National news briefs: 10/12/13

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Trucker protest hits Beltway

WASHINGTON -- Police authorities in Maryland and Virginia reported no major incidents Friday as a result of the much-talked about truckers protest around Interstate 495/95.

Drivers of tractor trailers had said they were going to drive slowly to block off parts of the Beltway to protest excessive government intrusion.

There were police reports of about 30 tractor trailers with American flags and signs for their protest -- "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" -- driving at the same speed as the rest of traffic on the Beltway in Friday morning's rush hour. But by mid-day the truckers appeared to have broken into smaller groups amid already-heavy volumes of traffic and rain showers on a holiday weekend.

3 bikers indicted in attack

NEW YORK -- Three bikers have been indicted in the highly publicized New York City road rage attack on an SUV driver, and two others have asked to testify before the grand jury investigating the incident.

Two defendants, Craig Wright and Reginald Chance, appeared in court Friday and were told that a grand jury had voted to indict in the case.

On Thursday, motorcyclist Robert Sims was told he had been indicted by the grand jury investigating the Sept. 29 confrontation between the driver of the SUV and a group of bikers.

Brown vetoes rifle ban

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a gun-control measure that would have banned sales of most types of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines like those used in two of last year's mass shootings.

Mr. Brown, a 75-year-old Democrat and a gun owner himself, approved a ban on adapters to convert magazines to larger capacity.

California lawmakers passed the bills in the wake of mass shootings in a Newtown, Conn., school that killed 20 children and six educators, and in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater where 12 were killed.

The governor signed a gun bill making California the first state in the U.S. to prohibit the use of all lead ammunition for hunting to curb lead poisoning in humans and wildlife.

Google's new ad plan

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google, following in Facebook's footsteps, wants to sell users' endorsements to marketers to help them hawk their wares.

On Friday, Google announced an update to its terms of service that allows the company to include adult users' names, photos and comments in ads shown across the Web, based on ratings, reviews and posts they have made on Google Plus and other Google services like YouTube. The new ad policy goes live Nov. 11.

Google said it would give users the chance to opt out of being included in the new endorsements, and people younger than 18 will automatically be excluded.

Romneys' California dream

LOS ANGELES -- The California Coastal Commission voted Friday to allow Mitt and Ann Romney to move forward with plans to raze their La Jolla beachfront home and replace it with an 11,000-square-foot mansion.

The Romneys purchased the 3,000-square-foot home in 2008 for $12 million. The lot sits above a quarter-mile-long cove that is one of the choicest beaches in La Jolla.

The city of San Diego had approved the Romneys' plans for a two-story home, but a former Dunemere Drive neighbor challenged the permit, claiming it did not conform with the city's local coastal plan, which is enforced by the Coastal Commission.


First Published October 11, 2013 8:00 PM


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