LOS ANGELES (AP) - The five largest University of California medical centers have begun canceling elective surgeries because of a looming, 2-day strike by some workers next week. The LA Times reports emergency care will continue and patients already in hospitals will receive treatment. Elective procedures will be delayed until after the potential strike set for Tuesday and Wednesday. The hospitals are in San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, where the UC Davis Medical Center is located.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The lawyer who unsuccessfully defended O.J. Simpson against armed robbery charges in Las Vegas says his client knew two companions had guns in a 2007 confrontation with memorabilia dealers. Miami attorney Yale Galanter is testifying today at a hearing in which Simpson is seeking a new trial on grounds of ineffective legal representation. Galanter says he decided not to claim Simpson didn't see guns during the incident because Simpson confided to him that he'd asked companions to bring guns.
FRAZIER PARK, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters are working to surround a wildfire entering its third day in harsh hills and mountains north of Los Angeles. Temperatures are expected to remain cool today, but winds upward of 20 mph continue to swirl, and much of the blaze that has blackened more than six square miles is in rocky, rugged, difficult-to-reach places, making containment a challenge. After a heavy aerial firefighting effort, the blaze was 35% contained by early today. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) - A body has been found in a remote part of Orange County and authorities are trying to determine if it is a 36-year-old former Army sergeant who has been missing for the past two weeks. The body was found late yesterday near Modjeska Canyon. Police from the city of Orange have been looking for Maribel Ramos who was last seen on surveillance video outside her apartment building May 2.
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