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May 23, 2019

TORAH SCROLL DEDICATED AT CALIF. SYNAGOGUE THAT WAS SCENE OF SHOOTING

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California synagogue where a gunman killed a woman and wounded three other people has dedicated a new Torah scroll — the holiest object in Judaism — to the slain woman.

The handwritten Biblical scroll was dedicated yesterday at Chabad of Poway in memory of Lori Kaye.

The 60-year-old woman was shot last month when a man using an assault rifle opened fire on the congregation on the last day of Passover.

Kaye’s husband carried the Torah as it was paraded in the street to the sounds of clapping and singing.

Nineteen-year-old John T. Earnest has pleaded not guilty to more than 100 federal and state charges, including murder and committing a hate crime.

WEAPONS BUYER FOR TERRORIST ATTACK SEEKS TO WITHDRAW PLEA

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The man accused of buying the rifles a husband and wife used to kill 14 people in the San Bernardino terrorist attack in 2015 will ask to withdraw his guilty plea.

Enrique Marquez’s lawyer submitted papers yesterday with the federal court in Riverside, California, saying his client will file a motion under seal to withdraw a 2017 guilty plea to providing material support to terrorists.

Prosecutors are expected to challenge the request. It was not immediately possible to determine whether the motion has been filed.

Defense attorney John Aquilina didn’t immediately reply to email and phone messages seeking comment.

Authorities say Marquez acknowledged buying the semi-automatic rifles that Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik used to attack a gathering of San Bernardino County employees. The couple later died in a firefight.

LAWSUIT LOOMS IN CASE OF INCAPACITATED WOMAN GIVING BIRTH

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers for an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care facility have filed a $45 million notice of claim against the state.

The precursor to a lawsuit says the woman allegedly was raped repeatedly before giving birth last December.

The 54-page claim also says that according to a doctor who inspected the woman, she could have been pregnant before.

A former nurse at Hacienda Healthcare has been charged with sexually assaulting the 29-year-old woman who has been in long-term care since age 3 after suffering a near-drowning.

She gave birth to a boy at the facility on Dec. 29. Employees said they had no idea she was pregnant.

The Arizona Department of Health Services says it doesn’t comment on pending or ongoing litigation.

ANOTHER GRAY WHALE FOUND DEAD IN ALASKA

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A third gray whale has been found dead in Alaska.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a gray whale was spotted Tuesday on Kodiak Island.

Carcasses also were found this spring near Cordova and south of Anchorage.

NOAA in a release says the dead whale on Kodiak was along a rocky shore below a steep cliff and inaccessible for a necropsy.

The agency says it’s not unusual to have two or three gray whale become stranded by late May in Alaska.

However, they’re part of an unusually high number of gray whale deaths along the West Coast.

At least 60 dead gray whales have been found dead from Mexico to Alaska.

Gray whales make migrations of up to 10,000 miles round trip to summer feeding grounds in the Arctic.

FLA. BABY DIES IN HOT VAN

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an infant has died after being left in a hot van for hours outside a Florida daycare.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter that the 5-month-old girl was discovered yesterday afternoon outside a Jacksonville daycare facility.

Investigators say the girl’s mother had called the daycare to check on her, and an employee said she didn’t know the child was there. Officials say the mother then rushed over and found the girl in the van. Officials say the child had been in the hot vehicle for about five hours.

Rescue workers responded and took the girl to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

No charges were immediately filed. Investigators said they didn’t know why or how the child was left in the van.

VA. OFFICIALS GRAPPLE WITH TREND OF BURYING PETS WITH LATE OWNERS

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Veterinarians and funeral homes in Virginia are rejecting the idea that pets should be buried with their owners after a recent case in which a healthy dog was euthanized so it could lie with her owner.

WWBT-TV in Richmond reports workers at one animal shelter tried to talk the executor of the estate out of the plan. They failed and the Shih Tzu mix was euthanized and cremated. Its ashes were placed in an urn and given to the estate’s representative.

Dr. Kenny Lucas says while it’s an emotional situation, he said his clinic won’t do it. Larry Spiaggi, president of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, said he finds the practice abhorrent. Virginia law generally forbids burying pets with humans.

A state lawmaker is considering legislation to address the problem.