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POSTED October 14, 2012 10:11 p.m.

• LOS ANGELES POLICE CLASH WITH SKATEBOARDERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police in riot gear dispersed about 500 skateboarding fans who blocked Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles after turning out for a free movie premiere at the Vine Theatre.

Los Angeles police Sgt. Raul Jovel says several people threw rocks and bottles at officers during the clash Saturday night. At least two cars were damaged and glass doors at the theater were shattered.

Order was quickly restored after a tactical alert was declared and officers in riot gear arrived on the scene.

City News Service reports one person was arrested for failing to disperse. No injuries were reported.

The theater was hosting the premiere of the skateboard film “Bake and Destroy.”

• CALIF. ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION PROVES POPULAR: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A new law allowing Californians to register to vote online appears to be having its intended effect, attracting more than 400,000 users in its first three weeks.

That may not be good news for Republicans. Nearly a third of online registrants were younger than 26 and were 2 1/2 times more likely to register as Democrats than Republicans, according to an early sampling of nearly 51,000 online registrations by Political Data Inc., a nonpartisan company that provides detailed voter information.

About one-third were not affiliated with either major party.

If the trend holds, it could further erode Republicans’ share of the California electorate, which has dipped to 30 percent of registered voters.

Young voters made up 28 percent of those registering online in the early review done by Political Data. That was seven times as many as those over age 65.

The numbers make sense, said Kim Alexander, president of the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation. Online registration tends to attract younger, more mobile voters, she said, and they are more likely to register as Democrats or independents.

• POLICE ARREST MAN AFTER SFSTANDOFF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police have arrested a 28-year-old Vallejo man after a standoff Sunday morning at a San Francisco home, a police spokesman said.

The trouble started around 7 a.m. when officers were called out about shots fired in the city’s Alamo Square neighborhood, said San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

When officers arrived at the scene they found bullet casings and blood on the ground, Andraychak said.

Police surrounded a nearby home, where they believed the suspect who fired the shots was inside.

Around 11 a.m., after officers ordered the occupants of the home to come out, several adults and four children walked out, Andraychak said.

Police arrested two of the adults — the Vallejo man and a 30-year-old woman.

Their names have not been released, but the man was described by police as a possible suspect in the shooting. He was being held on a no-bail probation violation warrant out of Solano County.

Meanwhile investigators are still trying to determine if the blood found on the street is related to the shots being fired.

• FUNERAL FOR WOMAN KILLED IN HER HERCULES HOME SET: HERCULES  (AP) — A funeral for a retired schoolteacher who was killed in her Hercules home is set for this week.

Relatives of Susie Ko say services will be held Friday at St. Patrick’s Church in Rodeo on Friday at 10 a.m., with a burial to follow in Oakland at Mountain View Cemetery.

The 55-year-old Ko was found dead in her home by neighbors on Oct. 5. Police say an autopsy report showed that she died of stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head.

Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine if a husband and wife arrested last week near Seattle, and named as suspects in the killing, may have been involved in more crimes as they drove from Northern California to Washington.

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