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FBI tries new approach in Super Bowl sex trafficking fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the first time in the FBI's efforts to crack down on sex trafficking during the Super Bowl, the agency will try to reach out to women and girls selling sex in the run-up to the game.

FBI officials say the goal is to give them a way out and get them to turn against their traffickers.

The softer, victim-centric approach will rely on local nonprofit groups to make initial contact with victims before the bureau steps in to provide them access to its victims' advocates and other services.

The effort will supplement sting operations that the agency has used against traffickers before previous NFL championships.


CBS to unveil new technology for Super Bowl 50 broadcast

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — CBS Sports will unveil new technology for the network's broadcast of Super Bowl 50 next month.

A replay system will give viewers a 360-degree perspective and higher resolution than previously ever seen for the game. Thirty-six cameras strung around the upper deck of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara can freeze the moment and revolve around the play before continuing to show the scene. Viewers on Feb. 7 will be able to check out the quarterback's view from the pocket to other players' perspectives on the field.

For the first time in a Super Bowl, CBS will use eight custom-molded pylons that house 16 cameras to film the goal lines and sidelines of both teams. The cameras also will have microphones embedded in them to enhance the game's natural sound.

The network announced the new technology Tuesday at a TV critics gathering in Pasadena.


LAPD chief says decision on fatal shooting not made lightly

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck has formally told the city Police Commission he has recommended that an officer face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man in Venice.

Beck told the Police Department's civilian overseers Tuesday that he didn't make the decision lightly.

Beck says it's important that the police chief be forthright when he believes something is wrong.

Police say Officer Clifford Proctor shot 29-year-old Brendon Glenn in the back on May 5 as Glenn was on his stomach trying to push himself up.

Proctor and a partner were trying to detain Glenn after he argued with a bar bouncer and struggled with someone on a sidewalk.

Proctor's attorney has said the officer saw Glenn going for the partner's gun.

Prosecutors will decide whether charges are filed.


Woman, daughter killed in 2-car crash in Pasadena

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities say a woman and her daughter were killed and four other people were injured in a two-car crash at a Pasadena intersection.

Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter says 42-year-old Maria Escobedo-Torres and her daughter, 18-year-old Vanessa Escobedo, both of Burbank, died at the scene of the collision early Tuesday.

Winter says the older woman was driving and her daughter was a passenger. Three other passengers in their car were hospitalized in serious condition. The driver of the other vehicle was treated at the scene.

City News Service says the intersection of El Molino Avenue and Maple Street was closed for nearly eight hours as police investigated.


Police search for gunman who fatally shot man, 31, in Pomona

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities are searching for a gunman who fatally shot a 31-year-old man on a Pomona street.

Police officials say Abdul Halim Mustafa was still alive when officers responded late Monday. Paramedics were called but the Pomona resident died at the scene.

Investigators have not released a suspect description or a possible motive.

City News Service reports that several hours after the shooting an officer guarding the perimeter of the crime scene area shot and killed a menacing dog roaming the neighborhood. The officer was not injured.


Man who died at Central California house party identified

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

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the man who was killed after a Central California party ended with a fight involving more than 30 people.

The Fresno Bee reports Tuesday that that the Fresno County Coroner's office said Monday that 57-year-old Guy Birrenkott, of Friant, is the man who died. Fresno police say Birrenkott owned the house and was trying to shut down the party when violence broke out.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Monday that a cause of death won't be known without the results of lab work that could take up to eight weeks.

Witnesses have not come forward with information about what happened early Sunday.

Birrenkott was found on his lawn not breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A teen boy was also found bleeding from the head. His condition was not available Tuesday.


San Jose hospital needs $126 million for completion

(Information in the following story is from: KNTV-TV.)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Santa Clara County is looking for how to rescue a delayed and still unfinished $300 million hospital project.

KNTV-TV reports that an assessment report by Boldt Company shows it could take about $126 million and another year of work to complete the Valley Medical Center project.

The report cites numerous factors that could affect the construction timetable and actual opening of the facility, but estimated it could be operational around February or April of 2017.

In August, NBC Bay Area reported that the 370,000-square-foot facility was supposed to open in 2012, but was delayed at least five times before county officials acknowledged the project would not be ready by the publicly announced September 2015 deadline.


Motorist trapped under geyser after hydrant is sheared

COMMERCE, Calif. (AP) — A pickup truck sheared a hydrant and a power pole, trapping the motorist inside the vehicle under a geyser of water before being helped out by Los Angeles County firefighters.

The motorist spent more than a half-hour inside the truck in Commerce while authorities worked to cut power to the area over fears of possible electrocution.

After the water was turned off the motorist walked from the truck to be checked out by paramedics.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


Brazen San Francisco robbery leaves 2-year-old girl injured

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

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old girl suffered minor injuries after an armed robber knocked over her stroller, snatched a tablet computer from her hands and stole a purse from the woman with her in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Tuesday that police are still looking for the robber who escaped in a car.

Officer Grace Gatpandan says a 37-year-old woman was pushing the toddler's stroller along Cortland Avenue near Prospect Avenue Friday afternoon when a man jumped out of a car and knocked the stroller over, causing the child to hit her head on the pavement.

The man grabbed the woman's purse, hit her on the arm with his handgun and then snatched the tablet computer from the toddler.

Police say the child was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.


4 bald eagles spotted at Southern California lakes

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Four bald eagles were spotted during an organized count at sites across San Bernardino County last weekend.

The U.S. Forest Service says bald eagles commonly migrate south to spend their winter vacations around the region's lakes, feasting on fish and ducks.

A group of eagle-eyed volunteers and agency staff participated in the counts at several lakes on Jan. 9. One adult and two immature bald eagles were seen at Lake Perris and one adult was observed in the Lake Hemet area.

Eagle counts at Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead were canceled due to closed roads because of weather.

Experts say peak numbers of bald eagles usually come in January and February. The next scheduled counts are Feb. 13 and March 12.