LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bruce Brown, director of the classic surfing film "The Endless Summer," has died. He was 80. The general manager of Brown's film company Alex Mecl says Brown died Sunday in Santa Barbara, California of natural causes. Brown and his 1966 documentary "The Endless Summer" created the modern image of surfers as spiritual seekers on a quest.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a woman caught trying to smoke on a Southwest flight has been arrested after shouting she was going to kill everyone on the plane. A Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman says 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo was arrested on the tarmac when the plane landed in California on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Celebrities are among the tens of thousands who have fled their homes because of a huge Southern California wildfire. The blaze has exploded in size and become the fifth largest in state history. Among those getting out of a pricey enclave in Montecito are stars including Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and Drew Barrymore. The community is about 75 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The fire has destroyed more than 750 structures and burned nearly 360 square miles of dry brush and timber.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A jury has found a 41-year-old man guilty of five counts of murder in the 2012 killings of a family found beaten to death with a hammer inside their San Francisco home. The San Francisco Superior Court jury returned the verdict against Binh Thai Luc on Monday after six days of deliberations. Sixty-five-year-old Hua Shun Lei, his wife, Wan Yi Wu, their daughter and son and their daughter-in-law died.
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