LA AIRPORT A380 ACCIDENT
Korean Air A380 hits 2 light poles at LA airport
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Korean Air A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at a remote end of Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard.
Airline spokeswoman Penny Pfaelzer says the flight arrived from Seoul Wednesday afternoon with 384 people aboard. She says an airport operations vehicle guided the jet onto a taxiway that wasn't wide enough.
The plane's right wing was found to be scratched but no one was injured. Two 30-foot light poles were bent in the incident.
The A380 is the world's largest commercial airliner, carrying passengers in a double-deck configuration. It has a wingspan of nearly 262 feet.
A Boeing 747 replaced the A380 for a flight to Seoul that was scheduled for late Wednesday night. The flight was delayed 11 hours.
NAVY BRIBERY SCHEME
4th US Navy official charged in bribery scheme
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Prosecutors say a fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of giving cash, vacations and the services of prostitutes in exchange for information.
The U.S. attorney's office says Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug made his initial court appearance Thursday, a day after special agents arrested him in San Diego. A judge ordered him held on $100,000 bond and subject to GPS monitoring. He hasn't entered a plea, and messages seeking attorney comment were not immediately returned.
Prosecutors allege the 27-year-old Layug, a Japan-based logistics specialist, revealed classified Navy information in exchange for cash, luxury travel and electronics from employees of the military contracting company at the center of the alleged scheme.
IRAQI WOMAN BEATEN
Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - A jury has convicted an Iraqi immigrant of bludgeoning his wife to death in their suburban San Diego home, a case that was initially considered a hate crime.
Kassim Alhimidi shook his head as the verdict was read Thursday. He was charged with murdering his 32-year-old wife, Shaima Alawadi, in El Cajon (kuh-HOHN'), home to one of the largest enclaves of Iraqi immigrants in the U.S.
Prosecutors argued that the 49-year-old defendant lied to police about his troubled marriage and apologized to his wife as she lay dying in a hospital. Defense lawyers said Alhimidi loved his wife.
Investigators initially considered the March 2012 killing a hate crime after a note was found near the body that read: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist."
Condition upgraded for victim of firetruck crash
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have upgraded the condition of a man who was critically injured in a Los Angeles-area crash involving two firetrucks.
The trucks were heading to a fire Wednesday in Monterey Park when they collided, pushing one into a cafe and injuring 15 people - including six firefighters.
On Thursday, officials say only two people remain hospitalized - a Monterey Park firefighter in moderate condition and a civilian whose condition was upgraded from critical to critical but stable.
California Highway Patrol Officer Doris Peniche tells the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that the civilian is a 51-year-old man with head and leg injuries.
The trucks had their lights and sirens on when they collided at an intersection, but only one had a green light.
Military shell prompted evacuation of hundreds
SOLVANG, Calif. (AP) - California authorities say the military ordnance that prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in the tourist town of Solvang was a used shell but it still was potentially dangerous.
Between 500 and 700 homes and businesses were evacuated Wednesday after the 105 mm shell was discovered amid trash in an alley.
Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover says the 18-inch-long shell had been fired but still had its fuse, making it potentially unstable. She says it could have caused widespread damage if it had exploded.
The evacuation ended early Thursday after bomb squads took the shell away and blew it up.
Hoover says it's unclear where the shell came from.
Solvang is a city of about 5,000 known for Danish themes that reflect its founders.
AIRPORT TERMINAL EVACUATION
Airport bomb threat leads to brief evacuation
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say the ticketing area of a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was partially evacuated after a man said he had a bomb in his bag.
Airport police Sgt. Belinda Nettles says there was no actual threat and travelers and employees have been allowed back inside Terminal 7 Thursday morning.
The man was taken into custody around 7:45 a.m. and police set up a perimeter as people were ordered to leave the ticketing area.
No bomb was found and people were allowed back in about an hour later.
The man has been taken to a hospital for a 72-hour mental health evaluation.
Terminal 7 is home to United Airlines and United Express.
Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba
MIAMI (AP) - Court documents in Miami say the smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL' pweeg) leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig.
The boxer describes in an affidavit a dangerous odyssey of shady characters, unpaid smuggling debts and threats of violence that have followed Puig since he left Cuba in June 2012. Boxer Yunior Despaigne (YOON'-yur deh-SPAWN'-yay) says the smugglers claim Puig owes them money.
