UCLA FLOODING-TOXIC FUMES
6 sniff carbon monoxide during UCLA cleanup
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say 6 people who were helping clean up UCLA's flooded Pauley Pavilion are being treated for exposure to toxic carbon monoxide.
Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main says the men were helping pump water out of the arena shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday when they fell ill from generator exhaust.
Main says four were treated at the scene and two were taken to the hospital in fair condition.
She says all were alert and breathing.
Main says the equipment was turned off and the building aired but there's no word yet on whether the de-watering operation has resumed.
The pavilion's court was covered with up to 10 inches of water on Tuesday when a 30-inch water main broke on a nearby street and sent water cascading onto campus.
Pipe that spewed 20M gallons near UCLA shut off
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Work crews have stopped the last of the water gushing from a 30-inch pipe near the University of California, Los Angeles some 30 hours after it burst.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokesman Albert Rodriguez said the pipe was shut off completely at 9 p.m. Wednesday, and repairs are expected to be finished late Friday or early Saturday.
At its peak, water was gushing at 75,000 gallons per minute out of the riveted-steel pipe, and by Wednesday afternoon it was still spewing 1,000 gallons an hour, putting out an estimated 20 million gallons overall.
Rodriguez says workers had a giant inflatable plug at the ready to stop the flow, but it wasn't needed.
The break in the 93-year-old pipe left a swath of the UCLA campus including its basketball arena swamped with water.
Immigration courts speed up children's cases
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.
The Executive Office for Immigration Review says the immigration courts are now giving each child an initial court hearing within three weeks. Traditionally, many immigrants have had to wait months or years for a hearing.
Immigration lawyers are worried the courts are now moving so quickly that children might not have enough time to make their case that they should be allowed to remain in the country legally.
The shift began in Los Angeles this week and is also being implemented in other immigration courts.
UCLA FLOODING-PAULEY PAVILION
UCLA's Pauley Pavilion is drying out from flood
LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA's storied basketball arena Pauley Pavilion is drying out after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old water main burst near the campus in Los Angeles' Westwood neighborhood.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block says workers were busy cleaning up and assessing damage from Tuesday's flood. He says they hope to quickly repair or replace the arena floor.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the men's and women's basketball teams will play in Pauley this fall, either on a refurbished or new court.
The 49-year-old building containing precious artifacts from the John Wooden era was renovated for $136 million less than two years ago.
PARKING LOT PLANE CRASH
Plane crashes in San Diego parking lot; 1 dead
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A small plane has crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot, killing one woman on board and injuring another.
The single-engine Mooney M-20L went down around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a parking lot that serves a Costco and a Target store in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood.
Police Lt. Steve Behrendt says the plane clipped the top of the Target store and knocked down a light pole before landing.
The plane caught fire and Behrendt says the dead woman had serious burns. There's no word on the other woman's condition.
Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane had bounced while landing at nearby Montgomery Field, continued westbound and crashed.
Many witnesses tried to help, and fire officials say one of them suffered minor cuts and burns.
Skydiver killed in San Diego County jump
JAMUL, Calif. (AP) - A skydiver who plunged to his death in San Diego County had three decades of parachuting experience and was wearing an emergency safety device - but authorities say it was turned off.
U-T San Diego says the man died when his parachute failed to open during a jump about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Otay Lakes.
His name wasn't released.
Authorities say the skydiver was equipped with a device that automatically deploys a parachute in an emergency, but it was turned off.
Buzz Fink, who owns Skydive San Diego, says the 53-year-old had logged more than 10,000 jumps and was considered a mentor to other skydivers.
Fink says the man worked as a handyman and is survived by a teenage son.
Wild chase leads to long standoff on Malibu hill
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - A man who authorities say fired at an off-duty FBI agent led police on a high-speed chase that ended with him surrounded and lying on a hillside overlooking the ocean in Malibu for some 90 minutes.
