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Speeding car injures 3 outside Antioch school

ANTIOCH . (AP) — Antioch police are investigating what caused the driver of an SUV to slam into three people outside an elementary school, including a crossing guard and her 11-year-old son.

Two men fled the scene of Tuesday morning's accident outside Turner Elementary School, but that one returned and identified himself to police as the driver.

Antioch police Capt. Steve McConnell says the SUV had swerved around a stopped car and hit another vehicle before the driver lost control and struck the crossing guard, her son and another woman on the sidewalk.

Boy crashes car, father jailed in unrelated matter

NEWARK  (AP) — An eight-year-old boy is likely in some trouble and his father is in jail on an unrelated matter after police say the boy took the family car for a joyride and crashed into the motel room they were sleeping in.

Officers went to the motel in Newark around 10:30 p.m. Monday after the boy apparently took the family's car keys, started up the car and crashed it into the room as his parents slept.

No one was hurt, but officers responding to crash found the boy's farther —29-year-old Ion Margel — was wanted on a misdemeanor theft warrant out of Orange County.

Oakland police caught off guard by vandals

OAKLAND  (AP) — Oakland police say they were not prepared for a weekend protest that left windows smashed and storefronts spray-painted.

The Sunday evening protest caused thousands of dollars in damage, as masked vandals roamed downtown streets unimpeded.

Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said on Monday that the department was not aware that a march was going to take place. It was then too late to call in off-duty officers.

The protest had been billed as an anti-imperialist rally. It coincided with the 11th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

The vandals were among a group of about 200 to 300 people who were marching. They damaged City Hall, offices and parked cars.

Ensnared sea lion removed from San Francisco pier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A sea lion that was seen with fishing line wrapped around its neck has been rescued from a floating platform in San Francisco.

But a second, similarly entangled sea lion slipped into the water by Pier 39 before a team from the Marine Mammal Center could inject it with a sedative and transport the distressed animal for a checkup.

Spokesman Jim Oswald says the rescued sea lion, a male between the ages of 3 and 4, was resting at the center's Sausalito headquarters on Tuesday afternoon and appeared to be in good health.

A veterinarian plans to remove the fishing line on Wednesday because it does not appear to be endangering the sea lion, which the center's staff has named Blonde Bomber.