CALIFORNIA: Second mild quake in 2 days
Southern California was shaken Wednesday by the second moderate but widely felt earthquake in less than 11 hours, but no harm was reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-4.5 quake at 9:33 a.m. was centered two miles northeast of Yorba Linda in Orange County, 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. A magnitude-4.5 quake centered in the same area struck late Tuesday night. Both were followed by numerous aftershocks mostly too small to be felt. "It was a decent-sized shake and it's a reminder for everyone to have a plan for the Big One," said Capt. Marc Stone of the Orange County Fire Authority.
Refinery a pollution violator
A refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is likely to increase West Coast gas prices was just the latest pollution incident at the Chevron oil facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years. It is one of three such facilities in Contra Costa County that are among the state's top 10 emitters of toxic chemicals, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Release Inventory. The Richmond refinery has been cited by San Francisco Bay Area regulators for violating air regulations 93 times in five years.
OHIO: Astronaut, 82, has heart surgery
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, is recovering from heart surgery, days after his 82nd birthday. His wife Carol told a NASA spokesman he was in recuperation. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. He spent nearly three hours on a moonwalk with Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.
GEORGIA: 80 escape fire on bus
A double-decker bus caught fire Wednesday along Interstate 85 in northeast Georgia, forcing passengers to scramble off and closing the northbound lanes for hours. The bus was traveling from Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C., when the fire began at 11:40 a.m. near Lavonia. About 80 passengers were aboard and the driver safely evacuated them, the Megabus company said. Megabus, offering low-priced, one-way fares between major cities in the United States and Canada, is owned by Coach USA of Paramus, N.J.