SANTA MONICA OUTAGE
Nearly 6,000 without power in Santa Monica
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Nearly 6,000 Southern California Edison customers in Santa Monica lost power due to three downed wires.
The utility's spokeswoman, Jennifer Manfre, said crews were working to restore power to about 5,800 customers Tuesday night.
Manfre had no immediate information on what caused the wires to snap.
The outage was affecting a large swath of the coastal city.
Boy, 7, dies of injuries from Los Angeles shooting
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police say a 7-year-old boy has died of injuries sustained in a drive-by shooting in West Los Angeles.
Det. Gus Villanueva said the boy was pronounced dead at a hospital Tuesday night.
He was sitting in a parked car Monday night when a white car drove up and someone inside opened fire. The boy was shot in the back.
Villanueva said the child's mother and a 31-year-old man who were also injured in the shooting remained hospitalized in stable condition.
The Los Angeles Times reports the victims drove themselves to the hospital.
Witnesses reported seeing four men driving off in the white car. No other details were released.
CHILD MOLESTER DIES
Vanished child molester found dead in S. Cal
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A convicted child molester who vanished before a court hearing has been found dead in San Diego County.
The district attorney's office announced Tuesday that the body of 58-year-old Joseph McCarron was found on Saturday in a wooded area behind a park in Carlsbad.
The discovery ended a two-week manhunt. The county medical examiner hasn't released the cause of death.
Prosecutors say McCarron sexually abused the daughters of a woman he dated. He was free on $500,000 bail when a jury on Nov. 14 convicted him of 11 child molestation counts.
A search began after he failed to show up in court for the reading of the verdict.
He faced a mandatory sentence of 15 years to life in prison for each count.
Authorities: LA-area man who fired on cops charged
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a gunman who fired several shots at Inglewood police officers, hitting one, and held two people hostage for nearly nine hours has been charged with attempted murder.
City News Service reports 45-year-old Christopher Warsaw was charged Tuesday with 10 counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, kidnapping, criminal threats and other felonies.
Authorities say Warsaw was arrested Nov. 27 after taking his girlfriend and her 14-year-old daughter hostage. They say he had fired at officers who responded to a family disturbance call.
An officer suffered blunt force injuries after being shot in his bulletproof vest.
The suspect and hostages weren't hurt.
Warsaw was ordered held Tuesday on $11.7 million bail while awaiting arraignment Dec. 20.
Prosecutors say Warsaw faces up to life in prison if convicted.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS OUT
OC neighbors told to take down Xmas lights
SANTA ANA, CAlif. (AP) - Homeowners in Orange County have been told to take down their elaborate Christmas lights or risk trading red and green for jail orange.
The county has given residents in the Wagon Wheel neighborhood of Trabuco Canyon until nightfall Wednesday to remove strings of lights that stretch on steel cables across the street, linking homes. This year, at least 20 houses are taking part in the five-year-old tradition.
A letter received last week warned that the lights violate laws against encroaching on roads. Public Works officials also say they're a potential fire hazard.
Residents who refuse could face fines of up to $500 a day and could even be prosecuted on misdemeanor charges.
Some residents say they intend to keep the lights up.
1st Wienerschnitzel stand named LA landmark
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Der Wienerschnitzel isn't just a hot dog stand anymore - it's a tasty bite of history.
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday declared the chain's very first stand in the Wilmington area as a city landmark - adding it to the list of city historic-cultural monuments.
The drive-thru was built in 1961 and it doesn't have the chain's trademark A-frame construction - just a flat roof. However, the Cultural Heritage Commission says it epitomizes the drive-thru and walk-up concepts made popular in the 1960s and is strongly associated with LA's car culture.
The chain now has hundreds of restaurants in the U.S. and overseas.
Wienerschnitzel, by the way, isn't a hot dog but a breaded veal cutlet.
T25-UC SANTA BARBARA-UCLA
No. 18 UCLA beats UC Santa Barbara 89-76
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jordan Adams scored 22 points and Kyle Anderson added 21 to lead No. 18 UCLA to an 89-76 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night.
