COLD CASE QUILT-ARREST
Husband arrested in "Quilt Cold Case" murder
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Santa Clara County say two men face murder charges in the cold case of a woman found strangled in her car 25 years ago.
Prosecutors say David Zimmer of Half Moon Bay was arrested Friday for the murder of his wife Cathy Zimmer who was found slain in her backseat wrapped in a quilt in a San Jose airport parking lot in 1989.
His brother, Robert Zimmer of Santa Clara, was arrested last week on similar charges. Their arrests come a month after authorities released a photo of the colorful quilt.
Prosecutors say an investigation showed the couple was in the midst of separating when Cathy Zimmer was killed as David Zimmer within a month sold their home for more than $225,000 and cashed in two life insurance policies totaling $183,000.
He is due in court next week.
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S RACE-KASHKARI
GOP candidate Kashkari reports income for 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari is filing his first financial disclosure form with the state, reporting income of more than $100,000 last year from his former employer.
Kashkari reported the income from PIMCO, a Newport Beach-based bond investment company where Kashkari was head of global investments until last year.
The GOP contender previously said his net worth was less than $5 million, but he did not report any stock holdings or real estate on the financial disclosure form he submitted Friday.
Kashkari spokesman Aaron McLear said all the candidate's investments are in mutual funds, which are not reportable.
Kashkari is best known as the former U.S. Treasury official who oversaw the bank bailout. He also reported receiving several sports tickets as gifts before he became a candidate.
POLICE CAR THEFT SCHEME
2 California cops plead not guilty to embezzlement
KING CITY, Calif. (AP) - The attorneys for two California police officers accused of embezzling a city-owned Crown Victoria say the men had permission from the City Council to transfer ownership of the vehicle.
Former King City Police Chief Dominic Baldiviez and Officer Mario Mottu pleaded not guilty to the embezzlement charges on Thursday in a Monterey County.
Their attorneys, Tom Worthington and Richard Rosen, say the 2001 Crown Victoria they are accused of embezzling was being disposed of by the city.
Baldiviez and Mottu were arrested last month along with four other King City police officers. Two of the other officers have been accused of selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor Hispanic residents.
A third, Mark Allen Baker, is accused of making criminal threats.
The Monterey Herald reports that he, too, pleaded not guilty on Thursday.
FIRE KILLS 2
2 women die in fire in Northern California
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say a house fire near the Northern California city of Placerville claimed the lives of two women.
The fire was reported around 5:45 a.m. Friday. El Dorado County fire officials say the single-story home was engulfed in flames when crews arrived at the scene.
They had been told that the homes' occupants could still be inside, so they conducted a search.
Fire District Chief Michael Hardy tells the Sacramento Bee firefighters found the two women in a back bedroom. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
They have not been identified. The fire was put out in about 45 minutes. The cause is under investigation.
Transgender woman sues Crossfit over competition
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A transgender woman in Northern California is suing the company behind the popular Crossfit workouts, saying it refuses to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions.
The lawsuit filed Thursday by 34-year-old Chloie Jonsson accuses Crossfit Inc. of violating her rights under a California law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
Jonsson's complaint says she was born male but has been living as a woman since she was a teenager and underwent sex reassignment surgery eight years ago. The surgery, coupled with the female hormones she takes, satisfied the state's requirements for her to be recognized as female on her birth certificate and other official documents.
Crossfit's general counsel, Dale Saran, says the company thinks Jonsson would have a physiological advantage over other female competitors at the Crossfit Games.
SWITCHING STUDENT TESTS
US approves California's new K-12 testing plan
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal education officials have approved California's plan to make way for a massive rollout of new standardized tests this spring by doing away with the assessments the state's public school students have taken in reading, math and social science since 1999.
The U.S. Department of Education said Friday that the state's proposal to replace its Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR tests with an experimental trial run of the new computer-based language and math tests makes sense since the replacement assessments more accurately mirror the lessons teachers have been giving this year.
The new Smarter Balanced tests will be given to all students in grades 3-8 and 11 sometime between March 18 and June 6, but no results will be made public.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan initially threatened to withhold federal funding if the state abandoned the old tests while the news ones still were under development.
DEPUTY KILLS FOOTBALL PLAYER
California jury deadlocks in ex-NFL player's death
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A jury has deadlocked over allegations in a lawsuit that a California deputy sheriff used excessive force when he shot and killed a former NFL player.
The Kern County civil jury on Thursday cleared deputies Aaron Nadal and Wesley Kraft of three of four claims stemming from the 2011 encounter with 56-year-old David Lee Turner outside a Bakersfield convenience store. But the Bakersfield Californian reports that a jury deadlocked on the claim that Kraft used excessive force when he shot Turner.
Authorities have said Kraft opened fire as Turner attacked Nadal.
The lawsuit was brought by Turner's family and named the county as a defendant.
The family's attorney, Brian Dunn, said the hung jury could push both sides closer to a settlement in the case.
Turner played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1978 to 1980.
BOY'S BATMAN WISH-OSCARS
'Batkid,' Spider-Man hang out after Oscars cut
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California boy who was treated for leukemia and became famous as "Batkid" got to spend time with another superhero after his planned appearance at the Academy Awards was cut.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Andrew Garfield, who plays Spider-Man on the big screen, spent time Monday with 5-year-old Miles Scott and his family at Disneyland.
The two had been set to be on the Oscars broadcast the previous day, but the academy said segments sometimes have to be cut when producing a live show.
Miles battled the Riddler and Joker as Batkid last November in San Francisco. His wish was made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
His family said Miles was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old and ended treatments in June.
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