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No problems reported before Calif. jet crash

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A federal investigator says no problems were reported before a private jet crashed into a hangar and burst into flames while landing at a Southern California airport.

Van McKenny of the National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of the Cessna 525A did not communicate any trouble with the aircraft during its flight from Idaho to Santa Monica on Sunday.

McKenny says the plane veered off the runway after landing, turning sharply until it hit the hangar, which collapsed.

McKenny says it appears nobody on the ground was hurt but authorities are calling in cranes to remove metal wrapped around the plane before they can retrieve remains and the cockpit recorder.

An official with Morley Construction says the company's CEO and his son are believed to have been on board.


Police: Santa Cruz blast victims making hash oil

(Information in the following story is from: Santa Cruz Sentinel,

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Police say three men critically injured in an explosion and fire at an outbuilding in Santa Cruz were making hash oil at the time of the blast.

The three men — all Santa Cruz residents in their 20s — fled the building with life-threatening burns after the Sunday afternoon blast. Police say they are in extremely critical condition at a San Francisco Bay Area trauma center.

Efforts to put down the fire were hampered by additional explosions from butane canisters. But police say crews were able to contain the blaze and minimize damage to surrounding structures.

Hash oil is a potent marijuana byproduct that is extracted with butane from parts of the plant that are often discarded.

Without proper ventilation, butane vapors can build up and easily ignite.


Marin Co. drug party devolves into bloody chaos

(Information in the following story is from: Marin Independent Journal,

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a teenage drug party in Marin County devolved into chaos after a boy had an LSD-induced seizure and others became covered in his blood and violent.

The Marin Independent Journal reports that paramedics responded early Sunday to reports of a seizure at an abandoned house.

When the medics arrived a blood-covered 16-year-old boy with "superhuman strength" attacked them at the entry gate, refusing to let them inside.

Authorities say the boy also spit blood on the paramedics, and other blood-covered partygoers became combative, so the medics called in sheriff's deputies.

Investigators also found marijuana, cocaine, heroin and a drug similar to Ecstasy called DMD.

Three teens were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence, resisting arrest and other charges.


Hearing delayed for Vegas gambler in Calif. case

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An extradition hearing has been postponed in Las Vegas for a well-known professional gambler accused of cheating at cards at a Southern California casino.

Court officials and defense attorney Tom Pitaro said Monday that an extradition hearing for Archie Karas was postponed to Thursday.

Karas was arrested at his Las Vegas home last Tuesday. He remains jailed pending a hearing and his transfer in custody to San Diego to face charges that could get him up to three years in prison if convicted.

The San Diego County district attorney alleges the 62-year-old Karas won $8,000 in July by marking blackjack cards at the Barona Casino.

Karas is a high-stakes gambler known for a 1992-95 winning streak that earned $40 million at Las Vegas tables before he gambled it away.


US trial wrapping up for former Guatemalan soldier

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Closing arguments have begun in the California trial of a former Guatemalan soldier charged with lying on his U.S. citizenship application about his alleged role in an army-led massacre three decades ago.

Lawyers on Monday are wrapping up the case brought against Jorge Sosa on charges of making false statements and obtaining American citizenship unlawfully.

Prosecutors say Sosa failed to disclose his military service and role in the massacre of at least 160 people in the village of Dos Erres during the height of Guatemala's civil war in 1982.

Sosa's attorney says his client told authorities about his army service when he unsuccessfully sought asylum in 1985. He later married a citizen and naturalized.


Man sentenced for murder, then marries fiancee

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The bride wore white; the groom wore shackles.

U-T San Diego reports that San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cookson officiated at the marriage of Danne Desbrow to his fiancee, Destiny, only minutes after sentencing him to 53 years in prison for first-degree murder.

The newspaper says the judge even baked a cake for the ceremony Sept. 17. Cookson declined to respond to a request for comment from the U-T.

Desbrow was sentenced for the 2003 killing of Kevin Santos in 2003 after a witness with key information came forward recently.

His defense attorney argued Desbrow was defending himself in a fight.


Body found near Santa Cruz that of missing LA man

BONNY DOON, Calif. (AP) — A body found in a wooded canyon near Santa Cruz has been identified as that of a man police say was slain during a marijuana deal in 2009.

