UCLA FLOODING-TOXIC FUMES
6 sniff carbon monoxide during UCLA cleanup
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say 6 people who were helping clean up UCLA's flooded Pauley Pavilion are being treated for exposure to toxic carbon monoxide.
Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main says the men were helping pump water out of the arena shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday when they fell ill from generator exhaust.
Main says four were treated at the scene and two were taken to the hospital in fair condition.
She says all were alert and breathing.
Main says the equipment was turned off and the building aired but there's no word yet on whether the de-watering operation has resumed.
The pavilion's court was covered with up to 10 inches of water on Tuesday when a 30-inch water main broke on a nearby street and sent water cascading onto campus.
Pipe that spewed 20M gallons near UCLA shut off
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Work crews have stopped the last of the water gushing from a 30-inch pipe near the University of California, Los Angeles some 30 hours after it burst.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokesman Albert Rodriguez said the pipe was shut off completely at 9 p.m. Wednesday, and repairs are expected to be finished late Friday or early Saturday.
At its peak, water was gushing at 75,000 gallons per minute out of the riveted-steel pipe, and by Wednesday afternoon it was still spewing 1,000 gallons an hour, putting out an estimated 20 million gallons overall.
Rodriguez says workers had a giant inflatable plug at the ready to stop the flow, but it wasn't needed.
The break in the 93-year-old pipe left a swath of the UCLA campus including its basketball arena swamped with water.
Immigration courts speed up children's cases
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.
The Executive Office for Immigration Review says the immigration courts are now giving each child an initial court hearing within three weeks. Traditionally, many immigrants have had to wait months or years for a hearing.
Immigration lawyers are worried the courts are now moving so quickly that children might not have enough time to make their case that they should be allowed to remain in the country legally.
The shift began in Los Angeles this week and is also being implemented in other immigration courts.
PARKING LOT PLANE CRASH
Plane crashes in San Diego parking lot; 1 dead
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A small plane has crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot, killing one woman on board and injuring another.
The single-engine Mooney M-20L went down around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a parking lot that serves a Costco and a Target store in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood.
Police Lt. Steve Behrendt says the plane clipped the top of the Target store and knocked down a light pole before landing.
The plane caught fire and Behrendt says the dead woman had serious burns. There's no word on the other woman's condition.
Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane had bounced while landing at nearby Montgomery Field, continued westbound and crashed.
Many witnesses tried to help, and fire officials say one of them suffered minor cuts and burns.
SAN FRANCISCO CHINATOWN CRIME
'Shrimp Boy' pleads not guilty to racketeering
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The man prosecutors say headed a crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown has pleaded not guilty to a new charge of racketeering.
Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow was in federal court Wednesday to enter the plea to a newly filed indictment that carries all the same charges as the old one, but also includes a racketeering count. The indictment says he served as gang leader of a corrupt Chinatown community organization that bribed a state senator and laundered money among other crimes.
The racketeering count alleges that Chow orchestrated a wide-range of alleged criminal activity, including the bribing of state Sen. Leland Yee.
Yee is also charged with racketeering in the new indictment in addition to bribery charges. He is scheduled to enter a plea Thursday.
Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews are working to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.
Park spokesman Scott Gediman said Wednesday there was no imminent threat to Merced Grove.
The fire was about 10 miles away, and crews were reinforcing old containment lines to prevent it from getting to the trees.
Merced Grove is among three stands of giant sequoias in the park. The towering trees grow only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and are among the largest and oldest living things on earth.
Gediman said about 50 homes remained under evacuation orders. The fire, which began on Saturday, has burned through more than 5 square miles. It was 34 percent contained.
MINIMUM WAGE HIKE-SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco leaders put $15 wage on ballot
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors have voted in favor of placing a measure on the November ballot that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the supervisors voted unanimously and without comment in favor of the move on Tuesday.
The city's current minimum wage is $10.74. The measure would increase it gradually over the next several years until it reached $15 an hour in 2018.
The mayor, city supervisors and business and labor leaders announced last month that they had reached a deal on the measure. As part of the deal, labor activists who were pursuing their own $15 minimum wage ballot measure agreed to drop their effort.
They wanted the increase to take effect one year earlier, in 2017.
Skydiver killed in San Diego County jump
JAMUL, Calif. (AP) - A skydiver who plunged to his death in San Diego County had three decades of parachuting experience and was wearing an emergency safety device - but authorities say it was turned off.
U-T San Diego says the man died when his parachute failed to open during a jump about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Otay Lakes.
His name wasn't released.
Authorities say the skydiver was equipped with a device that automatically deploys a parachute in an emergency, but it was turned off.
Buzz Fink, who owns Skydive San Diego, says the 53-year-old had logged more than 10,000 jumps and was considered a mentor to other skydivers.
Fink says the man worked as a handyman and is survived by a teenage son.
3 charged in torture of Orange County prostitute
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Two men and one woman have been charged with kidnapping and torturing a prostitute at a Southern California motel.
The Orange County District Attorney's office said the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday and face charges of human trafficking, kidnapping and torture.
Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis is accused of burning the 26-year-old with a heated glass pipe used to ingest methamphetamine, tying her to a chair, blindfolding her and duct-taping her mouth.
Officials say he left her with Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas and Cierra Rose Thompson. Flores-Davis and Gonzalez-Salinas are accused of waterboarding the victim. Thompson is accused of aiding and assisting in the torture.
Police say they received a Facebook tip that led to the three arrests.
It wasn't immediately clear if the defendants had attorneys.
Gang raids in LA suburbs end with 17 arrests
EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested more than a dozen people in a Southern California gang crackdown.
The U.S. attorney's office says 17 alleged members and associates of the El Monte Flores gang were taken into custody Wednesday as more than 400 federal agents and local police conducted raids in the Los Angeles suburb and adjoining South El Monte.
Authorities say the gang has about 800 members and takes orders from the Mexican Mafia prison gang.
Authorities say the gang sold drugs and met at a local boys and girls club.
Those arrested are among 41 people named in a racketeering indictment that alleges gang members engaged in crimes ranging from drug trafficking to murder.
Fifteen other people already are in custody and nine are being sought.
Judge orders psych evaluation for wildfire suspect
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge has ordered a girl to be psychologically evaluated to determine if she is fit to stand trial in connection with one of the destructive wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring.
The girl briefly appeared in San Diego juvenile court on Wednesday for a hearing stemming from allegations that she intentionally started the Cocos Fire, which destroyed 36 homes and one business north of San Diego in May.
Earlier this month she was charged with at least one crime, but it has not been disclosed.
Superior Court Judge Aaron Katz also ordered that the girl observe a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew while she lives with her parents and he agreed with her attorney that she should remain in counseling until the next hearing on Aug. 20.
Attorney: California prosecutor's son is innocent
MERCED, Calif. (AP) - The attorney for a California district attorney's son charged with murder says his client is innocent and authorities have arrested the wrong person.
Kirk McAllister, who is representing 18-year-old Ethan Morse, also tells the Merced Sun-Star Merced County sheriff's officials have not been thorough or fair in their investigation. Morse, the son of Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II, is charged in connection with an alleged gang-related shooting at a party last year that left 18-year-old Bernabed Hernandez-Canela dead.
Sheriff Tom Cavallero said he stands by his detectives' investigation.
Morse is not accused of firing any weapons, but allowing someone else to shoot from his vehicle. Prosecutors have charged another teen, 18-year-old Jacob Tellez, with the shooting.
Two other people were shot and killed at the same party, and two other teens have been charged in their deaths.
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