SAN FRANCISCO AIRLINER CRASH-VICTIM
Report: Asiana crash victim was run over twice
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal investigators say a teenage girl who survived the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet in San Francisco only to be fatally struck by a fire truck actually was run over by two rescue vehicles in the accident's chaotic aftermath.
Authorities in California revealed months ago that 16-year-old Chinese student Ye Meng Yuan was alive on the runway and covered in firefighting foam when she was hit by an emergency vehicle and suffered the multiple blunt injuries that killed her.
But documents released at a National Transportation Safety Board hearing in Washington today reveal that the motionless girl was struck twice - once by a fire rig spraying foam and again 11 minutes later by a second truck that was being turned around to fetch more water.
Two other teen girls from China died in the crash.
107,000 enroll in health coverage in California
More than 107,000 Californians have enrolled for health care under the state's new health insurance exchange.
The new enrollment figures released today by the federal Health and Human Services Department cover the period ending Nov. 30.
California leads the nation in sign-ups among states under the Affordable Care Act. But the enrollment number still falls short of federal projections before the health insurance sign-up websites launched, when 221,000 enrollments were forecast for California by Nov. 30.
Covered California said this week that it also had a backlog of about 25,000 paper applications for enrollment.
In all, today's figures show that nearly 226,000 applicants have been found eligible to enroll in Covered California, with about 70 percent qualifying for financial assistance.
Amazon grocery delivery rolls into San Francisco
Amazon.com Inc.'s grocery delivery service is rolling into San Francisco.
The online retailer says it is expanding its AmazonFresh service into the city after testing it in Los Angeles and Seattle. The service provides same-day and early-morning delivery of more than 500,000 Amazon products including fresh groceries and local items.
Other companies have been expanding their online grocery delivery services for customers who want to avoid the supermarket. Competitors include FreshDirect, Instacart, Peapod and Safeway.
AmazonFresh shipping is free for orders over $35, but users have to pay $299 a year for the service. Amazon is giving customers in San Francisco a free 30-day trial.
AmazonFresh was launched in Seattle in 2007. It came to Los Angeles in June.
Judges extend Calif. deadline for inmate reduction
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A panel of federal judges has extended California's deadline to cut its prison population until April 18.
The judges previously had moved the deadline to February while a court-appointed mediator works to find a long-term solution with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and attorneys representing inmates.
The judges ordered that those talks continue until Jan. 10. But the one-paragraph order released Wednesday warns that they plan no further extension in the negotiations, "absent extraordinary circumstances."
The state now faces a spring deadline to reduce the prison population to about 110,000 inmates.
The state is pushing for a three-year delay in the court-ordered deadline to give rehabilitation programs time to work as an alternative to housing thousands of inmates in private prisons and county jails.
NURSING HOME SHOOTING
Los Angeles police: Man shoots ailing wife, sister
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say a 60-year-old man has been booked for investigation of murder in the shootings of his dementia-stricken wife and his sister, who was in a vegetative state at a nursing home.
Detective Andrea Moore says Lance Anderson of suburban Santa Clarita was booked today.
Lt. Paul Vernon says the man surrendered to officers at the Country Villa Sheraton nursing facility in the North Hills area of Los Angeles.
He says the sister, who was shot in the head, was identified as 58-year-old Lisa Nave, who'd been in a vegetative state for several years.
Deputies found the wife's body at a home in the Canyon Country area of Santa Clarita.
Vernon characterized the shootings as "apparent mercy killings."
Prosecution rests in Calif homeless man's death
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors have wrapped up their case against two former California police officers who are on trial in the death of a mentally ill, homeless man.
Orange County prosecutors rested their case today on the eighth day of trial for the ex-Fullerton officers who are accused of killing 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.
Defense attorneys will begin their case Thursday.
The trial is expected to last into January.
Former Officer Manuel Ramos has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the July 2011 death.
Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.
Thomas died five days after a violent confrontation with officers who were responding to reports of a man trying to break into cars at a transit center.
Fire in Concord that led to health advisory out
CONCORD, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say a blaze at a warehouse facility in Concord that smoldered for hours and prompted a health advisory is now out.
Contra Costa Fire Capt. Robert Marshall told the Contra Costa Times the blaze was extinguished around 11 this morning, nearly 12 hours after it began.
The fire burned a building housing a telecommunications company, blanketing the surrounding area in smoke and the smell of burning plastic.
The Contra Costa Health Department advised residents within a half mile of the fire to stay indoors. The advisory was lifted after a little more than two hours.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was hurt.
49ERS STADIUM-WORKER KILLED
Elevator company cited in 49ers stadium death
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - California safety officials have issued more than $50,000 in fines against an elevator company whose employee was killed while working at the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara.
Sixty-three-year-old mechanic Don White was killed June 11 by an elevator counterweight.
The state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health cited Schindler Elevator Corp. today for three serious violations, including its alleged failure to enclose counterweights in freight elevators with required guards.
In a statement, Schindler said it intends to vigorously contest the citations, noting that the state had initially found no violations in connection with the incident.
White was the first of two workers to die while working on the new $1.2 billion stadium. The stadium is slated to open next year.
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