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Police investigate death in stairwell in San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO — Investigators looking into the death of a woman found in a stairwell at San Francisco General Hospital are investigating reports that an orderly told hospital authorities that he saw an unconscious woman there a week before her body was found on Oct. 8. It is still unclear why sheriffs did not locate the woman after hospital authorities reported the worker’s finding. Lynne Spalding, 57, disappeared from her room Sept. 21, two days after she was admitted for an infection.


Lawsuit says candy mistaken for meth

NEW YORK — A Brooklyn man has filed a federal lawsuit charging he was wrongly arrested by officers who confused Jolly Rancher candies with crystal meth. The Daily News reported that 25-year-old Love Olatunjiojo and a friend bought Jolly Ranchers at a Coney Island candy store last June. They were arrested a short time later by officers who searched them, found the blue and red candy, and thought it was crystal meth. Olatunjiojo is seeking unspecified monetary damages for the 24 hours or so he spent in custody.

Fetus death inquiry requires new tests

NEW YORK — An autopsy of a fetus found in a teenage girl’s shopping bag at a New York City lingerie store was inconclusive, and more tests will be needed to determine how the fetus died, the city medical examiner’s office said. The needed tests could take a couple of weeks as police continue to look into the macabre case. Preliminary reports from detectives suggest the fetus was born alive and possibly had been asphyxiated, but chief New York Police Department spokesman John McCarthy said the case was under investigation.

Dog breeder sues on ouster from club


NEW YORK — A dog breeder acquitted of charges that he poisoned a rival’s husky in a competition is suing the American Kennel Club in New York over its decision to suspend him from competition before his criminal case was resolved. Ralph Ullum filed a lawsuit in Manhattan seeking unspecified damages against the club and its president, Dennis Sprung. Ullum’s suit claims his business and reputation suffered after he was accused of poisoning a dog, Pixie, in 2010.


Activists assist gay marriage process

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TRENTON — Activists are working to line up judges who could waive the three-day waiting period for same-sex couples who want to exchange vows first thing Monday, when gay marriage will become legal in New Jersey. Garden State Equality executive director Troy Stevenson said Saturday that the effort to get couples hitched without the waiting period was a ‘‘work in progress.’’ Under state law, couples must wait 72 hours after applying for a marriage license.


Gun rights group rallies at Alamo

SAN ANTONIO — Several hundred gun rights activists armed with rifles and shotguns rallied Saturday outside of the Alamo in a demonstration that broke a longstanding tradition of not staging such events at the enduring symbol of Texas independence. The rally, which was peaceful, drew 300 to 400 people and an even larger contingent of police.