Powerful earthquake strikes off N. Calif. coast
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Sunday night off the coast of Northern California, but there were no early signs of a tsunami.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck at 9:18 p.m. PDT about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed and about 50 miles west of Eureka.
USGS seismologist Susan Hoover says more than 300 people have reported feeling the temblor on their website.
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a statement on the quake, but not a watch or an advisory.
Man arrested after San Francisco officer shot
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police arrested and identified the driver of a car that led police on a 90-mile chase throughout the San Francisco Bay Area following the shooting and wounding of a police officer.
The San Francisco Police announced Sunday that 50-year-old Jeffrey Ruano will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, convicted felon in possession of ammunition, driving in excess of 100 miles per hour and evading a police officer. The two female passengers in Ruano's car were released without being charged.
On Saturday afternoon, 28-year-old Officer Adam Shaw was shot in the shoulder after responding to a report of vandalism. Officials said Shaw is recovering in the hospital after undergoing surgery.
HIGHWAY TREE DEATH
1 dead after tree falls on I-80 outside Sacramento
VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says one person was killed after a tree fell on a highway southwest of Sacramento.
CHP Officer Ogilvie, who would not give his first name, says the tree fell onto westbound Interstate 80 in Vacaville on Sunday afternoon, and one driver was killed in the incident.
CHP officials would not immediately release further information on how the crash occurred or the identity of the victim.
Vacaville is in Solano County about 30 miles southwest of Sacramento.
Gas prices may jump from California emissions law
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's greenhouse gas reduction law already has shaken up the state's industrial sector, costing it more than $1.5 billion in pollution permit fees.
It's now poised to hit the pocketbooks of everyday Californians.
Starting next year, the law will force distributors of gasoline, natural gas, propane and other consumer fuels into the same cap-and-trade marketplace as utilities and major manufacturers.
The oil industry says that will lead to price increases of at least 12 cents a gallon immediately. State regulators say any price spikes could vary widely, from barely noticeable to double digits.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says the additional fuel costs eventually could spike as high as 40 cents a gallon and has proposed an alternative - a flat carbon tax starting at 15 cents a gallon.
California oversight may be coming to pot shops
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed.
A California lawmaker has introduced legislation to regulate the state's free-wheeling medical marijuana industry - the farmers that grow the drug, the hundreds of storefront shops that sell it and the doctors who write recommendations allowing its use.
The bill marks a milestone not only because it would provide significant state oversight of the multi-billion dollar industry for the first time, but because it is likely to get serious consideration in Sacramento after years of inaction.
It is the brainchild of the California Police Chiefs Association and the League of California Cities, politically influential groups that have stood in the way of efforts to legitimize pot growers and dispensaries by subjecting them to state control and taxation.
Japanese jet makes emergency landing in Honolulu
HONOLULU (AP) - A Japan Airlines flight bound for San Francisco carrying more than 170 people made an emergency landing at the Honolulu International Airport.
The airport manager's office says that the jetliner landed without incident around 1 p.m. Saturday.
Airlines spokesman Yang Jian says the Boeing 787 had cockpit indicators showing engine trouble and made the emergency landing in Honolulu.
Jian says none of the 160 passengers and 11 crew members was injured.
He says that the cockpit indicators showed that oil pressure was down with an engine.
Tahoe casino to close April 1 for renovations
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - The Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline will close April 1 for multi-million-dollar renovations.
Brothers Jon and David Park of Neva One LLC, which recently acquired the property, say they want to bring the 539-room hotel and casino up to current standards.
The resort on Lake Tahoe's south shore opened as Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe in 1965.
Neva One gave no indication when the Horizon would reopen, saying additional plans for the property and a timeline regarding the renovation would be announced in coming weeks.
The company says current employees will have a chance to meet with Nevada JobConnect regarding other employment opportunities in the Lake Tahoe area.
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