Police kill San Diego armed robbery suspect
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego police say officers shot to death an armed robbery suspect after he tried to set a car on fire, shot a person in the foot and then held a woman hostage.
Police Lt. Kevin Mayer tells UT San Diego that the man, carrying a sawed-off shotgun or rifle, robbed a gas station around 11:30 a.m. Friday and fled in a stolen Suzuki that he later crashed.
Mayer says the man then tried to set the car on fire and ran to a home where he shot a resident in the foot.
Police say he later made his way into another home in the area where he held a woman hostage.
Police rescued the woman through a window before firing on the man.
DRUG WAR-ARELLANO FELIX
Arellano Felix drug cartel figure pleads guilty
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The last of the Arellano Felix brothers who founded an infamous Mexican drug cartel has pleaded guilty in San Diego to helping ship hundreds of millions of dollars in proceeds from the United States.
Eduardo Arellano Felix pleaded guilty Friday under an agreement with U.S. prosecutors that will send him to federal prison for 15 years. He will be deported to Mexico when he completes his sentence.
The 56-year-old medical doctor acknowledged he had a major role in the finances of the Arellano Felix cartel from 1986 to 2002.
As part of the agreement, prosecutors will drop charges including racketeering and conspiracy to traffic drugs.
1 of the brothers who founded the Tijuana-based cartel is dead and two others are in U.S. prisons.
DESERT DUMP DIES
LA sanitation ends plans for dump near Joshua Tree
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County's sanitation districts are no longer pursuing plans to build a 4,000-acre landfill near Joshua Tree National Park on former mine land.
David Rothbart, supervising engineer at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, said Friday that the agency will use the $41 million set aside for the land purchase for more recycling and other projects.
Plans to build a mega-landfill less than two miles from 1 of the nation's ecological treasures had been tied up in litigation for more than 20 years.
The landfill would have been surrounded on three sides by the national park, which is internationally known for its otherworldly, spindly Joshua trees.
Environmentalists argued that developing the landfill would attract scavengers like ravens to the park and wreak havoc on the fragile desert ecosystem.
SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR
Shuttle is major draw at California Science Center
LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was always been a special connection between space shuttle Endeavour and California, where it was built.
The California Science Center is learning how special.
The Los Angeles museum, where the retired shuttle is on permanent display, had 180,769 visitors in July 2012, before the shuttle arrived. This July, museum officials expect 230,916 visitors.
Officials say souvenir sales are way up too. Before the shuttle, the average visitor to the museum was a student with $5 in his or her pocket. Now it's a tourist who has $20, $30 or more to spend.
T-shirts and apparel have been flying off shelves. Spokesman Ken Jones says 10,000 T-shirts were sold in the 50 days after the exhibit opened in October.
San Diego County wildfire 60% contained
JULIAN, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters are making progress against a 1,500-acre wildfire burning in a remote area of eastern San Diego County.
Authorities say the blaze east of the mountain town of Julian is 60% contained Friday.
No homes are threatened.
More than 600 firefighters, aided by air tankers, helicopters, dozens of engines and water tenders are battling the blaze. One firefighter suffered a minor injury.
The fire began Thursday afternoon. The cause remains under investigation.
Mom, boyfriend held after Palmdale boy, 8, beaten
PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - A Palmdale couple has been arrested after the woman's 8-year-old son was beaten, burned and left in critical condition.
City News Service says 32-year-old Isauro Aguirre was arrested Thursday for investigation of attempted murder. His girlfriend, 29-year-old Pearl Fernandez, was arrested for investigation of child abuse. Both remain jailed Friday.
Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Hudson says firefighters called to an apartment late Wednesday night found the boy wasn't breathing. He was hospitalized in critical condition with burns and a broken skull and ribs.
A neighbor, Claudia Sergoviano, tells KCAL-TV that whenever she saw the boy he was covered in bruises.
Child welfare officials removed two other children from the home.
Working telephone listings couldn't be found for Aguirre or Fernandez.
CANDY MONEY THEFT
SoCal school's ex-PTA head charged with theft
JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - The former president of a local Southern California PTA has been charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing $20,000 raised from children's candy bar sales.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise says Patricia Gledhill pleaded not guilty earlier this month to two felony counts.
Gledhill was PTA president last year for Stone Avenue Elementary School in Jurupa (huh-ROO'-puh) Valley.
According to court records, Gledhill told authorities she took fundraising money to pay for food, rent, and the cost of divorce and child-custody battles.
Orange County honors birthday of Harvey Milk
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - Orange County has officially honored the birthday of the late Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected politician.
The Orange County Register says Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Nelson got a standing ovation on Thursday as he presented a proclamation declaring Harvey Milk Day. The presentation was made at California State University, Fullerton.
Milk, a San Francisco supervisor, was shot to death in 1978 along with Mayor George Moscone (Mah-SKOH'-nee). A former supervisor, Dan White, was convicted of manslaughter.
Gay activists in Orange County have sought official recognition of Milk since 2011.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS-LAWSUIT
Stone Temple Pilots sue ex-frontman Scott Weiland
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stone Temple Pilots have accused the band's former frontman Scott Weiland of hijacking its name and songs to promote his solo career.
The lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles also accuses Weiland of being chronically late to concerts when he was with the band and having a lawyer interfere with airplay of a new single by the group.
The 45-year-old Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots parted ways in February, and the singer said at the time that he learned of his ouster from a statement released to the media.
A phone message left for his manager Andrea Pett-Joseph was not immediately returned.
The band's hits include "Vasoline," ''Interstate Love Song" and "Plush," which won a Grammy in 1993 for best hard rock performance with vocal.
Report: Yahoo, pay-TV operators among Hulu bidders
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A person with direct knowledge of Hulu says the video site is again up for sale, with Yahoo and pay TV operators DirecTV and Time Warner Cable among the seven bidders.
The person wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke Friday on condition of anonymity, after several news outlets reported on the bidding.
The person didn't offer details on the prices offered. Published reports have pegged a bid by a group led by former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin at $500 million.
The person says other bidders include private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.; private equity firm Silver Lake in partnership with talent agency William Morris Endeavor; and private equity firm Guggenheim Partners.
The Walt Disney Co. and News Corp. control Hulu. Comcast Corp. is a silent investor.
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