HOMEOWNER SHOOTS BURGLAR UPDATE
Police still investigating after burglar killed
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors are awaiting the police investigation into an 80-year-old man who says he fatally shot a burglar in the back as she fled his home and ran down an alley.
Long Beach homeowner Tom Greer told KNBC-TV that the burglar told him she was pregnant and asked him not to shoot, but he shot her twice in the back anyway.
The coroner said an autopsy found that 28-year-old Andrea Miller was not pregnant.
Prosecutors filed murder, burglary, robbery and weapons-related charges Friday against Miller's alleged accomplice, 26-year-old Gus Adams. He was being held on bail of more than $1 million.
Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell said the murder charge is possible because Adams is accused of participating in a felony that led to a death.
GAZA DEMONSTRATION-LOS ANGELES
Flag-waving, prayers at LA rally for Palestine
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Muslims in Los Angeles held prayers and a rally in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip amid the intense conflict between Israel and Hamas militants.
Men, women and children bowed in prayer and then took up flags and banners Friday outside the Federal Building in Westwood to call for an end to the deadly violence in Gaza.
The demonstration organized by American Muslims for Palestine was peaceful, with no reports of any incidents or arrests.
It came less than two weeks after a pro-Israel demonstration at the same location that ended with an altercation between participants and a group of Palestinian supporters who showed up.
Defense Department employee gets 2 years in prison
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a Defense Department supervisor who oversaw construction and service contracts at a Southern California Marine Corps base to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to bribery and other charges.
U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia on Friday also ordered Natividad Lara Cervantes to forfeit more than $100,000 he earned from accepting bribes from contractors who sought to win or retain multimillion-dollar government contracts at Camp Pendleton.
Cervantes called himself the "godfather" of Camp Pendleton. He pleaded guilty in January to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery of a public official.
He is the third defendant to be sentenced in the case. Two contractors were sentenced to six months and a year prison respectively after pleading guilty to paying bribes to Cervantes.
UPS driver charged with stealing dozens of guns
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California UPS driver has been arrested after federal agents say he stole dozens of guns to sell them on the black market.
Authorities say 36-year-old Curtis Hays, of Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested Friday. It's unclear whether he has an attorney who could be reached for comment.
A federal indictment this week alleges that Hays stole packages at the UPS shipping hub in Ontario. They contained rifles, pistols and shotguns intended for delivery to a sporting goods store.
He's also accused of stealing jewelry and cellphones.
Federal prosecutors say Hays gave the guns to a Moreno Valley man who illegally sold them.
The men are charged with conspiracy and theft crimes that could land them in prison for a decade if they're convicted.
Accident partially collapses LA parking structure
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A landscaping project accident caused the partial collapse of a residential parking structure in the Century City area of Los Angeles.
No injuries were reported after the Friday morning incident but urban search-and-rescue units were dispatched as a precaution, and two buildings were evacuated.
Fire Department spokesman Eric French said construction crews were using earth-moving machines to handle lava rock and dirt, but the weight of the material was too much for the structural integrity of the parking garage.
Firefighters initially believed a large planter had fallen from a crane, but French said later that neither was involved.
VANDALISM SUSPECT SHOT
Vandalism suspect fatally shot by LA officers
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say a vandalism suspect has been shot to death by officers in the Van Nuys area.
Sgt. Al Gonzalez says police responded early Friday to reports of vandalism and of a disturbance on Hayvenhurst Avenue.
Officers encountered the suspect and tried to take the suspect into custody.
Gonzalez says they were unable to detain him and an officer-involved shooting occurred.
The suspect was described as a man in his early 20s.
City News Service says according to reports from the scene, one or more suspects may have been vandalizing vehicles with rocks.
LOST SCHOOL TESTS
153 tests from Anaheim school lost in transit
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Students at an Anaheim high school have been informed that 153 advanced-placement tests were lost while being delivered to the organization that administers the exams.
Officials with Educational Testing Service and Esperanza High both say answer sheets were shipped from the school, but didn't arrive at the testing service facility in New Jersey.
Principal Ken Fox tells the Orange County Register that Esperanza shipped about 10 boxes to ETS, which should have contained the test booklets, the multiple-choice answer sheets and the essays.
There is no record of the boxes arriving.
ETS says students can retake the test, get a full refund or, for certain exams, receive a national-average score that would merit university credit at some campuses.
CALIFORNIA CHURCH ABUSE-GUAM
Priest in Guam removed over California allegations
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest has been removed from his post in Guam over allegations that he molested two boys four decades ago while serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Church officials said Friday that the Rev. John Howard Wadeson left his post in the Archdiocese of Agana on Monday after parishioners there raised concerns about his past.
A 2004 Los Angeles archdiocese report says Wadeson was credibly accused in two cases between 1973 and 1977. Wadeson was in Los Angeles between 1972 and 1985 and taught at Verbum Dei High School, an all-male Catholic school.
Wadeson has told the Guam Pacific Daily News that he is innocent.
Michael Hennigan, a Los Angeles archdiocese attorney, says the LA archdiocese told Guam church officials about Wadeson's history in 2011.
Stan Lee cancels Comic-Con appearance
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Stan Lee is missing in action at Comic-Con.
A spokesman for the 91-year-old co-creator of superheros such as The Avengers, X-Men and Spider-Man says Lee lost his voice because of laryngitis. He added that Lee is otherwise in good health and is disappointed he's missing the celebration.
The former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief has been a constant presence at San Diego Comic-Con since the convention launched in the 1970s.
Lee had been scheduled to appear Friday and Saturday to sign autographs and unveil the latest installment of in his Stan Lee's Kids Universe multimedia project.
Comic-Con is a four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts. It kicked off Thursday and continues through Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center.
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