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MAN HURT FLYING KITE FROM MOVING VEHICLE: RIVERSIDE . (AP) — A 22-year-old man was critically hurt in Southern California when he fell off the trunk of a car while attempting to fly a kite from the moving vehicle.

The Riverside Press Enterprise says the man struck his head on the pavement in the fall Sunday night in Moreno Valley, which is in Riverside County.

Sheriff's officials say the white Nissan Maxima was moving slowly when the man fell off.

Paramedics treated the man at the scene and he was taken to a hospital, where he was in critical condition.

Authorities say the car's driver wasn't injured and alcohol was not involved.

72-YEAR-OLD GARDENER DROWNS IN LA POOL: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a 72-year-old gardener has drowned in the pool of a San Fernando Valley home where he was working.

City News Service says the man had a leaf blower strapped to his back when he was pulled from the water Tuesday night in the Shadow Hills neighborhood.

Police Lt. Brian Bixler says the homeowner came home in the evening and noticed the gardener's truck was still parked at the residence, even though he usually finishes up around midday.

The homeowner checked with neighbors and then called the gardener's family to the scene when the man could not be found.

He was eventually discovered in the pool by one of the neighbors.

The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

SACRAMENTO TO PAY $800K IN HOMELESS CAMP  LAWSUIT: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The city of Sacramento has been ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in fees to attorneys who represented homeless people who lost their belongings during raids of illegal tent camps.

The Sacramento Bee ( reports the order was issued Friday by U.S. District Judge Morrison England, who reduced the amount from the $1.8 million the lawyers had requested.

The attorneys represented homeless people who filed a class-action lawsuit charging police with violating their constitutional rights when they failed to protect their belongings during the raids starting in 2005.

The city has already made $796,000 in payments to people who lost personal property, including tents, lanterns and prescription medications.

In response to the lawsuit, the city and county of Sacramento have agreed to new rules for handling property seized during raids.

VIRTUAL TRAFFIC COURT COMING TO FRESNO COUNTY: FRESNO (AP) — Rural residents will no longer have to drive all the way to the city to take care of a traffic ticket when Fresno County opens its new virtual traffic court.

Sstarting next week, traffic judges in downtown Fresno will use video-conferencing to hold court at two remote locations. It's a technological innovation that court officials are billing as the first of its kind in California and possibly the nation.

The newspaper says drivers who are cited for traffic violations 15 miles or more from Fresno's downtown traffic court will have the option of disputing their tickets in virtual courtrooms in either Coalinga or Mendota. The defendants appear before a judge on a video screen.

Residents of rural areas were stuck with a long commute when seven satellite courts were closed last summer.

SMALL QUAKES SHAKE REMOTE SOCAL AREA: LA QUINTA  (AP) — Several small earthquakes have shaken a remote area of Southern California.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the tremors over about a half-hour span late Wednesday morning had magnitudes of 3.4, 3.7 and 2.6.

All were centered a little more than a dozen miles southwest of La Quinta in Riverside County.

The area is mostly rugged wilderness.