LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hoping to survive a real earthquake, many Californians and people in some quake prone areas of the world today will drop, cover and hold on during an annual preparedness drill. Some 24 million people, including 9 ½ million in California, have signed up to duck under their desks and cover their heads at 10:17 a.m. local time. The Great ShakeOut was first held in California in 2008 and has since gone global.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco Bay area commuters will see BART trains running as usual today after the two sides in long-running labor contract talks agreed to keep meeting. Commuters are getting used to such announcements — they've endured seven strike deadlines, sometimes staying up past midnight waiting to hear if the trains will run in the morning.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two young men have been arrested in connection with a shooting Monday on the campus of Fresno City College. The State Center Community College District police chief announced the arrests yesterday. The Fresno Bee reports that suspects Lawrence Darrough and Darnell Thomas had no connection to the campus.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rare whale that has a dolphin-shaped head and saber-like teeth has been found dead on Los Angeles' Venice Beach, even though it prefers frigid subarctic waters. The LA Times reports the roughly 15-foot-long female Stejneger's beaked whale washed ashore Tuesday night. A truck hauled away the mammal, which will be autopsied by scientists to learn more about it and how it died.