Southern California fire 20 percent contained
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a wildfire in Southern California has been 20 percent contained but more than 200 homes near the Cleveland National Forest remain evacuated.
Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said Sunday that more than 1,000 firefighters and fire personnel are battling the 2 1/2 square mile blaze.
Concialdi says six firefighters have suffered minor injuries since the fire began Friday in Orange County's Silverado Canyon, many of them heat-related as temperatures reach triple digits.
Concialdi says more than 200 homes remain under an evacuation order issued late Friday.
Police detain 'Django Unchained' actress in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actress who appeared in "Django Unchained" was handcuffed by police responding to a report of indecent exposure.
The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday that officers detained Daniele Watts and her companion last week after a complaint that two people were "involved in indecent exposure" in a silver Mercedes. Watts was detained until police determined no crime was committed.
On a Facebook page that appears to be associated with the actress, Watts says she was guilty only of showing affection in public. Her companion wrote on the social media site that because she is black and he is white, onlookers assumed them to be a prostitute and client.
Police say an internal investigation has been launched. Representatives for Watts did not return calls and emails seeking comment.
Small earthquake rattles Northern California
COVELO, Calif. (AP) - A small earthquake rattled parts of Northern California.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.5 quake struck Sunday at 1:17 p.m. PDT about six miles south of Covelo in Mendocino County. The epicenter was about 120 miles from west of Sacramento.
No damage was reported.
The quake was about 150 north of the epicenter of a magnitude 6.0 temblor that caused extensive damage in Napa and the surrounding area on Aug. 24.
NAVY JET CRASH
Navy identifies pilot presumed dead after crash
LEMOORE, Calif. (AP) - A Navy fighter pilot presumed dead after two jets crashed in the far western Pacific Ocean has been identified.
The Navy said Sunday that the pilot was Lt. Nathan Poloski, a 26-year-old native of Lake Arrowhead.
He was the subject of a 36-hour search in the waters off the U.S. territory of Wake Island after two F/A-18C Hornets collided in midair Friday. The other pilot safely ejected, was rescued from the ocean by helicopter and was treated and released from medical facilities aboard the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson.
The pilots and their squadron were from Carrier Air Wing 17 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Poloski was a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
The cause of the collision was under investigation.
Commuter bus, rail fares to rise in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fares for buses and trains operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will rise this week for the first time in four years.
The Los Angeles Times reports that one-way Metro bus and rail fares will jump from $1.50 to $1.75 on Monday, while the cost of a monthly pass will increase from $75 to $100.
The agency will also start giving riders two hours of free transfers. Before, commuters had to pay a new fare each time they got on a bus or train.
The agency says ridership is expected to drop by 3 or 4 percent during the first six months of the increase but that fare revenue will grow by $21 million this fiscal year.
California regulators seek train bridge inspectors
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators are scrambling to hire two railroad bridge inspectors amid a surge in crude oil shipments by train.
The Contra Costa County Times reported Sunday that the safety of thousands of railroad bridges in California is now left to rail line companies and one federal inspector responsible for 11 states.
One of the first tasks for the new inspectors once hired by the California Public Utilities Commission will be to compile a list of all railroad bridges in the state. No such list exists.
No railroad bridge has failed in recent memory. After the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that shook California's Napa wine region last month, the Federal Railroad Administrator and state regulators contacted train companies to ensure bridges in the area were inspected. No damage was reported.
Wildlife experts work to keep baby opossums alive
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Wildlife rehabilitation experts are working to keep two baby opossums alive after the mother was apparently beaten to death with a sharp rock.
The Press-Enterprise reports that the 2-year-old mother with two babies in its pouch was found in critical condition by a security guard outside an industrial building in Fontana on Monday.
Karolyn Verville, who heads Sunshine Haven Animal Rescue & Wildlife Rehabilitation in Riverside, says the opossum died three days later.
She says a sharp rock with blood and fur on it was found near the opossum.
Verville has been feeding cat milk replacement to the hungry babies, which she says tends to suit most wildlife.
Fontana police are searching for the attacker.
State budgets $2 million for Cover Oregon lawsuit
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon has budgeted $2 million for its legal fight with software giant Oracle over the state's failed health care exchange website.
The state sued the Redwood City, California, company in Marion County Circuit Court last month, claiming that Oracle officials lied, breached contracts and engaged in "a pattern of racketeering activity." Meanwhile, the company has sued the state in federal court alleging breach of contract.
Oracle was the largest technology contractor working on Oregon's health insurance enrollment website, known as Cover Oregon. The public website was never launched, forcing the state to hire hundreds of workers to process paper applications by hand.
The Statesman Journal reports that the state has hired a Portland business litigation firm - Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf PC - to represent it. The firm is giving a 10 percent discount on its rates, but legal experts say the budget likely won't last more than a year on a case that could last longer than that.
Northern California deck collapse injures 9
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Nine people were hurt during a Northern California family gathering when a deck collapsed.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that three of the victims were injured critically and were taken to Oakland hospitals. The Oakland Fire Department said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. Some of the critically injured appeared to have suffered broken legs, officials said.
The cause of the collapse is under investigation. Oakland building inspectors have been called to the scene.
NUDIST CAMP-WATER THEFT
California nudist camp accused of stealing water
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) - Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that rangers with the Midpeninsula Open Space District descended on Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos on Thursday, saying the clothing-optional resort was illegally taking water from a nearby upstream waterfall.
The resort's owners say they are entitled to use the waterfall, which they need to keep their water tank full in case of a fire and to top off their pool for both skinny-dipping and as a backup water source for a fire.
No arrests were made or citations issued Thursday, but rangers dismantled a hose leading from the resort to the waterfall.
The resort is on California's official drought-watch list as one of five communities forced to haul in weekly truckloads of water.
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