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US-LIGHTNING-STRIKES

Man dies after lightning strike affects 14

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A coroner's official says a 20-year-old man has died after lightning struck or rattled 14 people at popular Venice Beach in Los Angeles and Catalina Island.

Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz says the man was taken from the beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon.

Dietz says he can't confirm whether the man was a swimmer who was pulled from the water and given CPR.

The lightning struck as rare summer thunderstorms hit Southern California.

Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old boy, were examined after the strike. Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main says they had effects ranging from anxiety to needing CPR, although not all may actually have been struck.

Nine went to hospitals, where one remains in critical condition.

Lightning also struck a 57-year-old man on a golf course on Santa Catalina Island. He's in stable condition.

COMIC BOOK CONVENTIONS-LEGAL THREAT

Organizers of CA, UT comic book conventions clash

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Organizers of San Diego Comic-Con and Utah's Salt Lake Comic Con are clashing over the name.

A lawyer for San Diego Comic-Con has issued a cease-and-desist letter to organizers of Utah's Salt Lake Comic Con demanding them to stop using "Comic Con" in the name.

The letter says attendees and exhibitors seeing the use of "Comic Con" in connection with the Salt Lake City convention will incorrectly assume the gathering is affiliated with the one in San Diego.

Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder and show producer Dan Farr says the demand is "baseless" and "frivolous," and his group intends to "vigorously defend" itself.

San Diego holds the nation's biggest comic book convention, and Salt Lake City hosts the third biggest.

Organizers say the events feature the best in movies, television shows, gaming, sci-fi/fantasy and comic books.

CA-CENTURY CRUNCH

Century Crunch project slows LA airport traffic

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Transportation officials say traffic is slowly moving into Los Angeles International Airport as they continue a weekend bridge demolition project that has shut down a major intersection just outside the airport.

LA County transportation spokesman Jose Ubaldo said Sunday that people trying to skirt around the intersection by taking small local streets appear to be causing some delays.

Crews are dismantling a railway bridge over busy Century Boulevard to clear the area for a new light-rail station. They are on schedule to finish by 6 a.m. Monday.

After they finish, traffic flow will be reduced by a lane in each direction for 16 months as the station is built.

That will make Century a tough drive to the airport, earning the project its nickname, Century Crunch.

BLUE WHALES-SHIPS

Study: blue whales at risk of hitting Calif. ships

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A satellite study of blue whale movements shows the endangered whales are at risk for collisions with large vessels because they cluster for long periods in busy shipping lanes off the California coast.

The study, originally published in the science journal Plos One, discovered the whales seem to congregate in two particularly rich feeding areas that are crossed by shipping lanes.

Researchers led by marine mammal ecologist Ladd Irvine of Oregon State University used satellites to track 171 tagged blue whales over 15 years.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that previous surveys, based on whale sightings rather than satellite research, haven't revealed such a potential problem.

Shippers and shipping regulators plan to meet with researchers in the fall to discuss the findings.

DODGERS-GIANTS

First-place Dodgers complete sweep of Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Carl Crawford hit an RBI triple to back Hyun-Jin Ryu's third straight victory, and the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers completed a sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-3 victory Sunday night.

Ryu moved within two wins of his rookie total last year and improved to 4-1 in five outings at AT&T Park, where in one dominant weekend the Dodgers made quite a statement to take over the NL West's top spot.

In his Giants debut, Jake Peavy threw a pair of wild pitches in the fifth as the Dodgers went ahead on Hanley Ramirez's RBI single ahead of Crawford's triple to the corner in deep right field.

Matt Kemp singled twice and the Dodgers leave the Bay Area with a 1 1/2-game division lead after outscoring the Giants 17-4.

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