SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - 1 of 2 wildfires burning in the hills and mountains around Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles was fully contained yesterday and firefighters are getting an upper hand on the second one. The 712-acre fire broke out Friday and briefly threatened an elementary school and about 20 homes. The earlier fire that broke out Wednesday near Frazier Park was 80% contained yesterday after consuming about 4,300 acres.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A new federal report says a California jail has the nation's fourth-highest level of sexual abuse at the hands of guards. The report by the U.S. Department of Justice found that the main jail for Santa Clara County showed a 6.2% sex abuse rate, based on surveys of inmates. That's well above the average 1.8% sex abuse rate among all jails surveyed. Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards.
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say 17 corpses have been removed from a Modesto funeral home after complaints the home was taking too long to cremate the bodies. A Stanislaus County sheriff's spokesman says the removal of the bodies Friday from McGuire Cremation & Funeral Service comes as the department investigates possible criminal and civil violations there over the past several months. Sheriff's officials have not released the names of any of decedents, or say how long the bodies were at the funeral home.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For the right to frolic in the sand, sunbathers at Southern California beaches are used to feeding the meter or paying a parking attendant. Not so along the less developed north coast, where it's customary to ditch cars on the shoulder of Highway 1 to surf, swim or picnic. That sandy line that long defined California's disparate beach culture may soon wash out to sea. In search of new revenue, the state parks system is eyeing new parking fees for parts of the Northern California shoreline - or considering hiking rates to visit popular beaches south of Los Angeles during peak periods.
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