CA-LA EARTHQUAKE STUDY
LA may make list of quake-sensitive buildings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The city of Los Angeles is looking into creating a list of so-called soft-story buildings that are vulnerable to collapsing during an earthquake.
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that building officials are expected to report back to a City Council committee in about two months with recommendations on how such a list would be compiled.
Soft-story buildings are the type built over carports and held up only with narrow columns, making vulnerable to collapse during a quake.
About 200 such buildings were destroyed or badly damaged during Los Angeles' 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Among them was a San Fernando Valley apartment complex where 16 people died when the multi-story building pancaked, crushing people in their apartments.
LAPD REVENGE KILLINGS
LA County Oks $100,000 in Dorner reward money
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County has approved $100,000 in rewards for people who helped authorities track down fired Los Angeles policeman Christopher Dorner near the end of his killing rampage.
City News Service says the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to pay $80,000 to Karen and Jim Reynolds, who contacted authorities after Dorner tied them up in their Big Bear cabin and stole their car.
Another $20,000 will go to Daniel McGowan, who reported seeing Dorner's burning pickup on a ski hill.
Various agencies had offered a total of $1 million in rewards.
Dorner killed four people during a weeklong rampage last February before he was surrounded. After a shootout, he killed himself in a burning cabin near Big Bear.
DEPUTY SHOOTING SETTLEMENT
LA County settles shooting suit for $875,000
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County will pay $875,000 to the family of a suspected gunman killed by a sheriff's deputy.
City News Service says county supervisors approved the payment Tuesday.
The suit was brought on behalf of a 5-year-old boy whose father, 20-year-old Jonathan Cuevas, was killed in October of 2010.
Sheriff's deputies say Cuevas and several other men were walking on a Lynwood street when a deputy pulled up and told them to get out of the road.
Authorities say Cuevas grabbed a gun in his waistband and began to run. He was shot when he turned toward the deputy, who'd yelled at him to stop. A gun was found at the scene.
Sheriff's investigators concluded the shooting was reasonable and the deputy wasn't disciplined.
Calif infant dies after being left in SUV
(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 5-month-old boy died after being left in an SUV parked outside the family's Southern California home, and authorities say the boy's father might have forgotten about him.
The Los Angeles Times reports the man drove home Monday with his son but left the infant in the vehicle when he went inside the house in Carson.
The father later left the house but took a different car. He called police in a panic when he realized where the boy was.
Deputies rushed to the family home and tried to save the infant, but it was too late. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.
Coroner's officials identified the baby as Seth Cayton.
No arrests have been made. An autopsy is expected later this week.
Bus crash on Southern Calif. freeway injuries 8
ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say eight passengers were hurt when the driver of a transit bus lost control of the vehicle on a Southern California freeway.
Capt. Dean Hartshorn of the Alhambra Fire Department says the bus was traveling west on the 210 Freeway shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday when it careened into a sound wall.
The vehicle then ricocheted across the freeway's westbound lanes and struck the center divider before the driver got it back under control. No other vehicle was hit.
Hartshorn says eight of the bus's 15 passengers were taken to hospitals. Seven appeared to have suffered only minor injuries.
California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball says the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
The accident closed all of the freeway's westbound lanes for two hours.
PHONY DESIGNER CLOTHES
LA merchant fined $388,000 for selling fake brands
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles merchant has been ordered to pay $388,000 in fines for selling fake designer clothing — $250 for each phony item he peddled.
A court also placed Ahmad Salim on seven years' probation.
During that time he may not possess, sell, manufacture or store any counterfeit goods. If that order is violated he must close his business.
The City Attorney's office said Tuesday that Salim was arrested following a joint investigation by Los Angeles police and the FBI.
Investigators who visited his El Socalo store in downtown's fashion district say they bought knockoffs of Burberry shirts, True Religion jeans and other exclusive brands.
In all, authorities say, Salim sold 1,552 counterfeit pieces since 2004.
They say he kept the items hidden in a back room.
Former Aspen man gets 20 years in cocaine case
(Information in the following story is from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/)
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A 62-year-old man accused of taking part in a drug ring that distributed hundreds of pounds of cocaine in Aspen has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Aspen Times reports Montgomery Chitty was sentenced in federal court Tuesday. The former Aspen resident was convicted in April of conspiring to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.
He was arrested in February 2012 in Big Pine Key, Fla., nearly nine months after Drug Enforcement Administration agents snared 10 people, including six in the Aspen-Snowmass area, on conspiracy charges. The ring was accused of trafficking more than 200 kilograms of cocaine between Aspen and Los Angeles over a 15-year period.
