HOMEOWNER SHOOTS BURGLAR
Police still investigating after burglar killed
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors are awaiting the police investigation into an 80-year-old man who says he fatally shot a burglar in the back as she fled his home and ran down an alley.
Long Beach homeowner Tom Greer told KNBC-TV that the burglar told him she was pregnant and asked him not to shoot, but he shot her twice in the back anyway.
The coroner said an autopsy found that 28-year-old Andrea Miller was not pregnant.
Prosecutors filed murder, burglary, robbery and weapons-related charges Friday against Miller's alleged accomplice, 26-year-old Gus Adams. He was being held on bail of more than $1 million.
Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell said the murder charge is possible because Adams is accused of participating in a felony that led to a death.
GAZA DEMONSTRATION-LOS ANGELES
Flag-waving, prayers at LA rally for Palestine
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Muslims in Los Angeles held prayers and a rally in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip amid the intense conflict between Israel and Hamas militants.
Men, women and children bowed in prayer and then took up flags and banners Friday outside the Federal Building in Westwood to call for an end to the deadly violence in Gaza.
The demonstration organized by American Muslims for Palestine was peaceful, with no reports of any incidents or arrests.
It came less than two weeks after a pro-Israel demonstration at the same location that ended with an altercation between participants and a group of Palestinian supporters who showed up.
Defense Department employee gets 2 years in prison
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a Defense Department supervisor who oversaw construction and service contracts at a Southern California Marine Corps base to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to bribery and other charges.
U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia on Friday also ordered Natividad Lara Cervantes to forfeit more than $100,000 he earned from accepting bribes from contractors who sought to win or retain multimillion-dollar government contracts at Camp Pendleton.
Cervantes called himself the "godfather" of Camp Pendleton. He pleaded guilty in January to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery of a public official.
He is the third defendant to be sentenced in the case. Two contractors were sentenced to six months and a year prison respectively after pleading guilty to paying bribes to Cervantes.
GOOD SAMARITAN DEATH
Suspect sought in LA good Samaritan's punch death
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police are looking for a man who fatally punched another man who intervened while he was screaming at a 3-year-old boy.
Police say 57-year-old Gabriel Ortega of Hollywood was struck in the face in June when he stepped between the man and the boy at a Hollywood McDonald's.
Police say Ortega thought the man was going to attack the child so he shielded the boy and told the man to leave him alone. The man punched him and left the restaurant.
Two days later, Ortega was hospitalized after complaining of a headache and vomiting. He died on July 14.
An autopsy determined that he died of blunt force trauma.
The relationship if any between the suspect and the boy isn't clear.
BEACH ACCESS DISPUTE CORRECTION
Commission documenting public use of blocked beach
(Information in the following story is from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com)
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - California's Coastal Commission is asking the public to document its use of a San Francisco Bay Area beach that is at the center of a lawsuit over public access.
Billionaire landowner Vinod Khosla closed the only access road to Martin's Beach after he purchased the adjacent land in 2008. Under state law, the entire coast is public property, and critics say the closure violates the state's coastal act.
The coastal commission on Thursday announced it was asking people how and when they used the beach in the past.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the commission could use the information to strengthen its hand in a settlement with Khosla.
Khosla's attorney, Jeffrey Essner, says the public was previously allowed to access the beach for a fee, so there was never a right of public access.
UPS driver charged with stealing dozens of guns
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California UPS driver has been arrested after federal agents say he stole dozens of guns to sell them on the black market.
Authorities say 36-year-old Curtis Hays, of Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested Friday. It's unclear whether he has an attorney who could be reached for comment.
A federal indictment this week alleges that Hays stole packages at the UPS shipping hub in Ontario. They contained rifles, pistols and shotguns intended for delivery to a sporting goods store.
He's also accused of stealing jewelry and cellphones.
Federal prosecutors say Hays gave the guns to a Moreno Valley man who illegally sold them.
The men are charged with conspiracy and theft crimes that could land them in prison for a decade if they're convicted.
California to have 4 (acting) governors in 4 days
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California will have four governors in four days next week as top officials take turns temporarily leaving the state.
Gov. Jerry Brown's office informed other state leaders on Friday that he will be leaving the state Sunday and returning Wednesday as he leads a trade mission to Mexico.
While he's gone, executive powers will first roll to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, until Newsom leaves for New York and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for Special Olympics-related events.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will then be acting governor until he leaves for Chicago on Wednesday on personal business.
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will then be acting governor for about nine hours, until Brown returns from Mexico later that day.
All four are Democrats.
The succession is outlined in the state Constitution.
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