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Taco Bell-themed hotel to open for 3 nights in August
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uIRVINE  (AP) — It’s nacho average hotel.

Taco Bell is taking over a hotel in Palm Springs, California, for three nights this August.

The fast-food chain says everything will be Taco Bell-themed, from the room decor to the breakfast menu to pool floaties shaped like hot sauce packets.

There will be Taco Bell snacks and cocktails and Taco Bell nail art in the salon. A few new menu items will also debut there.

Irvine-based Taco Bell isn’t yet saying which actual hotel is hosting the event. Reservations will be available starting next month.

The promotion is unusual, but not totally unprecedented. McDonald’s opened a hotel in Switzerland in 2001, complete with golden arch-shaped headboards. It closed two years later.


uPOLICE ARREST UC BERKELEY STUDENTS IN 2 SEXUAL ASSAULTS: BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A former University of California, Berkeley fraternity member was arrested for allegedly punching, biting and sexually assaulting two women, one of them at a fraternity house, authorities said Thursday.

Finn Wolff, 20, was arrested on Tuesday and was charged with rape, forced oral copulation and other felonies related to the November 2017 and March 2019 attacks.

Wolff was arraigned Thursday and his bail was set at $750,000, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

It wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney.

Police said investigators think there may be additional victims.

Prosecutors contend that Wolff held down a woman during the March attack at his home and bit her several times.

The woman told investigators that Wolff backed her into a balcony railing, kissed her and punched her in the eye and ribs when she tried to push him away. He then forced her to perform oral sex, prosecutors contended.

A second woman came forward during the investigation and alleged that in 2017 Wolff bruised, bit and raped her at a fraternity near campus, court documents indicated.


uCALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS REJECT $1B TO PROTECT HOMES FROM FIRES: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A California legislative committee has stripped the $1 billion in funding from a bill to protect homes against wildfire through home improvements.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday removed the spending from a bill by Democratic Assemblyman Jim Wood.

It comes after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom declined to commit to the spending last week. He’s said he would work with the Legislature to find money and “we’ll try to do our best.”

A spokeswoman for Wood says he’ll continue fighting for spending.

Wood’s proposal would have given $1 billion in financial assistance and rebates to people in high fire risk areas to harden their homes, such as by making their roofs fire resistant.

Californians can already get up to $3,000 to retrofit their homes if they live in earthquake zones


uPILOT KILLED IN CRASH OF SMALL PLANE IN CALIFORNIA MOUNTAINS: SANTA YNEZ  (AP) — Authorities say a pilot has been killed after a small plane crashed in the Southern California mountains.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says the wreckage of the single-engine Aviat plane was spotted early Thursday in a remote area.

Crews hiked a steep ridgeline near Figueroa Mountain and found the wreckage and the pilot’s body.

He’s identified as 68-year-old Pierre Josefsohn of nearby Solvang.

Officials say the pilot’s family called authorities late Wednesday after he failed to return from a day flight around the region west of Los Angeles.

Josefsohn was described as an experienced pilot.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


uMURDER SUSPECT DIES AFTER SHOOTOUT WITH CALIFORNIA POLICE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a murder suspect has died while hospitalized following a shootout with police during a chase last week in Southern California.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Dylan Andres Lindsay died Thursday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound suffered on May 10.

The department says investigators believe the 24-year-old shot himself after trading gunfire with police during a high-speed car chase. He had been hospitalized in critical condition.

Lindsay was suspected of shooting and killing a liquor store owner in the city of Downey on May 7.

Officials say during the pursuit, the suspect fired a large-caliber revolver at police from the passenger seat of a Prius.

A woman driving the Prius was shot, but her injury was not life-threatening.


uHUSTON NOT SORRY FOR CRITICAL COMMENTS ON DE NIRO AND OTHERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anjelica Huston isn’t apologizing after making pointed comments about some of her acting contemporaries and past relationships during press tour for “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.”

Huston has a key role in the Keanu Reeves action movie, which premiered in Hollywood on Wednesday. She’s been talking about her past while promoting the movie, making pointed jabs about Robert De Niro’s acting choices and a new Diane Keaton movie in the process.

“You know we all live life and at a certain point you have to claim your life. You know, I could apologize for a lot of things. But you know, all in all I’ve tried not to hurt people. Once in a while, I think maybe I’m a little politically incorrect — but that’s part of who I am,” Huston told The Associated Press in an interview.

The 67-year-old actress also commented on her ex Jack Nicholson’s genitalia during an interview earlier in the week. 

She says she’s happy to keep speaking her mind — but doesn’t want to be seen as a role model for younger actresses.

“Oh God no. I don’t want to be an example to anyone who, you know, who doesn’t know their own mind yet,” she said. “I’ve always known what I liked and what I didn’t like and where I wanted to be. And so far, that served me pretty well.”