Saturday, August 15
7 hurt as car hits pedestrians, vehicle in downtown LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A driver being followed by a Los Angeles police officer has struck pedestrians and a car, injuring seven people, including a 13-year-old girl.
Officer Mike Lopez says the injuries aren't life-threatening.
Lopez says a motorcycle officer tried to stop the car around 10:45 a.m. Saturday for running a red light on a downtown street but it kept going. The officer followed but without using lights or siren.
Lopez says the car went about four blocks to Eighth and Main streets, where it hit a woman and a 13-year-old girl.
The car continued on about a block and struck a car with four people inside.
All of the injured are in stable condition.
Lopez says the driver, a 35-year-old man, also was treated for injuries and could face hit-and-run charges.
CRASH NINE INJURED
9 injured when SUV rolls over in Orange County community
(Information in the following story is from: KNBC-TV, http://www.nbc4.tv/)
TRABUCO CANYON, Calif. (AP) — KNBC reports that nine people were injured when an SUV rolled over late Friday night in the unincorporated community of Trabuco Canyon.
The Orange County Fire Authority says the accident was reported around 10 p.m. on Trabuco Creek Road when the SUV overturned in a creek bed. About 20 firefighters responded and treated the crash victims at the scene.
All of the victims were taken to a hospital with minor to critical injuries. The fire authority says the victims ranged in age from 4 to 47.
The authority says that among the critically injured victims were a 4-year-old boy, a 19-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman.
Triple-digit heat expected as high pressure smothers West
PHOENIX (AP) — A heat wave is bringing triple-digit temperature and high fire danger to the West and forecasters says it will keep sizzling through Sunday.
The National Weather Service says a high-pressure system centered over New Mexico will clamp a hot, dry lid over the region. Phoenix will see a high of 116 degrees Saturday, Las Vegas could reach 112 and Southern California's Death Valley could hit 125.
The heat, coupled with low humidity, could increase dangers of wildfires, especially in California, where about 20 blazes are burning, including one north of Los Angeles that has burned some 4 square miles of forest land.
Authorities say it's a good idea to stay inside during the day, do chores early in the morning or after sunset, and if you do go out, take plenty of water.
Worker found dead in Los Angeles office high-rise
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say an office building worker found dead in a Los Angeles high-rise may have been electrocuted.
The Fire Department says the man's body was found around 10 a.m. Saturday in the elevator machine room of a Bunker Hill building.
His name and other details haven't been released.
DORM ALTERNATIVES-SMALL COLLEGES
Dorm alternative for small colleges may be employee basement
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Incoming freshman Gabrielle Szczerbiak isn't getting the traditional college housing experience she expected. She will have a roommate, though, but there are also rules — no boys in the bedrooms and a curfew.
The rules aren't being imposed by a dorm — they're actually the wishes of the married couple who are taking in the 18-year-old after she got stalled on a rural Utah university's housing waitlist.
An enrollment boom has prompted Southern Utah University in Cedar City to urge neighbors and employees to house the dormless.
It's not uncommon for a small college to get creative when campus housing fills up, sending freshmen to such dorm alternatives as local hotels or rival schools.
But housing officials say they've never heard of a college putting up students in the spare bedrooms of employees and residents.
San Francisco 4-mile run seeks to change stoner stereotypes
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 300 people came from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in the 420 Games, an effort to stop the stigmatization of cannabis use through athletic events.
Snowboard company executive Jim McAlpine says the 420 Games show cannabis users are "motivated, athletic members of society."
The athletic competitions began Saturday with a 4.20-mile race in Golden Gate Park.
The runner who finished first took home $500 in credits for medical marijuana, and all participants enjoyed a two-hour reggae concert afterward and free beer from a sponsor.
The 420 Games will also host a golf tournament in San Jose, a bike race in Orange County and a paddle boarding competition in Lake Tahoe later this year.
DISNEY EXPO-PARKS-STAR WARS
'Star Wars' themed land at planned at Disney parks
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger says "Star Wars" is getting its own themed land at Disney parks.
Iger announced at Disney's D23 Fan Expo on Saturday that the 14-acre attraction will be built at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It represents the largest parks expansion ever.
Iger says the "Star Wars" land will be "every bit as thrilling as the films" and will include attractions and entertainment in an area populated by aliens and droids. There will also be a Cantina and the chance to take control of the Millennium Falcon.
Disney parks have previously only had the Star Tours ride as their "Star Wars" themed attraction. More comprehensive park integration has been expected since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012.
DISNEY EXPO-LIVE ACTION-STAR WARS
Colin Trevorrow to direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disney chairman Alan Horn says "Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow has been slated to direct the ninth installment in the "Star Wars" saga.
Members of the audience in a 7,500-seat hall at Disney's D23 fan convention were the first to hear the news Saturday.
Trevorrow was previously known for the indie "Safety Not Guaranteed" and broke box office records this summer with the fourth installment in the "Jurassic Park" series. The film has earned more than $1.6 billion worldwide.
Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and has a slew of "Star Wars" films and spin-offs set for the next few years. The first is director J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which will hit theaters Dec. 18. Rian Johnson is writing and directing "Star Wars: Episode VIII" for 2017.
DISNEY EXPO-LIVE ACTION-MARVEL
Marvel shows first footage from "Captain America: Civil War"
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige and star Chris Evans have debuted the first footage and trailer from "Captain America: Civil War."
Audiences at Disney's fan convention D23 got a peek at the upcoming rift in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Saturday at the Disneyland-adjacent Anaheim Convention Center.
The clip shows a hands-on battle in a crowded square with Evans, as Captain America, Anthony Mackie, as Falcon, and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow taking on Crossbones — a formidable foe with a powerful punch.
The trailer teases the deep ideological divide between Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and Evans' Captain America that finds the Avengers fighting one another.
"Civil War," out May 6, is the first in Marvel's "Stage Three" which will continue with "Doctor Strange," starring Benedict Cumberbatch.