Evacuations remain at Marine base after wildfire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Evacuations remain in place as crews work to contain a wildfire that has scorched 1,500 acres of dry brush and damaged four buildings at a Southern California military base.
Press officer Sgt. Christopher Duncan says the fire at the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton is 15 percent contained Sunday.
The fire broke out Saturday amid hot, dry and windy conditions. It quickly prompted the evacuation of 230 residents from a housing unit near Lake O'Neil.
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton was not threatened, but a power outage prompted officials to evacuate about 30 patients to other hospitals.
About 40 miles to the north, crews are battling a vegetation fire that was sparked in a mulch pile at an Orange County nursery. It is sending up a huge plume of smoke visible for miles around.
Coroner IDs 4th victim of jet crash near LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have identified the remains of the fourth person pulled from the charred wreckage of a private jet that crashed into a hangar after landing at Santa Monica Airport last weekend.
Los Angeles County coroner's investigator Dana Bee said Sunday that 28-year-old Lucas Benjamin of Malibu was killed when the twin-engine Cessna crashed Sept. 29 as it arrived from Hailey, Idaho.
Also killed in the fiery crash were Lucas Benjamin's 63-year-old father, Mark Benjamin, along with 28-year-old Laura Winkler and 53-year-old Kyla Dupont.
The elder Benjamin, president of Santa Monica-based Morley Builders, is believed to have been at the controls.
The cause of the crash was being probed by the National Transportation Safety Board, but federal safety investigators curtailed their work due to the partial government shutdown.
Fresno biker club shooting leaves 1 dead, 12 hurt
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A chaotic gunfight at a Fresno motorcycle club that spilled into the streets left one dead and a dozen people injured.
The Fresno County Coroner on Sunday identified the fatality as 18-year-old Dejuan Gladney, hometown unknown.
The Fresno County Sheriff's Department said shots were still being fired when the first of the more than 100 officers arrived at the Soul Brothers clubhouse at about 2 a.m. PDT Saturday. Sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said about 500 people were at a dance inside the clubhouse when shots erupted. The shooting quickly moved to the street.
Gladney and several injured people were found in the clubhouse. Another injured victim was found outside.
The Fresno Bee reports the Soul Brothers were hosting an annual party that included other California motorcycle clubs.
SHOT WITH OWN GUN
Off-duty La Habra officer shot with his own weapon
CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty La Habra police officer was shot with his own weapon during a fight after a traffic accident on a Southern California freeway.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the incident occurred just before dawn Saturday on Interstate 5 near Templin Highway in Castaic, where the officer's car was involved in a collision.
During a subsequent struggle, the other driver used the officer's handgun to shoot him.
The Sheriff's Department says the officer's injuries were not life threatening. His name was not released.
The gun has not been recovered, and no description of the suspect or his vehicle was released.
An investigation is ongoing.
WOMAN STRUCK-POLICE OFFICER
Vehicle driven by Buena Park officer kills woman
(Information in the following story is from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com)
BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Orange County say a woman has died after being struck by a vehicle driven by a Buena Park police officer.
The Orange County Register says the accident happened shortly after midnight Saturday on Orangethorpe Avenue near the intersection of Interstate 5 and the 91 Freeway.
It was unknown if the officer was driving a marked patrol car.
The California Highway Patrol, the agency in charge of the investigation, says the victim died at the scene. Further details on the crash were not available.
Orange County coroner's officials identified the victim as 33-year-old Katherine Tinnell.
CAR FREE LA
LA goes car free for a day for 8th CicLAvia
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a car free day in parts of LA.
Some seven-and-a-half miles of Los Angeles streets in and around downtown are closed to motor vehicles Sunday as the city's eighth CicLAvia (sick-luh-VEE'-uh) festival opens the lanes to cyclists.
With Grand Park as a hub, the closed roadways stretch north to Chinatown, west to MacArthur Park and east to Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights.
More than 10,000 cyclists, skaters and pedestrians are expected to participate in CicLAvia, modeled on a weekly car-free event started in Bogota, Colombia.
