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College mourns 3 students killed in crash

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) - The president of Palomar College says the San Diego-area campus is reeling from the deaths of three Japanese students in a car crash.

President Robert Deegan says Friday that five other Japanese students who were injured when the Honda Prelude hit a power pole late Thursday are hospitalized but expected to survive.

Deegan says he doesn't know the circumstances of the Oceanside crash but says it raises obvious questions about why so many people were in the car.

Deegan says the victims are among 135 Japanese students at the San Marcos campus and were staying with host families in the San Diego area. But he's not releasing their names and doesn't have any other personal information.

Deegan calls the deaths a terrible loss and says counselors are being made available to other students on campus.


Officer shot in San Bernardino is son of captain

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Police say an officer who was shot and gravely wounded during an early morning patrol in San Bernardino is a 6-year veteran whose father is a captain on the force.

Chief Jarrod Burguan said Friday that 31-year-old Gabriel Garcia remains in critical condition following surgery for gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Burguan says Garcia is an exemplary officer who has worked patrol for most of his career. His father is Ron Garcia.

Gabriel Garcia was shot when he and his partner stopped to talk to a group of people standing outside a home before 3 a.m.

His partner managed to shoot and kill 38-year-old Alex Alvarado during a protracted gunbattle.


Sen. Boxer: Group behind beheading must be stopped

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Days after an Islamic extremist group beheaded an American journalist, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is calling the murder of James Foley barbaric and the Islamic State group a worldwide threat that must be stopped.

The California Democrat said Friday in Los Angeles that the U.S. will continue to not pay ransoms to rescue citizens held by militant groups because it encourages more hostage-taking.

Boxer, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says the U.S. must partner with the international community, including NATO and the U.N., to oppose the Islamic State group. She also has reaffirmed support for President Barack Obama's decision to authorize airstrikes in Iraq.

Boxer says deploying troops isn't an option and backed away from specifics on how the U.S. should counter Islamic State strongholds in Syria.


Mariachi 5K postponed after receiving criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California mariachi-themed fun run scheduled for this weekend has been postponed indefinitely after facing backlash from those who say it makes a mockery of mariachi.

Organizers of the Mariachi 5K said Friday that they had received resistance from the Boyle Heights area and were unable to hold the race.

Promoter Carlos Gaspar told the Los Angeles Times that the pushback had more to do with politics than his theme. He says only people with power can hold events in the city.

The race was scheduled to begin and end at the historic Mariachi Plaza and organizers hoped to bring attention and business to the city.

Most of the criticism of the race has been from the mariachi musicians who perform at the plaza.


Mexico's president to visit California next week

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is coming to California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown, less than a month after Brown visited his country.

The two will address hundreds of Mexican Americans on Monday in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, Brown will host a luncheon in the president's honor in Sacramento. Pena Nieto will then address the Legislature at the state Capitol.

There's no immediate word on what Pena Nieto plans to say, but Mexico and its northern neighbor share concerns about a host of issues, including immigration and pollution.

During the governor's trip to Mexico last month, Brown signed nonbinding agreements on trade, education and environmental cooperation. Brown also promised to work with the U.S. government to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis.


Arrest warrant issued for Santa Barbara TB patient

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Officials say an arrest warrant has been issued for a Southern California man with a contagious case of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Santa Barbara County Health Department officials said Friday that 24-year-old Agustin Zeferino discontinued treatment for the disease two weeks ago.

They believe he is in the Santa Barbara area but don't know where.

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a highly contagious and rare form of the disease that can be spread by coughing or sneezing. The department says Zeferino poses a serious health risk to anyone who comes in contact with him.

Drug-resistant tuberculosis can be life-threatening and is difficult to treat, but is curable.


Harassment suit filed against ex-San Diego mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city of San Diego is facing another lawsuit over the former mayor whose term was cut short by sexual harassment allegations.

UT-San Diego reports that Bob Filner's executive assistant accuses him of lewd comments, gropes and sexual propositions.

Benelia Santos-Hunter sued last week. She worked for Filner from January to August 2013.

Filner left office in August 2013 after about 20 women made similar allegations. He could not be reached for comment.

The city settled one lawsuit from former communications Director Irene McCormack Jackson for $250,000.

As part of Filner's resignation agreement, the city must defend him against legal actions stemming from his term. It can seek reimbursement for monetary damages.

Santos-Hunter previously sought $1.5 million in a claim the city rejected.


Man injured by falling 1,000-pound sign

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 1,000-pound sign fell on a worker at a Southern California gas station, leaving him with serious leg injuries.

City News Service says it happened shortly before 11 a.m. Friday at a Mobil station in Calabasas.

Los Angeles County fire Inspector Keith Mora says the worker was trapped for about 20 minutes before he was freed.

It's unclear why the sign fell.


OC animal shelter sued by nonprofit rescue group

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The head of a nonprofit animal rescue group is suing Orange County's animal shelter, alleging that it euthanizes healthy animals too quickly.

The Voice of OC reports that the $2.5 million civil suit was filed late last month in Orange County Superior Court.

The suit against OC Animal Care by the founder of the Seal Beach-based nonprofit Paw Protectors Rescue also alleges the facility fails to give proper medical treatment to injured animals.

County spokeswoman Jean Pasco says the county has no comment.

Ryan Drabek, the facility's director, tells The Orange County Register ( ) that OC Animal Care has greatly reduced the number of animals it puts down.

Last year, 28 percent of animals were killed, down from 47 percent in 2010.

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