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IN BRIEF

PROPOSITION 8

Ballot question sparks unfriendly incidents

A California ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage has put local law enforcement on watch after a few incidents were reported over the weekend.

In San Bernardino County, sheriff’s deputies said more than two dozens properties in Yucaipa were vandalized with “No on 8” graffiti. Someone used orange paint spray to tag vehicles, fences and garage doors, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Beavers said. No arrests have been made.

In Ventura County, a teen demonstrating against the proposition Saturday in Thousand Oaks told authorities that someone in a car brandished a knife and shouted obscenities.

Proposition 8 would overturn the California Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year to legalize same-sex marriage.

HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN RUN

Boulder residents cited for nudity at festival

Police in Boulder, Colo., ticketed about a dozen people running naked on the street Friday while sporting freshly gutted pumpkins on their heads as part of an annual Halloween event.

The citations for indecent exposure came as dozens of other costumed revelers, including a man with a red cape and a sword, chanted to police officers to let go of the streakers and “find real criminals.”

The event, known in Boulder as the Naked Pumpkin Run, has been held for 10 years.

DEFENSE MISSION

Navy commands a short-range missile test

One of two short-range ballistic missiles shot from a military facility in Hawaii in a defense system test was hit by an interceptor missile fired from a Navy ship, naval officials said.

Vice Adm. Samuel Locklear said Saturday’s trial marked the first time the Navy, rather than the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, oversaw the firing of a Standard Missile-3 interceptor against a ballistic missile target.

The San Diego-based 3rd Fleet had command and control of the mission, in which two target missiles were fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai island.

SAN GABRIEL RESCUE

Couple retrieved from California mountain

A man and a woman trapped overnight in the San Gabriel Mountains have been flown to safety by a helicopter rescue crew.

San Bernardino County, Calif., sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said the couple became trapped by darkness and heavy fog Saturday as they hiked the Ontario Peak Trail.

Robert Hagner, 52, and Jennifer Rozler, 38, were plucked off the mountain late Sunday morning by a Sheriff’s Department helicopter.

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