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Jet Owned By Elvis Auctioned After Sitting 35 Years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 35 years. The plane sold for $430,000 on Saturday at a California event featuring celebrity memorabilia, GWS Auctions Inc. said. The buyer was not disclosed in the sold note posted on the firm’s website, and auctioneer Brigitte Kruse said she could not immediately release information about the buyer or the buyer’s plans for the plane. The auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit. The jet was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley, says. It has been privately owned for 35 years and sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico. Photos of the plane show the exterior in need of restoration and seats of the cockpit torn. A previous owner disputed the auction house’s claim the king of rock ‘n’ roll designed its red velvet interior. Roy McKay told KOB-TV in Albuquerque he designed the interior himself. McKay said that when he purchased the jet, it had a two-toned gray interior and “kind of looked like a casket.” But then-GWS spokesman Carl Carter told The Associated Press the auction house is confident Elvis designed the interior, which photos show has red velvet seats and red shag carpet. Federal Aviation Administration records show no interior changes were ever made to the jet, Carter said. Presley was born in Tupelo on Jan. 8, 1935, and moved to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He became a leading figure in the fledgling rockabilly scene by covering songs originally performed by African-American artists like Big Mama Thornton (“Hound Dog”) and Arthur Crudup (“That’s All Right”). His provocative dancing and hit records turned him into one of the 20th century’s most recognizable icons. Historians say his music also helped usher in the fall of racial segregation. Elvis was 42 when he died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Hit-And-Run Driver Kills Woman On San Bernardino Freeway

SAN BERNARDINO ( – A woman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver overnight Friday on the 215 Freeway in San Bernardino. The collision occurred on I-215 south just before 1 a.m. Saturday near the Orange Show Road exit, according to California Highway Patrol. The victim was struck while standing in the HOV lane. A Sig Alert was issued and the freeway was closed for several hours while emergency responders cleared the scene. It was not clear why the woman was standing in the freeway. Her name was not released. There was no immediate suspect information. Read More »

Dodgers Shut Down Cubs Offense On 2 Hits, 4-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Wood allowed two hits over five scoreless innings, Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Friday night in the series opener. Wood extended his career-high scoreless innings streak to 25 1/3, longest in the majors this season. The left-hander began the season in the bullpen, got a chance to sub for some of the Dodgers’ injured starters and has remained in the rotation since. Wood (6-0) struck out eight and walked two. The Dodgers have won nine of their last 11 at home, and their 19-8 home record is second-best in the majors. Jake Arrieta (5-4) continued to struggle for the World Series champions, whose three-game winning streak ended. The right-hander gave up four runs and five hits in six innings, struck out nine and walked one. Arrieta had blanked the Dodgers in 16 consecutive innings and won his last six regular-season starts in California, but they jumped all over his fastball. Utley homered for the second straight game leading off the third for a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers made it 2-0 in the fourth. Corey Seager walked leading off and came home on Yasmani Grandal’s double to deep left center. Seager’s helmet went flying off as he rounded third and narrowly beat the tag at the plate with a head-first slide. Gonzalez extended the lead to 4-0 on his two-run shot that scored Seager with two outs in the sixth. Chicago got its only two hits back-to-back in the second on singles by Jason Heyward and Javier Baez. The Cubs had hit 26 home runs in their previous 14 games. TRAINER’S ROOM Dodgers: OF Andrew Toles (right knee surgery) and LHP Scott Kazmir (left hip strain) were transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Toles had ACL surgery this week, while Kazmir hasn’t pitched this season. Manager Dave Roberts said Kazmir is rehabbing in Arizona, where his velocity has reached 90-92 mph off the mound. … INF Rob Segedin, on the DL since April 19 because of a right big toe strain, will have right wrist surgery on Wednesday. UP NEXT Cubs: RHP John Lackey (4-4, 4.82 ERA) has an 8.00 ERA in the first inning this season and a 4.15 ERA from the second inning on. He lost to the Dodgers on April 12 despite allowing just one earned run on four hits and striking out a season-high 10 batters over six innings. He owns a 1.73 ERA against the Dodgers, his lowest against any single opponent. Dodgers: RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-1, 3.76) beat the Cubs 2-0 on April 12 at Wrigley Field, allowing four hits in six scoreless innings, striking out four and walking three on 91 pitches. He’s held hitters to a .245 average in seven starts this season. (@Copyright 2017. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may bot be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Fake News Curriculum Bill Dies In California Legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers have killed a bill that aimed to teach high school students to spot fake news. The bill died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee without discussion Friday. It would have commissioned new curriculum standards that included strategies for identifying false stories. The problem of false reports masquerading as news emerged as a major issue of the 2016 election. Many such reports were shared widely during the campaign. A measure that would have called for public schools to teach about the 2016 election also died Friday in the Appropriations Committee. That bill’s author had argued students needed to learn about the election because of alleged Russian interference in the presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Both bills were sponsored by Democrats. Lawmakers can revive them next year. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

