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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 yesterday'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 yesterday the fire in the San Gabriel Mountains is 84 percent contained, with full containment expected tomorrow.

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.

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 yesterday 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.

SERIAL ARSONIST

Man arrested on suspicion of setting 10 fires

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Monica police have arrested a homeless man on suspicion of setting at least 10 fires that damaged three apartment buildings.

Police yesterday announced the Dec. 9 arrest of 54-year-old Balbinder Sihota. He remains jailed.

Authorities say undercover officers spotted him flicking a lighter for no apparent reason in an area where arson fires had occurred. Police say witnesses also implicated him.

Authorities believe that Singh set fires in trash bins and lit discarded Christmas trees during a 10-day period that began on Dec. 30. The fires burned into a garage at one apartment complex and also caused major damage to a car at a dealership.

NIGHTCLUB BEATING

1 held for OC club attack; victim on life support

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested a woman for an Orange County nightclub attack that left another woman on life support.

The Orange County Register says Santa Ana police arrested a woman in her 20s yesterday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Her name wasn't released.

Police say the 23-year-old victim and some friends were outside The Crosby nightclub shortly before 12:30 a.m. Saturday when they got into an argument with another group. The woman was beaten and left unconscious on the sidewalk.

In a statement, the family of Kim Pham said she's being kept on life support until she can become an organ donor.

There's no word on what sparked the argument.

Police are looking for two men and two women. Investigators are reviewing surveillance and cellphone videos.

TWO KILLED

2 shot to death in LA's Koreatown

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say two people have died in a shooting in Koreatown.

Officer Sara Faden tells City News Service that the attack was reported shortly before 2 yesterday morning. Two men found at the scene were pronounced dead at hospitals.

Police were looking for two people who were seen running from the scene. One wore a gray and white shirt and the other was wearing a black sweater.

It's not immediately clear whether the attack was gang-related.

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 yesterday 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.

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 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 tomorrow.

FOOTBALL FAN SHOOTING

2 wounded after shooting at Fresno football party

(Information in the following story is from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com)

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police say two men were injured in a shooting at house party in Fresno after a San Francisco 49ers fan was taunted by fans of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Fresno Bee reports that two men, ages 63 and 45, received non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting during the Seahawks victory in the NFC championship game on Sunday.

Fresno County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Lolkus says 39-year-old Amado Vargas was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Lolkus says Vargas first threatened people with a knife, which was wrestled away from him.

Police say Vargas then ran into a room with a gun safe, took out a handgun and fired multiple shots.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE-CHARGE RAGE

Silicon Valley sees shortage of EV charge stations

(Information in the following story is from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com)

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to charge their cars at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers competing for charging access.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with demand, creating thorny etiquette issues in the workplace.

Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer for German software company SAP, says the company's 16 charging stations are now not near enough for the 61 employees who drive electric vehicles.

Graf says cars are getting unplugged while charging, creating animosity between employees. The company is drafting guidelines for EV-driving employees.

ChargePoint, which operates a large EV-charging network, says companies should provide one charging port for every two electric vehicles.