Minor earthquake shakes western Los Angeles area
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A minor earthquake has shaken western areas of Los Angeles.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.2 tremor occurred at 8:16 p.m.
The quake was centered 1 mile southeast of Marina del Rey at a depth of 6 miles.
Residents reporting on the USGS community response Internet page characterize the intensity as weak to light.
Actress Sheila MacRae of 'Honeymooners' dies at 92
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Sheila MacRae , a veteran stage, film and TV performer best known for playing Alice Kramden in the 1960s re-creation of "The Honeymooners," has died. She was 92.
MacRae's granddaughter Allison Mullavey told The Associated Press the actress died Thursday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J.
MacRae, who had dementia but was otherwise in good health, had been hospitalized for a minor surgical procedure.
A singer, dancer and actress, MacRae was married to "Oklahoma" star Gordon MacRae for 26 years, and they appeared together in 1964 on "The Ed Sullivan Show" when the Beatles were featured.
SCHOOL TEACHER ARRESTED
Teacher pleads not guilty to sexual abuse
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California elementary school teacher has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing students.
Ronald Guinto entered his plea to more than two dozen charges including kidnapping, forcible lewd acts on a child and forcible oral copulation on a minor during his arraignment hearing in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Friday.
Authorities say six students attending a Richmond charter school where Guinto previously taught and was fired, told police about the alleged sexual misconduct that occurred for nearly a year.
Police issued an arrest warrant after discovering that the 32-year-old Guinto was teaching at another school in Richmond.
Guinto is being held on $17 million bail and has been placed on administrative leave.
His lawyers, Robert and Anne Beles, say Guinto has no criminal history and declined further comment.
BEVERLY HILLS CRASH
Los Angeles officer killed in crash with big rig
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and his rookie partner was critically injured Friday when their patrol car collided with a big rig on a residential street. The truck driver also was injured.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says the Hollywood division officers were responding to a call of unknown trouble when the "catastrophic" collision occurred.
The circumstances of the 8 a.m. crash in an area of narrow, curving residential streets were under investigation.
The county coroner's office identified the slain officer as 40-year-old Nicholas Choung Lee. Beck says he was a 10-year veteran and a highly respected training officer.
Authorities say Lee was training a rookie who was only three months out of the police academy when their cruiser collided with a truck hauling a trash container and carrying a Bobcat loader down a steep road.
Skin care business owner charged with murder plot
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - The owner of a West Hollywood beauty salon who claims to have worked on Hollywood celebrities has been charged with plotting to kill a competitor.
Prosecutors say 55-year-old Dawn Melody DaLuise was charged Friday with solicitation of murder and remains jailed on $1 million bail.
She could face nine years in jail if convicted.
DaLuise owns the Skin Refinery, which offers services such as waxing, facials and electrical stimulation. Prosecutors contend that she tried to hire someone to kill the owner of Smooth Cheeks, another salon that opened several months ago next door.
Smooth Cheeks owner Gabriel Suarez told KABC-TV that he never suspected he was the target of a murder plot.
DaLuise's website claims that she's served celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christina Ricci.
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S RACE-KASHKARI
GOP candidate Kashkari reports income for 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari filed his first financial disclosure form with the state Friday, reporting income of more than $100,000 last year from his former employer but few reportable financial holdings.
Kashkari, best known as the former U.S. Treasury official who oversaw the bank bailout at the start of the Great Recession, reported the income from Pacific Investment Management Co., better known as PIMCO. Kashkari was head of global investments at the Newport Beach-based investment company until last year.
The GOP contender previously said his net worth was less than $5 million, but he did not report any stock holdings or real estate on his financial disclosure form. His spokesman, Aaron McLear, says all the candidate's investments are in mutual funds, which are not reportable.
California's required financial disclosure forms offer only vague insight into candidates' and elected officials' income and investments, requiring reporting only in broad categories for salaries and stock holdings.
For example, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, reported this week that he and his wife own more than $1 million of stock in the fast-food company Jack in the Box, more than $1 million in an Oakland real estate development company and several stocks valued anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million.
5 convicted Bell leaders sue former city attorney
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former leaders of the city of Bell who were convicted in a municipal fraud scandal sued their former city attorney Friday, saying he led them to believe they were doing nothing wrong when they accepted six-figure salaries to run a modest Los Angeles suburb.
The former members of the Bell City Council were convicted last year of stealing taxpayer money and using it to pay themselves huge salaries to operate the small, blue-collar suburb where more than a quarter of residents live below the poverty line.
Specifically, the council members were found guilty of creating a separate municipal entity, the Solid Waste and Recycling Authority, that evidence showed never recycled anything and that prosecutors said existed only to inflate their salaries.
In their lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the five accuse the firm Best, Best & Krieger and one of its former partners, Edward W. Lee, of failing to "exercise proper care and skill" when it came to advising them on such legal matters as forming the recycling board and several other municipal agencies from which they collected salaries.
The action seeks unspecified damages.
Ross leads Raptors past Kings, Gay 99-87
TORONTO (AP) - Terrence Ross scored 18 points to lead the Raptors to a 99-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, spoiling Rudy Gay's return to Toronto.
Gay had 15 points for the Kings, who acquired him in a seven-player deal on Dec. 9. The game marked Gay's first trip back since he was shipped with Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes.
DeMarcus Cousins topped Sacramento with 24 points.
The Raptors led for all but the game's opening two minutes and pulled away in the third quarter to take an 80-63 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Toronto led by as many as 23 points in the fourth. The Kings would cut that to 10 on Ben McLemore's 3-pointer with a minute to go that made the game seem closer than it was.
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