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BRIEFLY : FIRE THREATENS HOMES IN FOREST.

AZUSA - A fire set by an arsonist threatened structures Sunday in the Angeles National Forest, consuming 2,500 acres of brush, a fire spokeswoman said.

The blaze started at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, burning chaparral in the San Gabriel Canyon between Morris Dam and the San Gabriel Reservoir, said U.S. Forest Service fire information officer Patti Krueger.

It burned out of control Sunday night.

The fire threatened an unknown number of structures, many of them homes belonging to Los Angeles County Department of Public Works employees.

SOURCE: - Daily News

Warner Center motel robbed

WOODLAND HILLS - Four armed suspects robbed the Warner Gardens Motel in the Warner Center of $2,400, police said Sunday.

The robbery occurred at the motel at 21706 Ventura Blvd. at 1:45 a.m., said Los Angeles police Lt. Tim Moss of the West Valley station.

There were no injuries and the suspects escaped, he said.

SOURCE: - City News Service

Price of gasoline continues to drop

Gasoline prices statewide and nationwide dropped more than a half-cent a gallon during the past two weeks, continuing a slide that began after pump prices peaked in May, an industry analyst said Sunday.

The average per-gallon retail price, including all grades and taxes, was $1.2982, according to the Lundberg Survey of 10,000 stations nationwide.

SOURCE: - Associated Press

Polar bear dies at San Diego Zoo

SAN DIEGO - One of four polar bears in a new $5 million exhibit at the San Diego Zoo has died, apparently from complications of bacterial food poisoning, an official said.

Castor, a 26-year-old male, died Friday and a necropsy was performed Saturday, but the exact cause of death may not be known for a week, said Don Janssen, the zoo's director of veterinary services.

Preliminary findings from the necropsy indicated Castor also had pneumonia, but it wasn't advanced enough to be fatal, he said.

- Associated Press

For `Dr. Moreau,' all's Wells in debut

The latest incarnation of ``The Island of Dr. Moreau,'' this one starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, debuted at the top of the nation's box office lineup over the weekend, industry sources said Sunday.

The film about a doctor who brings to life half-man, half-beast creatures took in an estimated $9 million. It was based on the book by H.G. Wells. A film version made in the 1930s starred Charles Laughton, and another in the 1970s starred Burt Lancaster.

``The Island of Dr. Moreau'' edged out Kevin Costner's golf comedy ``Tin Cup,'' which got $8.8 million in its second week.

``A Very Brady Sequel'' debuted in third.

SOURCE: Associated Press
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