Food trucks, musical performers and neighborhood guides are set up along the route. The streets will be closed to cars until 4 p.m.
US gas prices drop 14 cents over past 2 weeks
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 14 cents over the past two weeks.
The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.38. Midgrade costs an average of $3.58 a gallon, and premium is $3.71.
Diesel was down 4 cents at $3.92 gallon.
Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, St. Louis has the nation's lowest average price for gas at $3.01. San Francisco has the highest at $3.88.
In California, the lowest average price was $3.74 in Sacramento. The average statewide for a gallon of regular was $3.83, a drop of 14 cents.
PG&E starts pipeline shutdown under court order
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it will comply with a judge's order and shut down a natural gas pipeline after safety issues were raised.
The utility said Sunday it believes the pipeline is safe despite an engineer's email questioning the safety of the 83-year-old line's welds. PG&E said it could take until Tuesday to safely shut down the line and seamlessly switch its customers to another line.
A judge ordered the line shut down after San Carlos city officials discovered the email and declared a "state of emergency."
The email said PG&E's records incorrectly show the line containing a newer, more reliable weld than it actually has.
PG&E said state-of-the-art tests show the line is safe and that it was shutting the line only because of the court order.
Dozens play chess in public to defy SF crackdown
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of people backed by a brass band are playing chess in downtown San Francisco to defy a recent crackdown by police on the public games that have been a staple of the city for years.
Earlier this month, police confiscated chess gear, tables and chairs used by the mostly homeless players.
Police say the games had begun to attract illegal gambling and drug sales to an area adjacent to a cable car terminal, which is a popular tourist destination. Nearby merchants also complained about an increase in illegal activity around the games.
On Sunday, homeless advocates and the chess players organized a "chess-in" and played for hours on the city's busy Market Street in balmy, sunny weather with no visible police presence.
SHARK MOVIE-NEVADA TAX CREDIT
Major motion picture to film at Reno, Lake Tahoe
(Information in the following story is from: KOLO-TV, http://www.kolotv.com)
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Filming for a major motion picture is scheduled to begin soon in northern Nevada, something a local producer says will become more common in the years ahead as new tax incentives for the industry kick in.
Reno and Lake Tahoe will serve as the backdrop for the movie with the working title "Shark Movie." It features a carnivorous beast raising havoc in the tranquil waters of the alpine lake.
Jeffrey Spilman, a producer with Reno Tahoe Studies, says it's a "thriller" being directed by a local director, Jerry Dugan.
Spilman tells KOLO-TV he can't disclose the names of the stars yet, but he says they are recognizable Hollywood actors.
The 19 percent tax break for productions with a budget over $500,000 goes into effect Jan. 1.
'Gravity' soars to top of weekend box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sandra Bullock-George Clooney space drama "Gravity" flew to the top of the box office in its debut weekend.
The Warner Bros. adventure opened with $55.55 million in North American ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Alfonso Cuaron directs the film, which is set almost entirely in space and follows two astronauts faced with deadly complications during a spacewalk.
Last week's top movie, Sony's "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," dropped to second place with $21.5 million.
R-rated fare rounds out the top five. Twentieth Century Fox's "Runner Runner," starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, opened in third place with $7.6 million. Warner Bros.' "Prisoners," starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and Universal's "Rush," starring Chris Hemsworth, followed with $5.7 million and $4.4 million respectively.
Sloppy Silicon Valley techies find their style
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Silicon Valley has had a men's fashion problem dating back to its founders.
Tech companies from their inception went out of their way to be different from the rest of the corporate world. No more top-down management, no more cubicles — and no more business suits.
Thus leather sandals, elastic-waist jeans and baggy, faded T-shirts became ubiquitous, and brilliant innovation took place in the dumpiest of outfits.
But that's changing as a younger generation of engineers and designers have arrived in outfits that coordinate, and the market has responded to this new attitude among the region's rising nerds, geeks and hackers with new online men's stores, personal style consultants and an array of high-end shops at Northern California's biggest mall.