Late actor's mother seeks guardianship
Paul Walker's mother has petitioned to become the legal guardian of the late actor's teenage daughter, in accordance with his final wishes.
Cheryl Ann Walker filed the guardianship petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. It states that Meadow Rain Walker, 15, has been living with her since the death of her son in a fiery crash on Nov. 30 north of Los Angeles.
The will of the "Fast & Furious" actor called for his mother to become his daughter's guardian and for his father to manage his estate, which has been valued between $16 million and $25 million.
Meadow Walker is the sole beneficiary of her father's estate.
Cheryl Walker's guardianship filing states that her granddaughter's mother is also living with her but is not an appropriate caretaker due to issues with alcohol.
Board to reconsider fair elephant rides
The San Diego County Fair will reconsider whether to continue to allow elephant rides beyond the 2014 summer season.
U-T San Diego reported that one factor the fair's board will consider is that the company that offers the rides is no longer certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
The group accredits most of the country's leading zoos and aquariums, including the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and SeaWorld.
Animal rights activists have repeatedly urged the fair to sever ties with Have Trunk Will Travel, a Perris-based company that operates the elephant rides during the fair's annual seven-week run. Fair officials had already planned to revisit the issue after this year's fair wraps up.
Have Trunk Will Travel's elephants are hired out for rides, TV commercials and feature films.
Park service: Project would harm preserve
The National Park Service says a proposed 6.5-square-mile solar development about a half-mile from the Mojave National Preserve would harm wildlife and should be built elsewhere.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Wednesday that Preserve Superintendent Stephanie Dubois has submitted an eight-page letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the public land where the Soda Mountain solar project is planned.
The letter says the BLM failed to adequately examine the project's potential to harm groundwater and threatened endangered species, including the desert tortoise.
BLM spokeswoman Martha Maciel said officials would consider Dubois' comments as part of their evaluation process.
A subsidiary of Bechtel wants to put solar panels on both sides of Interstate 15, just outside the northwest corner of the preserve in the San Bernardino Mountains.
City halts new oil drilling over fracking
The Los Angeles County city of Carson has imposed an emergency moratorium on new oil drilling due to concerns that hydraulic fracturing would be used.
The ban approved by the City Council runs for 45 days but could be extended up to two years while the city studies the safety of various well stimulation methods and its authority to regulate them.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the moratorium interrupts plans by Occidental Petroleum to bore more than 200 wells to extract more oil from the Dominguez Oil Field.
Occidental declined comment on Tuesday's vote. It has previously denied it would use the oil-extraction technique known as fracking.
The Dominguez field has produced more than 270 million barrels of oil since its discovery in 1923.
Big rig driver killed in collision with truck
Authorities say a big rig driver was killed after crashing his truck into a stalled semi-trailer on an Orange County freeway.
California Highway Patrol Officer Denise Quesada said the 58-year-old man died early Thursday morning at a hospital.
One lane of Highway 91 in Buena Park was closed, backing up early morning commuter traffic.
The crash was reported shortly before midnight Wednesday. The CHP said the big rig smashed into a FedEx truck stalled in the middle lanes.
It took paramedics nearly 10 minutes to extract the driver from his cab. The FedEx driver escaped serious injury.
The CHP said two other vehicles were caught in the wreckage. One of the occupants was hospitalized with minor injuries.
-- Associated Press