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LA mayor: City would be 'ideal' Olympic home as Boston drops out

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles thought it was out of the contest to get the Olympics, but it may have just been pulled back in. Mayor Eric Garcetti says he's eager to resume talks with the U.S. Olympic Committee on the possibility of bringing the 2024 Games to Southern California, after the committee severed ties today with first-choice Boston.

Garcetti says Los Angeles "is the ideal Olympic city." The Democratic mayor adds that he has not had conversations with the committee yet.

A Garcetti statement says he'd be happy to talk with the USOC about "how to present the strongest and most fiscally responsible bid on behalf of our city and nation."

Monday's decision throws the bid process — and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics — into flux.

If the USOC wants to stay in the race, Los Angeles is its likely choice.


Officials: California man suspected of starting wildfire

FRESNO, Calif. — Authorities say they suspect a man of starting a grassland fire near Sacramento that forced people from their homes and destroyed power lines.

Michelle Eidam of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said the fire Monday afternoon charred 430 acres north of Sacramento near the community of Elverta.

Firefighters have the blaze about 25 percent contained.

Eidam says the man in custody awaits charges on multiple counts of arson. She says strong wind made the fire grow quickly.

The fire started in Placer County and spread into Sacramento County.

She says residents of several rural communities surrounding the fire have been forced to leave their homes. No injuries have been reported.


CANTON, OHIO (AP) — The family of late San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau will not disrupt the Hall of Fame ceremonies on Aug. 8 despite its disagreement with a policy preventing live remarks during a posthumous induction.

Steve Strauss, legal counsel to the Seaus and partner at Cooley LLP, says in an email Monday night that the family "does not want this issue to become a distraction to Junior's accomplishments and legacy or those of the other inductees."

Seau, who took his own life in 2012, will be saluted with a video presentation in which his daughter, Sydney, will speak. But Hall policy does not allow for live speeches during a posthumous induction.

Sydney Seau admitted last week she was upset with not being allowed to give a speech, but Strauss says, "The Seau family looks forward to celebrating Junior's extraordinary accomplishments at the Hall of Fame."


Federal appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals has upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.

The court says the legislation does not conflict with law from the 1800s that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast. The court found it also doesn't significantly interfere with interstate commerce.

The 2-1 ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court upheld a lower court decision tossing the lawsuit brought by the Chinatown Neighborhood Association and Asian Americans for Political Advancement, a political action committee.

The groups argued the ban — passed in 2011 — unfairly targeted the Chinese community, which considers shark fin soup a delicacy. Shark finning is the practice of removing the fins from a living shark, leaving the animal to die.


Covered California: Cost of health care coverage increasing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians buying individual health plans on the state insurance exchange will see an average increase of about 4 percent in premiums for the second year in a row.

Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee announced today that the average 4 percent increase in 2016 marks a slight decrease from the 4.2 percent jump in 2015.

The average increase in Southern California is 1.8 percent and 7 percent in Northern California.

Lee says the new rates are proof that the Affordable Care Act is working in California.

The state actively uses its size and the health of its enrollment population to help negotiate prices. It also imposes standardized benefits on participating plans.

The exchange is adding plans to certain regions for the first time, including UnitedHealthcare and a New York startup called Oscar.


8-year-old girl goes missing in California beach town

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a missing 8-year-old girl is pleading for the return of her daughter as a statewide search for the girl grew to include federal authorities.

Police and the FBI have been looking for Madyson Middleton, who vanished yesterday from a Northern California artist community center where she lives with her mother.

She was last seen riding a scooter outside the Tannery Arts Center in the beach town of Santa Cruz.

Her mother, Laura Jordan said Monday she is very worried and wants her home safely.

Helicopters are searching the forest and the coastline. The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the ocean.

The 4-foot-tall, 50-pound child has long brown hair, and dark eyes. She was wearing a purple dress, black leggings, black flip-flops and a black helmet.


SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A retired Los Angeles police detective suspected of robbing five banks has been ordered held without bail.

Seventy-year-old Randolph Adair appeared Monday in federal court in Santa Ana.

His public defender, Amy Karlin, declined to comment.

The FBI believes that Adair is the "Snowbird Bandit" — named for his age and white hair — who has robbed five banks around Orange County since March.

Adair has been charged with one count of bank robbery and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Adair was arrested last Wednesday after several of his family members contacted investigators saying Adair fit the description of the robber.

The FBI says Adair may have had gambling problems.