Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a pipe break that flooded UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion has now released 20 million gallons of water and continues to gush.
Jim McDaniel of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says the century-old pipe that burst on Sunset Boulevard is releasing about 1,000 gallons of water a minute despite shutdown efforts.
That's still dramatically down from Tuesday, when the 30-inch main fractured and sent water cascading into UCLA's sports pavilion and parking structures.
McDaniel says crews are still working to stop or plug the leak.
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UCLA's Pauley Pavilion is drying out from flood
LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA's storied basketball arena Pauley Pavilion is drying out after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old water main burst near the campus in Los Angeles' Westwood neighborhood.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block says workers were busy cleaning up and assessing damage from Tuesday's flood. He says they hope to quickly repair or replace the arena floor.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the men's and women's basketball teams will play in Pauley this fall, either on a refurbished or new court.
The 49-year-old building containing precious artifacts from the John Wooden era was renovated for $136 million less than two years ago.
3 charged in torture of Orange County prostitute
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Two men and one woman have been charged with kidnapping and torturing a prostitute at a Southern California motel.
The Orange County District Attorney's office said the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday and face charges of human trafficking, kidnapping and torture.
Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis is accused of burning the 26-year-old with a heated glass pipe used to ingest methamphetamine, tying her to a chair, blindfolding her and duct-taping her mouth.
Officials say he left her with Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas and Cierra Rose Thompson. Flores-Davis and Gonzalez-Salinas are accused of waterboarding the victim. Thompson is accused of aiding and assisting in the torture.
Police say they received a Facebook tip that led to the three arrests.
It wasn't immediately clear if the defendants had attorneys.
'Flower Drum Song' lead James Shigeta dies at 85
LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Shigeta, who played the lead in the 1961 movie musical "Flower Drum Song" and had a small role in the first "Die Hard," has died. He was 85.
His sister-in-law, Ellie Shigeta, tells the Los Angeles Times that he died Monday at an assisted-living facility in Beverly Hills.
Born in Hawaii, Shigeta first gained national fame as a singer when he won the grand prize in the early TV talent show, "The Original Amateur Hour."
Although he briefly got the spotlight after "Flower Drum Song," he never again played the leading man in a major film, although he continued to appear in TV shows and movies.
In 1988's "Die Hard," Shigeta played an executive who is shot by terrorists for refusing to divulge the codes to a vault.
Skydiver killed in San Diego County jump
JAMUL, Calif. (AP) - A skydiver has plunged to his death in San Diego County.
U-T San Diego reports the man died in a jump around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Otay Lakes.
Authorities haven't determined why his parachute didn't open. His name hasn't been released.
Buzz Fink, who owns Skydive San Diego, says the man - who's believed to be in his late 40s or 50s - had taken off that morning with other parachutists but he wasn't part of their group.
Fink says the man had brand new equipment that included a device that automatically deploys the chute in an emergency.
Gang raids in LA suburbs end with 17 arrests
EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested more than a dozen people in a Southern California gang crackdown.
The U.S. attorney's office says 17 alleged members and associates of the El Monte Flores gang were taken into custody Wednesday as more than 400 federal agents and local police conducted raids in the Los Angeles suburb and adjoining South El Monte.
Authorities say the gang has about 800 members and takes orders from the Mexican Mafia prison gang.
Authorities say the gang sold drugs and met at a local boys and girls club.
Those arrested are among 41 people named in a racketeering indictment that alleges gang members engaged in crimes ranging from drug trafficking to murder.
Fifteen other people already are in custody and nine are being sought.
Firefighters rescue horse trapped in ditch
HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - About 20 firefighters with help from a veterinarian rescued a horse that was trapped upside down in a ditch in San Bernardino County.
Fire officials say a rider was on the horse trying to travel up the side of a ravine Tuesday in Hesperia when the animal fell and ended up on its back in the ditch, estimated to be about four feet deep.
The Los Angeles Times reports about 20 firefighters including an animal rescue team were called.
Capt. Jay Hausman says a veterinarian was also brought in to tranquilize the horse while firefighters lifted the animal onto a hoisting device and worked to free it from the trench.
No injuries were reported.
Judge orders psych evaluation for wildfire suspect
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge has ordered a girl to be psychologically evaluated to determine if she is fit to stand trial in connection with one of the destructive wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring.
The girl briefly appeared in San Diego juvenile court on Wednesday for a hearing stemming from allegations that she intentionally started the Cocos Fire, which destroyed 36 homes and one business north of San Diego in May.
Earlier this month she was charged with at least one crime, but it has not been disclosed.
Superior Court Judge Aaron Katz also ordered that the girl observe a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew while she lives with her parents and he agreed with her attorney that she should remain in counseling until the next hearing on Aug. 20.
Scully humbled to return to Dodgers booth in '15
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Vin Scully is poking fun at himself after the announcement that he will return for his record 66th season in the Los Angeles Dodgers' broadcast booth.
He joked on Wednesday that it's a long time to be working at one job without advancement. The 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer also says it's a privilege to be calling games after all these years.
Scully said that at his age he's hoping to return in 2015 and notes next April is a long time from now.
The Dodgers revealed the news on Tuesday night, when talking microphones featuring Scully were given away to fans. The crowd reacted with a standing ovation for Scully, who waved from his booth.
He says he doesn't feel like he's done anything and that he just happens to be at the games.
Stern sees Sterling saga ending well, lauds Silver
NEW YORK (AP) - Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will "end well" for the league.
Stern says his successor, Adam Silver, has been "forceful" but also "demonstrated a compassionate side" in his reaction to the racist remarks that were made by the Los Angeles Clippers owner.
Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him for life after the recorded comments became public. Sterling's wife, Shelly, later agreed to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion, a transaction the league believes will close shortly even as Donald Sterling continues trying to fight in court.
Stern retired after 30 years as commissioner in February. He will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame next week.
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