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Southland Marine dies of gunshot

OXNARD - A 19-year-old Marine from Oxnard died Monday from a noncombat-related gunshot wound at Camp Baharia in Iraq, the U.S. military announced Tuesday.

The death of Pfc. Elijah M. Ortega is under investigation and no additional information will be released until the probe is complete, said 2nd Lt. Barry Edwards, a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Division.

The investigation could take several weeks or months to complete, he added.

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Bakley's daughter testifies in case

BURBANK - The oldest daughter of Bonny Lee Bakley testified Tuesday in the Robert Blake wrongful death trial that her mother took the fertility drug Clomid instead of birth control pills she had told the actor she was taking.

The children of Bakley, who married Blake in November 2000 and was fatally shot in Blake's car outside a Studio City restaurant on May 4, 2001, allege the actor is responsible for their mother's death.

The lawsuit was on hold during Blake's criminal trial which ended in March with a Van Nuys jury acquitting him of murder charges. Holly Gawron, 25, testified that her mother said to her: ```I told him I was on the pill. I just didn't say what pill. Ha, ha.'''

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Friday deadline set for applying

NORTHRIDGE- Students interested in attending California State University, Northridge, this spring must apply before the close of business on Friday.

The deadline applies to first-time freshman and lower-division transfer students. However, students interested in getting a graduate degree from the university can continue to submit applications after Friday.

The university encourages students to beat the deadline by applying online at For more information call (818) 677-4689.

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3 more schools set to open today

The Los Angeles Unified School District today will open three more schools, including Noble New Elementary School 1 in Panorama City.

Along with Harvard Elementary School and Fremont New Primary Center 2 in Los Angeles, the three schools are among 32 new campuses scheduled to open in the 2005-06 school year - part of the district's 10-year $9.2 billion construction program - but most of the campuses opened in July and early September.

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Jury convicts man of killing agents

A Taiwanese national was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in connection with the slayings of two federal drug agents and the wounding of a third during an undercover drug buy more than 17 years ago.

The Pasadena Superior Court jury deliberated about three days before finding Michael Su Te Chia, now 38, guilty of the Feb. 5, 1988, shooting deaths of Drug Enforcement Administration agents Paul Seema, 52, of Simi Valley, and George Montoya, 34, of San Bernardino.

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Fire from vehicles spreads for acres

SANTA CLARITA - A flatbed truck with a Jeep on it that was also towing a mobile home caught fire Tuesday night on the southbound Antelope Valley Freeway, causing a 10-acre brush fire, authorities said.

The vehicle fire occurred on the freeway about one mile south of San Fernando Road at 7:55 p.m., said Capt. Mark Savage of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Then several explosions in the vehicles - probably of propane gas - set fires on both sides of the freeway, Savage said.

A quarter-acre fire on the northern side of the freeway was quickly extinguished. However, the 10-acre fire on the south side took the combined forces of about 150 Los Angeles and Los Angeles County firefighters on the ground and in the air a little more than an hour to extinguish, he said.

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