LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal fire officials say the cost of fighting the Rim Fire that has burned across nearly 400 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park has reached $100 million. The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday the cost has been run up as firefighters have struggled in hot and very dry conditions since the blaze erupted on Aug. 17. It is now 80 percent contained. Authorities say the blaze was caused by a hunter's campfire. More than 3,000 firefighters are still battling the flames.
COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — Human remains have been found in the burned-out remains of a Southern California commercial and residential building where two people have been missing. Los Angeles sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker says the remains of two people were found yesterday, and homicide and arson officials are investigating. There's no further information about the remains.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former U.S. border inspector in San Diego has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison for accepting cash and the use of luxury vehicles in exchange for allowing people to enter the country illegally. The U.S. attorney's office said yesterday that 45-year-old Hector Rodriguez also forfeited a 2009 Jaguar, 12 luxury watches, other jewelry, televisions, cash and computers that were obtained as a result of his criminal activity. Rodriguez pleaded guilty in March to bribery and other charges.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man has been sentenced to more than 24 years for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend to Mexico and threatening to kill her and dispose of her body. Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Rudy Soto of Oxnard, Calif., was sentenced yesterday in Los Angeles. He was convicted last year of one count each of conspiracy and kidnapping.