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Calif. woman killed visiting family for Christmas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 25-year-old woman visiting family for Christmas in South Los Angeles has been killed in a drive-by shooting.

Los Angeles police Sgt. Shannon Hale says the woman was shot in the head as a car drove by shortly before 5 p.m. on the 700 block of East 87th Street.

The shooting occurred in front of multiple family members while the woman was out in the front yard of the family home Wednesday.

Hale says the woman was visiting from Pomona and had no rap sheet or gang ties. She appeared to be an innocent bystander of possible gang activity.

Police do not have any suspect information.


Calif. girl's family spending holiday at hospital

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The uncle of a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy says the family is trying to give the girl as normal of a Christmas as possible.

Omari Sealey says the family will wait until Thursday to discuss whether to appeal a judge's decision allowing Children's Hospital Oakland to remove his niece Jahi McMath from life support.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo issued the ruling Tuesday but gave the family until 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 to file an appeal. Jahi's family has said they believe the girl is still alive.

Sealey says the family plans to spend Christmas Day at the hospital. They've set up a Christmas tree in Jahi's room with presents for her and her siblings.


4 arrested in shooting of California teacher

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested four teenage boys in the shooting of a Central California high school teacher who fought back during an attempted robbery at the school.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer announced the arrests on Tuesday. According to the Fresno Bee, he identified the suspects as 17 and 16-year-old Norteno gang members.

Police have said the teens were armed with a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun when they confronted Edison High School teacher Steven Guerrero in a classroom around 7 p.m. Thursday.

Guerrero allowed the group to take a computer but then fought back after one of the teens allegedly struck him with a free weight. He was shot in the stomach and leg, but survived.

Dyer said the shooter was a student at Edison and has confessed.


LAPD officer rescues man from burning wreckage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles police bomb squad officer rescued a man from his burning station wagon after a fiery freeway crash on Christmas.

LAPD Officer Don Thompson was treated for serious injuries including first and second degree burns plus smoke inhalation and abrasions after pulling a man in his 60s from his burning vehicle Wednesday.

The driver was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

Thompson was driving to work on Interstate 405 when he saw a station wagon on the other side of the freeway crash into the divider and burst into flames. Thompson, a 26-year department veteran, stopped his bomb squad truck, jumped over the divider, cut the unconscious man from his seatbelt, and pulled him out.

Two other drivers helped pull the man further from the wreckage.


Woman shot at San Diego mall parking lot IDed

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police have identified a couple who were shot at a San Diego mall parking lot.

The U-T San Diego reports the woman, who died at the scene, was identified as 22-year-old Ilona Flint. The man, who was critically wounded, was identified as 22-year-old Salvatore Belvedere. He remained hospitalized.

Both were from San Diego and were in a black sedan with Utah plates early Tuesday when they were hit by gunfire.

Police are looking for a man seen driving away in a 2008 to 2011 gray Honda.

There's no word on a motive for the attack.


Los Angeles man allegedly stabbed stepfather

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 23-year-old Los Angeles man has been arrested on suspicion of murder for allegedly fatally stabbing his stepfather in the back Christmas morning.

Los Angeles police Sgt. Shannon Hale says 54-year-old Nery Ambrosio was stabbed once with a power tool of some type in a bedroom of the family's home in the neighborhood of Watts on Wednesday.

Hale says the stepson woke up and got into a "strange argument" with his mother when she said she didn't know where his baseball bat was. He began to "assault her" and when Ambrosio tried to defend her, the stepson pushed him to the ground, grabbed a nearby tool and stabbed him. A stepdaughter called 911.

Ambrosio was pronounced dead at the hospital. He'd been with the mother for the last 20 years.


California home where 94-year-old died burglarized

(Information in the following story is from: The Record,

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Police in Stockton say thieves ransacked and burglarized a home while a 94-year-old woman lay dead inside.

Officers were dispatched to the home around 6:20 a.m. Tuesday to check on a report of a broken door. Police spokesman Joe Silva tells The Record of Stockton they found the woman inside. She had been dead for some time. She apparently died of natural causes, though an autopsy is planned to determine the exact cause of death.

Silva says the home, meanwhile, appeared to have been ransacked multiple times after her death.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect or suspects.


Deported mom reunited with Central Calif. family

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

TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — A mother who says she was abruptly deported to her native Honduras three years ago without the chance to say goodbye to her children has been reunited with her family in Central California.

The Modesto Bee reports that Maria Chaparro returned to Turlock earlier this month and is spending the holiday with her husband and three children, ages 13, 15 and 25.

Chaparro came to the United from Honduras when she was 19. She says she was defrauded by a man who purported to be an immigration attorney when she tried to obtain legal residency and later deported to Honduras, where she says she had to look for family members.

Her husband, Cesar, has been told she has probationary status and has about a year to try to get permanent residency.


Southern Calif. heats up with highs on Christmas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California temperatures hit near record highs Christmas day, and in at least one case broke a previous record.

National Weather Service specialist Bonnie Bartling says the high of 83 degrees at Long Beach Airport Wednesday broke the old record of 81 degrees in 1972.

A high of 82 degrees in downtown Los Angeles tied for the second warmest Christmas day. Angelenos experienced that same high in 1985, 1925 and 1899.

The warmest Christmas day on record downtown was 85 degrees in 1980.

Temperatures are expected to remain above the 30-year average for the entire week, Bartling says.

A red flag warning is in place for Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday at 6 p.m. and a wind advisory in effect for both counties through 4 p.m. Thursday.


Winds may be to blame for power outage north of LA

(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times,

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Utility officials say winds may be to blame for a power outage northwest of Los Angeles.

Southern California Edison spokesman Robert Villegas tells the Los Angeles Times that 5,223 customers lost electricity Wednesday morning. By noon, 362 remained in the dark.

Crews expect to restore power by 11 p.m.

Villegas told the newspaper that there was a downed wire and crews suspect high winds were a factor.

Traffic lights at major intersections were dark and police urged drivers to treat intersections as four-way stops.


Decade after Christmas mudslide, memories remain

(Information in the following story is from: The Press-Enterprise,

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A decade after a Christmas Day mudslide swept through a Southern California church mountain retreat, worshippers have continued their mission at a new spot.

Fourteen people — including nine children — were killed in 2003 when a wave of water, boulders and debris tore through a campground in the foothills of San Bernardino east of Los Angeles.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports members of the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church and Foundation have since held summer camp in nearby Crestline. The group no longer holds winter sessions.

The campground at Waterman Canyon was razed five years ago after vandals started a fire in a building.

The church still owns the 45-acre property, but it doesn't have the insurance to rebuild.


San Diego agrees to anti-sex harassment training

(Information in the following story is from: U-T San Diego,

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego must show that elected officials have undergone sexual harassment prevention training under a settlement.

The U-T San Diego reports that the city admitted no liability in the settlement backed by the City Council, but agreed to provide at least two hours of online training to elected and appointed officials within six months of their hire.

The city must report to the state every six months for five years.

A complaint was filed on Aug. 30 against the city after then-Mayor Bob Filner, accuse of sexual harassment, said he never got any training.

Filner later pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery.