EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - An earthquake that struck offshore and rattled the Northern California coast has been downgraded to a magnitude-6.8. The quake about 50 miles west of Eureka last night was initially reported as a magnitude-6.9. It was felt widely across the region and across the Oregon border, but there were no reports of injuries or damage.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Central California man accused of pointing a high-powered laser at a police helicopter has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office said a judge issued the sentence against 26-year-old Sergio Rodriguez of Clovis today. Authorities say such laser strikes can blind pilots and lead to crashes.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - School districts and the state would be required to do a better job of tracking students who miss class under proposed legislation designed to lower California's dropout rate. The package of bills announced today would write into law recommendations from a report released by Attorney General Kamala Harris in September.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Predicted gusty Santa Ana winds and low relative humidity will bring wildfire concerns in Southern California by midweek. The National Weather Service says a trough of low pressure currently near Oregon will drop south into California by Wednesday, bringing gusty offshore flow mainly over Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
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