CALIFORNIA SCHOOL BUS CRASH
11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say 11 elementary school students and their driver were injured in a school bus crash in Southern California.
Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn says three of the injured - the driver and two of the children - are in critical condition after the Thursday afternoon crash. The other nine students had minor injuries.
Television news reports show the Orange Unified School District bus tilted sideways and leaning against a tree on a roadside embankment next to Anaheim Hills Golf Course. Police say no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The driver was trapped inside the bus, and firefighters removed him before he was taken to the hospital.
The California Highway Patrol will take over the investigation. There is no immediate word on the cause of the crash.
TRUCK CRASH-TRAINS HALTED
2 hurt, trains halted by Pasadena big-rig crash
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A freeway accident involving two big-rig trucks has snarled traffic for miles and disrupted train service northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
A fire official says two people were injured, one seriously in the accident Thursday afternoon in Pasadena.
City News Service says the rigs collided at about 1 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 210. One rig, a flatbed carrying a backhoe, plowed onto Metro Gold Line tracks next to the freeway and hit a power pole.
NAVY BASE SEARCH
Pellet gun firing causes Navy base lockdown
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The commander of Naval Base Point Loma says a report of an armed man on the San Diego base led to detention of a sailor who had fired a gun that shoots soft plastic pellets.
Capt. Scott Adams says a second serviceman was also taken into custody.
The Thursday morning report of a possible gunman led to an order that personnel shelter in place on the base, which is home to the Third Fleet command and other major units.
Adams says the shooter told investigators he was firing the pellets from a barracks, using a parking garage mirror as a target. Pellets were found outside the barracks and near the mirror. A base spokesman identified the gun as a so-called airsoft pistol.
The names of the detainees haven't been released.
LA TOLL LANES
LA Metro board seeks to make toll lanes permanent
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Twenty-five miles of formerly free carpool lanes near downtown Los Angeles would permanently become toll lanes if the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has its way.
Metro's governing board voted 11-0 on Thursday to extend a "demonstration" project under which drivers need a FasTrak transponder to use carpool lanes on portions of Interstates 10 and 110.
The vote is symbolic - the state Legislature would need to authorize the extension of the "high occupancy toll" lanes past January. A bill to do that is pending in Sacramento.
Metro officials say that letting solo drivers pay to use carpool lanes eases congestion.
To date, transponder-carrying vehicles with two or more people rode for free.
On Thursday, however, the board also voted to charge FasTrak users a $1 fee each month.
POLICE STATION SHOOTING
Suspect in LA police station shooting dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who allegedly shot up a Los Angeles police station, wounding an officer, has died at a hospital.
Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter says 29-year-old Daniel Yealu died shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Yealu was wounded in a shootout with two officers April 7 at the West Traffic Division. He was charged with attempted murder.
Yealu, a onetime security guard, applied to join the LAPD in 2009 but was rejected. Police say he walked into the station, told the desk officer, "I have a complaint," and opened fire with a handgun.
The wounded officer is out of the hospital. The other officer wasn't hurt.
Authorities say they found an assault rifle in Yealu's car and a cache of weapons and ammunition at his home.
LA AIRPORT SHOOTING
Slain TSA agent's family files claim for $25M
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A law firm has filed a $25 million claim against the city of Los Angeles on behalf of the wife and family of a security screener killed in a gunman's attack at Los Angeles International Airport last year.
AlderLaw P.C. said Thursday the claim was filed on behalf of the family of Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez, who was killed Nov. 1. Authorities say the gunman targeted TSA officers. Three other people were injured.
The claim alleges that the city, including the Los Angeles World Airports department, failed to properly supervise and train personnel at the airport and delayed medical care to Hernandez.
A claim can be a precursor to a lawsuit if it is rejected.
Convicted KPMG inside trader sentenced to prison
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former partner at the accounting firm KPMG has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for insider trading.
Scott London, of Agoura Hills, was sentenced Thursday in Los Angeles. He'll also have to pay a $100,000 fine.
London oversaw some 500 KPMG employees and handled audits for major clients such as Herbalife Ltd. until he was fired last year. He later pleaded guilty to insider trading.
Prosecutors say that over several years, London provided confidential client information to a friend, Bryan Shaw, who used it to make securities trades that reaped more than $1 million.
Shaw said he bribed London with some $70,000 in cash and goods including jewelry, concert tickets and a $12,000 Rolex watch.
Shaw pleaded guilty to conspiracy last year.
US wants money linked to South Korea dictator
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - U.S. authorities want to seize more than $700,000 from the sale of a Southern California home they contend was bought with corrupt money from South Korea's former dictator.
Chun Jae Yong, the son of former President Chun Doo-hwan, bought the Newport Beach home in 2005. After its sale in February, U.S. officials seized the proceeds, and a civil forfeiture complaint was filed Thursday in Los Angeles federal court.
Chun Doo-hwan seized power in a coup and ruled until 1988. He was arrested in 1995 and sentenced to death for corruption, mutiny and treason but was later pardoned.
He was ordered to pay back about $203 million in bribes but returned only a portion.
Chun's family announced last year that it will hand over real estate and other assets to the South Korean government.
X-MEN DIRECTOR-SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT
'X-Men' director calls sex abuse suit a shakedown
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The director of the upcoming "X-Men" film is calling a lawsuit that accuses him of raping an aspiring model and actor in 1999 a shakedown.
Bryan Singer wrote in a statement released Thursday that he's avoiding promotional events for his upcoming film "X-Men: Days of Future Past" to avoid distracting from the movie.
His statement comes a week after he was sued by Michael Egan III in Hawaii in a case that accuses the director of sexually abusing Egan there when he was 17 years old.
Singer's attorney has denied that the director was in Hawaii when the alleged abuse occurred.
The director's statement says he expects the allegations will be revealed to be a "sick, twisted shakedown."
An email sent to Egan's attorney, Jeff Herman, was not immediately returned.
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