Feds probe how UC Berkeley handles sexual assaults
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Federal officials are investigating how the University of California, Berkeley responds to reports of campus sexual assaults.
The Oakland Tribune reports that the investigation began after dozens of UC Berkeley students and alumni filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging the university mishandled campus disciplinary cases involving sexual violence.
The U.S. Department of Education on Friday confirmed the investigation by its Office for Civil Rights.
In February, six women spoke publicly about the attacks on them and their dealings with the campus disciplinary system. They say they were kept in the dark about the disciplinary proceedings and the university failed to adequately punish the accused.
SAN FRANCISCO CHINATOWN CRIME-ENTRAPMENT
San Francisco probe leading to entrapment claims
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FBI agents posing as honest businessmen and a Mafia figure took part in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate.
The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives, spending freely and aggressively offering their targets criminal schemes, leading to the indictment of 29 people - including state Sen. Leland Yee - on charges that included money laundering, public corruption and gun trafficking.
The agents' behavior has already become a central issue in the month-old case, with defense lawyers arguing that the FBI entrapped otherwise honest people by luring them into criminal schemes hatched by the government.
It's an argument numerous suspected terrorists, politicians and others have made when caught in a government sting.
But legal experts say the entrapment defense rarely works. Sting targets have to prove much more than simply the government made them do it. They have to show they weren't predisposed to committing the criminal acts proposed by undercover agents.
SURVEILLANCE CAMERA REGISTRY
Sacramento Co. sheriff seeks surveillance footage
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento County authorities are encouraging property owners with surveillance cameras to sign up for the Sheriff's Electronic Eye program, a new voluntary registry that would alert law enforcement agencies when there are any privately owned surveillance cameras in areas of interest to investigators.
The Sacramento Bee reports that law enforcement officials would not get access to live surveillance feeds or a camera's archived footage. They would have to physically obtain the footage with the owner's consent.
Sheriff Scott Jones says investigators previously had to physically search an area looking for cameras or put out a plea to the public. The new program could be especially helpful in child-abduction or missing-persons cases.
Jones says participants in the program will provide their names, contact information, addresses and information about their cameras. They get a sticker to put on their property, which help deter potential criminals.
Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener.
Stephen Curry added 14 points for the Warriors, who trailed by 11 points to start the game before rallying in the third when Griffin and Paul were on the bench together.
Paul led the Clippers with 28 points, and J.J. Redick added 22 points in 30 minutes. Griffin finished with 16 points, fouling out with 48 seconds left and the game tied at 105. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Foul trouble plagued both teams, but losing Griffin and Paul for stretches cost the Clippers at both ends. For the Warriors, Andre Iguodala (ihg-woh-DAH'-lah) fouled out with 3:04 left in the game and Lee played with four fouls.
The Warriors began pulling away over the final five minutes, when Paul got two fouls within a span of 1:10 and went to the bench with four. Griffin got two more in the final 2:16 and sat down with five. The Warriors took advantage of their absences to go on a 14-6 run.
Scherzer, Tigers end 10-game skid against Angels
DETROIT (AP) - Max Scherzer struck out nine in seven innings - fanning Mike Trout three times - and the Detroit Tigers finally managed to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2 on Saturday.
Detroit had dropped 10 straight to the Angels, including an 11-6 loss the previous night in which Los Angeles battered the Tigers with 10 extra-base hits.
Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez homered for the Tigers, who beat the Angels for the first time since Aug. 26, 2012.
Albert Pujols hit his 498th homer, connecting for a solo shot in the ninth for Los Angeles.
A's score 3 in 9th, rally past Astros 4-3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Josh Reddick hit an RBI single that capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics over the Houston Astros 4-3 on Saturday.
The Astros lost their sixth in a row.
Jed Lowrie started the comeback with a leadoff home run against Chad Qualls.
Josh Donaldson walked and Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) then singled. After Qualls struck out pinch-hitter John Jaso, Alberto Callaspo (ky-AS'-poh) hit a tying single and Reddick followed with a one-out liner to right-center.
A day after scoring seven runs in the first inning and hitting four home runs overall, the A's were kept mostly quiet until their outburst in the ninth.
Oakland had stranded 12 runners through the first eight innings and left the bases loaded in the sixth.
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