Monday, January 26
2 planes evacuated in Seattle, 3rd flight diverted to Dallas
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Two planes have been evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport due to what a spokesman called a "security concern."
Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. The flights arrived late Sunday afternoon.
Cooper said that out of an abundance of caution, passengers were bused to their gates from the airport's third runway.
Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to "a security concern."
Spokesman Morgan Durrant did not give specifics about the nature of the concern on Flight 1061, saying the company would defer to authorities on providing further details. He says passengers exited the Boeing 737-900, which was being examined by authorities.
It was unclear if any of threats were connected.
LOS ANGELES HOMICIDES
Nearly half of all homicides in Los Angeles County unsolved
(Information in the following story is from: (Los Angeles) Daily News, http://www.dailynews.com)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly half of all killings in Los Angeles County went unsolved in the past eleven years.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported Sunday that only 54 percent of homicides were solved countywide, compared with a national average of 63 percent.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell says that rate is not satisfactory.
The analysis from January 2000 through the end of 2010 shows that half of all unsolved homicides involved Hispanic victims. Killings of Hispanic men aged 19 to 35 were unsolved at double the rate of the typical homicide victim.
Half of black homicides were unsolved.
Experts say blacks and Hispanics are more likely to live in high-crime neighborhoods and witnesses are more reluctant to speak out.
Killings of whites and Asians were more likely to be solved.
LOOMING TAX FIGHT
Fight over taxes looms between Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.
Now that the financial crisis has passed and the economy is rebounding, the fight over taxes can resume.
The Proposition 30 taxes are supposed to phase out by 2018, but social welfare groups and some Democrats want to extend them. They're also pitching a host of other taxes, on services, oil and tobacco.
All are likely to meet resistance from the Democratic governor, who parlayed his reputation as a fiscal moderate to another term starting this month.
Democratic Controller Betty Yee says it's the perfect time to talk about overhauling the state's tax structure.
Oakland officials to review police policies after protests
(Information in the following story is from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland City Council plans to consider recommendations for improving relations between residents and the police that came out of a first-of-its kind meeting designed to open a dialogue among city officials, law enforcement and community groups.
The Oakland Tribune reports that U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee testified at the day-long special session of the council held Saturday and called for eliminating the use of secret grand juries to investigate fatal shootings by police officers.
Other topics included racial profiling and whether the city should adopt new use-of-force rules for officers.
Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney convened the forum after both Oakland and nearby Berkeley had several disruptive protests over the decisions by grand juries in New York and Missouri not to indict white officers in the shooting deaths of unarmed black men.
The council plans to review the recommendations on Feb. 3.
Some California judges with ties to Boy Scouts question ban
(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court's decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that discriminate against gays did not sit well with some jurists.
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that several judges with children who are Boy Scouts or who are active in Scouting themselves wrote to oppose the new membership policy before the court approved it on Friday.
Among them was San Joaquin County Superior Court Barbara Kronlund, who said the policy would violate her religious rights under the First Amendment. Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Vineyard commented that his being an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster was in no way incompatible with serving on the bench.
The Boy Scouts of America started allowing openly gay boys to be Scouts last year, but does not permit gay adults to be leaders.
CA-BOY SHOT BY DEPUTIES
Boy shot by Los Angeles deputies treated for graze wound
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Sheriff's detectives are investigating the shooting by deputies of a 16-year-old boy who allegedly pointed a gun at them.
The Sheriff's Department says the teen was grazed Saturday night after officers attempted to stop a vehicle wanted in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon.
Deputies say the boy got out of the car in East Los Angeles and ran. He eventually turned and pointed the gun at officers who opened fire.
The boy continued to run and was found hiding in a backyard and the handgun was recovered.
He was treated for a graze wound to this upper torso and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
SANTA ANA WINDS-FIRE
Santa Ana winds help fuel Ontario mulch fire
ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Santa Ana winds helped fuel a fire at a green waste recycling facility in Ontario.
Ontario deputy fire chief Mike Pelletier said early Sunday that the flames pushed by winds of up to 30 mph damaged a hay barn and two sheds, but no homes were immediately threatened.
But he said burning embers blown by winds still reaching 15 mph were a concern.
He says crews responded to a fire call about 9:15 p.m. Saturday at the site, which turns tree limbs and other green waste into mulch.
But by early Sunday it was contained to the property, though still actively burning the waste.
Pelletier says about 30 firefighters were on the scene and officials hope to have the fire knocked down by daylight.
ISLA VISTA STABBING
Man arrested in student's stabbing near UC Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a University of California, Santa Barbara student during a fight in front of a fraternity.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office says a university police lieutenant who was patrolling the Isla Vista student enclave early Saturday spotted the fight and four people who were covered in blood.
The four people were detained and one, Kevin Ruiz of Reseda, was arrested on suspicion of stabbing the student in the chest and head.
Authorities said the student was taken to a hospital for treatments to his injuries. Ruiz had minor wounds to his hands.
He was booked into jail for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon.
DEADLY MARINE CRASH
2 Marines identified in deadly California helicopter crash
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — The Marines Corps has identified two pilots killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Southern California.
The Marines said Sunday that Capt. Elizabeth Kealey and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield died from their injuries in the crash Friday at the Twentynine Palms Marine base.
The pilots were the only two people onboard the UH-1Y Huey helicopter.
Lt. Col. James M. Isaacs, commanding officer of their squadron, says the two were outstanding officers and talented pilots.
Kealey, 32, of Indiana, Pennsylvania, was commissioned in 2005 and had earned several awards and medals. She was deployed once in Afghanistan. Satterfield, 25, of Oldham, Kentucky, was commissioned in 2011 and supported training operations in Southern California.
Both pilots were based at Camp Pendleton.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
US gas prices fell 13 cents per gallon, but expected to rise
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise.
Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the lowest prices in more than five years are likely to increase because of rising wholesale prices.
Lundberg says rising costs of crude oil the past 10 days should eventually be seen at the pump.
San Francisco continued to have the highest-priced gas in the Lower 48 states at $2.54 a gallon. Albuquerque, New Mexico, remained lowest at $1.73 a gallon.
Lundberg says prices at the pump are $1.24 lower than this time last year.
The average price in California was $2.43 a gallon.
The average national price for midgrade gas is $2.31. For premium, it's $2.47.
DOG SURVIVES FATAL WRECK
Dog survives crash on Los Angeles freeway that killed 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a dog survived a car crash on a Southern California freeway that left a man and woman dead.
The California Highway Patrol says the driver of a 2008 Mercedes swerved on State Route 118 in Chatsworth, crashed through a guardrail and tumbled down a steep embankment shortly after midnight Sunday.
The car landed on its roof.
The driver and his passenger were found in a flood control channel below the freeway. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
The small dog appeared uninjured and was taken by an animal services officer.
Bill Haas pulls away to win Humana Challenge
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Bill Haas pulled ahead with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th and parred the final two holes for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Humana Challenge.
Haas closed with a 5-under 67 for his sixth PGA Tour title and first since the 2013 AT&T National. He won the 2010 event for his first tour victory and father Jay won the 1998 tournament.
Part of a six-man tie for the lead after a par save on 15, Haas got to 22 under with the birdie on 16. He two-putted for par on the par-5 18th after pulling off an awkward layup with his ball perched on the front lip of a right-side bunker.
Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman, Brendan Steele, Steve Wheatcroft and Sung Joon Park tied for second.