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OFFICIALS SAY 37 LEFT HOMELESS IN SF FIRE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of people have been burned out their homes and at least four people have been hurt after a fire roared through a four-story apartment building in San Francisco's Mission District, officials said Sunday.

The number of people left homeless was estimated to be around 37, including seven children, but the number was expected to rise as residents return to the building, said American Red Cross spokesman Woody Baker-Cohn.

NAVY CHRISTENS CARGO SHIP NAMED FOR CESAR CHAVEZ: SAN DIEGO (AP) — The military has christened its newest cargo-ammunition ship for civil rights leader and labor activist Cesar Chavez, who served in the Navy during World War II.

The Los Angeles Times reports a champagne bottle was broken over the ship's bow during a ceremony Saturday night at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.

The 689 foot vessel will join the Military Sealift Command and bring ammunition, food, fuel and other supplies to U.S. ships at sea.

The ship's sponsor is Chavez's widow, Helen Fabela Chavez.

Chavez joined the Navy in 1944 at age 17 and served for two years.

US HIKERS WHO WERE HELD IN IRAN MARRY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two Americans who were detained and accused of spying after hiking near the Iraq-Iran border three years ago have been married in Northern California, a family friend said Sunday.

Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were married at 4 p.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location, San Francisco attorney Ben Rosenfeld said. About 200 people attended the wedding — a "beautiful ceremony" that was held in a setting "chosen for its pastoral beauty," he said.

Bauer, Shourd and Josh Fattal, all University of California, Berkeley graduates, were arrested on July 31, 2009, and held in Iran.

Iran accused the three of illegally entering the country and of spying. All three said they might have accidentally wandered across the unmarked frontier but they strongly denied espionage.

SUSPECT DEAD, OFFICER WOUNDED IN OAKLAND SHOOTING: OAKLAND (AP) — A suspect has died and an Oakland police officer is hospitalized after an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and Oakland police officers early Sunday morning.

Police say the trouble began just after midnight when two officers approached three people on the 9200 block of Birch Street.

Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says one man in the group, believed to be carrying a concealed weapon, ran from the group.

As the officers chased the suspect, he was shot in exchange gunfire with the officers.

The suspect died after being taken to a local hospital.

The shooting is being investigated by police and the Alameda County district attorney's office.

NATIONAL GAS PRICES DOWN 7 CENTS IN PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO (AP) — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped seven cents over the past two weeks.

That's according to the Lundberg Survey of fuel prices, released Sunday, which puts the price of a gallon of regular at $3.85.

Midgrade costs an average of $4.00 a gallon, and premium is at $4.12.

Diesel dropped three cents to $4.15 a gallon.

Of the cities surveyed, Tulsa, Okla., has the nation's lowest average price for gas at $3.40. Chicago has the highest at $4.32.

In California, the lowest average price was $4.07 in Fresno. The highest was $4.21 in San Francisco. The average statewide for a gallon of regular was $4.16, down about half a cent.