HIGH SCHOOL-ARAB MASCOT
California school retires divisive Arab mascot
THERMAL, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot.
The hook-nosed, snarling mascot who wears a head scarf did not appear at Coachella Valley High School's season opening football game Friday. A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot was also retired.
The Desert Sun reports the change among the steps the Coachella Valley Unified School District is taking to give the mascot a makeover.
The Arab mascot has existed since the 1920s to recognize the desert region's reliance on date farming, a traditionally Middle Eastern crop. It came under fire last November when the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee complained that the mascot was stereotypical.
The school district refused to change the school's "Arabs" nickname, but agreed to redesign the Arab face on the school logo.
FEDERAL AGENT ARRESTED
Federal agent arrested after brandishing gun
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Police say an apparently drunk man arrested after allegedly brandishing a gun on a Burbank street is a federal agent.
According to a police statement, officers responded early Wednesday after someone reported being approached by a very drunk man who pulled out a handgun. The armed man directed the victim to follow him.
The victim managed to run off and the armed suspect was found by police less than a mile away.
Police say Andrew Leconte was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and brandishing a firearm.
Investigators later learned that Leconte is an agent with the United States Marshals Service.
Jail records show the 27-year-old was released after posting bail. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.
The incident remains under investigation.
Marshals Service spokesman Dave Turk said Sunday that the agency doesn't comment on ongoing investigations.
NEIGHBORHOOD SHOOTING RANGE
Gun club near school stirs neighborhood concerns
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (AP) - Some residents of a Sacramento-area neighborhood are voicing concerns about a 40,000-square-foot indoor shooting range that is getting ready to open in their midst.
The Sacramento Bee says the new Sacramento Gun Club range will be located in the city of Rancho Cordova near a Waldorf-inspired charter school, a senior center, an apartment complex, a church and a community park.
The club's proximity to those properties is making some neighbors who just found about it uncomfortable.
George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science Principal Allegra Alessandri says the range will be an eerie and unwelcome reminder of the mass slayings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut almost two years ago.
The Bee says California law does not prohibit shooting ranges from being located near schools or parks.
Coast Guard rescues 5 from boat off San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Five people were rescued from a pleasure boat that took on water and lost power about 17 miles off the coast of San Diego.
The Coast Guard says the 30-foot vessel, the PMS Escape II, sent out a distress call Saturday evening.
The Coast Guard station in San Diego dispatched a helicopter, a cutter, and 45-foot response boat.
Another private boat, the Jawbreaker, had also heard the call and was assisting when the Coast Guard arrived.
Four adults and a 15-year-old boy were rescued. No injuries were reported.
The stricken boat was towed back to San Diego on Saturday.
The Coast Guard says it was determined that the flood was due to a faulty fitting in the engine.
POLICE SHOT-LAS VEGAS
Dad of suspect in Las Vegas rampage honors victims
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The father of a suspect involved in a June rampage in Las Vegas that left two police officers and a bystander dead paid tribute to the victims during a visit to the crime scene.
Todd Woodruff of Lafayette, Indiana, laid flowers Friday against the window of a pizza shop where his daughter, Amanda Miller, and her husband, Jerad Miller, fatally shot officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo in an ambush during their lunch break.
Woodruff also visited a nearby Wal-Mart where his 22-year-old daughter shot and killed shopper Joseph Wilcox.
Amanda Miller and her 31-year-old husband died in an exchange of gunfire with police inside the store.
Woodruff told KLAS-TV he realizes his daughter caused a lot of hurt, and he will never forget the three innocent victims.
DANA POINT FIRE
Man arrested after Dana Point commercial fire
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - Orange County authorities have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of arson after a fire that gutted one unit of a commercial building in Dana Point and caused smoke damage to 10 others.
Fire Capt. Shane Sherwood says the 27-year-old suspect was taken into custody Sunday following the blaze reported around 4 a.m. at the Dana Point Arts Plaza. The suspect's name has not been released.
It took about 40 firefighters a half-hour to douse the flames at the mixed office-retail building.
Sherwood says the two-alarm fire caused $300,000 worth of damage to the structure and $150,000 worth of damage to its contents.
The investigation continues.
Strong earthquake aftershock shakes Napa Valley
NAPA, Calif. (AP) - A significant aftershock from last weekend's magnitude-6.0 earthquake has rattled Northern California's wine country.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.2 tremor struck 5 miles south of the city of Napa just before 2 a.m. Sunday.
Thomas Brocher, director of USGS' Earthquake Science Center, says it wasn't the strongest aftershock to rumble the region since the main quake a week ago caused as much as $1 billion in damage and multiple injuries.
A magnitude-3.9 aftershock centered 8 miles south of Napa hit early Tuesday morning.
The USGS says there have been more than 70 aftershocks recorded since last Sunday's earthquake.
No additional damage or injuries have been reported.
MADE IN AMERICA-LA
California Made in America show tunes up for day 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the first day of downtown Los Angeles' inaugural outdoor music festival in the books, the city is getting ready for round two.
The Budweiser Made in America concert resumes at 2 p.m. Sunday in Grand Park, with Kanye West, John Mayer and Weezer among the many acts set to perform.
More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the multi-stage show near Los Angeles City Hall, braving temperatures well into the 90s. It marks the first time Grand Park is being used for a large, ticketed event.
Police officials say officers made 29 arrests Saturday, including six for felony narcotics.
Rap mogul Jay Z launched the two-day festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and announced its West Coast expansion this spring.
Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's the corporate equivalent of high-stakes poker.
Tesla Motors has five states bidding to attract a $5 billion factory that will make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. The winner is expected to offer publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.
And the package could be far more, because the states don't know what their competitors are offering.
So far, Tesla has done initial work on a potential site in Nevada. But the company will prepare at least one other before making a final decision by year's end.
That leaves California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico wondering what they can do to be a finalist.
So far, the states have passed tax breaks, promised worker-training funds or proposed shelving environmental regulations that could slow the factory's construction.
49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Police in Northern California say San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald has been arrested on domestic violence charges.
San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol says the 29-year-old defensive end was taken into custody early Sunday after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood.
McDonald was jailed on felony domestic violence charges. Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Kurt Stenderup says McDonald was released after posting bail.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties last week for players accused of domestic violence.
San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement Sunday that the team takes "such matters" seriously but isn't commenting on the allegations involving McDonald without more information.
McDonald has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third-round pick in 2007.
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