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Police are looking for a boy who stole money from a Girl Scout troop that was selling cookies in front of a supermarket in San Bernardino County. Members of Girl Scout Troop 1303 had spent most of Sunday selling the organization's famous cookies in front of a Stater Bros. in Phelan, when they started packing up their supplies, a boy then passed their table on a skateboard and snatched a bag containing money from the sales.
(source: latimes.com)

A construction worker may have been lured to his death by an early morning phone call from a Ladera Ranch man who was in the midst of a killing and carjacking spree last month, according to court documents reviewed by the Register.Jeremy Lewis was the third and final victim of suspected shooter Ali Syed, 20. Lewis had been sitting in his parked Nissan 300ZX next to co-workers in a Tustin parking lot before work when he received a phone call at 5:40 a.m., the court documents reveal. "I'll be there in a minute," Lewis told the caller.
(source: ocregister.com)

California's biannual report of schools in financial trouble shows an improvement in the number of districts at risk of running out of money over the next few years. The number of districts with a "negative certification" – meaning they're unable to meet financial obligations for this year and the next two -- declined from 12 to seven. The four of them are in southern California
(source: scpr.org)

NATIONAL

Congressional Republicans announced a plan on Monday to avoid a government shutdown later this month, seeking to calm the waters after months of budget fights that ended in a failure last week to halt damaging spending cuts. Just three days into the $85 billion of automatic "sequester" cuts, Republicans in the House of Representatives turned their attention to the next fiscal deadline: the March 27 expiration of funding for government agencies and programs.
(source: reuters.com)

A Dominican woman who once alleged in a video that she had sex with a New Jersey senator for money is now acknowledging that the allegations are false, according to a sworn statement. The attorney, Vinicio Castillo Seman, says that the 23-year-old woman, identified as Nexis de los Santos, now claims in a sworn statement that she not only "never went to bed with" U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez but she never actually met him.
(source: usatoday.com)

Monster Beverage is hitting back at a lawsuit alleging its energy drinks were responsible for the death of a 14-year-old Maryland girl, saying that no blood test was performed to confirm that the girl died of "caffeine toxicity." The disclosure comes amid intensifying scrutiny of energy drinks and their caffeine levels.
(source: huffingtonpost.com)

A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance. The suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleges that the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl's constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.
(source: radio.foxnews.com)

A planned merger of two large U.S. mattress companies will force antitrust regulators to decide how much concentration they are prepared to allow in this once diffuse market. Tempur-Pedic International Inc, rules the market for pricey space-age foam mattresses, has offered to pay $242 million for century-old Sealy Corp, taking on about $750 million in Sealy's debt in the process.The Federal Trade Commission, which is assessing the deal to ensure it complies with antitrust law, could make a decision on the case as soon this week.
(source: reuters.com)

A new study offers more compelling evidence that life expectancy for some U.S. women is actually falling, a disturbing trend that experts can't explain. The latest research found that women age 75 and younger are dying at higher rates than previous years in nearly half of the nation's counties, many of them rural and in the South and West. Curiously, for men, life expectancy has held steady or improved in nearly all counties.
(source: AP)

A surrogate is offered $10,000 to have an abortion after ultrasounds showed the baby she was carrying for another couple had severe medical problems.
(source: cnn.com)

A 7-year-old boy Baltimore boy was suspended from school after his teacher complained that the boy chewed a breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. In a note that was sent to parents, school officials said "a student used food to make an inappropriate gesture." The boy said he was trying to shape a mountain.
(source: nbcnews.com)

INTERNATIONAL

Syrian opposition fighters captured the northeastern city of Raqqa on Monday. The crowds toppled a statue of President Bashar al-Assad's father.The fall of Raqqa on the Euphrates River would be a significant development in the two-year-old revolt against Assad. The rebels do not claim to hold any other provincial capitals.
(source: reuters.com)

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is set to be the first to offer special seats for obese fans. FIFA told The Associated Press that the seats will be offered to conform to Brazilian legislation, although international supporters will also be entitled to them. The World Cup Bill in Brazil requires that at least 1 percent of seats in each stadium be made available for disabled people, a category that includes the obese, wheelchair users and those with impaired mobility.
(source: foxsports.com)

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