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WEAPONS PROBE

Rifles, inert grenades found in California home

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have found dozens of rifles, inert hand grenades and materials that can be used to make homemade explosives during a search of an Orange County home.

Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock says deputies were called to the Laguna Niguel home shortly after midnight Tuesday to investigate a domestic disturbance. He says one man was arrested and a search warrant was issued.

Later that day, investigators found more than two dozen rifles, inert hand grenades and materials that can be combined to make explosives.

Hallock says 56-year-old Juan Martinez is being held for investigation of domestic violence and possession of substances with the intent to create a destructive or explosive device.

SERIAL STRANGLING TRIAL

Los Angeles jury convicts man of 3 serial murders

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles jury has convicted a career criminal in the serial killings of three women in the 1980s.

The jury on Tuesday found 74-year-old Samuel Little guilty of three counts of murder.

The victims were 41-year-old Carol Alford, whose body was found on July 13, 1987; 35-year-old Audrey Nelson, found on Aug. 14, 1989; and 46-year-old Guadalupe Apodaca, found on Sept. 3, 1989.

The prosecution was made possible by advances in DNA technology. Little was arrested in 2012 after detectives from Los Angeles found him living in Kentucky.

Prosecutor Beth Silverman has said Little is likely responsible for at least 40 killings nationwide dating back to 1980. Authorities in California, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio are scouring their cold-case files for possible ties to Little.

JUDGES CENSURED

Superior Court judges censured by watchdog agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge from Orange County and another from Kern County have been censured by a California watchdog agency for sexual misconduct and other misbehavior.

The Commission on Judicial Performance said Tuesday that Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner was censured for having sex with two women in his chambers, contacting prosecutors about jobs for a woman he was having an affair with, and failing to disqualify himself from a case involving a friend.

Also censured was Kern County Superior Court Judge Cory Woodward. The commission says Woodward had a sexual relationship with a court clerk and resisted efforts to reassign the clerk. He is accused of misleading the court about the relationship.

Both judges will remain on the bench.

EARTHQUAKE STUDY-FUNDING

California quake experiment could lose funding

(Information in the following story is from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com)

PASO ROBLES, Calif. (AP) - Scientists seeking to put seismic sensors deep in the San Andreas fault to study the mechanics of earthquakes are in danger of losing their funding.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the National Science Foundation has said it is no longer soliciting proposals for experiments connected to the endeavor.

The project site is near the rural, unincorporated Monterey County community of Parkfield, which is about 30 miles northeast of Paso Robles.

Scientists have already spent $25 million drilling one borehole there. But the Mercury News says they still need millions more to install a permanent observatory in the ground and drill a second hole.

The National Science Foundation's James Whitcomb says the agency will review its decision to stop soliciting proposals for the site in the winter.

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