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Small plane crashes in parking lot near airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a small plane has crashed in a parking lot in Los Angeles with two men on board who pulled themselves from the wreckage.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says the single-engine plane struck power lines before crashing into a used car parking lot near Whiteman Airport shortly before 1 this afternoon.

Humphrey says two men extricated themselves from the heavily-damaged four-seat aircraft and were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

He says the men were conscious and alert but he could not specify their condition.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single-engine Cessna 172 was heading into Whiteman Airport when it struck a building.

The airport is a general aviation facility located 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.


Time short to find new facility for Jahi McMath

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from tonsil surgery is running out of time to find a new facility to take her in and keep her on a ventilator.

A judge's ruling will allow Children's Hospital Oakland to remove 13-year-old Jahi McMath from life support at 5 tomorrow evening unless her family appeals.

The family is now pinning its hopes on a New York facility after two California care homes withdrew offers to accept the teen.

The family's attorney said Saturday he was waiting to hear from the New York hospital after its facility director and medical director speak.

Hospital spokesman Sam Singer says it will facilitate a transfer if the family finds an outside physician to insert breathing and feeding tubes.


Nativity features Trayvon Martin instead of Jesus

(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times,

CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California church nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about gun violence.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the nativity scene on the lawn of the Claremont United Methodist Church was created by congregant and artist John Zachary. Martin is shown in a hoodie, slumped over and bleeding.

But critics on Facebook have blasted the depiction as sacrilege.

The church's Rev. Dan Lewis says the scene featuring the Florida teenager whose shooting death captivated the nation was meant to be thought provoking.

The scene will remain in place at the church 35 miles east of Los Angeles through Jan. 5.


LA County hired officers rejected by sheriff

(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times,

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles county officials hired dozens of police officers rejected for jobs at the sheriff's department after investigators found evidence of dishonesty or past misconduct.

The Los Angeles Times reports that more than 50 police officers whose unit was dissolved as a cost-saving measure were hired in 2010 to work at other county agencies including social services.

The sheriff's department hired about 280 of the officers from the dissolved unit. The newspaper says those who didn't make the cut were often hired by other agencies to avoid having too many layoffs.

The officers included one who cut a man's neck with a knife in an off-duty fight and another who slept on duty.

County officials say they had access to only some information discovered by sheriff's investigators.


Dry year spurs new conservation orders for 2014

(Information in the following story is from: The Sacramento Bee,

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — December has been one of the driest months ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the city of Folsom has already imposed a mandatory 20-percent water conservation order, while Sacramento County has asked residents in unincorporated areas to reduce water use by 20 percent.

The cities of Roseville and Sacramento are also likely to consider similar measures in early January.

If no rain falls in the remaining days of 2013, it could rank as the driest calendar year in state history.

While a drought has not been declared by Gov. Jerry Brown, he has assembled a task force to monitor and study the issue.


Car plows into bedroom in Calif., killing man

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a car has crashed into the front of a Southern California home, killing a man inside his bed before dawn.

Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock says authorities were called shortly after 3 this morning after a suspected drunk driver plowed a car into the front bedroom of a house in Mission Viejo.

Hallock says a man lying in bed was killed in the crash. He was not immediately identified.

Hallock says 27-year-old Kourosh Keshmiri was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.

Hallock says it was not immediately clear how fast the car was going downhill when it jumped the curb and landed inside the house.

Authorities say Keshmiri was convicted of driving under the influence in 2010. A message was left for his attorney.