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Los Angeles wildfire nearly under control

– Firefighters said Sunday they continued their steady progress in surrounding a wildfire near Los Angeles that destroyed several homes.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said the fire was 78 percent contained, with full containment expected Wednesday.

Meanwhile, hundreds of residents who fled the blaze in suburbs about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles returned home Saturday evening as red-flag warnings of extremely dangerous fire conditions expired. Officials cautioned that bone-dry winter conditions remain a threat for the region.

Patient critical in hospital shooting

An 88-year-old man shot and critically wounded a woman Sunday at a Nevada hospital, authorities said.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said William Dresser was arrested after firing one shot at the woman with a handgun at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City. The woman was a patient in a third-floor room at the time of the 11:30 a.m. shooting.

Furlong said they were in a domestic relationship but declined to elaborate. The woman’s identity and age were not immediately released.

The woman’s injuries are life-threatening and she was transferred to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Furlong said.

Philanthropists to pay BatKid’s tab

The city of San Francisco is being rescued from paying the cost of staging the “Batkid” fantasy that captured the nation’s imagination.

Philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman are picking up the city’s $105,000 tab for allowing Miles Scott, a 5-year-old Northern California boy with leukemia, to fight villains and rescue a damsel in distress as a caped crusader on Nov. 15.

Maria Kong of the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation confirmed a San Francisco Chronicle report Sunday about the couple’s gift.

City officials say most of the $105,000 in public funds went toward renting a sound system, video screens and other equipment to accommodate the surprisingly large crowds that turned out to see “Batkid,” who became a social media darling.

The elaborate fantasy was arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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