OBAMA READ­IES AC­TION ON GUNS

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honolulu » Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is ex­pected to take ex­ec­u­tive ac­tion next week to ex­pand when back­ground checks are con­ducted on gun sales.

That’s ac­cord­ing to an in­di­vid­ual whose gun con­trol ad­vo­cacy group has been briefed by ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials about the tim­ing. The per­son was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss de­tails be­fore the an­nounce­ment and spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

White House of­fi­cials won’t con­firm the tim­ing. Spokesman Eric Schultz says the pres­i­dent has asked his team to see if ad­di­tional ac­tion can be taken ad­min­is­tra­tively to ad­dress gun violence and that the pres­i­dent expects the work to be com­pleted soon.

White House ad­viser Va­lerie Jarrett said ear­lier this month that rec­om­men­da­tions be­ing sub­mit­ted to Obama will in­clude mea­sures to ex­pand back­ground checks.

Aides quit Ben Car­son cam­paign B

des moines, iowa » Sev­eral top aides to Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ben Car­son re­signed on Thurs­day, cit­ing frus­tra­tion with the in­flu­ence of the re­tired neu­ro­sur­geon’s busi­ness man­ager and ques­tion­ing his readi­ness for the White House.

Barry Ben­nett and DougWatts, both sea­soned po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tives, stepped down with less than five weeks be­fore vot­ers in Iowa be­gin the nom­i­nat­ing process with the state’s Feb. 1 cau­cuses.

Ben­nett was Car­son’s cam­paign man­ager. Watts was com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor. But Ben­nett said Car­son’s long­time busi­ness man­ager, Arm­strong Wil­liams, is the ad­viser who has Car­son’s ear, even thoughWil­liams does not have a for­mal role in the cam­paign. Cait­lyn Jen­ner crash suit set­tled. A woman in­jured in a fa­tal crash in­volv­ing Cait­lyn Jen­ner has set­tled her law­suit against the re­al­ity TV star.

Los An­ge­les court records filed this month by Jen­ner’s lawyer show that Jes­sica Stein­dorff set­tled her case.

The court pa­pers do not in­di­cate terms of the set­tle­ment.

Stein­dorff had sought un­spec­i­fied dam­ages against the 66year- old Jen­ner for the Feb. 7 crash on the Pa­cific Coast High­way in­Mal­ibu. One woman was killed and sev­eral other peo­ple were in­jured.

Sher­iff’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined Jen­ner was trav­el­ing at an un­safe speed for traf­fic con­di­tions. Pros­e­cu­tors de­clined to file a ve­hic­u­lar man­slaugh­ter charge against Jen­ner, who won a 1976 Olympic gold medal in decathlon as Bruce Jen­ner be­fore re­cently tran­si­tion­ing to a woman.

Ge­orge Lu­cas apol­o­gizes for com­ment B »

los an­ge­les Ge­orge Lu­cas has apol­o­gized for crit­i­ciz­ing Dis­ney’s han­dling of “StarWars” and say­ing he had sold his char­ac­ters to “white slavers” in a re­cent in­ter­view with Char­lie Rose.

In a state­ment is­sued Thurs­day, Lu­cas says he mis­spoke and used a “very in­ap­pro­pri­ate anal­ogy.” It’s not clear what he meant, and Rose didn’t ask a fol­lowup ques­tion on his PBS show that aired Dec. 24.

The “StarWars” cre­ator sold Lu­cas­film to theWalt Dis­ney Co. in 2012 for $ 4.06 bil­lion, and the stu­dio de­vel­oped “The Force Awak­ens” with J. J. Abrams and Kath­leen Kennedy.

In the state­ment, Lu­cas says Dis­ney is mov­ing the fran­chise in ex­cit­ing di­rec­tions.

Mis­tak­enly freed in­mate charged in death B

seat­tle » Wash­ing­ton state of­fi­cials say a prisoner mis­tak­enly re­leased early be­cause of a com­puter er­ror has been charged with shoot­ing a teenager to death dur­ing a rob­bery in May.

Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions sec­re­tary Dan Pa­cholke said Thurs­day that Jeremiah Smith was re­leased on May 14. He was ar­rested and charged with first­de­gree mur­der and rob­bery in the May 26 death of 17- year- old CeasarMe­d­ina. Au­thor­i­ties say Smith shouldn’t have been re­leased un­til Aug. 10.

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