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FRESNO POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTACK POSTED ONLINE: FRESNO . (AP) — Police in Central California are trying to identify the people behind a video posted online in which a 20-year-old woman is taunted, beaten and forced to strip in broad daylight.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer tells KFSN-TV onlookers are heard barking at the woman, leading him to believe they are members of the Bulldogs street gang.

The attack took place in a field on Saturday. According to KFSN, a woman in a red tank top is seen punching and swinging at the woman, who is forced to take off her clothes. The victim begs to be left alone and runs naked past apartment buildings and a man on the street, but does not receive any help.

Dyer says investigators are working with the victim, but she has so far not provided much information.


AMERICAN APPAREL SETTLES WORKER DEATH SUIT FOR $1M : SANTA ANA  (AP) — American Apparel will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the death of an employee in a knitting machine accident.

The Orange County district attorney’s office announced the settlement Tuesday. The worker’s daughter will receive $150,000 of the money — the rest covers civil penalties and the cost of the accident’s investigation.

The employee, 49-year-old Tuan Phan, was mangled by the machine at the company’s Garden Grove factory in 2011. The lawsuit said the machine had been turned off, but wasn’t locked and disconnected from its power source for maintenance.

American Apparel told the Los Angeles Times that it didn’t believe any safety laws were violated and settled to avoid further legal expenses. The company also said it’s committed to providing a safe workplace.


FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE KITE SURFER UNDER GOLDEN GATE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area firefighters returning from a training exercise rescued a kite surfer under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Southern Marin fire Battalion Chief Kai Pasquale told the Marin Independent Journal Monday that the fireboat Liberty was on its way home when it got a report of a surfer in distress.

Pasquale said the surfer was entangled in the lines of his kite midspan at the Golden Gate Bridge, and firefighters had to cut away the lines to free him.

The man declined medical help.


WOMAN CHARGED WITH KNOCKING ROOMMATE OFF SCOOTER: WESTMINSTER  (AP) — A woman accused of pushing her roommate off his motorized scooter during a fight has been charged with several misdemeanors, including domestic violence battery and vandalism.

Orange County district attorney’s spokeswoman Farrah Emami says 47-year-old Laura Angela Cox will be arraigned Tuesday on the charges.

Authorities allege Cox was high on methamphetamine when she pushed her roommate off his scooter as he blocked her way during a shouting match.

Prosecutors say Cox then got in her pickup truck, put it in reverse and backed into the scooter twice before she drove away.

A neighbor recorded some of the fight on her cellphone and posted it online.


TURLOCK POLICE MAKE ARREST IN CRASH THAT KILLED 3 WALKING: TURLOCK  (AP) — Police have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence in a crash in Turlock that killed three family members who were out for a walk.

Luis Miguel Cruz was booked into jail Tuesday and is also facing hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter charges.

It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

Police say Cruz was behind the wheel of a speeding BMW that struck and killed three family members in Turlock over the weekend. Family members have identified the victims as 20-year-old Julia Flores, her 4-year-old son, Brian, and her 47-year-old mother-in-law, Elena Flores.

The BMW then hit a house. Police say Cruz and a passenger in the vehicle ran from the scene but were detained.


33-POUND CAT DIES OF PNEUMONIA IN ORANGE COUNTY: COSTA MESA  (AP) — His foster mom says 33-pound Little Dude the housecat died before his diet could begin.

Angela Jackson-Brunning of Costa Mesa tells the Los Angeles Times he died Sunday at an animal hospital. He was 10.

She says the cat was precious. 

Jackson-Brunning was going to foster Little Dude in her Costa Mesa home until he lost enough weight to be put up for adoption. She says he looked like a baby seal resting on his belly, but his face was average-sized.

He died just two weeks after his family gave him up because their landlord imposed a pet rent they couldn’t afford. Jackson-Brunning made a Facebook page and a Reddit post that quickly grew to $600 to pay health costs.