$33M Awarded In Settlement Over Adulterated Tylenol, Motrin, Other OTC Drugs

SACRAMENTO ( – The state of California will receive $2.3 million of an announced $33 million settlement with drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson after it violated federal regulations for certain medicines, including those consumed by kids, officials said Friday. Several popular medicines were found to fall short of quality control standards between 2009 and 2011, including Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Sudafed, Pepcid, Mylanta, and others, according to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The affected over-the-counter medicines emitted a musty odor , failed to dissolve properly, and contained unwanted particulates and bacteria. Becerra along with 42 other state attorneys general announced the settlement, which resolves allegations that some McNeil-PCC and McNeil Consumer Health Care division manufacturing facilities failed to abide by federal regulations. McNeil is now part of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson issued several recalls during the affected period. McNeil Consumer Healthcare plead guilty in 2015 to federal criminal charges related to the metal-laden children’s Tylenol and agreed to pay $25 million to the Food and Drug Administration. “It is reprehensible that any company would manufacture medicine that could potentially harm children,” said Attorney General Becerra. “I will do all I can to hold accountable any violator of our state and federal safety standards.” As a part of the settlement, McNeil will be required to ensure its marketing and promotional practices do not unlawfully promote over-the-counter drug products, Becerra said. Read More »

Drone Video Shows Impact Of Landslide Damage To Big Sur’s Highway 1

BIG SUR (  — New drone video of a massive landslide south of Big Sur shows just how drastically Highway 1 and the California coastline has been damaged by a million tons of rock and dirt. Caltrans estimates the slide is five football fields wide and juts 250 feet into the Pacific, changing the coastline below to include what now looks like a rounded skirt hem, California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Susana Cruz said earlier this week. More than 1 million tons of rock and dirt slide down an area called Mud Creek, covering about a quarter of a mile stretch of Highway 1. This latest landslide is actually the third of the year, and just the latest gut punch to the region after last winter’s record rainfall. Two other landslides to the north, along with floods, have taken out bridges and highways, closed campgrounds and forced some resorts to shut down temporarily or use helicopters to fly in guests and supplies. Highway 1 along Mud Creek had already been closed to repair buckled pavement and remove debris. Caltrans says it can’t start clearing the landslide or repair the road until the earth stabilizes and it’s safe for workers to come back. (© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.) Read More »

Uber Driver Under Investigation For Possible Sexual Assault In Riverside

RIVERSIDE ( – Police say an Uber driver is under investigation for allegations he sexually assaulted a woman he dropped off at a campus apartment complex at the University of California, Riverside. The possible sexual assault occurred in the early morning hours of May 14. According to the University of California Police Department, a woman said she was picked up in Riverside by an Uber driver and driven to her residence at the UCR Plaza Apartment at 1020 Linden St. UCPD officers were called to the apartment complex just before 3 a.m. The woman told investigators she had been sexually assaulted, police said. An Uber spokesman told CBS2 that the driver in question was banned shortly after the incident was reported. “What the rider reported is appalling. We will continue to work with police on the investigation,” Uber said in a statement. “The driver has been banned from Uber.” No charges have been filed and no further details were immediately confirmed. Read More »

Single-Payer Healthcare Estimated To Cost Nearly Double California’s State Budget

SACRAMENTO ( — State experts say a California bill that would provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion – roughly twice the amount of the state’s entire annual budget. The Legislature’s financial analysis released Monday says much of the cost would be covered by existing state, federal and private spending on health coverage. But the analysis says total health care spending would increase by $50 billion to $100 billion a year. The entire state general fund budget is $125 billion, while the proposed 2017-18 state budget stands at just over $183 billion. Senate Bill 562 would eliminate traditional insurance companies and guarantee coverage for everyone. The state would contract with health providers and pay the bills for all residents similar to the way the federal government covers seniors through Medicare. The concept known as single-payer has energized liberals who are pushing Democratic lawmakers to approve the measure. But healthcare companies, business leaders, and the California Chamber of Commerce have come out against the plan as a costly job-killer. “It will cost employers and taxpayers billions of dollars and result in significant loss of jobs in the state,” the Chamber of Commerce said in its opposition letter. “A single-payer system is massively, if not prohibitively expensive,” said Nick Louizos, vice president of legislative affairs for the California Association of Health Plans. The bill must be approved on the state Senate floor by June 2 in order to advance to the Assembly. (© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.) Read More »

