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Remains in burned cabin ID’d as fugitive

– Officials said Thursday that the burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner.

Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff-coroner, said the identification was made through Dorner’s dental records. Miller did not give a cause of death.

Dorner, who fought a gunbattle with law enforcement officers Tuesday at the cabin that killed a deputy, was the subject of a manhunt after he launched a deadly revenge spree last week against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing in 2007.

Woman sentenced for embezzlement

A former Rockford, Ill., bookkeeper was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Thursday for embezzling more than $53 million from her city, in what ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state’s corruption-rich history.

Crundwell, 60, pleaded guilty to wire fraud for embezzling money from the city of Dixon from 1991 until her arrest last April. She siphoned city funds to pay for properties, vacations, luxury cars and a nationally renowned horse-breeding operation.

DePuy announces hip implant recall

Johnson & Johnson has again recalled thousands of its hip implants, 2 1/2 years after the problem-plagued health care giant issued a recall of two other types of its artificial hips.

Spokeswomen for J&J’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit, headquartered in Warsaw, said Thursday that the company recalled the Adept brand all-metal total hip replacement system starting last month because a higher-than-expected percentage of them had to be replaced.

Such replacements, called revision surgeries, usually are needed when an artificial joint starts causing pain, difficulty walking or other problems.

At 90, oldest senator won’t run again

Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the oldest member of the U.S. Senate, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of his current term rather than seek re-election at age 90 next year.

“This is not the end of anything, but rather the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals, and create more opportunities for working families in New Jersey,” Lautenberg said in a statement.

High school brawl involves hundreds

A food fight quickly turned into a brawl involving hundreds of students at a Minneapolis high school Thursday, forcing police to use chemical spray to break up the melee.

Four people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, including a staff member who was hit in the head with a bottle, according to the school and police.

Students were throwing food, plates, pop bottles – “anything they could get their hands on” – at school staff and police, Sgt. Bill Palmer said. Police plan to review surveillance video, which may lead to charges, Palmer said.

Student loses court fight over grade

A judge in eastern Pennsylvania ruled Thursday against a former Lehigh University graduate student who sued to have a grade of C-plus changed to a B and sought $1.3 million in damages.

Megan Thode claimed the grade, for a 2009 graduate-level therapist internship course, was in retaliation because she supports gay marriage. She said the grade is preventing her from becoming a licensed therapist.

An expert estimated Thode would suffer $1.3 million in damages in earnings she would never make as a result over the course of her career.

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