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WOMAN CHARGED WITH LEAVING BABY, TOT IN HOT CAR: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed charges against an 18-year-old mother who allegedly left her 2-week-old daughter and 1-year-old son in a locked car to go dress shopping last weekend in the midst of California's heat wave.

The district attorney's office says Arely Aide Amaya of Los Angeles will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

Sheriff's deputies responded Saturday to calls that the infant and little boy were in a locked car with windows partially rolled down. A district attorney's office statement says deputies were able to unlock the car and rescue the children.

Amaya was arrested when she returned to her car and the children were taken into protective custody.

1,000 BIRDS FOUND DURING COCKFIGHTING BUST: ONTARIO  (AP) — Some 1,000 gamecocks have been found during a Southern California cockfighting bust.

Cockfighting paraphernalia, including spurs, were also found.

Ontario police and animal welfare officers raided the site on Sunday and arrested 57-year-old Antonio Cacayorin Mendoza of Chino for misdemeanor cockfighting and 55-year-old Dominador Oposcolo Soliven of Hemet for misdemeanor animal cruelty.

OCEANSIDE MAN GETS 475 YEARS FOR RAPING CHILDREN: VISTA  (AP) — An Oceanside man has been sentenced to 475 years in prison for molesting, raping and beating two girls over a decade, starting when one child was in kindergarten.

Corazon Paulino Flores, who's now 70, was sentenced Monday.

Prosecutors say Flores, who's married and has nine children, began beating, molesting and raping the daughters of his mistress in the mid-1990s. The abuse continued through high school.

Authorities say he took the girls to isolated areas to assault them, threatened to kill them and their mother and forced them to take birth control pills.

He forced one girl to leave her mother and live with him and his wife. She slept on the floor of his bedroom.

The women, who are now in their 20s, waited years to report the crimes.

DAUGHTER SOUGHT AFTER PARENTS SHOT WHILE SLEEPING: FRESNO  (AP) — Police are looking for a Fresno woman they say shot and wounded her parents through a bedroom window as they slept.

Lisa Alarcon has been missing since early Saturday when police say an unknown accomplice drove her to the house in Central Fresno. Police say the 24-year-old fired a weapon and fled the scene.

Police say Alarcon is considered armed and dangerous, with police Chief Jerry Dyer saying that she might "shoot someone else."

The motive for the shooting is unclear. Police say that the couple and daughter have had problems in the past, but nothing so extreme.

The parents' names have not been released. Both were treated for their wounds and released from the hospital.


EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE . (AP) — The Air Force planned a key test Tuesday of an experimental aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound, or about 3,600 mph.

The unmanned X-51 WaveRider was expected to reach Mach 6 after it's dropped by a B-52 bomber and takes flight off the Southern California coast near Point Mugu.

Engineers hoped the X-51 would sustain its top speed for five minutes, twice as long as it's gone before.

The B-52 took to the skies Tuesday, but no other information about the test flight was available.

Last year, in its most recent test, the X-51 fell for about four seconds before its booster rocket ignited, but the aircraft failed to separate from the rocket and plunged into the ocean.