LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say four people are dead and three critically injured after a car and a pickup truck collided on a rural desert road in northern Los Angeles County. A county fire spokesman tells KNBC-TV that firefighters arrived on the scene in Lancaster last night to find the pickup and sedan in a ditch. A California Highway Patrol spokesman says it appears one of the vehicles ran a stop sign, broadsiding the other.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The demand for American-born Muslim religious leaders is skyrocketing as mosques struggle to retain a new generation of American Muslims who were born and raised in the United States. American-born imams who have completed intensive Islamic studies can command up to $100,000 in some instances. A 2011 survey of American Muslims found that 85 percent of full-time imams working in American mosques were foreign-born.
WILLOW CREEK, Calif. (AP) — Humboldt County authorities are searching for suspects who stole $750,000 worth of elephant tusks and other rare goods from a museum. The sheriff's office says the break-in occurred early Friday at the Tonkin Wildlife Museum in Willow Creek. The Eureka Times-Standard reported yesterday the stolen goods belong to 97-year-old Arthur Tonkin.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Chronicle's executive vice president and editor has announced his retirement after five years. The Chronicle reports 64-year-old Ward Bushee will continue to play a role in the Hearst Fellowship Program as well as contribute to some companywide projects. Bushee's departure follows the May retirement of former Chronicle Publisher Frank Vega.