, was at a restaurant with fellow students when she was fatally shot Friday.

Her mother, Beatriz Gonzalez, says Nohemi graduated high school early and couldn't wait to move to the dorms at college. She says her daughter had big dreams of a career and a family.

Nohemi Gonzalez was taking part in an exchange program at the Strate College of Design in France.

Her stepfather, Jose Hernandez, said Saturday that the FBI told the family it could be weeks before the body is returned to the U.S. because of the ongoing investigation.


'Mockingjay Part 2' premiere scaled back after Paris attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" has been scaled back after the deadly attacks in Paris.

Lionsgate said Sunday that it was pulling back on a glitzy red carpet at the film's Tuesday premiere at the LA Live complex. Press interviews will not be conducted, but the premiere will go on, the studio said, to honor the franchise's fans.

The final installment of the "Hunger Games" films, a young adult saga, opens in theaters Friday.


4 adults 'critical' after San Francisco tour bus crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four adults remain in critical condition following a double-decker tour bus crash that injured 20 people in San Francisco two days ago.

San Francisco General Hospital spokesman Brent Andrew said the status of the two men and two women has not changed. Two other men remain in serious condition.

He declined to comment on the condition of a minor who was also admitted to the hospital Friday.

At St. Francis Hospital, spokeswoman Felicity Simmons said that one man remains in stable condition Sunday.

Witnesses said the big blue bus raced across two city blocks, hitting a bicyclist, pedestrians and striking several moving cars before ramming into scaffolding that finally stopped its run in the city's popular Union Square.

Authorities are investigating a cause.


San Francisco students battle campus sugary drink contract

(Information in the following story is from: San Francisco Chronicle,

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Students at a San Francisco university are objecting to plans to give "pouring rights" to Coca -Cola, Pepsi or some other sugary drink company.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday that such contracts are common at universities.

The rights allow the winning company to sell all the fountain drinks at residence halls and sporting events, as well as stock machines and campus stores.

San Francisco State University released a request for proposals last spring.

Celia LoBuono Gonzalez, a 22-year-old junior, says she's furious that university officials would jeopardize students' health by promoting such unhealthy drinks.

University President Leslie Wong says the school has made no decisions and is trying to figure out whether to enter into such an agreement.

Voters in San Francisco rejected a soda tax in 2014.


56 arrested during Highland gang sweep

HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Bernardino County sheriff's officials say 56 people were arrested during a gang sweep in Highland.

The department says the action Friday was an effort to identify and document gang members and prospects and curb gang-related crime in the city.

Officials say numerous felony charges are being sought against several of those arrested. Among the charges being pursued are drug possession, drug sales and possession of stolen property.

Five stolen vehicles were also seized during the sweep.

The names of those arrested were not released.


Northern California school mourns shooting death of senior

(Information in the following story is from: The Sacramento Bee,

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California high school and its supporters are mourning after a 17-year-old senior was shot to death, apparently at random, before a football game Friday night.

The Sacramento Bee reports Sunday that Jaulon Clavo and four teammates were heading back to Grant High School to play in a playoff game when shots rang into their car.

Clavo was hit in the neck and died. The game was put on hold

He is the 14th teenager killed this year in Sacramento County, near a neglected intersection known for police reports of aggravated assault and robbery.

Hundreds of students, families and others gathered at the school Saturday to remember Clavo as a kind go-getter.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson called upon North Sacramento members to help police find Clavo's killer.


Missing man, 22, found dead in flood control channel

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Orange County authorities say a man found dead in a flood control channel has been identified as a 22-year-old landscape architect missing since last week.

City News Service reported Sunday that sheriff's officials say the death of Nicholas Stevens is being investigated as suspicious.

The coroner's office will try to determine the cause of death.

Stevens' body was found Saturday afternoon in the channel near San Clemente High School.

Authorities had been searching for Stevens since Nov. 6, when he was last seen at a nearby 7-Eleven store.


Driver shot in face in car-to-car shooting in LA County

PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say a driver was shot in the face and his passenger suffered a graze wound to his leg in a car-to-car shooting in Pico Rivera.

Sgt. Harvey Crosthwaite said Sunday that both men are expected to survive their gunshot wounds.

Crosthwaite says gunfire erupted as the suspect's vehicle pulled alongside of the victim's car late Sunday along Whittier Boulevard.

City News Service reports witnesses described the suspect's vehicle as a dark blue or black Nissan.


Chevron plans luxury resort for San Luis Obispo County coast

(Information in the following story is from: The Tribune,

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Chevron is considering plans to build a luxury resort at the site of an abandoned oil field it owns on a scenic bluff along the San Luis Obispo County coast.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported Saturday that the oil giant has applied to convert the property above Avila Beach into a 232-unit facility complete with amenities like a spa, restaurants and retail stores.

The newspaper says permitting would take at least two years, followed by a lengthy oil contamination cleanup.

The 95-acre site offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and coastal areas.

The Tribune says one major issue that would have be addressed is access. The property is currently served only by a single two-lane road.

The site contains an abandoned oil tank farm formerly owned by Unocal.


'Spectre' stays on top with $35.4M, 'Peanuts' with $24.2M

NEW YORK (AP) — The box-office duo of James Bond and Charlie Brown again dominated North American movie theaters, while Angelina Jolie Pitt's "By the Sea" caused barely a ripple.

"Spectre," the 24th Bond installment and last week's top film, took in $35.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Craig's fourth Bond film has most flexed its muscles abroad, where it grossed $48 million in its China debut.

"The Peanuts Movie" held in second place with $24.2 million.

The Christmas comedy "Love the Coopers" fared the best of the new releases, taking in $8.4 million. The Chilean miner drama "The 33" earned $5.8 million.

But the poorly reviewed "By the Sea," starring Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt, had its release scaled back to 10 theaters, where it made only $95,440.