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SPORTS
December 17, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Derek Carr, like most of college football's royalty, was in New York City for an awards ceremony last week. No surprise there. With quarterbacks accounting for four of the six Heisman Trophy finalists, the one who led the nation in total offense, yards passing, completions and touchdown passes seemed deserving. Only he wasn't at that presentation. Instead, the Fresno State senior was in New York to accept a scholar-athlete award from the National Football Foundation. It was an honor, but nothing compared with having a seat in the front row at the Heisman ceremony.
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SCIENCE
November 6, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Children with autism spectrum disorders usually aren't diagnosed until they are at least 2 years old, but a new study finds that signs of the condition are apparent as early as two months after birth. Researchers focused on babies' ability to make eye contact with caregivers, since lack of eye contact is one of the hallmarks of autism. Among typical children, interest in the eyes increased steadily with age. But for children with autism, interest in the eyes waned starting between 2 and 6 months of age. By the time they reached their second birthdays, levels of eye fixation among children with autism were only half as high as levels seen in typically developing children, according to a report published Wednesday by the journal Nature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By James Barragan
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week set aside the 37 1/2-year prison sentence of a former Cal State East Bay professor who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a woman's infant daughter multiple times. In setting aside the prison term for Kenneth Kyle, along with his guilty plea, the appellate court on Wednesday ruled that the  sentencing judge had interfered with plea negotiations by promising a life term if the case went to trial and he was convicted. In stating that he would give Kyle a life sentence, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of San Francisco became involved in the plea negotiations, which violated federal regulations, the federal appeals court ruled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez and Joseph Serna
The search continued Friday for the mother of an apparently newborn baby girl whose body was found wrapped in a blanket on a conveyor belt at a Victorville recycling center. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said they have not determined who the mother is and an autopsy on the baby is pending. A   worker discovered the infant's body   around 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the plant in the 17000 block of Abbey Lane, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Police have ended a massive hillside search in Northern California for a man who they say fled after dropping his dead 5-month-old son off at a local hospital. Police are still looking for Casimir George Janusz, 36, of Ukiah, after a manhunt in the hills west of Hopland proved unsuccessful. Ukiah Police Capt. Trent Taylor told the Press Democrat that the three-day search, which ended Monday, was exhaustive. Police say Janusz brought his "unresponsive" son to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center at 9:26 a.m. Wednesday, and the child was pronounced dead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge cut off a man convicted for his role in the 2007 shooting death of an infant near MacArthur Park as he briefly claimed his innocence at a sentencing hearing Thursday. Juvenal Cardenas Mejia -- a  longtime gang "tax collector" who helped set up the shooting after a vendor refused to pay $50 in "rent" for operating in a gang's territory -- was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A bullet fired in the attack struck 3-week-old Luis Angel Garcia in the heart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A gang "tax collector" who helped set up 2007 shooting in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district that claimed the life of a 3-week-old boy was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Juvenal Cardenas Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the  shooting near MacArthur Park. "It's been a long time," Deputy Dist. Atty. Victor Avila said this week. "Now, finally the last defendant that participated in this murder is being held accountable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The mother of an infant, along with a man, have been arrested in connection with the death of the child in Inglewood. Authorities arrived in the 500 block of North Marlborough Avenue at about 6:47 a.m. Wednesday after reports of an infant who was not breathing, said Inglewood Police Sgt. Francisco Ruiz. The infant, whose age was not released, was taken to a hospital, but died there, Ruiz said. An investigation, he said, "revealed possible child abuse" at the home and the 23-year-old mother and a 28-year-old man were taken into custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and Angel Jennings
The Los Angeles County coroner Tuesday released the name of the 8-month-old infant who drowned in San Gabriel Valley after authorities say his mother left him unattended in a bathtub with his young siblings. Jedidiah Turner died Friday morning in the 1500 block of Pass and Covina Road in Valinda, according to authorities.  The autopsy was still pending Tuesday, according to Lt. Larry Dietz. The infant's mother, who has not been identified, was bathing Jedidiah along with his 1-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother at around 8:50 a.m. Friday when she stepped away for 10 to 15 minutes.
SCIENCE
August 27, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
The infants who get the rotavirus vaccine aren't the only ones who benefit. New research shows that older children and even adults were less likely to be hospitalized with the gastrointestinal virus after the vaccine was introduced in the U.S. in 2006. Rotavirus causes "severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before the RotaTeq and Rotarix vaccines came on the market, nearly all U.S. children became infected with rotavirus before their 5th birthday.
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