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Rebecca Weiss: Body of Missing California Diver Found

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department(RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.) -- A body that was recovered off the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. this weekend has been identified as missing diver Rebecca Weiss.

Recreational divers Saturday found the body of 50 year old Weiss just 200 yards off her favorite beach.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted today.

Weiss, 50, was free diving in a cove near Rancho Palos Verdes on Aug. 11, her husband, Alan Weiss, told police. The experienced diver had gone alone, he said.

After divers, life guards and a Coast Guard helicopter spent four days searching for Weiss but failed to find a body, homicide detectives turned their attention to her husband.

When Rebecca Weiss did not return, Alan Weiss, 60, told detectives he went to search for her in areas where the two would frequently dive.

He told authorities that he found his wife's car in a parking lot and her dive bag on the shore where she presumably entered the water.

Rebecca's mother, Vilma Causey, told ABC News that her daughter is an experienced diver who was swimming in calm waters near a popular beach.

"I was there yesterday because I wanted to see where this happened, and it's in a cove, it's nice water. There's no strong waves or anything like that. It is a very, very busy place, a big hotel and restaurant. It's for tourists and everybody. There are a lot of people. If she was there, somebody would see her," Causey said.

Causey declined to speculate about whether something suspicious happened to her daughter, saying that she would wait for the investigation to be completed. She said that Rebecca and Alan have been together for 25 years, married for more than 18, and that they seemed to be happy.

"I get along with him. They seem to be happy, they were nice to each other," she said. "Maybe they have their own thing, like any married couple. I'm not so involved in that."

Rebecca Weiss, who works as a bookkeeper for one of her husband's business partners, is an avid traveler who spent time in India volunteering at an orphanage, Causey said. Her dream was to open an orphanage in Costa Rica.

"She was a very active person, loves diving, traveling, loves her dog. It was unusual she didn't have her dog with her; she always had the dog with her," Causey said. "She'd say, 'I'm teaching Nellie to surf.'"

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California School Shooting Believed Accidental

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(GARDENA, Calif.) -- Two students were wounded at a school outside Los Angeles on Tuesday, including a girl who was shot in the head, when a gun inside a backpack unintentionally discharged.

It prompted a lockdown of the facility and an hour-long dragnet through the sprawling campus before a male student was taken into custody. The handcuffed suspect was wearing a long-sleeved dark shirt and jeans as police escorted him from Gardena High School to a police vehicle.

Gardena High School is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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Several Areas of California County to Ban Plastic Bags

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Employees of retail outlets in several parts of Los Angeles County will soon be giving customers the choice of “Paper or paper?”

County supervisors Tuesday approved a measure that bans stores from using single-use plastic bags.  The ordinance applies to unincorporated areas of the county where approximately 1.1 million people live, but does not include cities such as Los Angeles.

The measure, which goes into effect next year, not only bans plastic bags, but also allows stores to charge ten cents for each paper bag.

Supporters of the measure say it’s a small step towards reducing the billions of plastic bags that end up polluting our streets and waterways.  Opponents argued the ordinance would cause a loss of jobs, and the fees imposed for reusable and paper bags would place an unfair burden on poorer residents.

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