* Three individuals protesting the passage of the Olympic torch were arrested when they scaled the suspension cables around the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. The trio unfurled banners backing Tibetan independence. The three, arrested by the California Highway Patrol, were booked on suspicion of felony conspiracy along with several misdemeanor charges. This summer's Olympic Games in China are being protested in a number of places around the world.
* Did a pair of Marines go on the run to avoid serving in Iraq? Federal authorities are searching for a San Diego couple who were reported missing after not showing up for work last week at their respective bases. A new lead in the case came when the woman, Lance Cpl. Margaret McMahon-Reid, 20, reportedly attempted to withdraw money from an ATM in Salina, Kansas. Authorities did not say if the withdraw was successful and if so, how much money was retrieved. For more on this story, visit newsblip.blogspot.com.
* Six people were injured in Los Angeles when an ambulance and another vehicle hit head-on. The driver of the car that collided with the ambulance was in critical condition, while the patient being transported inside the ambulance was reportedly critically ill. The accident happened in Pacific Palisades on Pacific Coast Highway and Temescal Canyon Road.
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* The San Diego Padres pounded out 13 hits to spoil the home opener for the San Francisco Giants, 8-4.
* Torii Hunter hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-4 win over the Cleveland Indians.