2 wounded in fight at Baltimore hotel

BALTIMORE (AP) — One man was shot in the face and another was severely beaten when a fight erupted early Sunday during a birthday party at a downtown Baltimore hotel, police said.

A woman had rented two adjoining hotel rooms for a birthday party with about 20 young adults when a fight broke out between two 19-year-old men, Raymond Woodland and Marquis Johnson, police said. It's unclear what started the fight, Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Guglielmi said Woodland pulled out a Tech-9 semiautomatic machine pistol and fired one shot, striking Johnson in the face. Then two of Johnson's friends took the gun, held Woodland down and severely beat him, police said.

Woodland was in critical condition, while Johnson was in serious condition and expected to survive, Guglielmi said.

Woodland, who is on probation for earlier drug charges, was expected to be charged with attempted murder, assault and illegal weapons charges when he's released from the hospital, Guglielmi said.

Police probe phony report of shooting

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — An investigation is under way after someone broadcast a false report of an "officer-involved shooting" over a police radio frequency in the northwestern Washington city of Port Angeles.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that the phony broadcast Saturday night from an unknown source said the shooting had occurred at a city restaurant. Officers from the Port Angeles Police Department and three other agencies converged on the restaurant with guns drawn, but found no crime had been committed.

The hoax call came nearly a week after four police officers were gunned down in a coffee shop in a Tacoma suburb. Another officer was shot and killed on Halloween night in Seattle.

Police Deputy Chief Brian Smith says a criminal investigation has been opened and investigators are determined to find who was responsible for the false report.

Blagojevich lawyers' items still not found

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a search of a Chicago home didn't turn up any of the items stolen from former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorneys.

Chicago police said late Saturday that "a thorough search of the premises revealed none of the stolen items from the law firm."

Police say they made one arrest on weapons charges, but it wasn't related to the burglaries.

Police said Friday that burglars broke into the offices of Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam and his son, Samuel E. Adam, and took items that may contain information about Blagojevich's case. Those items include eight computers and a safe.

Blagojevich is charged with scheming to trade or sell President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.

Police say their investigation continues.

Gas prices decline by 1.24% in 2 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline in the United States has dropped 1.24 cents over a two-week period to $2.64.

That's according to the national Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday.

Analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average price for a gallon of mid-grade was $2.77. Premium was at $2.88.

Cheyenne, Wyo., had the lowest price among cities surveyed at $2.38 a gallon for regular. Anchorage was the highest at $3.28.

In California, prices fell 3.22 cents since Nov. 20. A gallon of regular cost an average of $2.88.

Fresno had the state's least expensive gas at $2.76 a gallon. San Francisco remained the steepest at $2.92.

Police say stepping into road was suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old girl has killed herself by stepping in front of a vehicle on a Los Angeles County freeway.

California Highway Patrol Officer Anthony Martin says the girl walked onto the northbound lanes of the 170 Freeway in North Hollywood early Sunday.

She was struck by a Jeep in the right hand lane. Martin says the driver stopped and passed a field sobriety test. He was not injured.

Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie says the girl has been identified as Cecilia Casas of North Hollywood.

Hundreds file claims of Jesuit sex abuse

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — More than 500 people in the Northwest filed claims against the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus in advance of a November deadline, alleging members of the Catholic order sexually abused them as children.

The Spokesman-Review in Spokane reports the claims against the Jesuits span decades and range from Native Alaskan children to students at Spokane's Gonzaga Preparatory School.

A federal judge overseeing the Chapter 11 reorganization of the province set a Nov. 30 deadline for people to file the claims. The organization includes Jesuits in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The Jesuits already have settled 200 additional sex-abuse claims.