Schools may have to buy keyboards for iPads
The Los Angeles Unified School District -- which has begun giving iPads to students -- may have to spend millions to supply students with keyboards.
The Los Angeles Times said wireless keyboards are recommended for students when they take new state tests. The district didn't include that cost in the estimated $1 billion budget to provide all 650,000 students with iPads over the next year and put wireless service in schools.
Providing all students with keyboards could run an additional $38 million. However, it's not clear yet whether the district plans to supply all students with keyboards or just older students who might need them for essay questions.
The district is using school construction bonds to buy the iPads. The first ones were distributed at two schools last week.
Ex-city councilman won't run for mayor
A top San Diego Republican said he will sit out a special election to replace Bob Filner as mayor and will instead continue his run for Congress.
Carl DeMaio said Tuesday he is staying in the race to unseat Scott Peters, a first-term Democrat representing California's 52nd Congressional District.
The 38-year-old former city councilman would have instantly been a front-runner in the Nov. 19 city election. He narrowly lost to Filner in last November's mayoral contest.
Filner left office Friday, resigning amid allegations that he harassed more than a dozen women.
Among candidates seeking to replace him is Democrat Nathan Fletcher, a former state assemblyman.
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK
Hiker falls to death after Mount Whitney climb
Park rangers have retrieved the body of a hiker who fell over a cliff to his death after climbing to the summit of California's Mount Whitney.
National Park officials said rangers from Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks recovered the body of 60-year-old Yukio Kato of Torrance from the bottom of the 200-foot cliff on the Mount Whitney Trail on Monday.
Kato fell a day earlier while on his way back to the trailhead after reaching the mountain's summit. He was at about 13,500 feet in elevation when he fell. Mount Whitney is the highest point in the United States outside of Alaska.
Officials said park law enforcement dispatched a helicopter and park medic to the scene but did not have enough daylight hours to retrieve the body.
The cause of Kato's fall is under investigation.
Coast Guard assists birth on cargo ship
The U.S. Coast Guard said it assisted the delivery of a baby aboard a cargo ship 100 miles southwest of San Diego.
A Coast Guard statement said the crew of the Panamanian-flagged vehicle carrier Caribbean Highway called for assistance about 9 a.m. Monday because a 21-year-old crew member was in labor.
A helicopter crew flew a Coast Guard flight surgeon and a civilian midwife to the ship, where they helped the woman give birth at 7:50 p.m.
The ship continued toward San Diego and arrived at 2 a.m. Tuesday.
The Coast Guard said the mother and baby were taken to Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for further care.
-- Associated Press