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POSTED November 24, 2012 1:31 a.m.

• 1 dead, 1 critically injured in Highway 101crash: PALO ALTO (AP) — Authorities say a woman died and her sister was critically injured when they were thrown from their SUV after it crashed into a California Highway Patrol car and flipped over on Highway 101 in Palo Alto.

The crash occurred a little before 7 a.m. Friday on northbound 101 near the Oregon Expressway and Embarcadero Road off-ramp. CHP officials say it’s not clear what caused the SUV to slam into the back of the patrol car.

The officer, who suffered minor injuries, had pulled over to help a motorist who was changing a tire.

The SUV was carrying a couple and their four daughters. The woman who died was a 24-year-old San Bruno resident. Her name has not been released.

The parents and two other daughters suffered minor to major injuries.

• Man sues San Diego after palm tree crushes legs: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego man is suing the city after a palm tree fell on him and crushed his legs.

Michael Burke blames city budget cuts for the accident two years ago.

U-T San Diego says his lawsuit goes to trial on Dec. 3 and a victory could cost San Diego millions of dollars.

Burke was left without the use of his legs after a palm near his Mission Hills home toppled on him in January 2010 after a four-day storm.

His lawsuit claims cutbacks in tree-trimming and inspection services created a “ticking time bomb” of diseased and dead trees that could fall at any time.

San Diego says it was an unforeseeable accident and the city isn’t responsible.

• House fire displaces San Jacinto family: SAN JACINTO (AP) — The Riverside County Fire Department says an early morning house fire has displaced a San Jacinto family.

Firefighters responding at 12:10 a.m. Friday found heavy fire in the garage area but flames spread into the attic area of the house before they were contained at 12:46 a.m.

The incident commander has asked the American Red Cross to assist four adults, two minors and a family dog that were displaced due to extensive damage.

• 3rd inmate dies in 4 months at Santa Cruz jail: SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what killed an inmate at the Santa Cruz County Jail this week — the third such death in four months.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel says the 47-year-old man was found in his bunk bed on Tuesday evening. CPR was performed but he was declared dead a short time later.

He’d been arrested three days earlier for a probation violation. Authorities say no foul play’s suspected.

Sheriff’s Lt. Shea Johnson says the inmate told jail staff he was having drug withdrawal symptoms and was on a “detox protocol” that included extra medical attention.

In August, a 27-year-old woman died in the jail from medical problems attributed to heroin abuse.

In October, a 59-year-old man collapsed during booking and died of cardiovascular disease.

• Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter rescues hike
r: SANTA ROSA (AP) — Authorities say a Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter crew rescued a 68-year-old hiker who suffered a head injury when he fell from a pinnacle overlooking the Sonoma Valley.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rose reports ( that the rescue on Hood Mountain began around 11:30 a.m. Thursday when several hikers reported the unidentified Kenwood man’s fall. He apparently dropped 10 to 15 feet.

The crew reached the man using a 100-foot line, brought him on board and then transferred him to another helicopter at a nearby landing spot. He was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

His condition was not immediately available.

Authorities say it would have taken emergency responders at least 45 minutes to reach the man on foot.

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