ORLAND, Calif. (AP) - Frantic calls to police from the scene of last week's deadly crash between a tractor-trailer and tour bus carrying students included one from a dazed student who struggled to put into words what just had happened. The call was included on 911 recordings release today by the California Highway Patrol as it investigates the cause of the crash that left 10 people dead. In the call from the student on the bus, shrieks can be heard as the person tries to recount how a Fed-Ex truck barreled across the median of Interstate 5 and hit the bus head on about 100 miles north of Sacramento.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Korean Air A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at a remote end of Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard. Airline spokeswoman Penny Pfaelzer says the flight arrived from Seoul yesterday afternoon with 384 people aboard. She says an airport operations vehicle guided the jet onto a taxiway that wasn't wide enough. The plane's right wing was found to be scratched but no one was injured. Two 30-foot light poles were bent in the incident.
SOLVANG, Calif. (AP) - California authorities say the military ordnance that prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in the tourist town of Solvang was a used shell but it still was potentially dangerous. Between 500 and 700 homes and businesses were evacuated yesterday after the 105 mm shell was discovered amid trash in an alley. Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover says the 18-inch-long shell had been fired but still had its fuse, making it potentially unstable.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Tens of thousands of spring-run Chinook salmon are being released into the San Joaquin River, marking a major milestone in the federal plan to restore native fish populations to the state's second-longest river. The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 54,000 hatchery-produced salmon into the river from a site near Fresno today. Though environmentalists are celebrating the release, federal water managers say the state's drought means not all of the fish will return to spawn.
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