VICTORVILLE

Baby girl's body found at recycling plant

An autopsy was planned on a baby girl whose body was found on a conveyor belt by a worker sorting out cans and plastics at a Southern California recycling center.

Authorities said the body was found wrapped in a blanket Thursday morning at the plant in Victorville, about 85 miles north of Los Angeles.

Homicide detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department were investigating. The infant's age was not immediately known, but authorities said she appeared to be a newborn.

"Anyone who is aware of a female who has recently given birth and doesn't have that child in her possession is urged to contact" authorities, San Bernardino County Sherriff's Department spokeswoman Jodi Miller told the Victorville Valley Press (http://bit.ly/1afnowS ).

The recycling center serves residents and businesses in the high desert region northeast of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains.

LOS ANGELES

Man freed from chimney in apartment building

A man was rescued after getting stuck 30 feet down a chimney at a Los Angeles apartment building.

Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says firefighters pulled the man out of the bottom of the furnace chimney at the four-story building in Koreatown before dawn Friday.


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Scott says the man was taken to a hospital in fair condition, and police will investigate what led to the incident.

Feds charge 12 people in ATM card skimming scam

Federal authorities have charged 12 people with allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars by placing card skimming devices on ATMs.

The FBI said Thursday that the defendants obtained or manufactured devices to be placed over ATM card readers in order to obtain information on customers' debit cards.

The scheme also allegedly involved using mini video cameras to capture customer ATM personal identification numbers.

After obtaining this information, the defendants allegedly made cash withdrawals from machines in Southern California as well as San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Nine people were arrested after agents served search warrants on Wednesday. Three of those charged are still being sought.

The defendants could each face 13 years in federal prison if convicted.

-- The Associated Press