Chitty plans to appeal the sentence, according to a motion filed after Tuesday's hearing.
Officials: Dead bat found in SoCal park was rabid
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Health officials say a dead bat found in an Orange County park earlier this week has tested positive for rabies.
The Orange County Health Care Agency is asking that anyone who came in contact with a bat in Laguna Niguel Regional Park contact the agency to learn if they could be at risk for the disease.
Rabies is generally transmitted from to humans through the bites of infected animals. In recent years most human infections in the United States have been caused by rabies strains found in bats. Because bats' teeth are small, their bites can sometimes go unnoticed.
Although easily curable when treated early, rabies can result in death if left untreated.
Health officials said Tuesday the dead bat was found in the park on Saturday.
Judge eases restrictions on freed CA third-striker
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has eased restrictions on a Los Angeles man who spent nearly 14 years in prison for a crime he denies committing.
City News Service says a federal judge ruled Tuesday that Daniel Larsen won't have to wear an electronic monitor or remain under home incarceration while awaiting an appeals court hearing. However, he'll have to call authorities daily to check in.
Larsen, who's 46, was convicted in 1999 of carrying a concealed dagger. He was sent to prison for 27 years to life under California's three-strikes law.
Attorneys for the California Innocence Project found witnesses who testified seeing a different man throw away the knife.
Larsen was ordered freed in March but prosecutors argued his lawyers missed a paperwork deadline. He's awaiting an appellate court hearing.
CALIFORNIA PARKS AUDIT
Audit says CA parks department needs fixes
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new audit says California's parks department still needs to make accounting fixes in the wake of a financial scandal.
The Los Angeles Times says the state audit released Tuesday found continuing problems.
The department was hit by scandal last year when it was discovered that officials hid $54 million from the governor and Legislature in special funds at a time when a budget crisis threatened to close dozens of parks.
In addition, it's been found that employees were inappropriately reimbursed some $300,000 for unused vacation time.
The audit says enough hasn't been done to prevent such reimbursements.
However, parks spokeswoman Vicky Waters says the department plans to have a new accounting system in place by year's end.
TV anchor John Hambrick dies of cancer
UNDATED (AP) — Former news anchor John Hambrick — whose 30-year career took him from Texas to Ohio to California to New York to Florida — has died of cancer. He was 73.
Hambrick's son Jack confirmed that he died Tuesday under hospice care at Scott and White Hospital in Bell County, Texas. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012, and it metastasized to his brain.
Hambrick's TV news career ran from the early 1960s to the 1990s. He anchored newscasts on WNBC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, KRON in San Francisco, WTVJ and WCIX in Miami, KHOU in Houston, WEWS in Cleveland, WCPO in Cincinnati and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas.
Hambrick received many professional awards over the years, including an Emmy in 1984 for co-anchoring the best newscast in New York.
FILM-PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
'Pirates' sequel not coming July 2015 as planned
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The next "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel has been temporarily docked.
The release date for the fifth installment in the film series starring Johnny Depp has been removed from Disney's distribution schedule. It was originally scheduled to launch July 10, 2015.
Disney previously announced that the fifth "Pirates" film will be directed by "Kon-Tiki" filmmakers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and was expected to begin production next year.
The move comes after Disney's "The Lone Ranger" failed at the box office this summer and the studio moved the debut of Marvel's "Ant-Man" from Nov. 6, 2015, to July 31, 2015.
The most recent "Pirates" installments, "At World's End" and "On Stranger Tides," were both released in time for Memorial Day weekend in 2007 and 2011.
'Jurassic Park' sequel titled 'Jurassic World'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fourth installment of "Jurassic Park" has a name: "Jurassic World."
Universal Pictures announced the film's new title and release date Tuesday. The sequel will hatch in 3-D on June 12, 2015.
The studio has already said "Safety Not Guaranteed" filmmaker Colin Trevorrow will direct the film and Steven Spielberg will serve as producer.
Spielberg directed the first two "Jurassic Park" films, while "Captain America" director Joe Johnston helmed the third installment.
The dinosaur franchise has grossed $1.9 billion at the box office worldwide since the first film was released in 1993.
Clint Eastwood's wife files for legal separation
MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Clint Eastwood's second wife has filed for legal separation from the actor and director.
Dina Eastwood's petition filed in Monterey County Superior Court on Monday seeks spousal support and physical custody of the couple's 16-year-old daughter, Morgan.
The Monterey County Herald reports the petition also indicated the couple had a premarital agreement.
The Eastwoods have been married since 1996 and lived in Carmel. They met when she was assigned to interview him for her TV news station.
Clint Eastwood was married once before, to Maggie Johnson, from 1953 to 1984.