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UCLA FLOODING

UCLA flooded by broken water main; people stranded

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A broken water main near the UCLA campus is spewing water into the air, and stranding cars and people in underground parking structures.

Television news reports show an immense geyser surging from the middle of the street on Sunset Boulevard. Streets on and near campus are flooded, and fast-moving sheets of water are pouring down the entrance of a parking structure and into campus athletic fields near Pauley Pavilion.

TV reports also show a car surrounded by muddy water up to the wheel wells and students wading through ankle-deep water.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says fire crews have helped at least three stranded drivers.

There's no word on what caused the break.

ATHLETICS-STADIUM LEASE

Alameda County approves A's lease extension

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted to approve a 10-year lease extension to keep the Athletics in Oakland.

The board on Tuesday approved recent changes to the agreement between local officials and A's owner Lew Wolff. The deal already had been approved by the Oakland City Council and will become official once the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority ratifies the changes.

The deal is expected to bring in an estimated $20 million to the city and county.

As part of the new lease, city leaders say the team agrees to stay in Oakland for at least two years and faces a $1.6 million per year penalty if it leaves before the lease is up. The deal also requires that the team engage in good faith discussions about building a new ballpark in Oakland.

LIGHTNING STRIKES

California lifeguard injured by lightning improves

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An off-duty lifeguard who was critically injured during a rare lightning strike at Los Angeles' Venice Beach is said to be improving steadily.

City News Service reported Tuesday that the man, whose name was not released, remains hospitalized at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where his condition has been upgraded from critical to fair.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe says the man, in his 50s, is "making a good recovery."

Sunday's lightning strike killed 21-year-old college student Nick Fagnano and injured a dozen others. The lifeguard suffered the most severe injuries.

The lightning was caused when warm, subtropical air from Mexico collided with the region's cool marine layer. The result was a brief but violent thunderstorm that struck the beach where thousands were gathered on a warm summer day.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-WATER FINES

New California fines for wasting water take effect

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - New regulations that include fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water are taking effect in California.

The State Water Resources Control Board approved the rules earlier this month, making it illegal for people to hose down driveways and sidewalks, waste water on their lawns or wash vehicles using a hose without a shut-off nozzle.

The Sacramento Bee reports the regulations took effect Tuesday after a state legal review.

The stronger enforcement was triggered in part by a state report that found water consumption has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades, despite Gov. Jerry Brown's push to cut water use by 20 percent.

The rules apply to residents and business owners for nine months, but they could be renewed.

CHINESE STUDENT SLAIN

Arraignment delayed for teens in USC student death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An arraignment has been postponed for four teens charged with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California graduate student from China.

The hearing was reset for Aug. 12.

The four teens are each charged with one count of murder with a special circumstance of murder during an attempted robbery.

Three of them face a special allegation for personally using a dangerous weapon - a baseball bat and wrench.

The victim, 24-year-old Xinran Ji, was attacked Thursday as he walked to his off-campus apartment after a study group.

In 2012, two USC students from China were fatally shot during an off-campus robbery.

VETERAN KILLED

Orange County man convicted of killing roommate

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his roommate, an Iraq War veteran who had been missing for two weeks before authorities found her body buried in a remote canyon.

The Orange County District Attorney's office says 55-year-old Kwang Chol Joy was convicted Tuesday.

Officials say 36-year-old Maribel Ramos went missing from her apartment in May 2013. Authorities found her body in a shallow grave near Modjeska Canyon.

Prosecutors said Joy was in love with Ramos and decided if he couldn't have her, he was going to make sure no one did.

Joy said he and Ramos loved each other as friends.

Joy's attorney emphasized the lack of physical evidence that he killed her, with prosecutors lacking even a cause of death.

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