COVELO, Calif. (AP) - A small earthquake rattled parts of Northern California. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.5 quake struck Sunday at 1:17 p.m. PDT about six miles south of Covelo in Mendocino County. The epicenter was about 120 miles from west of Sacramento. No damage was reported.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators are scrambling to hire two railroad bridge inspectors amid a surge in crude oil shipments by train. The Contra Costa County Times reported yesterday that the safety of thousands of railroad bridges in California is now left to rail line companies and one federal inspector responsible for 11 states. One of the first tasks for the new inspectors once hired by the California Public Utilities Commission will be to compile a list of all railroad bridges in the state.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Wildlife rehabilitation experts are working to keep two baby opossums alive after the mother was apparently beaten to death with a sharp rock. The Press-Enterprise reports that the 2-year-old mother with two babies in its pouch was found in critical condition by a security guard outside an industrial building in Fontana last Monday. Verville has been feeding cat milk replacement to the hungry babies, which she says tends to suit most wildlife.
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) - Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought. The San Jose Mercury News reports that rangers with the Midpeninsula Open Space District descended on Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos on Thursday, saying the clothing-optional resort was illegally taking water from a nearby upstream waterfall. The resort's owners say they are entitled to use the waterfall, which they need to keep their water tank full in case of a fire and to top off their pool for both skinny-dipping and as a backup water source for a fire.
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