KCAL-TV showed the man moving only occasionally as he lay in the spotlight from a helicopter Wednesday night before he was taken into custody peacefully.
Los Angeles police Officer Bruce Borihanh says the incident began a few hours earlier in a fitness center parking lot when the man shot at an off-duty law enforcement officer, who wasn't hurt.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller tells the Los Angeles Times the man was an FBI agent.
The suspect then led police and California Highway Patrol officers on a weaving, high-speed chase on U.S. 101 into Malibu.
He then got out of the car and ran down the brush-covered hillside where the standoff began.
CHILD'S CAR DEATH
Boy, 3, dies after climbing into hot car in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say a 3-year-old boy has died after climbing into a car during scorching weather.
LAPD spokesman Bruce Borihanh says the boy was playing by himself in the yard of a Sylmar home Wednesday afternoon when he climbed into the family car, was overcome by heat and couldn't get out.
His brother found the boy and police were called around 3:30 p.m. but the boy died at a hospital.
His name hasn't been released.
Temperatures in the area topped 95 degrees and authorities say it can get much hotter inside a car.
Borihanh says the boy's death appears to be a traffic accident but his parents are being interviewed and the investigation continues.
3 charged in torture of Orange County prostitute
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Two men and one woman have been charged with kidnapping and torturing a prostitute at a Southern California motel.
The Orange County District Attorney's office said the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday and face charges of human trafficking, kidnapping and torture.
Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis is accused of burning the 26-year-old with a heated glass pipe used to ingest methamphetamine, tying her to a chair, blindfolding her and duct-taping her mouth.
Officials say he left her with Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas and Cierra Rose Thompson. Flores-Davis and Gonzalez-Salinas are accused of waterboarding the victim. Thompson is accused of aiding and assisting in the torture.
Police say they received a Facebook tip that led to the three arrests.
It wasn't immediately clear if the defendants had attorneys.
'Flower Drum Song' lead James Shigeta dies at 85
LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Shigeta, who played the lead in the 1961 movie musical "Flower Drum Song" and had a small role in the first "Die Hard," has died. He was 85.
His sister-in-law, Ellie Shigeta, tells the Los Angeles Times that he died Monday at an assisted-living facility in Beverly Hills.
Born in Hawaii, Shigeta first gained national fame as a singer when he won the grand prize in the early TV talent show, "The Original Amateur Hour."
Although he briefly got the spotlight after "Flower Drum Song," he never again played the leading man in a major film, although he continued to appear in TV shows and movies.
In 1988's "Die Hard," Shigeta played an executive who is shot by terrorists for refusing to divulge the codes to a vault.
Gang raids in LA suburbs end with 17 arrests
EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested more than a dozen people in a Southern California gang crackdown.
The U.S. attorney's office says 17 alleged members and associates of the El Monte Flores gang were taken into custody Wednesday as more than 400 federal agents and local police conducted raids in the Los Angeles suburb and adjoining South El Monte.
Authorities say the gang has about 800 members and takes orders from the Mexican Mafia prison gang.
Authorities say the gang sold drugs and met at a local boys and girls club.
Those arrested are among 41 people named in a racketeering indictment that alleges gang members engaged in crimes ranging from drug trafficking to murder.
Fifteen other people already are in custody and nine are being sought.
Judge orders psych evaluation for wildfire suspect
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge has ordered a girl to be psychologically evaluated to determine if she is fit to stand trial in connection with one of the destructive wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring.
The girl briefly appeared in San Diego juvenile court on Wednesday for a hearing stemming from allegations that she intentionally started the Cocos Fire, which destroyed 36 homes and one business north of San Diego in May.
Earlier this month she was charged with at least one crime, but it has not been disclosed.
Superior Court Judge Aaron Katz also ordered that the girl observe a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew while she lives with her parents and he agreed with her attorney that she should remain in counseling until the next hearing on Aug. 20.
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