AIRCRAFT INTRUDES ON OBAMA RESTRICTED AIRSPACE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fighter jets patrolling over a fundraising appearance by President Barack Obama in Los Angeles were scrambled Tuesday morning after an aircraft entered restricted airspace.
The intrusion happened well away from the president, who was not in danger, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Two F-15s were refueling in the air when they broke away to check out the potential intruder around 9:30 a.m., said Lt. Cmdr. Bill Lewis, a NORAD spokesman.
"It sounds like the aircraft just skirted" the restricted airspace, Lewis said. By the time the fighters reached the area, the aircraft was gone. Lewis did not know what type of aircraft it was.
Obama was at a fundraiser at a private home.
Separately, two military aircraft made "unintentional incursions" into the airspace, said Kristie Greco, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration. No jets were scrambled to deal with those planes.
Incursions into the restricted airspace around the president are common.
Obama continued his day with a tour of the DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. studio in nearby Glendale.
BORDER AGENTS PELTED IN CROWD CONFRONTATIO: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities in San Diego say Border Patrol agents were pelted with rocks and bottles as they tried to stop dozens of people who'd crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
A Border Patrol statement says several agents were hit in the arms and legs with rocks and one was hit in the head by a water bottle during Sunday's confrontation. But there were no serious injuries.
Authorities say more than 100 people had crossed into the U.S. west of the San Ysidro border checkpoint and became unruly when a border agent tried to stop them and then fired pepper balls.
More agents were called in to deal with the rock- and bottle-throwing crowd.
They used what officials called "intermediate use-of-force devices" and eventually drove the crowd back to Mexico.
5 SF FIREFIGHTERS AWAIT SUSPENSIONS OVER CRASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five members of the San Francisco Fire Department face possible suspensions stemming from an incident in which a firefighter suspected of being drunk drove a ladder truck into a motorcyclist and left the scene.
The San Francisco Chronicle says two assistant chiefs and a battalion chief could be suspended for their actions the night of the crash in late June.
Two lower-level firefighters face more serious discipline that requires the Fire Commission's review.
The newspaper says Michael Quinn was driving a fire truck with the siren blaring, responding to what turned out to be a false alarm, when he struck the motorcyclist. Quinn was spotted at a bar guzzling water immediately following the crash.
His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.13 percent. Quinn recently resigned.
The motorcyclist suffered broken bones and a punctured lung.
PERSON STRUCK AND KILLED BY METRO TRAIN IN LA: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a person has been struck and killed by a Metro Red Line train in Hollywood.
City News Service says the station at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street was closed following the collision just before dawn Tuesday.
Metro says officials are working to determine if the death resulted from an accident or a suicide.
Delays of up to 20 minutes are expected on the Red Line because the line was reduced to just one set of tracks.
Officials say riders of the Purple Line may experience delays as well.
RIVER RANCH ON TRUCKEE RIVER FOR SALE FOR $5M: TAHOE CITY . (AP) — The owners of the River Ranch hotel and restaurant are trying to sell the popular spot on the Truckee River north of Lake Tahoe.
Boice O'Neal Reality recently listed the property for $5 million.
The River Ranch with its patio bar overlooking the river was built in the 1920s between Tahoe City and Truckee near Squaw Valley USA and Alpine Meadows road.
Realtor Mark Moore told the Sierra Sun it's the first time the 19-room hotel has been put on the market in more than 40 years.
Part-owner and operating partner Bric Haley says he and the other two owners are ready to retire. He says they hope the new operator shares their enthusiasm to maintain the "relic as it should be."
UTAH-BOUND PLANE RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO AFTER BIRD HIT: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Delta Airlines flight that had just taken off in San Diego and was headed to Salt Lake City returned to the airport after hitting a bird.
Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter says the pilot chose to return to Lindbergh Field airport after taking off at about 5:30 p.m. Monday "after an abundance of caution."
San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Maurice Luque tells U-T San Diego that the department was called to the scene, but no one was injured and firefighters found no signs of fire or other dangers during an inspection of the plane.
Passenger Ashley Easton tells KGTV-TV that "the plane jolted a little bit and the engine started making a funny noise, so it was kind of scary."
Delta says the Airbus A320 was taken out of service.