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Fla. Police: Puig charged with reckless driving

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been arrested after officers clocked him driving 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.

A news release from the Highway Patrol says a white Mercedes driven by the 23-year-old Cuban defector was pulled over around 9:30 this morning.

Authorities say Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County jail for processing.

Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck declined to comment on Puig's arrest.

Puig hit .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs.


AC Transit workers ratify labor deal, avert strike

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Workers with a major San Francisco Bay area bus system ratified a labor deal, ending the threat of a strike.

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District drivers and mechanics yesterday voted for the agreement, which includes a 9.5-percent wage increase over the next 3 years.

The 1,625 workers rejected two previous proposals negotiated between the union and AC Transit.

Under the new agreement, AC Transit workers will make a flat monthly contribution of $120 per employee for health care.

The agreement comes after a cooling-off period imposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The transit system's board of directors is scheduled to vote on the agreement next month.


Death of man in Border Patrol custody investigated

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office is investigating the cause of death of a man who collapsed in a Border Patrol holding cell on Christmas Eve after he was taken into custody for allegedly carrying three pounds of marijuana.

The Border Patrol says that the man, a U.S. citizen, was stopped at a checkpoint on Interstate 8, near the Mexican border.

He was taken to a holding cell after authorities said they found the marijuana, drug paraphernalia and traces of methamphetamine in his car.

Soon afterward he collapsed. Paramedics were unable to revive him.

Border Patrol officials say they are cooperating with the investigation.

Officials didn't immediately release the man's name.


SF Bay area air agency issues new wood-burning ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area air quality officials are prohibiting the use of wood-burning fireplaces for another day after determining the region's air is unhealthy.

For the 7th day straight, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued an alert for tomorrow, which makes use of fire pits, woodstoves or manufactured fire logs illegal.

Homes where woodstoves or fireplaces are the only heat source are exempt.

Jack Broadbent, the district's executive director, says particulates from burning wood create unhealthy air.

Air quality has suffered recently due to a prolonged dry spell that has allowed pollution to remain in the area.

It was the 22nd "Spare the Air" alert since Nov.

First time violators face a possible $100 fine, or $500 for a 2nd citation.


Police arrest son in slaying of Redlands woman

REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) — Redlands police have arrested a 25-year-old man for investigation of murder after officers responding to a call found his mother slain and his sister injured.

Police spokesman Carl Baker says officers arrived at the family's home about 5:30 this morning to find the 46-year-old woman dead and her 21-year-old sister injured.

They found the woman's 25-year-old son, Pablo Hernandez Jr., outside the home.

Baker says Hernandez was arrested for investigation of murder and attempted murder.

Authorities didn't reveal the extent of the younger woman's injuries, but say she is hospitalized after undergoing surgery.

They asked that anyone with information on the incident contact them.


Nevada again aims to name Tahoe cove for Twain

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada officials are launching a new bid to give Mark Twain recognition in the state where he assumed his pen name in 1863.

The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names is again pushing a proposal to name a scenic Lake Tahoe cove for Samuel Clemens, Twain's real name.

The state board no longer maintains the cove should be named for Twain because he actually camped there in 1861.

The board's national counterpart rejected the naming effort two years ago, citing doubt about whether Twain camped at the spot as a factor.

Nevada board members now say they want to name the cove for Twain merely because of his association with Tahoe and the lack of a geographic feature in the state named for him.