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POSTED April 15, 2013 8:38 p.m.

BERKELEY FIREMAN ON MEDICAL CALL GRAZED BY BULLET: BERKELEY  (AP) — Police in Northern California arrested an 88-year-old man after he started shooting at Berkeley firefighters who were tending to him and grazed one of the responders.

Authorities say firefighters were treating the man at his Berkeley home for an unknown medical problem at about 1:45 a.m. Monday when he began resisting their efforts.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the man started firing from a handgun after firefighters called police.

A police spokeswoman says one firefighter was grazed by a bullet when it hit and destroyed a pager-like communication device he was wearing on his belt. He was treated at the scene and did not need to be hospitalized.

The man's name wasn't released. He was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

MAN ALLEGES BEATING AT CALIFORNIA BORDER CROSSING: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego man says he was beaten unconscious at the nation's busiest border crossing while entering the country from Tijuana, Mexico.

Francisco Antonio Gonzalez appeared at a news conference Monday to display stiches on his left eyelid and chin and a broken thumb. He says he was struck from behind when walking across the border at the San Ysidro port of entry Saturday morning.

The 35-year-old says he was hit after challenging a Customs and Border Protection officer who told him to move to another lane.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque  confirms that an ambulance went to the port of entry around that time to take a man to the hospital for head injuries. Customs and Border Protection declines to comment on the case.

SAINT RELICS GIFTED TO CALIF. MISSION AFTER THEFT : VENTURA . (AP) — A Pennsylvania priest has arranged for a 230-year-old California mission to receive two replacements of relics stolen last year.

Nine first-class saint relics, which are a chip of the bone of a saint, were taken from Mission San Buenaventura on Oct. 12.

The Rev. Gregory Cozzubbo of Philadelphia learned of the thefts during a visit in February.

He arranged to send the mission relics of St. Vincent de Paul and St. John Neumann.

The mission's pastor, Rev. Tom Elewaut, called the gifts a "random act of kindness."

Ventura police examined video surveillance tapes and recognized the thief as a man already in custody on other charges. Twenty-six-year-old Edward Burgess has been sentenced to 36 months of probation.

Mission San Buenaventura was founded in 1782.

JAPAN WANTS TSUNAMI BOAT BACK FROM N. CALIFORNIA: CRESCENT CITY  (AP) — A small boat that washed up in Northern California after the massive 2011 tsunami that hit Japan has been claimed by a city that was devastated in the disaster.

The Triplicate newspaper in Crescent City reports that officials in the Japanese city of Rikuzentaka are in a "giddy state of shock" and would love to get the boat back.

Rikuzentaka spokeswoman Amya Miller says hours after photos of the 20-foot boat were posted to Crescent City's Facebook page, a teacher from the Japanese high school's marine sciences program said the vessel was theirs.

Humboldt State University geologist Lori Dengler says she posted the photos recently after a university librarian translated the name of the high school from the boat.

CALIFORNIA AG WON'T COMMENT ON OBAMA'S COMPLIMENT: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris is declining to address President Barack Obama's comments that sparked a national discussion about whether compliments paid to a woman detract from her accomplishments.

Obama called Harris the nation's "best-looking" attorney general at an April 4 Silicon Valley fundraiser. He also described her as brilliant, dedicated and tough.

Harris didn't talk to reporters after giving a speech at the state Democratic Party's convention this weekend.

She held a news conference Monday to promote a bill that would provide permanent funding for a prescription drug tracking program run by her office. But when asked about Obama's comments, she turned the topic back to the legislation.

Harris called the drug program one of the "most pressing issues for the state of California" and said that's where her focus is.

SAN DIEGO BURGLARY SUSPECT CRUSHED BY OWN CAR: SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police say a burglary suspect has been crushed to death by his own car while fleeing the scene.

Police tell City News Service that the 40-year-old was speeding away from the burglary scene in a minivan when he hit a guard rail in Point Loma and was thrown from the car Sunday evening.

Police say the minivan rolled, crushing him.

FRESNO MAN HOPES TO FLY AROUND WORLD IN 36 DAYS: FRESNO  (AP) — On May 1, a 20-year-old pilot will take off from a Fresno airfield in a single-engine airplane. His destination: the record books.

The Fresno Bee reports Jack Wiegand will attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world.

Wiegand, who has logged about 600 hours as a pilot, is scheduled to return to Fresno 36 days later, on June 6. His 23 stops will include Italy, Egypt, India and Bangladesh.

The young pilot, who has been flying since he was 16, will be at the controls of a Mooney Ovation2 GX plane. He expects to average about 800 miles a day.

Wiegand will attempt to break the unofficial record set last year by a 22-year-old Swiss man.

MAN SURVIVES BEING STRUCK BY TRAIN IN CARLSBAD: CARLSBAD  (AP) — Authorities say a man who was struck by a train and thrown 20 feet in Carlsbad has survived with only minor injuries.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says the 23-year-old man was drunk when he ignored warning lights and tried to cross the tracks in front of the train shortly after midnight Sunday.

A sheriff's press statement says the man appeared to have only scrapes and bruises but he was taken to a hospital for examination.

 

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