3 officers taken off street after 1 shot dog
HAWTHORNE - Three police officers have been pulled from street duty for their safety in Southern California after a widely circulated video showed an officer fatally shooting a Rottweiler and drew numerous death threats.
Hawthorne police spokesman Lt. Scott Swain told the Daily Breeze the decision is for the officers' safety after the uniformed officer shot the dog four times on Sunday.
A cellphone video that had more than 3.7 million views on YouTube by Thursday morning shows the dog, named Max, being shot after scrambling out of a car's back seat through a window and lunging at officers who had handcuffed its master. Witnesses can be heard crying out in distress after watching the dog's grisly death.
The dog's owner, Leon Rosby, said police needlessly killed his dog. His lawyer, Michael Gulden, said Rosby's complaint will be added to an existing lawsuit Rosby has against police.
Bay Area rail talks resume amid strike
OAKLAND - Striking San Francisco Bay Area rail workers and transit agency officials returned to the bargaining table on Thursday for talks that one union leader described as "frustrating."
Joe Bomberger with the Service Employees International Union told reporters as he entered the negotiating site in Oakland that Bay Area Rapid Transit officials were not "substantially addressing" any of the safety concerns that the unions have for the public and workers. Those concerns include lighting in tunnels and bulletproof glass for station agent booths.
The strike is in its fourth day, though commuters got a reprieve from crowded buses and gridlock on the roads because of the Fourth of July holiday.
Deen parts with agent
SAVANNAH - Paula Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past.
Deen had worked with New York agent Barry Weiner for more than a decade.
She has said he was instrumental in getting her show, "Paula's Home Cooking," on the Food Network in 2002. She gave no reason for her parting with Weiner in a prepared statement.
Cops seek man who rappelled down bridge
NEW YORK - New York City police are hunting for a daredevil who rappelled down the side of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Police say witnesses reported a man climbing down the bridge around 9 a.m. Thursday on the mesh installed as part of ongoing construction.
He couldn't make it down from there and used some type of hose to descend the Brooklyn side and drop onto a building where he vanished.
Investigators swept the bridge and roadways and found no sign of the man and no sign of danger. Police believe the man was pulling off a stunt.
Pipeline leaks gas on Crow Reservation
BILLINGS - Officials say an 8-inch underground gasoline pipeline leaked on the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana.
Phillips 66 Co. is investigating the cause of Tuesday's leak near Lodge Grass. Tribal and federal officials also are investigating.
The Billings Gazette reported that the volume of gasoline spilled has not been determined.