Yosemite fire's cost reaches $100 million
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 Monday 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.
The fire has destroyed nearly a dozen homes and almost 100 outbuildings.
More than 3,000 firefighters are still battling the flames.
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.
Former US border inspector sentenced for bribery
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 Monday 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, bringing in aliens for financial gain and conspiracy. Prosecutors say the former Customs and Border Protection officer provided his lane assignment to conspirators when he was working at the San Ysidro port of entry, connecting Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego.
Rodriguez was arrested in July 2012.
Calif man gets nearly 25 years for kidnapping
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 Monday in Los Angeles. He was convicted last year of one count each of conspiracy and kidnapping.
Authorities said Soto met with his former girlfriend in September 2010, telling her he had a surprise for her. Soto had co-defendant Erin Fisher drive the pair to Mexico and told the woman she was going to die there.
Mexican authorities stopped the vehicle at the U.S.-Mexican border, which prompted the victim to scream for help.
Fisher is being prosecuted separately and will participate in a court-ordered diversionary program.
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 AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips 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.
Cher, Ed Sheeran among 'The Voice' advisers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC says "The Voice" is getting four new advisers, with Cher among them.
The network said Monday that coach Blake Shelton picked Cher to work with in the upcoming fifth season. As an adviser, the pop star will help Shelton groom his chosen contestants as they try to advance in the singing contest.
The other coach-adviser pairings include Christina Aguilera and Ed Sheeran; Adam Levine and Ryan Tedder; and CeeLo Green and Miguel.
"The Voice," hosted by Carson Daly, returns to NBC on Sept. 23.
Elton John to perform Liberace tribute at Emmys
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elton John is about to do something he's never done: Perform live at the Emmy Awards.
The television academy announced Monday that the 66-year-old musician will make his Emmy debut with a tribute to Liberace, whose life story is told in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra."
The movie earned 15 Emmy nominations, including lead-actor bids for Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, who play Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson. Douglas and Damon are also set to serve as presenters at the Sept. 22 Emmy ceremony.
John's first studio album in seven years, "The Diving Board," is set for release on Sept. 24.
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre, broadcast live on CBS.