Smuggling boat with 20 aboard seized off Oceanside
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities have captured a boat that apparently was trying to smuggle 20 people into the U.S. from Mexico.
The Border Patrol says an aircraft spotted the 30-foot panga boat before dawn on Tuesday about 30 miles off the coast of Del Mar in San Diego County.
The boat finally was stopped about 12 miles from Oceanside.
Thirteen men and seven women were detained.
Authorities say they plan to charge two of the men with human smuggling.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STORM SURF-CATALINA
Heavy seas cause boatyard damage on Catalina
AVALON, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say heavy seas have damaged a boatyard on Catalina Island, throwing vessels onto their sides, and also closed major docks.
Avalon Harbor Master Brian Bray says he's had reports that water poured into the Catalina Boat Yard on Tuesday night, pushing around 3,000-pound rocks, spilling dirt and sand and hurling boats from jackstands.
He says the heavy surge also tore away a children's swim platform and closed several docks to incoming traffic - but he says there's little traffic because most boaters are waiting in mainland harbors for the hurricane-spawned surge to subside.
The surge halted most Wednesday trips of Catalina Express ferries because the boats can't tie up at the lurching docks. Spokeswoman Elaine Vaughan says only four or five of 18 scheduled runs may be completed.
USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.
Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans' team activities, the school announced in a statement Wednesday.
The school didn't explain how Shaw actually was injured in its statement, but USC officials say they regret posting a story lauding Shaw's tale on their website Monday.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian says the Trojans are "extremely disappointed in Josh." Shaw is a fifth-year senior, a team captain and a key starter in USC's defensive secondary.
The school notes Shaw has retained legal counsel.
Pediatric nurse charged with molesting 2-month-old
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A pediatric nurse in Southern California has been charged with molesting his 2-month-old foster baby.
An FBI statement says Michael William Lutts was arrested Tuesday at his San Diego home. He's charged with sexually exploiting a child.
The 50-year-old appeared in federal court Wednesday but didn't enter a plea. He remains in custody.
Authorities say Lutts is a pediatric nurse in San Diego County and he was given custody of a 2-month-old, prematurely born foster baby on Aug. 4.
Prosecutors allege that he began molesting the child the same day. KNSD-TV reports images and video of the acts were found on a cellphone seized by the FBI.
Authorities haven't said exactly where Lutts worked.
No information was available about whether he has a lawyer who could be reached for comment.
FATAL CONCERT SHOOTING
Rapper Young Jeezy pleads not guilty to gun charge
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - California prosecutors say platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has pleaded not guilty to possessing an illegal assault weapon during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert.
A spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney says the rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, entered his plea to the felony charge Tuesday.
The spokeswoman, Farrah Emami, says the rapper and five others were arrested Sunday at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine. The other five also pleaded not guilty to possessing an AK-47 assault rifle.
Jeezy remains jailed on $1 million bail. He's due back in court Sept. 5.
Authorities are still investigating who fatally shot a man backstage Friday at a concert Jeezy co-headlined with Wiz Khalifa at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.
Authorities say none of those charged are being called suspects in the shooting.
Deal on health care aids port contract talks
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators hoping to reach a new contract that would keep hundreds of billions of dollars of cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits.
The knotty issue had tied up the talks for months. Specific details weren't released.
The union representing dockworkers insisted benefits be maintained, while the Pacific Maritime Association said the current plan was so generous it had become the target for tens of millions of dollars in fraudulent charges.
The association had focused on limiting fraud while dockworkers complained that emphasis had blocked the payment of legitimate claims.
An overall contract deal still hinges on unresolved issues including job security and workplace safety.
The contract covers workers at 29 ports which are key trade links to Asia.
Man accused in serial shootings appears in court
SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) - A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the Los Angeles area has made his first court appearance on charges that could lead to the death penalty.
Alexander Hernandez made the brief appearance Wednesday in Superior Court in the San Fernando Valley, where authorities say he carried out most of his crimes.
Arraignment was waived, however, and he was ordered held without bail. The next court date will be Sept. 17.
Hernandez is charged with one count of capital murder, two counts of attempted murder and three counts of animal cruelty.
Authorities say they expect him to be charged with two other killings during the shooting spree.
Three people and two dogs were killed and four people were critically injured. Police have called him a serial killer.
Governor, lawmakers agree on Hollywood tax credit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown say they have reached a deal that would offer $330 million a year in tax credits for Hollywood film productions over five years.
The Democratic governor announced the bipartisan agreement Wednesday, before the Legislature was expected to consider it.
Los Angeles lawmakers had been pushing to replace the current lottery system, which offers $100 million a year through a bidding process, as other states and countries increasingly try to lure productions.
Democratic Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra and Mike Gatto of Los Angeles had sought $400 million a year in credits through their legislation.
Wednesday's compromise would rank applicants according to the number of jobs they expect to create and the overall economic impact to California. It also expands the program to include big-budget productions.
X-MEN DIRECTOR-SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT
Judge lets 'X-Men' director's accuser drop lawsuit
HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge in Hawaii is allowing a former child model to dismiss a lawsuit that accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse.
Wednesday's ruling gives Michael Egan III the option to re-file the lawsuit. Singer wanted the case dismissed with prejudice, with attorney costs and fees imposed against Egan.
U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied Singer's request, ruling he didn't prove that Egan's voluntary dismissal of the case would damage the director's reputation.
Egan has said in court documents that he wants to dismiss the case not because it lacks merit but because he can't find an attorney to represent him.
Egan's former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated.
Egan previously dropped three similar lawsuits against other entertainment figures.
AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY
Celebrities join public TV anti-dropout effort
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tony Bennett and Edward James Olmos are among the celebrities joining a public media effort to boost school graduation rates.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and TV station WNET New York announced details Wednesday of next month's American Graduate Day 2014.
The daylong broadcast will include interviews and performances celebrating the work of those nationwide helping youth to succeed at school and work.
Also set to participate are Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Colin Powell and actress Allison Williams and her family, including anchorman dad Brian Williams.
Author Wes Moore will host the third American Graduate Day, airing Sept. 27 on public stations (check local listings) and available online. The program's part of an initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to address the U.S. dropout crisis.
Truck driver gets jail in woman's death
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A truck driver has been sentenced to a year in jail for failing to stop after a woman jumped or fell from his truck to her death on Interstate 5 in Santa Ana.
The Orange County Register reports 33-year-old Jaqwun Turner pleaded guilty this week to a felony hit-and-run charge in the death of Martha Rodezno.
The judge ordered Turner to turn himself in Oct. 10 to begin his sentence.
Turner says he met the 51-year-old Rodenzo at a gas station and she asked for a ride. He says she appeared upset and at one point opened the door and jumped from the moving truck. But prosecutors say it's still unclear what exactly happened.
As part of the conviction, Turner's commercial driver's license was suspended for a year, and he'll be on probation for five years.
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