2 BART workers killed after being struck by train
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area commuter train returning from routine maintenance struck and killed two workers who were inspecting the tracks — an accident that comes amid a strike that has shut the Bay Area Rapid Transit system down to riders for the past few days.
BART officials said in a statement Saturday that the manager who was operating the train was an "experienced operator," and the four-car train was being run in automatic mode under computer control at the time of the accident.
Officials from the unions representing BART's train operators and some of the system's other workers have warned of the danger that could come with allowing managers to operate trains. The unions have been on strike since Friday.
One system employee and one contractor were killed in the accident in the East Bay city of Walnut Creek shortly before 2 p.m. The train had been at a yard where workers had been cleaning off graffiti, BART officials said.
Bookish baby boy born in LA-area Barnes & Noble
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A woman walked into a Los Angeles-area Barnes & Noble looking for books and came out with a baby instead.
Firefighters delivered the baby Friday night in the bookstore's lobby at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance.
Fire Department Capt. Steve Deuel (DUEL) says firefighters responded to a call of a woman in labor and were deciding whether to put her in an ambulance or keep her in the store when the baby made the decision for them. They delivered a healthy boy.
Deuel says the mother and child, whose names were not released, were taken to a hospital and both are doing well.
He says while it's increasingly rare that firefighters deliver babies, they're trained to do it.
POLICE CHASE-BORDER CLOSURE
High-speed chase closes US-Mexico border crossing
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A high-speed chase that ended with authorities killing a suspected carjacker closed traffic Saturday into Mexico at one of San Diego's border crossings.
Three U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents shot at and killed the driver of a car that stopped near the Otay Mesa border crossing and then began driving toward an agent, San Diego police Lt. Jorge Duran said in a statement.
The driver, who died at the scene, had led California Highway Patrol officers on a nearly 100-mile chase.
The crossing was shut to southbound vehicle and pedestrian traffic following the 10:30 a.m. shooting. It remained open from Mexico into the U.S., but could be closed well into the evening going the other way, U.S. Customs and Border Forrest Bustamante Protection supervisor said. The busy San Ysidro crossing nearby was unaffected.
The chase began after a suspected carjacking in the Riverside County city of Perris just after 9:30 a.m. It reached speeds of 100 mph as the suspect drove south through San Diego County.
Police said the suspect was riding alone in the car but could not say whether he was armed.
His identity had not yet been determined, Duran said.
Former San Diego mayor booked into jail, released
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was booked into jail and then released on charges of false imprisonment and battery.
San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Schaller says Filner arrived just after 7 a.m. Saturday at downtown San Diego's jail and was released less than two hours later. He had been scheduled to undergo the process Sunday.
The Democrat resigned less than two months ago, after several women publicly accused him of sexual harassment and unwanted advances.
Filner pleaded guilty Tuesday to one felony for putting a woman in a headlock and two misdemeanors for kissing another woman against her will and grabbing the buttocks of a third.
Under a plea agreement, the state attorney general's office will recommend Filner be sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation.
His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 9.
Stuck in hospital, cancer patient marries his love
(Information in the following story is from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com)
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Dennis Lyman wasn't about to let an extended hospital stay get between him and marrying his girlfriend of nearly 30 years.
So on Friday, Lyman exchanged vows with Barbara Monds from his bed at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange.
The Orange County Register reported that the couple had talked about getting married for a long time, and planned a ceremony for last week. But after radiation therapy for prostate cancer, the 68-year-old Lyman wasn't able to make it to the courthouse.
So hospital staff arranged a ceremony, and wheeled Lyman's bed to the chapel.
There, a doctor played violin as Monds walked down the improvised aisle.
Nurse Roberta Nelson helped dress Lyman in a white shirt and black tie, and even got her sister's veil for Monds.
"I wish every day was like this," Nelson said. "It's a whole lesson in humanity."
Swimmer dies in Lake Mead during NV triathlon
(Information in the following story is from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 59-year-old man died Saturday while competing in the swimming leg of a triathlon in southern Nevada.
The Clark County Coroner's Office says Patrick Hayden was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m. at Boulder City Hospital.
The former principal at Arbor View High School in the Las Vegas area was found unconscious in Lake Mead by an event kayak patroller, who alerted park rangers of an unresponsive swimmer. Efforts to revive him failed.
Hayden's sister, Dawn Hayden, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was a dedicated family man who was participating in the Pumpkinman triathlon with two of his sons.
She says plans called for Hayden to compete in the swimming leg of the triathlon and for his sons to perform the biking and running portions.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokeswoman Christie Vanover says park rangers are unsure what caused him to lose consciousness in the water.
The coroner's office is scheduled to perform an autopsy Sunday to pinpoint the cause of death.
