99 Cents Only Stores founder D. Gold dies

LOS ANGELES - The man who founded the 99 Cents Only Stores chain that offers everything from apples to school supplies for under a buck has died. Dave Gold was 80.

His son, Jeff Gold, told the Los Angeles Times that Gold died Monday of an apparent heart attack at his Los Angeles home.

Gold was 50 when he opened the first store in 1982. He told the Times in 2003 that while working at a liquor store, he discovered that items he discounted to, say, 98 cents or $1.02 never sold out but a 99-cent label was magic.

His stores eventually spread to middle-class and even upscale neighborhoods in California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

Gold became a multimillionaire but lived modestly.

The company was sold in 2011 for about $1.6 billion.

Fresno Air Guard unit to get F-15 squadron

FRESNO - An Air National Guard unit that once faced the chopping block now will get an infusion of F-15 Eagle Fighter jets.

The Fresno Bee reported the 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard in Fresno will receive the jets this summer, pending final approval of an environmental impact study.

The 21 planes are coming from the Montana Air National Guard in Great Falls. The 144th's current F-16s will go to Arizona, officials said.

Collector selling off 55,000 dresses

GARDENA - It was a sale fit for a princess on Saturday as a Southern California man put up for sale some of the 55,000 dresses and ballgowns in his collection.

Paul Brockmann of Lomita fell in love with the beauty of the frocks as a poor boy in Germany and over 56 years he pieced together a collection from thrift stores, estate sales and department store markdowns.

Some were worn by his wife, Margot, now 76, when the couple went ballroom dancing.

"I didn't want my wife to wear a dress two or three times," he told The Associated Press.

They were kept in the garage in near-perfect shape until his daughter persuaded him recently to sell them.

On Saturday, about 15,000 were on display at a rented Gardena warehouse where the collection is stored. At the end of the day, 30 to 40 had been sold at prices ranging from $25 to $200, said Pilar De Posadas, a family friend.

North Dakota

Red River appears to have crested

FARGO - Fargo officials made one last call for sandbaggers Saturday to help residents in a southwest Fargo neighborhood that's a mile away from the rising Red River but needs protection from a nearby coulee.

The final preparations came on a day when the National Weather Service said the Red River appears to have crested about 50 miles upstream of Fargo, and it came in lower than expected. The river likely reached its peak in Wahpeton at lower than 14.5 feet after initial forecasts - before a favorable snowmelt pattern and a downward trend in precipitation - placed the crest at 17 feet.

Although most structures in Fargo are protected to 39 feet, workers are building miles of clay levees and volunteers are sandbagging at least 134 homes as an insurance policy.


Western jacket worn by Gable auctioned off

RENO - A Western-style jacket worn by Clark Gable during filming of "The Misfits" around Reno in 1960 has sold for $6,543 at auction.

The jacket was sold during an online auction staged Thursday night by New Hampshire-based RR Auction.

A letter that accompanied the jacket said it was purchased at Parker's Western Wear in Reno as shooting of the film was beginning, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. The sale also included a photo of Gable posing on the set in the jacket.

A Reno memorabilia collector who wanted to remain anonymous put the jacket up for sale. The buyer was not identified. "The Misfits" was the last complete film for both Gable and Marilyn Monroe.

New York

Actor raises $2M online for film sequel

NEW YORK - Zach Braff has met his goal on Kickstarter, raising $2 million in three days to fund his follow-up to "Garden State."

The actor-director's crowd-funding campaign follows Rob Thomas' wildly successful use of Kickstarter to finance a movie of the defunct TV series "Veronica Mars." Thomas pulled in $2 million in less than a day, eventually gathering more than $5.7 million in 30 days.

Some observers have criticized Hollywood stars for using the Kickstarter website to dip into the pockets of their loyal fans. Braff has said this is the only way for him to direct his first film since "Garden State" with his desired casting.

After passing his goal Saturday, the "Scrubs" star said on Twitter: "I will not let you down. Let's go make a killer movie."

The Associated Press