Large tortoise hit and killed on interstate
This was a race the 150-pound tortoise was not going to win.
The first report came in to the California Highway Patrol at 3:23 p.m. Sunday: A massive tortoise was trying to cross Interstate 10 eastbound, in the Southern California desert not far from Palm Springs.
The Desert Sun reports that about 15 minutes later, the tortoise was pronounced dead. No motorist was reported injured.
While coyotes and even a bear have been spotted trying to cross the freeway, Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said he can't recall receiving a call about a tortoise.
"This is not something we deal with every day," he said.
Bob Hope Airport looking to new terminal
A replacement terminal at Burbank Bob Hope Airport would be as much as two-thirds larger than the current, decades-old building.
Airport managers want to move the terminal, both to upgrade it and create a safe distance between runways and planes at the gates.
They have the land -- but not the permission to build.
Like the current terminal, the new one also would have 14 gates. But under current plans it would be 355,000 square feet -- the current building, with its quaint 80-year-old facade, has 211,000 square feet.
Burbank voters would have to approve the project.
A proposal could go to the ballot in the summer of 2015. If voters approve, a new terminal could be operating about six years after that.
Metal thieves steal fire hydrants in Irvine
Scrap metal thieves have grabbed a pair of fire hydrants from the streets of Irvine.
Though it's still a rare crime in the Orange County city, it's the second time in three weeks that hydrants were unbolted.
The Orange County Register reports that hydrants can fetch more than $300 at recycling yards.
Many cities have been hit by thieves eager to take advantage of relatively high metal prices.
In response, the state passed laws making it illegal for junk dealers and recyclers to possess municipal metal such as hydrants and manhole covers.
Removing a hydrant isn't easy -- failure to turn off the water could unleash a geyser 100 feet tall.
The hydrants were reported stolen Oct. 10; another three hydrants had been reported stolen Sept. 19.
Series of quakes shakes Salton Sea region
The U.S. Geological Survey says a cluster of small earthquakes has rattled the southern end of the Salton Sea.
The quakes, ranging in size from magnitude-2.5 to magnitude-3.6, occurred early Monday. Such quakes are too minor to cause damage or injuries.
The quakes were centered 17 miles northwest of the town of Brawley in Imperial County.
The mostly agricultural region around the Salton Sea is a seismically active zone that's near the San Andreas Fault. Last year, small to moderate quakes in the region knocked trailer homes off their foundations and shattered windows.
Police investigating dry ice explosion at LAX
Los Angeles police have taken over the investigation into who was responsible for planting a plastic bottle containing dry ice that exploded in an employee bathroom at Los Angeles International Airport.
Air traffic was back to normal Monday after the Sunday evening explosion caused a commotion in LAX's Terminal 2. Up to four flights were delayed after airport police halted security screening for more than an hour.
Los Angeles police spokeswoman Sally Madera said no injuries were reported, and "there was no threat to the public area."
Woman says husband attacked with sword
A Bakersfield woman says she survived an attack by her sword-wielding husband.
The Bakersfield Californian reports that the woman, who the paper did not identify, called police and said her husband assaulted her after an argument Friday evening.
She said her husband tried to strike her head with a sword, but she was about to escape without being cut.
Kern County sheriff's deputies arrested the husband, William Ayala, on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Deputies said the woman was having difficulty breathing and was treated at a local hospital but later released.
-- Associated Press