NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The surf is churning in Southern California, and even bigger waves are brewing. Surfers and gawkers crowded beaches yesterday while workers hurried to fortify beaches and sandbag low-lying areas against flooding from the serious surf expected to peak today, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy who was seriously injured by falling bricks during the earthquake that struck California wine country says he initially feared he'd been paralyzed and feels lucky to be alive. Nicholas Dillon's pelvis was fractured in several places when part of a fireplace collapsed onto him while he was sleeping in his family's Napa living room when the quake struck. Nicholas spoke to the Chronicle from bed yesterday at UC Davis Children's Hospital, where he's listed in fair condition.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers. Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles introduced the bill after two California teenagers were shot by law enforcement officers confusing toy guns for real ones.
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say 19 people have been indicted in a cocaine sweep that led investigators from California to New York. Los Angeles law enforcers and Homeland Security agents seized 44 pounds of cocaine last year. Authorities say it was prepared for delivery to a home in Amityville, New York. All 19 of the indictments are against residents of Suffolk County, New York.
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