Wednesday Must Read: Authorities Trying to Identify Remains in Deadly Manhunt; Alameda County Sheriff Renews Call for Drones



Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Officials in Southern California are working today to identify remains found in a charred cabin near Big Bear, following a wild gun-battle with a fugitive ex-cop that culminated in a fiery blaze yesterday afternoon, the LA Times reports. Law enforcement officers believed they had pinned down ex-LA cop Christopher Dorner in a remote cabin. A firefight ensued, and then the cabin erupted in flames. Dorner is believed to have killed four people over the past week.

2. Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern has renewed his request to purchase a drone for the East Bay and a county panel will discuss guidelines for using the unarmed aircraft tomorrow, the Trib reports. But civil rights groups contend that Ahern’s guidelines do not go far enough to ensure privacy protections.

3. Civil rights attorneys and legal experts are criticizing the FBI for how it handled an alleged bomb plot in Oakland late last week, Bay Area News Group reports. Attorneys strongly question whether the mentally ill suspect in the case could have carried out the supposed bomb plot without the FBI’s extensive help.

4. State lawmakers expressed doubts yesterday as to whether proposed regulations for fracking are strong enough to protect the environment and California’s water supply, the LA Times reports. The proposed rules have already been criticized heavily by environmental groups for being too friendly to industry.

5. President Obama called for increasing the federal minimum wage to $9 during his state of the union speech last night. The president also said he would take executive action to address climate change if Congress fails to act. The president also called on Congress to at least vote on proposals to ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and require universal background checks for all gun purchases.

6. And BART board members plan to consider raising fares by 5 percent, the Mercury News reports. BART also is considering raising parking fees.

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