Dawn Hayden says her brother was an active swimmer who frequented a pool to stay in shape.
He was principal of the high school from 2005 until his retirement in 2011. He previously coached many sports, including tennis and baseball.
Hells Angel sentenced in NV casino shootout
(Information in the following story is from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com)
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang has been sentenced to 12.5 years in prison in connection with a 2011 shootout at a northern Nevada casino.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the sentence was imposed Friday in Washoe County District Court on 38-year-old Cesar Villagrana of Gilroy, Calif., who will be eligible for parole after five years.
Villagrana was accompanying Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew, who was president of the Hells Angels' chapter in San Jose, Calif., when members of the rival Vagos motorcycle gang approached on a busy floor at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks on Sept. 23, 2011.
Prosecutors say security video showed Villagrana shot a Vagos member in the leg during a subsequent melee.
Vagos member Ernesto Gonzalez was sentenced earlier this month to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 28 years for fatally shooting Pettigrew during the brawl.
Villagrana was set to stand trial with Gonzales, but pleaded guilty the first day of the trail to battery with a deadly weapon and challenge to fight.
BOULDER CRASH-CHILD KILLED
Warrant issued for man involved in fatal crash
(Information in the following story is from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com)
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado State Patrol is asking for the public's help in finding a 41-year-old Longmont man charged with vehicular homicide and DUI after the death of his 7-year-old son.
The Denver Post reports a warrant has been issued for Manuel Nunez, also known as Manuel Nunez-Luna, who investigators believe went into hiding in Colorado or California after the Aug. 23 crash in Boulder County that killed Vicente Nunez.
Manuel Nunez was arrested after the crash but was released as state troopers continued their investigation.
Investigators say he ran a red light and crashed after swerving to avoid crossing traffic. He and six other passengers, including four children ages 5 through 15, suffered minor injuries.
Anyone with information about Nunez' whereabouts is asked to call Trooper Rob Madden at 303-239-4501.
Napolitano vows to keep UC tuition affordable
(Information in the following story is from: Santa Cruz Sentinel, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com)
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — New University of California President Janet Napolitano says she will work to keep tuition costs from rising beyond the reach of families.
The former Homeland Security chief spoke Friday at the University of California-Santa Cruz as part of her system-wide tour of campuses.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that Napolitano also met with student leaders who questioned her about rising costs and undocumented students.
UC tuition has tripled in the past decade. Napolitano said university officials are working to "make sure it remains affordable."
Napolitano joined the system on Sept. 30 as the UC system's 20th president. Her selection was seen as an effort to enhance the system's influence in Sacramento and Washington DC.
Her tour has been hit with protests by students mostly railing against rising costs.
Report: UCLA failed to check faculty bias claims
LOS ANGELES (AP) — According to a new report, the University of California, Los Angeles has not properly investigated an increasing number of complaints of racial bias among faculty.
The Los Angeles Times reports that an internal review commissioned by the school found claims of discrimination rarely resulted in any punishment.
The review was launched last year after a group of faculty approached Chancellor Gene D. Block. It was conducted by a five-member panel led by former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno.
Block wrote in a letter to faculty and administrators Friday that he would make changes, including the appointment of a full-time campus discrimination officer to investigate complaints.
The report related various incidents of perceived bias or public humiliation. Nearly all faculty who felt targeted said the offending parties faced no consequences.
TUSKEGEE PRESIDENT RESIGNS
Rochon resigns as Tuskegee University president
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Gilbert Rochon has resigned as president of Tuskegee University after three years on the job.
The Tuskegee board of trustees announced Saturday that Rochon offered his resignation during a board meeting, and the board accepted. The resignation was effective immediately.
The board said Tuskegee alumnus Matthew Jenkins will serve as acting president. He's retired from a veterinary practice in Compton. Calif., and is chairman of SDD Enterprises, a real estate investment and property management firm that operates in eight states. His foundation has been a major donor to Tuskegee.
The board chairman, retired Maj. Gen. Charles Williams, said the board will conduct a national search for a new president.
ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA AWARDS
Stars, shows, movies honored for eco-friendliness
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — TV's "House of Cards" and the movie "Promised Land" are being recognized for their eco-friendly messages.
The Netflix show and the Focus Features film were honored by the Environmental Media Association Saturday night at its 23rd annual awards presentation. The organization aims to channel the power of celebrity and media to promote sustainable behaviors and ecological awareness.
The HBO documentary "Gasland Part II" and reality show "VICE" also won awards, along with the ABC comedy "Last Man Standing" and Nickelodeon's "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee."
Matt Damon accepted the Ongoing Commitment award and Hayden Panetierre received the Futures award at the private event, held at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif.