Man dies after lightning strike affects 14
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A coroner's official says a 20-year-old man has died after lightning struck or rattled 14 people at popular Venice Beach in Los Angeles and Catalina Island.
Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz says the man was taken from the beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon.
Dietz says he can't confirm whether the man was a swimmer who was pulled from the water and given CPR.
The lightning struck as rare summer thunderstorms hit Southern California.
Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old boy, were examined after the strike. Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main says they had effects ranging from anxiety to needing CPR, although not all may actually have been struck.
Nine went to hospitals, where one remains in critical condition.
Lightning also struck a 57-year-old man on a golf course on Santa Catalina Island. He's in stable condition.
California governor to meet with Mexican president
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is traveling to Mexico for three days of meetings and will discuss immigration with President Enrique Pena Nieto and separately with Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.
The governor's office announced Sunday that Brown will sit down Monday with Nieto and separately with Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs, whom the governor met with last week in Sacramento.
The meeting Tuesday with more than a dozen Central American leaders comes as a surge of unaccompanied young migrants and families mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have crossed the U.S. border since October.
The governor's trade mission aims to increase direct investments in California, promote university exchanges and form environmental partnerships to combat climate change.
The trip includes a delegation of more than 100 state government, business, economic development, investment and policy leaders.
COMIC BOOK CONVENTIONS-LEGAL THREAT
Organizers of CA, UT comic book conventions clash
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Organizers of two of the biggest comic book conventions in the country are clashing.
A lawyer for San Diego Comic-Con has issued a cease-and-desist letter to organizers of Utah's Salt Lake Comic Con demanding them to stop using "Comic Con" in the name.
The letter says attendees and exhibitors seeing the use of "Comic Con" in connection with the Salt Lake City convention will incorrectly assume the gathering is affiliated with the one in San Diego.
Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder and show producer Dan Farr says the demand is "baseless" and "frivolous," and his group intends to "vigorously defend" itself.
San Diego holds the nation's biggest comic book convention while Salt Lake City hosts the third biggest.
Organizers say the events feature the best in movies, television shows, gaming, sci-fi/fantasy and comic books.
Century Crunch project slows LA airport traffic
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Transportation officials say traffic is slowly moving into Los Angeles International Airport as they continue a weekend bridge demolition project that has shut down a major intersection just outside the airport.
LA County transportation spokesman Jose Ubaldo said Sunday that people trying to skirt around the intersection by taking small local streets appear to be causing some delays.
Crews are dismantling an old railway bridge over busy Century Boulevard to clear the area for a new light-rail station. They are on schedule to finish by a 6 a.m. Monday deadline.
After they finish, traffic flow will be reduced by a lane in each direction for 16 months as the station is built.
That will make Century a tough drive to the airport, earning the project its nickname, Century Crunch.
First-place Dodgers complete sweep of Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Carl Crawford hit an RBI triple to back Hyun-Jin Ryu's third straight victory, and the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers completed a sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-3 victory Sunday night.
Ryu moved within two wins of his rookie total last year and improved to 4-1 in five outings at AT&T Park, where in one dominant weekend the Dodgers made quite a statement to take over the NL West's top spot.
In his Giants debut, Jake Peavy threw a pair of wild pitches in the fifth as the Dodgers went ahead on Hanley Ramirez's RBI single ahead of Crawford's triple to the corner in deep right field.
Matt Kemp singled twice and the Dodgers leave the Bay Area with a 1 1/2-game division lead after outscoring the Giants 17-4.
Chargers WR Allen considered quitting as rookie
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Keenan Allen really did think about quitting last summer.
The San Diego Chargers' top wide receiver had a rough training camp as a rookie after being selected in the third round out of California. He could do little right, hearing often from coach Mike McCoy - and it was mostly for what Allen wasn't doing.
His mistakes compounded, he didn't play in the season opener and considered ending an NFL career before it really got started.
However, Allen rebounded and compiled one of the most impressive rookie seasons in Chargers history, setting franchise rookie marks in receptions and receiving yards. He led all NFL rookies in catches, yards and touchdown receptions.
Now, Allen is a big cog in the Chargers' offense.
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