January 31, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Officer wounded; shooter sought


LONG BEACH, Calif. – Police searched on Sunday for as many as three men who were involved in the late-night shooting of an anti-gang detective who was wounded as he drove in a squad car with another officer, authorities said.

The officers were driving at about 11 p.m. Saturday near Anaheim Street and Gundry Avenue in Long Beach when a gunman opened fire, hitting the detective in the upper body, police spokesman Sgt. Rico Fernandez told the Associated Press.

A patrol officer who happened to be nearby heard the shots and saw the men, Fernandez said. The officer fired at the men as they fled, but it was unclear whether anyone was hit.

The 30-year-old detective, who is a seven-year veteran, was hospitalized in stable condition.

Chief Jim McDonnell said at a news conference Sunday that the gunshot did not hit the detective’s bulletproof vest, but the detective was expected to recover.

McDonnell said that though the detective was in an unmarked car, there were several indications that he was a police officer and that the gunman would have known this before firing.

Protest disrupts political meeting

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Authorities in California say 25 protesters have been arrested for trespassing outside a strategy session of conservative political donors at a Palm Springs-area resort.

Riverside County Deputy Melissa Nieburger said Sunday that the protesters were being booked at Indio Jail and released.

Hundreds of people participated in the mostly peaceful demonstration that had been arranged with authorities, but some protesters crossed the street to the Rancho Las Palmas Resort.

Deputies in riot gear arrested them without incident when they refused to leave the area.

Sunday was the second day of the four-day conclave. It was organized by brothers David and Charles Koch, who have funded the fight against global warming laws and have financial ties to tea party groups.

After storm, trash pickup to resume

NEW YORK – New York City’s sanitation department plans to resume collecting trash and recyclables after services were suspended because of last week’s snowstorm.

The Department of Sanitation said collection services will resume today. Up to 19 inches of snow fell on the New York metropolitan area during last week’s storm.

New York City has had 36 inches of snow this January, a record for the month.

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