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Sea mammals brought to SeaWorld from oil spill remain in guarded condition

 Oiled sea mammals brought to SeaWorld San Diego from the Refugio State Beach oil spill "remain in guarded condition," park officials said Monday.

SeaWorld is caring for six sea lions and two elephant seals at the park's Oiled Wildlife Care Center. Two sea lions died after being brought to SeaWorld. Two dolphins also died.

Three members of the park's animal rescue team remain in Santa Barbara County to assist with the rescue effort.

 

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Lee's Sandwiches recalls more than 210,000 pounds of meat products

A Garden Grove firm is recalling about 213,000 pounds of meat products that were not properly inspected, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Lee's Sandwiches supplied restaurants in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas with some of the products, including pork and chicken pates and cooked turkey breast and salami.

The firm also sold several types of beef jerky to stores in the same states.

There have been no reports of illness associated with eating the meat, which was produced between May 18, 2014, and May 18, 2015, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The agency said Lee's has been processing food from federally inspected facilities and repackaging them without the required USDA inspection.

"Products produced without inspection present potential of increased human health risk," the agency said in a news release.

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Officials marvel at survival of Fullerton woman missing for two weeks

A 68-year-old Fullerton woman remains hospitalized as San Diego County law enforcement personnel continue to marvel at how she survived for two weeks in her disabled car on fruit, pie slices and rainwater.

Dianna Bedwell was found Sunday afternoon in a remote area of northeastern San Diego County in the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation after going missing on Mother’s Day. Her husband, Cecil “Paul” Knutson, died.

Their car had become stuck in the soft dirt of a backcountry path.

“That she survived is nothing short of a miracle,” said sheriff’s Lt. Ken Nelson. “Even for someone fit and in good health, surviving this long would be difficult. She is elderly and with health problems and yet she made it.”

Dehydrated and lapsing in and out of consciousness, Bedwell was airlifted to a hospital in Escondido. She was able to talk long enough to give investigators a clue about how she and her husband went missing. She also talked briefly on the phone to relatives.

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San Diego Veterans for Peace honor the fallen on Memorial Day

The names were read slowly: name, rank and age -- each followed by a ceremonial ringing of a bell.

The tourists walked by, some glancing over at the faux headstones with the names of sons and daughters of Southern California killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We don't expect to end war or to change the world," said David Barrows, president of San Diego Veterans for Peace. "But we just want people to get thinking about the costs of war."

The group, Barrows said, is not anti-military. Barrows, now 75, served six years in the Army, his father was an officer.

"We know that we need a military," he said. "But we just want people to think about other ways to settle disputes."

And so every Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and sometimes days in-between, the group erects its Hometown Arlington West Memorial in honor of those killed in the nation's two most recent wars.

Some of the headstones are black - symbolizing military personnel who committed suicide.

"It's another cost of war," Barrows said.

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Motorcyclist killed in Palm Springs crash

A motorcyclist was killed Monday in a single-vehicle accident in Palm Springs, authorities said.

The crash happened about 11:10 a.m. near District Center Drive and Gene Autry Trail, according to Riverside County sheriff's officials.

The motorcyclist was traveling south on Gene Autry Trail at a high rate of speed, lost control and crashed, hitting the curb.

The motorcyclist died at the scene. No one else was injured.

The victim has not been identified.

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Actor Omar Sharif has Alzheimer's disease, his agent confirms

Actor Omar Sharif, who won acclaim in such films as "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago," is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, his agent said Monday.

Sharif, 83, was resting at his home in Egypt, his London-based agent Steve Kenis said. Other details were unavailable. 

News of the illness was first reported by Sharif's son, Tarek El-Sharif, in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Saturday.

The Egyptian-born Sharif began acting in the 1950s but rose to international fame with his first English-speaking role starring opposite Peter O'Toole in 1962's "Lawrence of Arabia," for which he earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor.

In 1965, he played the title role in "Doctor Zhivago," based on the Boris Pasternak novel. He also starred in "Funny Girl" opposite Barbra Streisand in 1968.

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