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DUAL BIDS TO RECALL SAN DIEGO MAYOR GET UNDERWAY: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dueling efforts to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are underway as the leader of the nation's eighth-largest city ignores mounting calls that he resign over allegations of sexual harassment.

Land-use surveyor Michael Pallamary on Monday accused the leader of another recall campaign of being a stealth supporter of the mayor and threatened to file a complaint with the San Diego County district attorney's office alleging election law violations.

Pallamary published a newspaper notice Sunday to mark the first step of a recall bid, two days after gay rights activist Stampp Corbin did so. Corbin had been an ardent Filner supporter.

Pallamary says he expects the city attorney's office to rule soon on whether the two recall campaigns can run concurrently.

AIRLINE WORKER ACCUSED OF STEALING LUGGAGE AT SFO: SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — A United Airlines customer service worker and his wife have been charged with stealing luggage from a couple whose flight to San Francisco International Airport was diverted after the Asiana Airlines crash.

San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday that the bags arrived at SFO on July 8, but their owners couldn't immediately claim them because their flights were diverted after the deadly crash.

Security cameras caught 44-year-old Sean Sharif Crudup taking the bags and passing them to his wife, 32-year-old Raychas Elizabeth Thomas.

Chief deputy district attorney Karen Guidotti said Thomas returned some clothing in the luggage to a Nordstrom department store for $5,000.

The pair was arrested as Thomas was catching a flight to Hawaii.

FIREFIGHTERS FREE BOY AT AMUSEMENT PARK: BUENA PARK  (AP) — Firefighters have freed a 12-year-old boy who became stuck under a metal partition at a Southern California amusement park.

The boy was at Knott's Berry Farm's Soak City Monday afternoon when he slipped and got his knee trapped.

Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority said firefighters used the jaws of life to free the boy.

The boy, who was not identified, was not seriously injured.

PILOT DIES WHEN SMALL PLANE CRASHES IN RED BLUFF: RED BLUFF  (AP) — A pilot is dead after a small plane crashed and caught fire following takeoff from Red Bluff Municipal Airport.

The  light-sport aircraft went up 50 to 75 feet before plunging to the ground around 9:50 a.m. Monday.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the airport was closed pending an investigation.

FAA records show the aircraft was registered to a new owner on July 12 from the Butte County community of Durham.