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NEW HAMPSHIRE / Divers join search for girl, 11

Divers searched a pond in northern New Hampshire on Sunday for any sign of an 11-year-old girl who's been missing for several days, said Jane Young of the state attorney general's office. Back Pond is less than a mile from Celina Cass' home in Stewartstown, where she lives with her mother and stepfather. The FBI, state police and other agencies are looking for Celina in New Hampshire and nearby Vermont and Canada. The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the girl's whereabouts. A community member has added an additional $5,000. Celina was last seen last Monday night at home.

WYOMING / Missing deputy found dead

The body of a Wyoming sheriff's deputy who jumped in the North Platte River to assist a struggling girl was discovered Sunday. Bryan P. Gross, 29, of the Converse County sheriff's office, went into the river Thursday evening after a teen appeared to be struggling. The girl survived, but Gross was swept away in the river swollen by heavy snowmelt. County Sheriff Clinton Becker said Gross' body was found late Sunday morning in the river about a mile and a half from where Gross entered.

CALIFORNIA / Deadline on jail informants

Scandalous misuse of uncorroborated testimony by in-custody informants in California in the 1980s sent dozens to long prison terms for offenses that appellate courts later determined they never committed. But a bill passed by the state legislature earlier this month and facing a deadline Monday for Gov. Jerry Brown to sign would prohibit future convictions based solely on the testimony of jailhouse informants who may have something to gain by lying. It's been a long struggle to get the law changed, and the California District Attorneys Association and other anti-crime groups remain opposed to the law, which would block convictions in cases without corroborating testimony by uncompromised witnesses or forensic evidence to tie the defendant to the crime. Brown hasn't said whether he will sign the bill.

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