Hiker missing in CA forest found after 5 days
ARROWHEAD SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A hiker who has been missing in the San Bernardino National Forest for five days has been rescued.
San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller says 55-year-old Rodney Trumbo of Redlands was found Sunday afternoon after a helicopter crew spotted a fire that he started.
Rescuers hoisted him out of canyon near Arrowhead Springs and took him to a hospital for treatment of dehydration, and pain to the head and shoulders.
Miller said Trumbo was reported missing on Tuesday.
Banning police officer kills man at hotel
(Information in the following story is from: The Desert Sun, http://www.mydesert.com/)
BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A Banning police officer has shot and killed a man during a confrontation at a hotel after the man allegedly brandished a handgun.
A Riverside County sheriff's sergeant said a man who was not a hotel guest and began knocking on doors at around 4 a.m. Sunday looking for a woman. The Desert Sun (http://mydesert.co/HpyKp0 ) reports that a hotel employee called police.
Sgt. Jeff Buompensiero says the police officer and the man had a physical altercation at the hotel elevator. The officer fired his gun and the man died at the scene.
The Banning officer is an 18-year veteran of law enforcement and has been placed on administrative pending the outcome of an investigation. His name was not released.
SoCal traffic stop results in 5,000-pound pot bust
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Chula Vista police say they found about 5,000 pounds of marijuana inside a truck after the driver ran a red light.
A police officer questioned 19-year-old Christopher Velazquez during the routine traffic stop Saturday night and determined that he was unlicensed to drive. Before impounding the vehicle, police searched it and discovered the drugs.
Lt. Phil Collum said Sunday that it was unclear if the marijuana came from Mexico. Chula Vista is a San Diego suburb located near the Mexican border.
Collum says the amount of drugs suggests the driver was working with others but investigators have not reached any conclusions.
The Bonita man was arrested on suspicion of marijuana transportation and possession for sale.
Early release draws scant interest in LA jails
(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has tried to reduce jail overcrowding for years by putting low-level offenders into home detention and work-release programs, but those efforts have largely failed to make a dent.
The Los Angeles Times reports that inmates eligible for home confinement claimed they were homeless. The program was abandoned in 2010, less than two years after it started.
Home confinement is still an option for inmates who volunteer and agree to pay for monitoring devices, but their numbers have plummeted.
Inmates have also proven reluctant to volunteer to be released to a work in a supervised job.
The newspaper says the lack of interest from inmates has forced the county to consider more expensive solutions to overcrowding, like contracting with other agencies.
Divers work to clear debris off California coast
(Information in the following story is from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com)
CHANNEL ISLANDS, Calif. (AP) — Volunteer divers have dredged up 900 pounds of debris, a half-dozen lobster traps and 1,400 feet of trap line in an effort to clean up the ocean around California's Channel Islands.
The Ventura County Star reports that the nonprofit group Ocean Defenders Alliance began scouring the area for abandoned ocean gear in September.
They have found everything from anchors to decayed traps. Last week, divers recovered a 200-pound net.
The Huntington Beach-based group formed more than a decade ago and has done much of its work around San Pedro. It has also worked off the coast of San Diego and Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
One volunteer says he once found an artificial reef with hundreds of toilets and tires off the Malibu coast.
LA BREA TAR PITS
Scientists dig for fossils in LA a century later
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists are still digging for Ice Age fossils in the heart of Los Angeles after a century of discoveries. So much has been uncovered from the La Brea Tar Pits that crews have a backlog of bones to clean and sort through.
Officials at the George C. Page Museum celebrate 100 years of excavation on Monday with a ceremony. Since 1913, some 5.5 million bones representing more than 600 species of animals and plants have been recovered.
Fossils finds include mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed cats and other creatures that lived 11,000 to 50,000 years ago.
Excavators have been more careful in recent decades to preserve not just the larger bones, but also the smaller plants, insects and rodents that provide a glimpse of the past environment.
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Wilde and Sudeikis expecting first child
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are expecting their first child.
Wilde's publicist, Joy Fehily, confirmed the news on Sunday. This will be the first child for both actors.
The baby news was first reported by People.com.
The couple became engaged in January. This will be the second marriage for both actors. Wilde's divorce from documentarian Tao Ruspoli was finalized in 2011. Sudeikis and "Pitch Perfect" screenwriter Kay Cannon divorced in 2010.
Wilde, 29, is known for her roles on TV's "House M.D." and in films like "Tron: Legacy" and "Cowboys & Aliens." She recently appeared in Ron Howard's "Rush." Sudeikis, 38, rose to fame while starring on "Saturday Night Live." His latest film was "We're the Millers" with Jennifer Aniston.
Fleetwood Mac cancels shows for McVie's health
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fleetwood Mac is canceling planned performances in Australia and New Zealand as bassist John McVie is treated for cancer.
Band members Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham said in a statement Sunday that they're sorry to cancel the 14 show dates and hope "fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best."
Band spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg did not specify what type of cancer McVie is treating.
Fleetwood Mac recently finished a European tour. The New Zealand and Australia shows were scheduled through Dec. 7. The band is also scheduled to perform in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.