PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - When a dog that had already bit one of them charged a group of deputies, two of them opened fire. Authorities say they did not see the teenage boy standing some 30 feet behind, who was struck down by a bullet that apparently bounced on the concrete and hit him in the chest. The 17-year-old, who had helped to restrain the dog after the first bite, died at a hospital an hour later, turning what began as a mere early-morning noise complaint into a freak tragedy.
RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a former counselor to high school students in Northern California is facing more than two dozen counts of having sex with at least two teen boys. The Record Searchlight reports 36-year-old Jacqueline Bryce Herron has pleaded not guilty in Shasta County Superior Court to the charges, which include engaging in sexual intercourse. A preliminary hearing is set for July 20.
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - The annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest celebrates homely pooches for their inner beauty in California. Organizers say this year's contestants will face off in a red carpet walk and "Faux Paw Fashion Show" during Friday's events. It's intended to encourage adoption by showing that all dogs can be lovable additions to any family.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wilshire Grand Center, at 1,100 feet the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, opens its doors on Friday, celebrating with lights and fanfare in a once-stodgy downtown that is sprouting a crop of new skyscrapers. The 73-story Wilshire Grand Center has a huge spire that brings its height to 1,100 feet, topping the nearby U.S. Bank Tower by more than 80 feet.
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