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POSTED March 9, 2015 7:19 p.m.

MAN INJURED WHEN E-CIGARETTE EXPLODES: SANTA ANA (AP) — An exploding e-cigarette has left a Santa Ana man with burns to his face and hands.

Orange County fire Capt. Steve Concialdi says a man in his 20s was sitting on his bed and smoking at around 1:45 a.m. Monday when his e-cigarette began to hum.

Concialdi says the man pulled the device away from his mouth and it exploded. Half of the e-cigarette lodged in the ceiling.

Sheets and folded clothing on the bed caught fire but the man doused it with water before firefighters arrived at his apartment.

 

WOMAN ACCUSED OF STABBING HUSBAND IN NECK: DOS PALOS (AP) — Authorities in Central California have arrested a 21-year-old woman for allegedly stabbing her husband in the neck during an argument over nude photographs.

Jasmine M. Teltow was taken into custody Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder.

Detectives say Teltow and her 34-year-old husband began arguing late Saturday over nude photos of an unidentified woman on a cellphone.

The argument escalated and Teltow allegedly stabbed her husband at least once in the neck with a kitchen knife, which officers seized for evidence.

 

MAN WHO SENT EMAILED NUDE PHOTOS OF EX IS SENTENCED: PASADENA (AP) — The ex-boyfriend of a Pasadena high school teacher has been sentenced to six months in jail for sending nude photos of his ex to hundreds of students and school employees.

David Galvan also was given 200 hours of community service on Monday and ordered to take anger management classes.

Authorities say he used a Muir High School work email to send naked photos of his former boyfriend to students, teachers and others on the victim’s contact list last July.

Police say Galvan was angry over the couple’s breakup.

 

MAN ALLEGEDLY STEALS TIP JAR, HITS PATRON WHO CONFRONTS HIM: HUNTINGTON BEACH . (AP) — Police in Orange County arrested a 26-year-old man who allegedly stole a tip jar from a coffee shop and then assaulted a customer who confronted him about the theft.

Francisco Cardenas was taken into custody Sunday night in Huntington Beach on suspicion of theft and assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigators say Cardenas grabbed the tip jar at a Starbucks and was followed outside by a customer who witnessed the theft. Police say Cardenas then picked up a 40-pound metal sign, struck the patron in the head and fled on a bicycle.

 

PG&E POISED TO REPORT ON DIABLO CANYON NUKE PLANT SAFETY: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The utility that owns California’s last operating nuclear power plant will submit research to federal regulators this week analyzing the threat of earthquakes at the Diablo Canyon facility.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says the work re-evaluates the impact that earthquakes and large waves could have on the plant near San Luis Obispo. Its Monday statement says the research confirms the plant is safe — but the company didn’t provide report details.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission called on nuclear plants to re-examine such risks after Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster. PG&E’s report will be submitted Thursday.

The Associated Press disclosed in August that a federal expert wanted the NRC to shut down Diablo Canyon until it determines whether the reactors can withstand shaking from nearby faults. NRC rejected that recommendation.

 

FIREFIGHTERS USE JAWS OF LIFE TO RESCUE TRAPPED DOG: OCEANSIDE  (AP) — Fire officials say crews used the Jaws of Life to save a dog that wiggled between two storage containers at an elementary school in Oceanside.

A 12-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback got himself stuck around noon Sunday while playing with kids at the school playground.

Officials say the dog apparently went deeper into the narrow space in trying to get out.

Oceanside and Carlsbad firefighters helped the owners free the dog by using the Jaws of Life to force the containers apart.

The dog, named Spike, then walked out on his own.

 

WOMAN DRIVES INTO CALIFORNIA STORE GUARD AFTER THEFT: PLEASANTON  (AP) — Police are searching for a woman and a man who allegedly stole several power tools from a Home Depot and then drove into a security guard in the parking lot.

Police in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Pleasanton say the incident happened at the store late Saturday night.

Sgt. Eric Gora says the security officer has an injured knee and several scrapes and bruises but is expected to make a full recovery.

Gora says the security guard stopped the woman in the parking lot after witnessing her allegedly shoplifting. A man then drove up in a gold Lexus or Acura and intentionally ran into the security guard, knocking him to the ground.

The woman got into the car and the two drove way. Full descriptions of the two were not immediately available.

 

PERSON ON TRAIN TRACKS SOUTH OF SAN FRANCISCO STRUCK, KILLED: PALO ATLO . (AP) — A person was struck and killed on train tracks south of San Francisco.

The person, whose gender has not been released, was struck at about 6:25 a.m. Monday on the tracks just north of Churchill Avenue in Palo Alto.

Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn says the person was pronounced dead at the scene. Pedestrians are prohibited from standing or walking on train tracks. It was not immediately clear why the person was on the tracks. The train was traveling northbound when it hit the pedestrian. No one else was injured. 

 

SAN FRANCISCO POLICE PROBE DOUBLE HOMICIDE NEAR PLAYGROUND: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police are investigating the killing of two young men shot to death sitting in car parked near a playground in a violence-plagued neighborhood.

Police received a call about the shootings in the city’s Crocker Amazon neighborhood at about 9:36 a.m. Monday. A police spokesman said the victims are men in their 20s. The suspects were also described as men in their 20s. Full descriptions of the suspects were not available.

In January, four young men were shot to death while sitting in a stolen car in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. Police are searching for the killers in that case as well and suspect a gang connection.

 

SAN DIEGO MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO WILLFULLY SPREADING HIV: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego man has pleaded no contest to intentionally infecting his former boyfriend with HIV.

Thomas Miguel Guerra entered the plea Monday to violating a state health code against someone with a communicable disease willfully exposing others.

Prosecutors say Guerra claimed to be HIV-negative and urged his boyfriend to have unprotected sex. The other man tested positive for HIV in May of 2013.

During his prosecution, a judge ordered Guerra to stay off dating websites.

Guerra earlier pleaded not guilty. He changed his plea on the day his trial was to start and now faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

 

EPA BEGINS TESTING AIR IN HOMES NEAR FORMER DUMPING SITES: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is testing the air inside dozens of Los Angeles County homes near two of the nation’s worst chemical dumping sites.

The tests started last month were prompted by worries that the pollutants could be evaporating through the soil and into homes, putting residents at risk.

Residents and community activists pleaded with the EPA for years to test their homes for dangerous soil vapors.

Their demands came following numerous discoveries of contaminated soil and groundwater in the unincorporated community near Torrance. The area was declared an EPA Superfund site in 1996 following decades of chemical dumping at the former Montrose Chemical DDT plant and other facilities.

The EPA is testing for trichloroethylene, benzene and chlorobenzen

 

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