The Santa Cruz Police Department on Monday said DNA analysis identified the remains found on Sept. 9 as that of 29-year-old Elias Sorokin, whose burned vehicle was discovered off a fire road in 2009 in the Bonny Doon area.

For years Sorokin's body was never found, and investigators believed it had been dumped off a cliff.

Despite the delay in locating Sorokin's remains, prosecutors charged two men — Kenneth Clamp and Stewart Skuba — who were convicted of his murder. A third man was convicted of robbery related to the incident.

Nick Sorokin, Elias' father, says the family will be delivering the remains to a final resting place.


Calif. couple with GPS stuck 2 days on Ore. road

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Douglas County sheriff's office says a California couple following directions from a GPS device has been stuck two days with their motor home and utility trailer on a muddy back road in the Southern Oregon mountains.

The couple left Interstate 5 Saturday on their way to Coos Bay and struck off across country toward a highway to the coast, Oregon 42.

They got within four miles before mud and tree branches brought them to a halt.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Zielinski says a tow truck driver wouldn't try the road on Sunday.

Monday afternoon, rescuers with four-wheel-drive vehicles were trying to winch the vehicle out.

Zielinski says one of the people is 73-year-old Charles Garton of Ridgecrest, Calif. She didn't have his wife's name. They've refused to leave the vehicle.


Veteran Hollywood producer A.C. Lyles dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A.C. Lyles, who rose from mail boy to producer during a career at Paramount Studios that lasted more than three-quarters of a century, has died at age 95.

Family friend Ben Wheeler says Lyles died Friday.

The producer, who continued to work into his 90s, most recently held the title goodwill ambassador for Paramount.

As a producer, he helmed dozens of movies and TV shows from the 1950s to the early 2000s.

His most recent credit was for the 2004-06 HBO series "Deadwood."

Lyles was 18 when he went to work in the studio's mailroom in 1937.

He quickly developed relationships with many of the era's major stars when he delivered their fan mail.

Those contacts proved invaluable when he began producing Westerns in the 1950s.


Frederick's of Hollywood gets offer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lingerie purveyor Frederick's of Hollywood Group says it received a proposal offer from a group of investors to buy the remaining minority stake and take the company private.

The offer disclosed Monday is from several groups that already own Frederick's of Hollywood shares, including Five Island Asset Management, TTG Apparel, Tokarz Investments, and director William F. Hartley.

The offer is 23 cents per share, a 28 percent premium to its closing price of 18 cents per share on Friday. Its shares rose 3 cents to 21 cents per share in afternoon trading Monday.

The bidders collectively own a stake of more than 85 percent in the company. The stock trades over-the-counter.

Frederick's of Hollywood, based in Hollywood, Calif., appointed its independent director Milton Waters to review the offer.


AOL founder looks to invest outside Silicon Valley

WASHINGTON (AP) — AOL co-founder Steve Case is looking to finance entrepreneurs who are trying to build technology companies outside Silicon Valley, just like he once did.

The startups will be bankrolled by a $200 million fund that Case's Revolution Ventures announced Monday. The Revolution Ventures fund plans to make investments of up to $10 million in startups during the next three to four years.

Case expects 90 percent of the money to be funneled to entrepreneurs living outside the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Revolution Ventures fund is based in Washington D.C., not far from the Virginia offices where Case turned America Online into one of the Internet's first success stories.

Case stepped down as AOL's chairman a decade ago, a few years after the company bought Time Warner.


Eight groups bid for college football championship

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Organizers for the College Football Playoff say they have received four bids to host the 2016 national championship game and six to host the 2017 game.

Groups from Jacksonville, Fla., and Tampa, Fla., have submitted bids for both games.

Tampa was a finalist to host the first championship game, which will be played Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The other groups bidding for the Jan. 11, 2016, game are: Arizona (University of Phoenix Stadium) and New Orleans (Superdome).

The other groups bidding for the Jan. 9, 2017, game are: Northern California Bay Area (Levi's Stadium, the 49ers' planned new home); Minneapolis (Vikings Stadium); San Antonio (Alamodome); and South Florida (Sun Life Stadium).