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Man in Modesto badly burned while trying to melt plastic jug of gasoline
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uMODESTO  (AP) — Authorities say a man has suffered third-degree burns over half of his body while trying to melt a plastic jug full of gasoline in a Target store parking lot Wednesday night.

Authorities say the man was using a lighter to melt the mouth of a gallon water jug into the shape of funnel to make it easier to pour the fuel into his car.

Instead, the jug exploded in flames. The man and a nearby car also caught fire.

Bystanders helped douse the burning man.

But fire Battalion Chief Darin Jesburg says the front half of the man’s body was burned from his face to his feet and his shoes melted. He was airlifted to a hospital.

uREMAINS OF TWIN FETUSES FOUND AT SAN DIEGO TREATMENT PLANT: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say the remains of twin human fetuses have been found at a San Diego wastewater treatment plant and police are trying to find the mother.

Police were called to the plant on Harbor Drive on Thursday after the remains were found.

Police homicide detectives are calling the deaths suspicious although details remain under investigation.

Authorities say their main concern right now is the welfare of the mother. Police say investigators are worried that she may have had some type of medical distress while giving birth.

Police also note that California adopted the Safe Surrender Baby Law 20 years ago to prevent child abandonment. It allows newborns to be anonymously left at hospitals or fire stations.

uCAR WASH ORDERED TO PAY $2.4M IN BACK WAGES, PENALTIES: CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — A Beverly Hills auto dealership mogul has been ordered to pay $2.4 million in back wages and penalties, as the state says his car wash cheated 64 employees out of wages.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the California labor commissioner’s office said Wednesday that workers at Hooman Nissani’s Playa Vista Car Wash in Culver City were paid less than the legal minimum wage in some cases.

The office says the workers were denied overtime pay despite working up to 10 hours a day and as many as seven days a week, and time cards were falsified.

The labor commissioner’s office says Nissani and the car wash’s general manager, Keyvan Shamshoni, are jointly liable.

uFACEBOOK SAYS MORE INSTAGRAM PASSWORDS EXPOSED THAN THOUGHT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions more Instagram users were affected by a password security lapse than parent company Facebook acknowledged nearly four weeks ago.

The social media giant said in late March that it had inadvertently stored passwords in plain text, making it possible for its thousands of employees to search them. It said the passwords were stored on internal company servers, where no outsiders could access them.

Facebook said in a blog post Thursday that it now estimates that “millions” of Instagram users were affected by the lapse, instead of the “tens of thousands” it had originally reported. It had also said in March that the issue affected “hundreds of millions” of Facebook Lite users and millions of Facebook users. 

Facebook Lite is designed for people with older phones or slow internet connections.