OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area transit system will continue to run train service as unions and management agree to extend labor talks. A federal mediator says Bay Area Rapid Transit trains will run today. George Cohen said last night that progress was being made. The possibility of a strike has loomed each weekday since a 60-day cooling-off period expired last Thursday. But each time, BART and the unions have agreed to continue talking.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park reopened to visitors last night with the end of the 16-day partial government shutdown. The National Park Service announced that major highways and roads leading into and through the park are immediately open to vehicles. The park's main concessioner is reopening facilities and will welcome visitors right away. Its visitor centers and campgrounds will open today, when guided tours will also be available.
SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) — A man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Los Angeles girl has been ordered to stand trial. A judge said yesterday 32-year-old Tobias Dustin Summers who has pleaded not guilty to 38 counts will return to court Oct. 30. Daniel Martinez, who is accused of being an accomplice, also was ordered to stand trial. Summers was picked up by FBI agents in April in a Mexican village where he'd checked himself into a rehabilitation facility under a fake name.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Burbank police officer has been freed on bond after being charged with lying to the FBI during an investigation of a suspected extortion scheme involving his girlfriend and her estranged husband. Anthony Valento made his first court appearance yesterday where he was released on $25,000 bond. Valento is accused of telling FBI agents he wasn't dating Gayle Bassett, who was an alleged victim of restraining order violations in which Valento was the reporting officer.