LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say 14 people have been struck by lightning during rare summer thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically. Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main says 13 people were treated after they were struck this afternoon at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Two are in critical condition in hospitals.
PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists. Organizers say the Great Bull Run attracted about 2,500 people who raced two dozen bulls at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton yesterday. It's an American version of the annual running-with-bulls event in Pamplona, Spain. Organizers say it's the first such event in California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Transportation officials say traffic is moving slowing into Los Angeles International Airport as they continue a weekend bridge demolition project that has shut down a major intersection just outside the airport. Crews are dismantling an old railway bridge over busy Century Boulevard to clear the area for a new light rail station. They are scheduled to finish by 6 a.m. tomorrow.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California lawmaker is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier says a Senate investigative report to be released this week will show how the California Department of Transportation knowingly accepted substandard work by a Chinese firm that welded most of the new roadway and tower.
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