LOS ANGELES

One dead, five hurt at parties

One person was killed and five were injured in two separate incidents at parties ahead of the television show BET Awards that were not officially connected to the ceremony, Los Angeles police said. Gunfire killed one person and wounded four others early Sunday at the Monalizza Restaurant & Banquet Hall, Officer Drake Madison said. It was not immediately clear whether the shooter attended the party or fired from outside, he said. In a separate incident, a man was stabbed in the stomach Saturday night at the Lure nightclub, Madison said. Police are searching for suspects in both incidents at venues not in the same immediate area. Madison said both parties were related to the BET Awards but not part of the official events. BET organizers say the events were not authorized or affiliated with the awards ceremony, and security is a top priority for all planned activities. The awards were broadcast Sunday night at 8 p.m. Eastern.

LOS ANGELES

‘Transformers’ film on top

Transformers: Age of Extinction is ruling the box office. The fourth installment in filmmaker Michael Bay’s morphing robots series took in $100 million in revenues in North America during its opening weekend, making it the biggest debut for a movie this year, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Paramount blockbuster outperformed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and its $95 million inauguration in April.

PHILADELPHIA

Victim, 3, is identified

Authorities were investigating how a metal security grate detached and fell from the facade of an Italian ice shop, killing a 3-year-old girl. The girl, Wynter Larkin, was with her mother at the Rita’s Water Ice store in north Philadelphia where a fundraiser for a sorority and fraternity was underway Saturday when she was trapped under the falling grate, police and witnesses said. Carlton Williams, commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, said in an emailed statement that there were no open violations at the store and no reported problems with its security gate.

HOOPER BAY, ALASKA

Postal program in red

The Washington Post reported that under a federal program exclusive to Alaska, the U.S. Postal Service is responsible for shipping more than 100 million pounds a year of apples, frozen meat, dog food, diapers and countless other consumer items to off-road villages in sparsely populated outposts. Over three decades acting as freight forwarder, the agency has lost $2.5 billion, the report said. The system cost the Postal Service $77.5 million last year, agency officials said.

Compiled from wire reports