Masked gunman kills employee at El Monte Jack in the Box

Los Angeles Times

A masked man shot and killed a Jack in the Box employee during a robbery attempt in El Monte on Friday night, authorities said. The suspect entered the Jack in the Box in the 9200 block of Flair Drive about 7:30 p.m., said Deputy Ryan Rouzan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The suspect jumped over the front counter in what police believe was an attempt to rob the restaurant. He shot the employee in the upper torso and fled on foot, Rouzan said. The 25-year-old victim was transported to a hospital, where he died.


Colombia's largest airline cancels flights to Caracas

Los Angeles Times

Colombia's largest airline has canceled all flights to Caracas after what it said was a security breach involving one of its aircraft and Venezuela's air force. Avianca's spokeswoman, Gilma Usuga, said that all flights to Europe also WILL be rerouted to avoid Venezuelan airspace until the security of its operations can be guaranteed. The decision affects multiple daily flights between Caracas and Bogota and Lima, Peru. Usuga said the incident took place on a flight between Madrid and Bogota on Friday night. She refrained from further comment until the two governments clarify what happened.


More than 27,000 register to vote in Virginia after deadline extended

Los Angeles Times

The Virginia Department of Elections says more than 27,000 people registered during a brief extension of the state's voter-registration deadline. A federal judge granted the extension Thursday after heavy demand prevented some voters from registering online. U.S. Senior Judge Claude Hilton had ordered officials to reopen voter registration in the commonwealth and keep it open until 11:59 p.m. Friday. Election officials said in a statement Saturday that as of the 11:59 p.m. deadline for online registration, 27,952 voter registration applications had been submitted since the court order. Officials said the final number of applications submitted during the window will be higher when in-person and mailed voter registration applications are processed in the coming days.


Fire crews continue search for Mount Washington homeowner's remains

Los Angeles Times

Firefighters on Saturday continued to search the charred rubble of a hillside mansion in Mount Washington for the remains of its owner. Crews led by cadaver detection dogs sifted through mounds of smoldering rubble in multiple parts of the 9,100-square-foot property by hand on Friday evening, digging down "practically to the soil," said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. But shifting debris and steep terrain hindered the search. Early Saturday morning, firefighters brought heavy equipment and excavators through the narrow, winding roads of the hillside community and began a more methodical search. "We're trying to be as delicate as possible," Humphrey said.


Tour bus collides with big rig in Desert Hot Springs; 7 reported killed

Los Angeles Times

Multiple people were killed Sunday morning when a tour bus collided with a big-rig truck on the 10 Freeway near Indio, officials said. A California Highway Patrol official confirmed the crash but could not immediately provide more details. The Desert Sun reported that at least seven people were killed and nearly two dozen others were transported to local hospitals. Photographs and video from the scene showed the tour bus badly damaged, its front end collapsed into the back of the truck. Several ambulances and nearly a dozen firefighters were at the crash site.