DMV adds Saturday hours amid complaints

The California Department of Motor Vehicles will add Saturday hours after growing complaints about long wait times because of new license requirements.

The DMV said Friday it will open 17 more offices on Saturdays starting in August.

The DMV introduced some Saturday hours in June and will expand the services to 60 offices, making all services available other than driving tests.

The agency blames the delays on federally mandated security upgrades to driver licenses and identification cards. It expects to spend almost $70 million and hire more workers in the next two years to accommodate the millions of people who need upgrades.

Three state lawmakers are also seeking a state audit of the DMV's wait times and its handling of the REAL ID upgrades.


Baby sitter pleads not guilty to leaving boy in car

A baby sitter accused of leaving a boy in a hot car has pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The District Attorney's Office says 60-year-old Helen Law entered the plea Friday to one felony count of child abuse.

Prosecutors say Law was baby-sitting a 6-year-old boy on June 12 when she left him in the locked car for more than an hour while she had lunch at a restaurant in suburban Alhambra.

A passer-by saw the boy crying in the car and called police, who removed the boy and found Law.

If convicted as charged, Law faces up to six years in state prison.


Flames force plane to turn back to airport

An official says a flight that left San Francisco bound for Sydney, Australia, made a quick turnaround due to flames caused by a mechanical failure.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports United Airlines Flight 863 took off at 10:45 p.m. but after flames started spitting from an undisclosed part of the plane pilots returned to San Francisco International Airport.

United spokeswoman Maddie King says in a statement the plane landed safely in San Francisco at 12:30 a.m.

King says passengers to Sydney were rebooked on other flights and the plane is being inspecting.

Despite the flames forcing the flight to return to San Francisco, United Airlines officials say it was not an "emergency" landing.

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