Thursday, December 19, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The owner of a Silicon Valley gift shop has earned $1 million for selling one of two winning tickets in the near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing. Jenny's Gifts and Kids Wear owner Thuy Nguyen said yesterday people are now calling his shop "lucky Buddha." The person who bought the winning ticket had not yet come forward.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of stealing nearly $370,000 from the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles has been charged with money laundering. The U.S. attorney's office says 51-year-old Channing Smack of Marina del Rey was arrested Tuesday. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. A call to Smack's lawyer wasn't immediately returned.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reportedly gave preferential hiring treatment to friends and relatives of its employees — even though some had criminal histories. The Los Angeles Times says they were hired under a special program that's now being eliminated. The revelations come a day after the department said it would reform other practices that permitted the hiring of 80 deputies with histories of misconduct.
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a late fall wildfire in Northern California is now nearly three quarters fully contained. A U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman says the Pfeiffer Fire in Los Padres National Forest consumed 843 acres and was about 74 percent contained as of yesterday. The agency believes the fire, which has destroyed 13 homes, could be fully controlled by this evening.