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POSTED September 14, 2012 9:16 p.m.

Neighbor rescues boy in burning house

BOULDER CREEK  (AP) — A neighbor has run into a burning Northern California house and rescued a boy who accidentally started the blaze with a lighter.

Boulder Creek fire Chief Kevin McClish says flames had engulfed the two-story house by the time firefighters arrived Thursday night. The mountain hamlet is about 15 miles north of Santa Cruz.

There are no injuries, but five people who lived in the house have been displaced.

A man who lives next door saw the flames, entered the home and rescued the boy. The child's age hasn't been The boy was playing with a lighter in an upstairs room and he apparently started the fire.

ACLU says FBI was watching Occupy Oakland

OAKLAND  (AP) — Documents show the FBI was keeping a watchful eye on Occupy Oakland protests last year.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California obtained 13 pages of documents through a public records request.

The documents include FBI reports on Occupy protests in Oakland, a meeting on how to deal with a possible airport demonstration and an alert to corporate security officials before December's attempt to shut down the Port of Oakland.

The ACLU said Thursday that the FBI refuses to release another 24 pages of documents, saying it needs to protect confidential informants and national security.

ACLU attorney Linda Lye says the civil rights organization wants to find out why Occupy demonstrations rise to the level of FBI interest.

BART snags extra $11M  on higher ridership

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say higher ridership and a tax boost have brought in an extra $11 million.

BART directors voted Thursday to spend the unexpected fiscal year bonus on late-night bus service, replacement of rail car carpeting and on an attempt to contain a worsening workers' compensation problem.

Ridership in the fiscal year ending in June jumped to a record 111 million, or about 366,000 per day. The previous record, set in 2008, was more than 107 million or 358,000 a day.

Riders paid nearly $22 million in fares, about 6.3 percent more than BART had anticipated. Likewise, sales tax revenue grew by about 8 percent over the previous year.

Burlingame High student charged in school threat

BURLINGAME  (AP) — Authorities say a Burlingame teenager who e-mailed a bomb threat to her high school has been sentenced to two weeks in county jail and three years' probation.

The San Mateo County District Attorney's office says 19-year-old Christine Nicole Azzolino was sentenced on Wednesday after admitting to using another student's account to send a message to administrators at Burlingame High School about having a gun and a bomb in February.

Authorities locked down the school immediately after Azzolino sent the e-mail, evacuating students and searching the premises with bomb-sniffing dogs.

Azzolino would tell investigators that the threat had no merit. She pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting a bomb in July.

Azzolino must also attend 32 hours of counseling in addition to her jail time and probation.

She returns to court to discuss restitution in November.


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