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POSTED April 8, 2012 6:38 p.m.

COAST GUARD SAYS 2 MEN, BOY OK AFTER NIGHT AT SEA: BODEGA BAY (AP) — The Coast Guard says two men and a seven-year-old boy are OK after they spent a cold night at sea on a disabled small boat.

Coast Guard spokesman Ensign Mark Leahey says the three were fishing in a 12-foot boat that lost power some time Saturday near Bodega Bay.

When the three did not return as expected on Saturday night, a family member called the Coast Guard, which launched a search a little before midnight.

After a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted the stranded boat Sunday morning, a Coast Guard motor lifeboat towed the boat back to Bodega Bay.

Leahey did not know the sea conditions overnight, but the National Weather Service says temperatures dipped into the 40s.

REFORESTATION NOT TAKING ROOT IN STATION FIRE AREA: LOS ANGELES (AP) — An ambitious reforestation plan for areas scorched by Southern California's devastating Station Fire has been slow to take root, with most of the 900,000 seedlings dying in the year since they were planted.

The U.S. Forest Service estimates that just a quarter of the new pine and fir trees are thriving — far below the 75 to 80 percent survival rate the agency wanted, the Los Angeles Times said Saturday.

"When we planted seedlings, conditions were ideal in terms of soil composition and temperature, rainfall and weather trends," Steve Bear, resource officer for the service's Los Angeles River Ranger District, told the newspaper. "Then the ground dried out and there just wasn't enough moisture after we planted."

NATIONAL GAS PRICES UP 4 CENTS IN PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO (AP) — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped nearly four cents over the past two weeks.

That's according to the Lundberg Survey of fuel prices, released Sunday, which puts the price of a gallon of regular at $3.97.

Midgrade costs an average of $4.11 a gallon, and premium is at $4.22.

Of the cities surveyed, Tulsa, Okla., has the nation's lowest average price for gas at $3.66. Chicago has the highest at $4.45.

In California, the lowest average price was $4.18 in Fresno. The highest was $4.29 in San Francisco. The average statewide for a gallon of regular was $4.25, down about six cents.

'HUNGER GAMES' SCORES EASTER FEAST WITH $33.5M: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film fans are still forking over for "The Hunger Games," which took in $33.5 million to lead the box office for a third-straight weekend.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games" raised its domestic total to $302.8 million. It easily out-earned two returning favorites, Universal's "American Pie" sequel "American Reunion" and a 3-D version of the blockbuster "Titanic," released domestically by Paramount and overseas by 20th Century Fox.

Both newcomers opened solidly, though. "American Reunion" pulled in $21.5 million, the lowest haul since the 1999 original but still a decent return for a comedy franchise whose last big-screen chapter came nine years ago.

"Titanic" in 3-D reeled in $17.4 million over the weekend, raising its domestic take to $25.7 million since opening Wednesday. That lifts the lifetime domestic gross of James Cameron's mega-hit to $626.5 million.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence as a teen forced to fight other youths in a televised death match, "The Hunger Games" now has topped the domestic gross of each of the "Twilight" movies and all but the first and last of the "Harry Potter" films.

 

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