2 wounded by gunfire outside Hollywood restaurant
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are looking for a gunman who shot two people during a pre-dawn dispute outside a Hollywood restaurant.
City News Service reports the shooting occurred just before 4 a.m. Sunday outside the Bossa Nova restaurant on Sunset Boulevard.
Police say one man was shot in the chest and other in the side by a man who fled on foot.
One of the victims was hospitalized in stable condition and the other in serious condition.
Police detained a party bus early Sunday to question witnesses.
FATAL PCH CRASH
2 killed, 2 hurt in PCH crash in Dana Point
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — A four-car pileup on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point has left two people dead and at least two injured.
The Orange County Register reports two people were pronounced dead at the scene and two others were taken to a hospital. The extent of the injuries was not immediately known.
Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department says the crash Sunday afternoon is expected to close Pacific Coast Highway in the Dana Point area for several hours.
Dana Point is about 60 miles south of Los Angeles.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-RESTAURANT CLOSING
SF landmark reopens amid federal shutdown
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A landmark San Francisco restaurant that became a casualty of the federal government shutdown has gotten the green light to reopen.
The owners of the historic Cliff House said the U.S. Park Service notified them late Friday that they would no longer be subject to the shutdown-induced closure order affecting the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The Cliff House is privately owned, but as a Park Service concessionaire that sits on federal land, it had been forced to close when the recreation area did. Owners Dan and Mary Hountalas defiantly reopened for a day last week before federal authorities again ordered them to keep the restaurant closed and its 170 employees idle.
Mary Hountalas says she is thrilled by the new decision. She says the restaurant was losing $10,000 every day it was closed.
QUAKE DANGER-LA BUILDINGS
Analysis: Many LA buildings at risk during quake
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 1,000 aging buildings in Los Angeles County could be at risk of falling down during a major earthquake, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper reported Sunday that the buildings, some nearly a century old, are scattered across both wealthy and modest neighborhoods.
The Times says the structures, built of concrete, are susceptible because they do not contain enough steel reinforcing bars to sustain them during the sideways shaking triggered by a large earthquake.
The newspaper says officials have known of the dangers for decades but have failed to order owners to make the buildings safer.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office says the mayor, who took office July 1, is interested in reviewing the newspaper's findings.
SAN DIEGO MAYOR'S RACE
San Diego mayoral PAC fined for ethics violations
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A political action committee formed by opponents of a former San Diego city councilman has been fined $7,500 for violating campaign disclosure laws.
Conservatives for Gay Rights Supporting Carl DeMaio made calls and distributed leaflets stating that DeMaio is gay. The leaflets showed him standing near a man dressed in drag.
DeMaio, an openly gay Republican, lost last year's San Diego mayoral race to Democrat Bob Filner, who recently resigned following a sexual harassment scandal.
The PAC actually had ties to the Democratic party and Filner. But the San Diego Ethics Commission said Friday it found no evidence Filner knew of the group's actions.
The PAC was fined for not supplying a valid address or keeping records of expenditures.
DeMaio is now running for Congress.
POLICE UNION EMBEZZLEMENT
Calif. woman gets prison for cheating police union
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — The former office manager for the Anaheim Police Association has been sentenced to four years in prison for embezzling $400,000 from the union.
Cindy Ann Su'a was sentenced Friday. She pleaded guilty in August to more than 100 counts of forgery, computer fraud and failing to file tax returns.
Her sentence includes making restitution to the union, paying a $654,000 fine and settling a $105,000 tax bill.
Prosecutors say the 47-year-old woman embezzled the money over a period of five years by forging amounts listed on her paychecks and using the union's online banking system to pay her bills.
The union's president uncovered the scam after receiving notices from the Internal Revenue Service that she hadn't filed tax returns.
Her husband, John, was sentenced to 150 days on tax charges.
Man on trial for brutal Calif. family attack
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Opening statements could begin this week in the trial of a man charged with the fiery slaughter of his ex-girlfriend's father and sister in an ill-conceived plan to reunite with her.
Jury selection is underway and expected to resume Tuesday in the case against Iftekhar Murtaza for the 2007 attack on the family of his ex-girlfriend Shayona Dhanak.
If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
Prosecutors say Murtaza killed Dhanak's father and sister, assaulted her mother and burned the family's Anaheim Hills home after the college freshman broke up with him citing religious differences between her devout Hindu family and his Muslim faith.
Two of Murtaza's friends have been convicted in the killings. One was sentenced to life in prison. The other is set to be sentenced Oct. 25.
FOOTBALL PLAYER'S DEATH
Hundreds mourn death of SoCal prep football player
DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County coroner's office plans an autopsy on a 16-year-old boy who collapsed moments after scoring a touchdown in a high school football game and died two days later.
Hundreds of people held a tearful memorial service at a park in Downey on Saturday night for Dodi Soza. The teenager died earlier in the day at a Long Beach hospital.
Many, including friends, teammates and players from rival teams, held candles and clutched white balloons.
Several players also wore white jerseys, Soza's team color, with his uniform number, 23, on the front.
Witnesses say the junior Downey High School running back had just scored a touchdown Thursday against rival Lynwood High School when he collapsed.
Deputies rescue woman from burning Compton garage
COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — Three Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies are being credited with rescuing a woman trapped in a burning garage in Compton.
