WHALES, ELEPHANT SEALS DELIGHT NORCAL BEACHGOERS: POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) — Gray whales and elephant seals are putting on a show at Point Reyes National Seashore, delighting beachgoers.
The Marin Independent Journal reports that massive gray whales are swimming nearshore in the midst of a 10,000-mile migration, and the large elephant seal bulls are making themselves at home on the park's beaches.
The National Park Service is offering a shuttle on weekends through mid-April to help people locate areas in the park where the sea mammals can be seen safely.
Gray whales are moving south from the cold Bering and Chukchi seas off Siberia and Alaska down south to warmer Baja California.
The elephant seal males can grow up to 3,500 pounds, and they come to shore to mate and give birth.
PLAYBOY HUGH HEFNER MARRIES HIS 'RUNAWAY BRID’: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hugh Hefner's celebrating the new year as a married man once again.
The 86-year-old Playboy magazine founder exchanged vows with his "runaway bride," Crystal Harris, at a private Playboy Mansion ceremony on New Year's Eve. Harris, a 26-year-old "Playmate of the Month" in 2009, broke off a previous engagement to Hefner just before they were to be married in 2011.
Playboy said on Tuesday that the couple celebrated at a New Year's Eve party at the mansion with guests that included comic Jon Lovitz, Gene Simmons of KISS and baseball star Evan Longoria.
The bride wore a strapless gown in soft pink, Hefner a black tux. Hefner's been married twice before but lived the single life between 1959 and 1989.
2 DEAD AFTER SHOOTING SUSPECT CRASHES CAR IN SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say two people are dead and a third critically injured after a shooting suspect fleeing police crashed his car in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Police Department said officers pulled over a car in the city's Mission District on Tuesday morning while investigating reported gunshots at a housing project.
Police said the suspect drove away as an officer approached the car, and broadsided a car two blocks away before a pursuit even began.
Killed were a pedestrian and a female passenger in the parked; police said the victim driver suffered life-threatening injuries. All three were in their 20s.
Police the male suspect survived the crash, and authorities were planning to file charges related to the deaths and gun possession.
Neither the suspect nor victims were identified by police.
2 KILLED, 8 WOUNDED IN LA-AREA PARTY SHOOTINGS: LAKEWOOD (AP) — The sheriff's department is investigating two separate New Year's Eve party shootings that claimed the lives of two men and wounded eight other people in the southern suburbs of Los Angeles.
The sheriff's department says the first shooting occurred Monday around 11:20 p.m. at a home in Lakewood.
A 36-year-old man was killed and five others injured when an argument escalated into gunfire in the driveway.
The second shooting occurred around 1:15 a.m. at a party in nearby Hawthorne. A man was shot to death and three others were injured.
No other details have been released.
NEGLECTED DOGS, GOATS FOUND ON RIVERSIDE PROPERTY : LA CRESTA (AP) — Riverside County authorities say they've found 14 dogs and eight goats left without food and water for weeks on a rural property where they seized 12 emaciated horses in 2011.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Tuesday that property owner Janice Deutsch has been jailed since November on charges of abusing her 86-year-old mother by leaving her outside on a chaise longue for a week.
Animal services spokesman John Walsh says two goats were euthanized because of infected wounds likely inflicted by the dogs.
The 47-year-old Deutsch refused to let animal control take the animals.
A Facebook campaign that highlighted the animals' plight has led to people feeding them.
The 2011 animal cruelty case is still pending against Deutsch. She has pleaded not guilty in that and the elder abuse case.