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CALIFORNIA: Boy, 2, accidentally shot

Los Angeles police say a 9-year-old boy playing with a loaded gun accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old brother. Police said in a statement Saturday that officers and paramedics found the toddler with a bullet wound to the torso after they were called to the boys' home in the San Fernando Valley.

Schools tap Hollywood

In an era of yawning budget deficits and teacher layoffs, schools in the Los Angeles area are looking at a nontraditional source for some extra cash - Hollywood. School districts are seeking to earn thousands of dollars a day from renting their campuses as locations for movies, TV shows, commercials, and even truck parking. The money is being used to save teachers' jobs, upgrade school facilities and replenish districts' dwindling funds.

NEW YORK: Case of mistaken identity

Sylvie Nelson's border crossings are anything but routine. Customs agents sometimes order her out of her car. She tells them: It's not me you want, it's a man with the same birth date and a similar name. Agents always confirm that and let her go. Then it happens again. And again. Nelson, a 44-year-old white woman, keeps getting snared at the Canadian border because she apparently shares some key identifying information with a black man, possibly from Georgia, who is in trouble with the law. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials told The Associated Press they cannot discuss Nelson's case, but it's clear from their correspondence with Nelson and her congressman that they acknowledge the problem, saying they have taken "positive steps" to address it.

WYOMING: Christmas tree selected

The U.S. Capitol's grounds superintendent has chosen a 67-foot Engelmann spruce from Wyoming to be the official Christmas tree at the Capitol this December. Wyoming officials at Bridger-Teton say the tree was chosen near Jackson but its location will be kept secret until November when there will be a cutting ceremony.


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