Motorcycle Officer Becomes Trapped Under SUV In Newhall Pass Crash

STEVENSON RANCH (  — A motorcycle officer involved in a crash on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway just before the Newhall Pass became trapped underneath a SUV Tuesday. The crash was first reported at 5:18 a.m. on the southbound lanes of the freeway at Lyons Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. Several crews were dispatched to help extricate the male officer from underneath the vehicle and the officer was taken to the hospital, where he is reported to be in serious condition. Authorities said the officer is from the Los Angeles Police Department, assigned to the Central Traffic Division. All lanes of the freeway are stopped during the rescue effort and the accident investigation. Read More »

California Lawmakers Aim To Strengthen Gun Ban In Schools

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers have passed a bill to revoke superintendents’ ability to let people carry guns in a school zone. The California Assembly passed AB424 43-23 Monday, sending the measure to the state Senate. The Legislature initially let superintendents give people permission to carry guns on campus to ensure domestic violence survivors could protect themselves, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty said. But the Sacramento Democrat says the provision has been “exploited” by school districts to allow cafeteria aids, teachers and yard duty assistants to carry firearms in schools. “This was not the intent of the bill passed a few years ago,” said McCarty, who authored AB424. “Research shows allowing more guns in schools makes them less safe.” About five California school districts have issued permits for civilians to carry guns in school zones, including the Central Valley districts Folsom Cordova Unified, Kingsburg Joint Union, Anderson Union and Kern. Opponents say the bill would reverse a limited exemption that makes schools safer. Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, a Republican from the San Francisco Bay Area, said she supported the intent of the bill but worried it would make schools a place where abusers would know domestic violence survivors would not have guns to defend themselves. Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez voted against the measure, which she said is “making a problem where there isn’t one.” “Those who have been deemed responsible enough to have a (concealed-carry weapon) ought to be able to have one on school grounds if their school district allows it,” said Melendez, who represents a district near Los Angeles. “It is not our responsibility to make that decision for them.” The vote on the bill comes about two months after a teacher and an 8-year-old student were shot by the teacher’s estranged husband at an elementary school in San Bernardino, California. Supporters and opponents of the bill mentioned other past school shootings in California as justification for their votes. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Armed Teen Shot, Wounded By La Habra Police

LA HABRA ( – An armed 16-year-old boy who was shot by La Habra police Monday morning is expected to face attempted homicide charges. The incident began at 9:36 a.m. when police responded to a 911 call regarding from his mother at their home in the 200 block of South Monte Vista Boulevard. Police said his mother told dispatchers, “my son has a handgun and he’s threatening to shoot me.” She said he was still carrying the gun when he left the house. About 30 minutes later, police searching the area located the boy about a mile from his house at a park in the 300 block of South Walnut Street. Police said the boy pointed a gun at an officer, who then shot him. After being shot, the boy tried to flee. He staggered down a path before collapsing at Knudsen Street and West 3rd Avenue, police said. The gun was found on him. No officers were injured. The suspect, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was taken to the University of California Irvine Medical Center. At last report he was in stable condition. The nature of his injuries were not confirmed. He is expected to be arrested on charges of attempted homicide, criminal threats and brandishing a firearm, police said. The boy’s mother fully cooperated with investigators, police said. Read More »

Calif. Assembly Passes Bill That Would Ban Employers From Asking About Past Salary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could further strengthen its equal pay protections under a bill passed by state lawmakers. The state Assembly voted Monday to prohibit employers from asking applicants what they were paid at previous jobs. The Assembly voted 56-8 to send the bill to the Senate. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill in 2015. He said at the time the measure would prevent employers from seeking relevant information without sufficient evidence it would fix wage disparities between men and women. Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman says her bill will prevent past wage discrimination from keeping down a person’s future wages. The Stockton Democrat says U.S. women on average are paid 80 percent of men’s wages. Her bill would also require private employers give applicants pay scale information. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Officials Reportedly Link 5 Calif. Botulism Cases To Gas Station Nacho Cheese

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California officials say five people were hospitalized after eating nacho cheese from a Sacramento gas station. The Sacramento Bee reports officials have connected five botulism illness cases to Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in the Walnut Grove suburb. Sacramento health officials are also investigating four cases that may be related. Botulism is an illness that can lead to paralysis, breathing difficulty and sometimes death. Officials have since taken the business’ permit to sell food and drinks. Employees have not responded to requests for comment. One of the victims has filed a lawsuit against the gas station. Lavinia Kelly has been in the hospital for three weeks. She says the illness caused her to lose her ability to keep her eyelids open. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More » USA, LLC
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