Sheriff's officials say the deputies arrived at the burning building Saturday afternoon to find a woman trapped inside and a man trying to break through a wall with a shovel.
The deputies used the shovel to pry part of the wall away and pulled the woman out.
The woman, who was not immediately identified, suffered burns to her body. One of the deputies suffered minor burns to one of his hands.
City News Service reports that the woman, the deputy and two men who had gotten out of the garage on their own were taken to a hospital for treatment of burns.
MISSING HUNTER FOUND
Hunter found alive after 18 days in Calif. forest
(Information in the following story is from: DAILY JOURNAL, http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/)
UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco man who was missing in the Mendocino National Forest for 18 days after he slipped and lost consciousness in steep terrain has been rescued and is in surprisingly good condition.
The Ukiah Daily Journal reported Sunday that 72-year-old Gene Penaflor survived in the Yuki Wilderness by eating squirrels, lizards, a snake, berries and algae and covering himself with leaves to stay warm.
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office detective Andrew Porter tells the newspaper that Penaflor had been missing since Sept. 24 when he failed to meet up with his hunting partner for lunch.
A four-day search that started the next day was called off after no clues to his whereabouts surfaced.
Another group of hunters stumbled upon the missing man on Saturday and carried him out of the forest.
6 puppies abandoned in Tahoe dumpster find homes
(Information in the following story is from: Tahoe Daily Tribune, http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/)
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Six puppies abandoned in a Lake Tahoe trash bin have found permanent homes in the Reno-Tahoe area.
Becky Goodman of the Pet Network Humane Society in Incline Village says the dogs were adopted after being featured at a community reception a week ago.
She told the Tahoe Daily Tribune that her organization received as many as 75 adoption applications from across the country for the animals, but sought to place them in local homes.
Volunteers nursed the pups — a Doberman-border collie mix — back to health after they were discovered July 23 in a box in a South Lake Tahoe, Calif., trash bin only hours after they were born.
Four other puppies in the litter were not so lucky and died a couple days after the person who found them took the animals to the Incline Village organization.
TAHOE BEAR BATTLE
New tactics emerge in battle over Tahoe bears
(Information in the following story is from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com)
LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Animal rights activists are using increasingly aggressive strategies to keep California and Nevada game wardens from trapping bears that break into Lake Tahoe homes, businesses and campsites in search of food.
The Sacramento Bee reports that members of the Bear League, a grassroots group that opposes the capture of snooping bears, have started keeping vigils by traps and booing the wardens who check on them.
Other activists have coated the devices with Pine-Sol to deter bears and even used teddy bears as decoys, the newspaper said.
The Bee says that residents and business owners who have called wildlife officials to report bears on their property also have been caught in the crosshairs with anonymous threats and online slurs.
Bear League Executive Director Ann Bryant says her group does not endorse threats or trap-tampering.
'Hills' star Lauren Conrad announces engagement
LOS ANGELES (AP) — L.C. is getting married.
"The Hills" and "Laguna Beach" star Lauren "L.C." Conrad announced Sunday she's engaged to musician William Tell.
The 27-year-old reality TV star and fashion designer posted a photo of her engagement ring on her blog and wrote that she was "beyond thrilled."
Conrad's dating life was famously chronicled on the MTV reality series "Laguna Beach" and then its spin-off "The Hills."
After leaving "The Hills" in 2009, Conrad launched a series of young adult novels based on her life in Los Angeles.
Hugh Jackman raises $1.85M with birthday benefit
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hugh Jackman threw himself a birthday party with 4,500 guests, but they had to pay to attend.
The actor spent his 45th birthday Saturday at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, where he sang, danced and told stories for "One Night Only," a benefit concert that raised nearly $2 million for the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Cybill Shepherd, Bryan Singer, Darren Criss and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager were among the famous faces in the audience for the two-and-a-half-hour show, which ended with Jackman auctioning off an electric Fiat, a pair of Wolverine claws and two sweaty undershirts he wore during his performance. (The shirts went for $11,000 each.)
The Motion Picture & Television Fund provides health care and other essential services to entertainment-industry workers and retirees.
'Gravity' eclipses 'Phillips' at box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Gravity" won't be held down.
The Warner Bros. astronaut adventure starring Sandra Bullock landed in the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Gravity" earned $44.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $123.4 million.
Sony's "Captain Phillips" launched in second place with $26 million. The high seas drama stars Tom Hanks as a cargo ship captain who is held captive by Somali pirates.
The animated Sony movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" slurped up third place in its third weekend with $14.2 million.
Relics arrival transforms small CA Buddhist temple
ROSEMEAD, Calif. (AP) — Until 10 months ago, Dharma Master YongHua hadn't even seen so much as one of the sacred relics known as shariras that are so important to his faith.
So it came as quite a surprise to the modest, soft-spoken Buddhist monk when he learned he was becoming the caretaker of more than 10,000 of them.
YongHua's modest Lu Mountain Temple east of Los Angeles became a repository for the thousands of colorful crystals, two teeth and a single hair that are believed to have come from the body of the Buddha himself. A congregant offered up the collection that he'd painstakingly gathered for years.
Hundreds from around the country arrived earlier this year when the monks put the relics on display.