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Deputy shot, injured in Southern Calif. standoff

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says one of its police officers was shot in a confrontation with several armed suspects but is expected to survive.

Department spokesman Albert Martinez says the deputy was one of many responding to an assault with a deadly weapon call in Moreno Valley on Tuesday afternoon when he was shot.

He's being treated at a hospital for injuries that are considered minor.

Police and deputies including a SWAT team were trying to take the suspects into custody and to extracted another person from the scene near State Route 60.


Board puts soda tax before San Francisco voters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco voters will be asked this fall to approve a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks sold in the city.

The Board of Supervisors voted 6-4 on Tuesday to put the tax on sodas, sports drinks and other beverages sweetened with sugar on the November ballot. It would have to be approved by two-thirds of the city's voters to take effect.

City officials have estimated the measure would raise somewhere between $31 million and $52 million a year. The proceeds would go toward nutrition, health, disease prevention, recreation and school physical education programs.

The tax would be imposed on beverage distributors.

Lawmakers in Berkeley voted earlier this month to put a measure on the local ballot that would impose a penny-per-ounce tax on beverages sweetened with sugar.


Man dies in California after beach hole collapses

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a young man has died after a hole he dug on a Northern California beach collapsed and trapped him in the sand for at least five minutes.

CalFire Coastside Capt. Jonathan Cox said Tuesday that the man was unconscious by the time firefighters arrived at Francis State Beach in Half Moon Bay.

Cox says the man dug a roughly 10-foot-deep hole and was standing in it around 5:30 p.m. Monday when the sand collapsed around him. About 30 people, including the man's friends and bystanders, frantically dug to expose his head. They were able to free his head in five minutes.

Cox says rescuers pulled the unconscious man from the sand in about 35 minutes. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.


ACLU may fight for California migrant shelter

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says it is mulling its legal options after a planning commission in a north San Diego suburb rejected plans for a 96-bed shelter designed for unaccompanied immigrant children who are arrested by the Border Patrol.

David Loy, director of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, said Tuesday at a news conference outside City Hall that Escondido may be violating state and federal fair housing laws. The planning commission voted 7-0 last month to reject the proposal and is expected to ratify its decision Tuesday night.

Southwest Key, the nonprofit group that would operate the shelter, had representatives at the news conference and says it is being advised by the ACLU. The group can appeal to City Council.


Anti-tax group sues over Citizens United measure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - An anti-tax group is suing state officials in an effort to block an advisory ballot measure that seeks to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United campaign finance decision.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association comes a week after Gov. Jerry Brown let SB1272 become law without his signature.

The bill by Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance puts a nonbinding measure on the November ballot asking voters if they want a federal constitutional amendment to restrict corporate campaign giving.

The 2010 ruling allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections.

The suit filed in the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento argues that such advisory measures are not a proper use of the ballot.

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