Migrants seek to enter US in San Diego protest
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dozens of young migrants have presented themselves to U.S. border inspectors in San Diego without legal documents to protest U.S. immigration policies.
Demonstrators in green, purple and yellow graduation gowns marched through the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, to the Otay Mesa border crossing on Monday. They chanted slogans urging an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws and called on President Barack Obama to halt deportations.
Organizer Rocio Hernandez of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance says about 30 attempted to cross. By the end of this week, she says that number may rise to 150.
Many are expected to seek asylum. Similar protests were held last year at border crossings in Arizona and Texas.
The migrants call themselves "Dreamers," after failed legislation aimed at allowing some immigrants to stay in the county.
Los Angeles police arrest man in severed head case
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say they've solved the case of a severed human head found two years ago near the Hollywood sign.
Police said Monday they've arrested 38-year-old Gabriel Campos Martinez for the 2012 murder of 66-year-old Hervey Coronado Medellin of Los Angeles. Martinez was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday with the help of local authorities and is being held without bail while he awaits extraditing proceedings.
Two women discovered what turned out to be Medellin's head while walking several dogs through a trail in Griffith Park. A cadaver dog named Indiana Bones and investigators helped find more body parts, including hands and feet, near the same area where the head was discovered.
LOS ANGELES REGISTER
Los Angeles Register newspaper to launch April 16
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Freedom Communications says it has set April 16 as the launch date for its latest newspaper venture, the Los Angeles Register.
The expansion is the latest for the ambitious newspaper company that Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz bought in 2012. The pair bulked up on newsroom staff at the Orange County Register and launched a new daily newspaper in Long Beach in August.
Freedom said Monday that the "community building" newspaper will cost $1.50 on weekdays and $2 on Saturdays and Sundays and be distributed at 7,500 locations around Los Angeles County.
The company will also launch more than a dozen monthly newspapers serving specific towns along the coast and as far east as Pomona, about 30 miles from Los Angeles. It said details on the monthlies will be available soon.
DANA POINT SHOOTING
Suspect held in wounding of Dana Point man
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - A 40-year-old man has been arrested in a shooting that wounded a man in Dana Point and led to a manhunt on the northern San Diego County coast.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department says Julian St. John of Orange was detained by state park rangers at 2:50 a.m. Monday in San Clemente.
He had been the subject of a search since the shooting Sunday of a 56-year-old man, who said St. John stole his SUV.
The vehicle was spotted in the San Clemente area, but after a pursuit south on Interstate 5 to the San Onofre area, the driver abandoned the SUV and fled on foot.
Orange County sheriff's bloodhounds and air units assisted by the Border Patrol, Marine Corps police and San Diego deputies unsuccessfully searched for five hours.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HEAT
Southern California again warm and dry
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Predicted gusty Santa Ana winds and low relative humidity will bring wildfire concerns in Southern California by midweek.
The National Weather Service says a trough of low pressure currently near Oregon will drop south into California by Wednesday, bringing gusty offshore flow mainly over Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Sustained winds are expected to range from 30 mph to 45 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph. Humidity levels will fall below 15 percent.
Forecasters have issued a fire weather watch for Wednesday morning through afternoon.
Southern California's weather has returned to warm and dry conditions a week after one of the few significant storms of the winter.
On Sunday, Los Angeles International Airport was a record 85 degrees.
Los Angeles has received less than half its normal seasonal rainfall.
Legendary racehorse to get new resting place
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - The legendary racehorse Native Diver is being exhumed from the former Hollywood Park racetrack and will be moved to a new resting place in Southern California.
Richard Shapiro, grandson of Native Diver's owner, tells the Los Angeles Times that he couldn't bear the thought of the thoroughbred remaining as Hollywood Park is torn down and replaced by a shopping complex.
Shapiro enlisted help from University of Southern California archaeologists who are used to excavating ancient sites.
As the skeleton was slowly revealed during a weekend dig, professor Tom Garrison remarked that it appeared as if the horse was running.
Native Diver's remains will be taken to Del Mar racetrack and stored there until a new burial site is prepared.
The gelding won 34 stakes races in the 1960s.
Refurbished Pollock masterpiece goes on display
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a little nip here and a tuck there, "Mural," Jackson Pollock's brilliant, larger-than-life painting, is once again ready for its close-up.
The oil-on-canvas work, measuring more than 8 feet high and nearly 20 feet long, has been under wraps at the J. Paul Getty Museum for more than a year undergoing extensive restoration.
Officials of the Los Angeles museum showed the results Monday. The painting goes on display to the general public Tuesday.
The work represents a key turning point in Pollock's career. It marks his move away from symbolic, regional forms to the abstract expressionism he would become known for.
The painting, owned by the University of Iowa, will be on display at The J. Paul Getty Museum for three months.
Figure in Sharper rape case posts bond
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man booked on two aggravated rape charges in a New Orleans case also involving former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has posted a $400,000 bond.
Bond was posted Monday for 26-year-old Erik Nunez. However, a New Orleans sheriff's spokesman said Nunez was transported to neighboring Jefferson Parish, where he faced unrelated traffic charges. Nunez's lawyer and Jefferson officials did not immediately respond to requests for details.
Sharper and Nunez each face two aggravated rape charges in New Orleans.
Sharper also faces seven rape and drug counts in connection with two alleged attacks in Los Angeles. He pleaded not guilty in that case and was freed on $1 million bail. However, he was jailed again in Los Angeles on a New Orleans arrest warrant and is awaiting a Thursday hearing.
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