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TEEN DIES AS CAR COLLIDES WITH PICKUP, HITS HOUSE : UPLAND (AP) — A car collided with a pickup truck, careened into a vacant house and caused a carport to collapse in a late-night accident that killed a 13-year-old boy and sent his mother to the hospital.

The truck driver, who ran from the crash, was arrested a short time later at his home.

The crash occurred just before 11 p.m. Monday at Arrow Highway and Campus Avenue in Upland, in San Bernardino County, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

When police arrived, the sedan was on fire but officers were able to put it out with fire extinguishers before the fire department arrived, Upland police Lt. Cliff Matthews said in a news release Tuesday.

Officers identified the driver of the truck as Kyle Bahensky, 21, and arrested him at his home, Matthews said. He sustained minor injuries in the crash but was going to be booked for investigation of felony hit-and-run, Matthews said.

The young victim's mother was expected to survive her injuries, Matthews said.

2-YEAR-OLD STOLEN WITH TRUCK IS FOUND SAFE: LAWNDALE  (AP) — A 2-year-old boy is back with his family after vanishing in the back of a stolen truck in Lawndale.

The boy's father strapped him into a car seat in his truck Monday afternoon and left it running while he went inside his apartment to grab a diaper bag.

He returned to find someone driving off in the truck and called 911.

Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Schuerger says that within minutes deputies spotted the truck several blocks away and stopped it.

They arrested 21-year-old Christopher Smith of Inglewood on suspicion of auto theft and kidnapping.

Schuerger says the boy was crying but unharmed and was immediately returned to his father's arms.

AUTISTIC TEEN SUES IRVINE SCHOOL DISTRICT: IRVINE (AP) — An autistic teenager who was dragged from class and handcuffed has sued the Irvine Unified School District.

The federal suit claims excessive force was used on Adam Stone.

In April, a teacher ordered the 18-year-old to leave an Irvine High School class for talking too loudly.

The suit says a campus guard and two other men dragged the boy out and forced him to the ground. He was detained by Irvine police, handcuffed and put in a patrol car where he kicked out the window.

The suit says the boy's emotional state escalated because the guard and police weren't told he was autistic and didn't follow a previous plan to deal with his behavior.

OC MAN MAY HAVE CAUGHT $1 MILLION TUNA: DANA POINT  (AP) — An Orange County sport fisherman may have himself a $1 million catch.

Guy Yocom of Dana Point caught a 427-pound yellowfin tun last month in Mexican waters. It took him about 50 minutes to land it.

The boat skipper, Greg DiStefano, says the catch was submitted to the International Game Fishing Association. If the weight's confirmed, it would break the current record of 405 pounds and win a $1 million prize offered by Mustad, the company which made the hook that caught the fish.

CHARLIE BROWN, 'PEANUTS' PALS HEAD TO BIG-SCREEN: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Brown and his "Peanuts" pals are coming to the big-screen.

Charles Schulz' beloved characters are starring in their own animated film scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 25, 2015. That year marks the 65th anniversary of the "Peanuts" comic strip and the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," the first of the gang's many TV specials.

The as-yet-untitled film will be produced by 20th Century Fox and its Blue Sky Studios animation unit, the outfit behind the "Ice Age" flicks and such cartoon hits as "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"

Schulz' son Craig and grandson Bryan co-wrote the screenplay with Cornelius Uliano, and the three also are producing the film.

Steve Martino, co-director of "Horton Hears a Who" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift," will direct the "Peanuts" film.

POLICE WON'T SEEK CHARGES IN SALINAS SHOOTING: SALINAS  (AP) — Police do not plan to seek charges against a man who spotted two 17-year-olds holding up a deli in Salinas, retrieved a handgun from his car and shot them both.

One of the teens, Jose Antonio Ceja, later died. The other was in critical condition though his condition has since improved.

Police say the incident occurred Thursday evening. The 36-year-old man, who has not been identified, was outside the Saltillo Tortilleria and Mexican Deli when he spotted the holdup and shot the robbers.

The Monterey County Herald reports  that he is connected to someone who was inside the deli.

Police say the shooting was justified because the man was trying to defend people in a life-threatening situation.

The surviving teen is expected to be booked on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

MISSING YOSEMITE  WORKER FOUND SAFE: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Officials at Yosemite National Park say a 23-year-old woman who was reported missing when she failed to show up for her first day of work at a park hotel over the weekend has been found.

A park spokesman says search crews located Jessica Rose Garcia around 1 p.m. Tuesday as she was hiking off-trail in a rugged area in the southern portion of the park.

Spokesman Scott Gedman says Garcia appeared to be OK, but was being taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.

CLOVIS REJECTS BAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWING BAN: CLOVIS  (AP) — A Central Valley city has rejected a ban on medical marijuana growing but it has tightened the rules.

The Clovis City Council tweaked its 6-year-old medical pot ordinance Monday night.

The city bans pot dispensaries but allows patients to grow their own indoors. The updated ordinance limits the size of pot gardens and requires them to be out of public view.

The council rejected an outright ban after City Attorney David Wolfe said it would be costly to defend in court and hamper police efforts to control cultivation.


LA UNIFIED BOARD ELEVATES ARTS TO A CORE SUBJECT: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified school board has elevated arts to an essential "core" subject in the district's curriculum, exempting it from further budget cuts.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to restore district funding for arts instruction to its 2007-08 level as part of the initiative to rebuild district-wide arts programming.

The nation's second largest school district says more than half of its 688,000 students currently receive no arts instruction due to state funding cuts over the past five years.

Actors Cheech Marin and Monica Rosenthal appeared at the meeting to ask the board to support the arts initiative.