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POSTED March 24, 2014 7:12 p.m.

• WOMAN ACCUSED OF STABBING SLEEPING BOYFRIEND: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old woman allegedly stabbed her sleeping boyfriend multiple times after finding him dozing next to her sister in Chula Vista.

The woman, whose name was not released, was crying and covered in blood when she was arrested Sunday about a half-mile from the crime scene.

Police say the 26-year-old man and his girlfriend’s 25-year-old sister had apparently spent the evening as friends drinking at a local bar. The pair told investigators they returned home and fell asleep next to each other with their clothes on.

The suspect’s sister told police she awoke to find the 19-year-old stabbing and punching the victim.

He was hospitalized in stable condition with severe cuts to his face and arm and stab wounds to the chest and leg.

 

• TRAIN KILLS TEEN WHO PUSHED GIRLFRIEND FROM TRACKS: MARYSVILLE (AP) — Witnesses and family members say a Northern California teen pushed his girlfriend away from the path of an oncoming train before he was struck and killed.

The girlfriend, 16-year-old Mickayla Friend, was still grazed and critically injured, though her mother, Sandy, said at a vigil Sunday that she was breathing on her own and walking.

Mickayla and her boyfriend, 16-year-old Mateus Moore, were headed to a store before going to a school dance Friday night in Marysville when they were struck by the Union Pacific freight train.

Sandy Friend said Mickayla told her Mateus pushed her as hard as he could. Witnesses to the train strike said Mateus’ actions prevented Mickayla from being run over as well.

Police are looking into whether the teens were distracted.

 

• SUV ERUPTS INTO FLAMES DURING ANAHEIM TEST DRIVE: ANAHEIM (AP) — Authorities say nobody was hurt when a brand new SUV erupted in flames during a test drive in Anaheim.

Police Lt. Tim Schmidt says the driver managed to pull the 2015 GMC Yukon to the curb after losing control of the vehicle Sunday.

After the driver and a passenger got out, the SUV started smoking and then quickly burst into flames.

The blaze, which engulfed the vehicle, was knocked down within minutes.

Witnesses used their mobile phones to capture footage of the fire, which caused the SUV’s tires to burst and sent black plumes of smoke into the air.

Schmidt says it appears the SUV started leaking some fluid, possibly oil, during the test drive.

 

• NAVY TO TEST TREASURE ISLAND HOMES FOR RADIATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities are planning to test all of the roughly 650 households on San Francisco’s Treasure Island for elevated radiation levels due to increasing concern over the discovery of radioactive items buried underground.

The U.S. Navy said in a statement Monday that there are no known health hazards on the island but that it decided to conduct the testing underneath all occupied housing units in response to requests from residents and a recent radiological finding at an unoccupied unit.

Navy contractors retrieved a small radioactive fragment from the front yard of a family home in January. Several other fragments have been found over the last seven years.

The Navy believes the radiation is left over from the decontamination of ships and other items left behind from a time when the military used radioactive paint.

 

• DA: 16 WITH TIES TO BAY AREA GANGS INDICTED: REDWOOD CITY (AP) — A grand jury has returned indictments against 16 people who authorities say have ties to violent gangs that are responsible for crimes around the San Francisco Bay Area.

San Mateo County prosecutors announced the indictments on Monday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1gvg4UW) that nine of the defendants are charged with murder with special circumstances in connection with four slayings in 2012 and 2013.

Prosecutors say all 16 defendants are members or associates of Sac Street, Da Vill and the Taliban, gangs with ties to East Palo Alto. Sac Street and Da Vill have allegedly united against the Taliban in recent years, and prosecutors say much of the violence was retaliatory.

 

• CALIFORNIA DOCTORS SPEED UP VALLEY FEVER DIAGNOSIS: FRESNO (AP) — California doctors have found a way to diagnose the fungal disease Valley fever through DNA testing, allowing treatment of patients to begin almost immediately, officials said Monday.

Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno is performing the DNA test that can identify the disease in as few as five hours, rather than waiting more than two weeks for the results of blood tests, officials said.

There’s still no cure for Valley fever, which can be deadly, but doctors said with early detection they can keep symptoms in check.

Valley fever is prevalent in the Central Valley and Arizona. Symptoms include fever, chest pain, coughing and other symptoms. In California, over 4,000 cases were reported in 2012 with more than two-thirds found in Merced and Kern counties.

Doctors still use the blood tests to confirm the results of the new approach, but the DNA testing is proving to be accurate, the Fresno Bee has reported.

 

• WEBCAMS TO BROADCAST RELEASE OF 4 CONDORS TO WILD: BIG SUR (AP) — A live-streaming camera will broadcast the release of four endangered California condors into the Big Sur wilderness.

Ventana Wildlife Society and the Oakland Zoo will broadcast the release on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific, showing the birds transitioning from captivity to the wild for the first time.

One of the birds suffered a broken wing as a chick, but was nursed back to health at the Los Angeles Zoo. The female will be released less than a mile from her parents.

Joe Burnett, a senior biologist at Ventana, said the cameras allow staff to monitor and keep track of the birds on a daily basis with minimal impact.

There are 128 individual condors left in the wild in California.

The cameras can be viewed at http://www.ventanaws.org/condor_cam/ or http://www.oaklandzoo.org/Condor_Cam.

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