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MLK PARADE

Mayor leads LA's Kingdom Day Parade

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti led a procession of marching bands, local dignitaries and celebrities to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The mayor was grand marshal of Monday's 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade, which included appearances by Police Chief Charlie Beck and congress members Karen Bass, Janice Hahn and Maxine Waters.

Former Dodgers "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas rode aboard the Dodger fire truck.

Thousands of people lined the streets of South LA for the event, which featured dancers, singers and honor guards.

It one of many celebrations, marches, parades and community service projects held across the nation to honor the slain civil rights leader. It was 50 years ago that King won the Nobel Peace Prize.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

Wildfire in suburban LA 84 percent contained

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — Crews continue to build containment lines around a wildfire near Los Angeles that destroyed several homes.

The U.S. Forest Service said Monday the fire in the San Gabriel Mountains is 84 percent contained, with full containment expected Wednesday.

The roughly 3-square-mile blaze destroyed six homes and 10 outbuildings after erupting Thursday in the Angeles National Forest. Flames spread quickly when Santa Ana winds hit a campfire that authorities said was recklessly set by three men.

Some 3,700 residents of Glendora and Azusa had to evacuate at the fire's peak.

Officials caution that bone-dry winter conditions remain a threat for the region.

BURN BAN

Fireplace use banned in 7 California counties

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Air district officials have issued a ban on fireplace use in seven California counties.

The Air Quality Management District says burning wood, pellets and manufactured fire logs in residential fireplaces, stoves and fire pits is prohibited until midnight Monday.

The counties included are San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Madera, Fresno, Kings and Tulare. Portions of Kern County are also included.

Officials say the ban results from deteriorating air quality across the Central Valley.

Violations can result in fines.

FISHERMAN DEATH

Fisherman dies after being swept to sea in N Calif

(Information in the following story is from: Marin Independent Journal, http://www.marinij.com)

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) — A fisherman is dead after getting dragged into the ocean by large, strong surf while trying to retrieve an ice chest.

The Marin Independent Journal reports that witnesses on Sunday reported seeing the man disappear into the sea at North Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Park spokesman John Dell'Osso tells the newspaper that onlookers lost sight of the fisherman just seconds after he went in.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Sonoma County Sheriff's Office launched a search, found the man's body and brought it back to shore.

The Marin County coroner and park service are investigating the death, and did not identify the man.

NIGHTCLUB BEATING

Woman attacked outside OC club is on life support

(Information in the following story is from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com)

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Orange County are searching for five suspects believed connected to the brutal beating of a woman outside a nightclub.

The Orange County Register says the 23-year-old victim remains on life support Sunday.

Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says detectives are searching for three women and two men, ages 20 to 25, who may have been involved in the attack early Saturday.

Bertagna says the woman was with several friends outside The Crosby nightclub when she got into an argument that led to the assault. He says he doesn't know what sparked the argument.

Police have not identified the victim.

PHONY PRESIDENT'S SON

Con-man who defrauded couple to be sentenced

(Information in the following story is from: Marin Independent Journal, http://www.marinij.com)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man convicted of defrauding a Northern California couple out of $1.6 million is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court.

The U.S. attorney's office tells The Marin Independent Journal (http://bit.ly/1eJi86I ) that it is seeking a 37-month sentence and a restitution order for 42-year-old Blessed Marvelous Herve, who pretended to be the son of Congo's president.

Herve admitted to persuading the couple to forward him money with promises of repayment, lucrative commissions and false claims that the federal government had seized his money and imprisoned him.

The two victims, ages 69 and 70, lost their retirement savings and ended up $200,000 in debt.

Herve's lawyers say his father was a "high-level government official" in the Republic of Congo who was assassinated during political unrest.

Herve is due in court Wednesday.

LAX CRIME

LAX saw jump in crime last year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police at Los Angeles International Airport reported a 17 percent increase in the number of arrests last year, as the total number of crimes jumped along with the volume of passengers who used LAX.

Airport officials released crime statistics Monday that show crime spiked 10 percent in 2013. There were 1,569 criminal incidents, compared to 1,425 in 2012.

Police made 1,235 arrests in 2013, compared to 1,057 two years ago — an increase of 178.

So-called Part One crimes — violent and property violations — were up 37 percent. That includes the Nov. 1 shooting death of a federal transportation security officer and the wounding of three others.

Passenger volume at LAX increased nearly 4.4 percent in 2013. Nearly 66.5 million travelers used the airport, up an additional 2.8 million in 2012.