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1 killed, 6 injured in Northern Calif. van crash

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said a Northern California woman was killed and six others were injured when the van they were in struck another car, went down an embankment and caught fire.

California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Nave said people were returning from a trip to Reno on Interstate 80 yesterday when the brakes in Chevy Astro apparently gave out.

The driver turned off the highway toward a dead end street near Gold Run in Placer County, but the van struck another car at the end of the road and rolled downhill.

The Sacramento Bee reports 90-year-old Frances Sevilla was killed in the crash. Two were airlifted to the hospital, and the others in the van suffered moderate injuries.


Car plows into bedroom in Calif., killing man

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man arrested after a fatal car crash into the front of a Southern California home was convicted in 2010 of driving under the influence.

Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock says authorities were called shortly after 3 yesterday morning after a suspected drunk driver drove a car into the front bedroom of a house in Mission Viejo.

Hallock says a man lying in bed was killed in the crash. He was not immediately identified.

Hallock says 27-year-old Kourosh Keshmiri has been arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.

It wasn't immediately clear how fast the car was going downhill when it jumped the curb and landed inside the house.

A message was left for Keshmiri's attorney wasn't immediately returned.


Small plane crashes in parking lot near airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men escaped serious injuries after a small plane they were in crashed into used car lot in Los Angeles.

Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says the single-engine Cessna struck power lines before crashing into the lot between two buildings yesterday afternoon.

Humphrey said the men managed to get out of the crumpled aircraft and were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the aircraft was heading to Whiteman Airport when the pilot missed the approach. The pilot was coming around for a second landing when the plane crashed.

Battalion Chief Charles Combs said the aircraft appeared to have struck a rooftop and several parked cars, which may have softened their landing.

The airport is located in Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley.


Time short to find new facility for Jahi McMath

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from tonsil surgery is running out of time to find a new facility to take her in and keep her on a ventilator.

A judge's ruling will allow Children's Hospital Oakland to remove 13-year-old Jahi McMath from life support at 5 tonight unless her family appeals.

The family is now pinning its hopes on a New York facility after two California care homes withdrew offers to accept the teen.

The family's attorney said Saturday he was waiting to hear from the New York hospital after its facility director and medical director speak.

Hospital spokesman Sam Singer said yesterday it will facilitate a transfer if the family finds an outside physician to insert breathing and feeding tubes.


Dry year spurs new conservation orders for 2014

(Information in the following story is from: The Sacramento Bee,

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — December has been one of the driest months ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the city of Folsom has already imposed a mandatory 20-percent water conservation order, while Sacramento County has asked residents in unincorporated areas to reduce water use by 20 percent.

The cities of Roseville and Sacramento are also likely to consider similar measures in early January.

If no rain falls in the remaining days of 2013, it could rank as the driest calendar year in state history.

While a drought has not been declared by Gov. Jerry Brown, he has assembled a task force to monitor and study the issue.


Fight to land MLB's A's is tale of 3 cities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Oakland A's yearslong quest for a new home is really a tale of three cities.

Oakland is desperately trying to keep the team from moving out of a city already struggling with crime, financial woes and blow after blow to its public image.

To the south in the heart of booming Silicon Valley, San Jose is seeking to bolster its profile and treasury with an aggressive campaign to win the A's.

Standing in the way are San Francisco's Giants, who claim the lucrative Silicon Valley commercial market as their exclusive territory. And so far, the Giants are winning


Man who died in CA skydiving accident identified

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A man who died in a Southern California skydiving accident has been identified as a trainer of military skydivers from Arizona.

The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's office identified the victim of Friday's accident in Perris as 29-year-old Jason Granger of Yuma, Ariz.

Skydive Perris manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld says Granger was a highly-qualified skydiver who trained members of the military in free fall skills.

Brodsky-Chenfeld says Granger had traveled to the popular Southern California skydiving spot with his wife and family to make the jump. The manager says when Granger neared landing he made a turn too low to the ground and crashed.

Brodsky-Chenfeld says the weather was clear and his equipment was fine.

Military officials were unable to provide additional information.


Frank Sinatra's former valet dies at 87

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — George Jacobs, who was Frank Sinatra's valet and confidant for 15 years, has died.

Jacobs' son, Snake Jagger, says his father died of natural causes in Palm Springs on Saturday night. He was 87.

Jacobs was working for Hollywood dealmaker Irving "Swifty" Lazar in 1953 when Sinatra hired and entrusted him with his personal affairs. Jacobs' 2003 book, "Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra," gives an insider's look into the crooner's life, his women and his dealings with the Kennedys, the Rat Pack and the mob.

Jacobs said he was fired after the gossip columns reported about him dancing at a nightclub with Sinatra's then-wife, Mia Farrow. Despite Ol' Blue Eyes' temper tantrums, Jacobs wrote that his boss treated him well.

Jacobs was survived by four sons and two daughters.