California hospitals fined over medical mistakes
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Six hospitals in Riverside and San Bernardino counties have been fined by state health officials for mistakes during surgery and other care that harmed patients - and in one case led to death.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday that the penalties came as part of a broad enforcement action by the California Department of Public Health.
The biggest fine of $200,000 was issued to Southwest Healthcare System after a female patient fell when nobody was watching. The woman, who was a patient at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, died as a result of bleeding in the brain.
A patient at the same hospital had gauze left in him after receiving a pacemaker.
LOST SCHOOL TESTS
153 tests from Anaheim school lost in transit
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Students at an Anaheim high school have been informed that 153 advanced-placement tests were lost while being delivered to the organization that administers the exams.
Officials with Educational Testing Service and Esperanza High both say answer sheets were shipped from the school, but didn't arrive at the testing service facility in New Jersey.
Principal Ken Fox tells the Orange County Register that Esperanza shipped about 10 boxes to ETS, which should have contained the test booklets, the multiple-choice answer sheets and the essays.
There is no record of the boxes arriving.
ETS says students can retake the test, get a full refund or, for certain exams, receive a national-average score that would merit university credit at some campuses.
Database details California school employee pay
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that a new database has been released online that allows users to search and download detailed employee compensation figures for superintendents, teachers, principals and other staff members at school districts.
The figures are part of Transparent California, which compiles compensation data for a variety of public sector employees. The education section of the website has more than 581,000 individual compensation records from last year for about two-thirds of districts statewide.
It is operated by the California Policy Center, a Tustin-based, nonpartisan think tank.
Ex-Nevada lawmaker sentenced in California
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A former Nevada lawmaker who led California police on a high-speed chase on the day he was expelled from the state Assembly has been ordered to two years and eight months in prison, but a judge says he's already fulfilled his sentence.
Steven Brooks was sentenced Friday, after pleading no contest in March to evading a peace officer and resisting arrest in the March 28, 2013, pursuit along Interstate 15.
The judge gave him credit for 970 days, including 485 actual days in jail and credit for another 485 days for good behavior. He's expected to be extradited back to Nevada, where he faces a firearms charge.
The freeway confrontation came hours after he was ousted from the Nevada Legislature by colleagues who said they didn't feel safe around him.
California county sues over subdivision slide
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California county is countersuing residents of a subdivision over a landslide last year that damaged numerous homes.
Lake County officials say the Lakeport residents and their homeowners' association are to blame for the slide because they failed to maintain their landscaping, vegetation and irrigation system.
Adam Abel, an attorney handling the lawsuit for the county, says the residents' irrigation lines had significant leaks.
The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports that the county's lawsuit was served on the homeowners late last month.
The homeowners have sued the county, saying a leaking public water system caused the land to give way.
Homeowner Randall Fitzgerald said the county's countersuit adds insult to injury
Lakeport is about 120 miles north of San Francisco.
3-year-old wounded in Fresno shooting
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Police in Fresno say a 3-year-old boy was seriously wounded during a gang-related drive-by shooting.
The boy was in the living room of a home around 3 p.m. Thursday when the shooting began. Sgt. Mike Smith tells the Fresno Bee the child was shot in the upper leg. He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in serious condition, but was expected to survive.
Police found at least six shell casings at the scene. Smith says the home was the site of another shooting earlier in the week that left a 20-year-old gang member with a chest wound. The gang member was at home on Thursday when the latest shooting occurred.
NATIONAL OUTDOOR ART SHOW
National outdoor art show to hit billboards
NEW YORK (AP) - Famous artwork is about to hit America's streets and public places.
"Art Everywhere US" is billed as the world's largest outdoor art show.
Images of American artworks will appear on billboards, bus stops, digital display boards and subway platforms.
The kickoff is Aug. 4 in New York's Times Square. The project runs through Aug. 31.
The 58 works were selected after a public online vote on 100 works nominated by curators of five leading American museums.
They include pieces by Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and Mary Cassatt.
The participating museums are the Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art.
The project was conceived in 2013 in the U.K. with works by British artists.
New photos show wandering wolf OR-7 has 3 pups
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - New photos show that Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist John Stephenson said Friday that the photos taken July 12 by an automatic camera in a remote section of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest show two gray pups.
Combined with one black pup Stephenson observed outside the pack's den back in June, that makes at least three.
OR-7 set off in search of a mate in September 2011, covering thousands of miles from his birthplace in northeastern Oregon to Northern California before settling in southwest Oregon. The wolf gained worldwide fame as his GPS tracking collar showed his wanderings.
LYFT EXPANSION-NEW YORK
Lyft says it's starting New York City service
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft says it is starting limited service in New York City after reaching agreement with state and city officials to resolve regulatory issues.
New York's attorney general and Department of Financial Services say the company agreed to operate "in full compliance" with existing laws and regulations, and that it will start its city service Friday night with commercial drivers only.
Lyft also says it will suspend operations in Buffalo and Rochester on Aug. 1 while resolving issues there with state authorities.
San Francisco-based Lyft's plan to enter the New York City market two weeks ago was halted after the state officials sued. They claimed the company operates as a traditional for-hire livery service that is subject to regulations, not a peer-to-peer transportation platform as claimed.
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