Bryce Alford, the son of UCLA coach Steve Alford, hit a 3-pointer with 8:04 remaining in the second half, snapping a 65-all tie and sparking a 7-0 run.
With chants of "over-rated" emanating from the Santa Barbara fans sitting on the east end of Pauley Pavilion, Alford's 3 was followed by a dunk by Tony Parker and two free throws by Norman Powell. The Bruins (8-0) held the Gauchos (3-3) to nine points the rest of the way.
Alvin Williams, who scored a school-record 39 points in the Gauchos' last game against South Dakota State, had 23 points, just six in the first half which finished tied at 42.
CREIGHTON-LONG BEACH ST
Wragge starts, Creighton tops Long Beach St. 78-61
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Ethan Wragge scored 15 points in his first start since March 24, 2010, and Creighton defeated Long Beach State 78-61 on Tuesday night.
Creighton (6-2) had just dropped out of the Top 25 after consecutive losses to close out the Wooden Legacy tournament and the Bluejays responded with a dominating effort in the last game of an eight-day West Coast trip.
The Bluejays were 10 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half to take a 48-28 halftime lead. They opened the second half on an 11-2 run to go ahead 59-32, and cruised from there.
Doug McDermott scored a game-high 21 points.
Wragge was only a freshman the last time he started and Dana Altman was the Bluejays head coach. Wragge finished 5 for 10 from 3-point range.
A.J. Spencer led Long Beach State (1-8) with 13 points. The 49ers have now lost eight straight.
S UTAH-CS NORTHRIDGE
CS Northridge cruises, defeats Southern Utah 84-57
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (AP) - Stephan Hicks broke the 1,000-point career plateau, scoring 20 points as Cal State Northridge easily handled Southern Utah, 84-57 Tuesday night.
Hicks became the 17th player in Cal State Northridge history to score more than 1,000 points, accomplishing the feat with 1,018 points in 64 games. Hicks is also the Big West Conference scoring leader, averaging 18.9 points per game.
Stephen Maxwell led Cal State Northridge (5-4), shooting 10 of 14 from the field on his way to a game-high 27 points. He also had a game-high 13 rebounds. The Matadors had a 48-26 rebounding advantage over Southern Utah (1-5).
Maxwell's layup with 12:37 remaining in the first half gave Cal State Northridge a 14-12 lead, and the Matadors led the rest of the way.
Trey Kennedy scored 17 points, and Casey Oliverson added 10 to lead Southern Utah.
T25-SAN DIEGO ST-TEXAS A&M
No. 23 Texas A&M rolls over San Diego St 72-35
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Karla Gilbert proved just too much to handle, scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, to lead No. 23 Texas A&M to an easy win over San Diego State 72-35 on Tuesday night.
Courtney Williams added 10 points and 12 boards for Texas A&M (5-2), while Courtney Walker and Chelsea Jennings chipped in with 10 apiece. Gilbert was 6 of 7 from the field and had eight offensive rebounds.
Ahjalee Harvey led San Diego State (1-5) with seven points.
The Aggies ran out to a 17-3 lead at 9:46 of the first half and held SDST to just 14 points overall in the first, en route to a 17-point halftime lead. It got worse in the second half for the Aztecs, as A&M was able to put up 41 points after intermission.
Texas A&M limited San Diego St. to 23.2 percent shooting overall, while knocking down 41.9 percent themselves.
King's shootout goal puts LA Kings past Ducks 3-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Martin Jones made 26 saves and stopped all nine shootout attempts to win his NHL debut, and Dwight King scored the only shootout goal Tuesday night in the Los Angeles Kings' 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Jonas Hiller made a season-high 49 saves and stopped Los Angeles' first eight shootout attempts, but King scored on a wrist shot before Jones stopped Mathieu Perreault to end the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.
Jeff Carter and captain Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who have earned a point in 13 of their last 14 games.
Corey Perry and captain Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks, still the only NHL team that hasn't lost in regulation at home. Anaheim is 10-0-2 at Honda Center.
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