Puig's smuggling venture was first reported by Los Angeles Magazine. Despaigne says Puig promised 20 percent of his contract to Miami men who set up the smuggling venture.
Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract with the Dodgers in June 2012. The outfielder is declining comment.
Kittens accidentally shipped from LA to San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego cable company employee expecting a shipment of fiberglass equipment got a shock when he discovered two newborn kittens clinging to life inside the box.
KGTV reports Thursday that the kittens are recovering after being accidentally shipped by truck from the Los Angeles area to a Cox Communications office in San Diego.
Upon finding the tiny black cats, a Cox warehouse worker called his nephew, who happens to work for the Humane Society in San Diego.
The kittens were so young they still had their umbilical cords attached.
Humane Society nurse Jenny Bonomini says it's likely the mother put her newborn babies in a safe spot - a cardboard box.
Bonomini says the kittens, named Mouse and Wifi, are happy and putting on weight.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARRESTS
Couple charged with human trafficking and slavery
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suburban California couple has been charged with human trafficking and slavery involving a nine-year-old girl smuggled from El Salvador.
The district attorney's office said the girl, who is now 11, spent two years working four days a week in a Pacoima restaurant owned by Dora Alicia Valle. When she wasn't working there, authorities said she was ordered to clean the home shared by Valle and her boyfriend, Estrada Melvin Sandoval.
The two pleaded not guilty Thursday and their bail was set at $175,000 each. If convicted they face more than 12 years in prison. They allegedly paid to have the child smuggled into the United States.
District Attorney Jackie Lacey spoke out against human trafficking and said her office will not allow children to be treated as human commodities.
SAN DIEGO BISHOP-STROKE
San Diego Roman Catholic bishop suffers stroke
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Church officials say the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego is being treated at a hospital after suffering a stroke.
A church statement says Bishop Cirilo Flores was stricken Wednesday while in his office at the Diocesan Pastoral Center.
Monsignor Steven F. Callahan said Thursday that Flores is "alert and in good spirits."
He's expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.
The bishop was appointed in September 2013, when he was 65. He succeeded Bishop Robert Brom.
Lawsuit filed to stop Jamul casino
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two members of a San Diego County Native American tribe have filed suit to stop a planned $360 million casino, saying the bodies of deceased relatives were illegally exhumed at the site.
U-T San Diego reports Walter Rosales and Karen Toggery of the Jamul Indian Village tribe are suing the state Department of Transportation. They say the bodies were moved to Caltrans property in Jamul.
Their lawyer appeared in court Wednesday to follow up on a request for a temporary restraining order to stop work on the casino.
Caltrans holds the encroachment permit that allows San Diego Gaming Ventures to use State Route 94 to bring trucks and other equipment and anything they haul to and from the site.
A Caltrans spokeswoman said the agency cannot comment on litigation.
DEPUTY SHOOTS SELF
Riverside deputy accidentally shoots self in leg
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Riverside County sheriff's officials say a deputy accidentally shot himself in the leg while trying to defend himself against an aggressive dog.
The Press-Enterprise reports the deputy was attempting to serve a legal document Wednesday at a residence in Riverside when the dog became aggressive.
Sheriff's spokesman Armando Munoz says the deputy, attempting to defend himself, pulled his service weapon and shot one round. The bullet struck his leg.
Munoz says the injuries are not life-threatening and the deputy is recovering.
The dog wasn't hurt.
The sound of the gunfire calmed the animal's aggressive behavior, and the dog remained at the house.
MOUNTAIN LION POISONED
Famous Los Angeles mountain lion exposed to poison
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A mountain lion that appeared strong and healthy as it ruled a wilderness park in the middle of Los Angeles has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange.
National Park Service spokeswoman Kate Kuykendall says scientists noticed the cat known as P-22 was sickly when they recaptured it last month to replace batteries in its tracking collar.
She says the 4-year-old cougar probably ate animals exposed to poison from residential bait traps. The poison often works its way up the food chain, becoming more lethal as the dose accumulates in larger animals.
P-22 was treated for the parasitic skin disease and returned to Griffith Park. Biologists say it's unclear whether P-22 will fully recover.
Kuykendall says there's no indication the poisoned cat is a threat to residents.
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