SF BAY AREA WILDFIRE
SF Bay Area wildfire prompts smoke advisory
CLAYTON, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park has prompted a smoke advisory for three counties.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District said residents in parts of Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties should take precautions Monday, including setting air conditioning units and car vent systems to recirculate.
Elderly people, children and those with respiratory illnesses were advised to be particularly careful.
The fire in Mt. Diablo State Park has burned 1,500 acres. It is 10 percent contained.
About 100 homes have been evacuated.
Leaders seek to avoid early Calif. inmate releases
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and the four legislative leaders have reached a compromise on reducing the state's prison population, agreeing to ask a panel of federal judges to extend the end-of-the-year deadline on releasing thousands of inmates.
The deal announced Monday relies on the state persuading three federal judges to give the state time to let rehabilitation programs work rather than spending $315 million to lease cells in private prisons and available county jails.
The leaders agreed that if the judges don't extend the deadline, the state will fall back on Brown's plan to lease beds.
It resolves an impasse as lawmakers race toward the end of the legislative session this week.
The state will argue that it would be better for California to spend a portion of the money on drug, mental health and other rehabilitation programs.
NFL FANS FALL
Death of fan in fall called an accident
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities believe the death of a man who fell from a pedestrian overpass outside Candlestick Park during a Giants football game Sunday was an accident.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday that early indications show that 32-year-old Kevin Hayes of Hayward fell accidentally.
Suhr said alcohol may have played a role. Multiple witnesses reported that Hayes appeared to be intoxicated before he fell over the rail to a sidewalk below.
Hayes fell while walking with his brother on a bridge raised above four lanes of traffic outside the stadium.
The death came just after kickoff in what was eventually San Francisco's 34-28 win over Green Bay.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called the incident "very unfortunate."
Also Sunday, a railing collapsed at the Colts game against the Raiders in Indianapolis, injuring two unidentified fans.
Billionaire fined for trying to undo Kings arena
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay the California Fair Political Practices Commission $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena.
Hansen gave $100,000 to a group gathering signatures to force a vote on the city's plan to help build a new home for the Sacramento Kings. It came just days after the NBA rejected his $625 million bid to buy the team and move it to Seattle.
The FPPC said Monday that Hansen is being punished for failing to file a campaign statement.
The hedge fund manager has apologized.
He tried to buy the team earlier this year as city officials scrambled to find a buyer who would keep the franchise in Sacramento.
Cal Worthington, car dealer famed for TV ads, dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cal Worthington, who built a fortune from a series of West Coast car dealerships and became a TV fixture thanks to commercials urging customers to "go see Cal," has died. He was 92.
Cal Worthington Ford in Long Beach general manager Dave Karalis says Worthington died Sunday after watching football with family at his Big W Ranch in Orland, Calif., north of Sacramento. No cause of death was released.
The Oklahoma native founded his first dealership in the late 1940s in Southern California.
As his business empire grew to other western states and Alaska, Worthington starred in a series of TV and radio spots.
The ads featured his "dog" Spot, with animals ranging from tigers to elephants.
He is survived by six children and nine grandchildren.
CALIFORNIA CHURCH ABUSE
Priest recalls fleeing LA after abuse confession
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Newly released pages from the confidential files of Roman Catholic religious order priests accused of child molestation show the regional leader of one order had advised an accused priest to flee Los Angeles and did not call police.
Hundreds of pages from the files of six priests belonging to the Vincentian, Norbertine and Augustinian religious orders were released Monday.
In one instance, the Rev. Carlos Rene Rodriguez — a Vincentian priest — was told to flee Los Angeles immediately and not tell anyone where he was going after confessing to them that he had molested a 16-year-old boy.
He was told to pick up cash and then fly to Maryland to check into a residential treatment facility. He was later returned to ministry, where he molested more children.
Judge dismisses AEG execs from Jackson lawsuit
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has dismissed two executives from a negligence lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother against the promoters of his planned comeback concerts.
Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled Monday that lawyers for Katherine Jackson hadn't proven claims that Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live LLC, and promoter Paul Gongaware could be held responsible the death of the pop star.
The judge ruled that a jury should determine whether AEG Live hired the doctor later convicted of giving Michael Jackson a lethal overdose of anesthetic in June 2009.
Katherine Jackson's lawyers have attacked the actions of Gongaware and Phillips during the months leading to the death. They have claimed the men missed warning signs about the superstar's health and created a conflict of interest for his physician.
AEG Live denies any wrongdoing.
Judge: Abercrombie wrongly fired Muslim for hijab
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim worker who insisted on wearing a head scarf.
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said the company violated anti-discrimination laws when it fired Hani Khan from its Hollister store in San Mateo, Calif., in 2010. Rogers issued the ruling on Tuesday.
The company claimed the head scarf violated its policy governing the look of its employees, which it said was part of its marketing strategy. The store argued that deviating from its look policy would affect sales.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on Khan's behalf in 2011.
A call to a spokesman for New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie & Fitch was not immediately returned.
JACKIE ROBINSON-STREET RENAMING
LA-area street could be named for Jackie Robinson
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are honoring the late Jackie Robinson by proposing to rename a former state highway for the black ball player who broke major league baseball's color barrier.
The state Assembly approved a resolution Monday urging Los Angeles and several surrounding cities to rename Manchester Avenue and Firestone Boulevard after Robinson. The road used to be known as State Route 42, which was Robinson's number.
Democratic Assemblyman Steven Bradford of Gardena called Robinson a hero for his athletic prowess and his courage. He praised Robinson's "temperament, his courage, his fortitude" in dealing with attacks on himself and his family.
Robinson grew up in Pasadena and attended UCLA. He debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and became a pioneer for integration in professional sports.
Legislators honored Robinson's widow, Rachel, on Monday.
California bill makes improper gun storage a crime
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill making it a misdemeanor to store a firearm where it is accessible to a child.
Existing laws allow charges to be filed if someone is injured. But the bill by Democratic Assemblyman Philip Ting of San Francisco makes it a crime to store any loaded firearm where the owner reasonably should know that a child is likely to gain access to it.
The bill passed the Senate on a 24-15 vote Monday. It now returns to the Assembly for final action.
Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber says the law could not be enforced unless police enter homes of otherwise law-abiding citizens.
But Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of San Francisco says similar laws in other states have been shown to reduce injuries to children.
Remains of 2 people found at S. Calif. fire scene
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 Monday, and homicide and arson officials are investigating. There's no further information about the remains.
A family of six lived in a converted loft on the second floor above an auto mechanic shop at the Compton property. Four members of the family escaped, but the mother and a daughter have been missing since the blaze, which was contained at 3:24 a.m.
Calif. officials launch crime-fighting phone app
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State and local officials in California are hoping a new online tool will help officers fight crime with their smartphones.
Attorney General Kamala Harris, Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr announced Monday that more 600 San Francisco police officers have been given a phone application that allows them to look up suspects' statewide criminal records while they are out on patrol.
Rollout plans call for about 1,600 officers in San Francisco to receive by year's end an expanded version of the new JusticeMobile app that will include federal criminal records.
Los Angeles police officers will soon receive the application, which was created by the attorney general's office and several San Francisco city departments.
New York City police began testing a similar app earlier this year.