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POSTED December 17, 2012 9:30 p.m.

2 HURT WHEN TRUCK VEERS OFF I-280, CATCHES FIRE: MILLBRAE  (AP) — Two men are hospitalized with what a California Highway Patrol spokesman describes as "major burns" after the delivery truck they were in ran off the side of a San Francisco Bay area freeway, crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

CHP Officer Art Montiel says the two men were heading southbound on Interstate 280 in Millbrae when their truck veered off the freeway and crashed down an embankment before hitting the tree around 10 a.m. Monday.

The passenger was able to get out of the burning truck, but the driver was trapped inside.

Montiel says several motorists stopped and tried to help before fire crews arrived and were able to get the man out of the burning truck.

JUDGE WEIGHS TEXAS SCHOOL'S TRACKING ID PROGRAM: SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal judge is mulling whether a Texas high school that requires students to wear tracking badges can remove students who refuse to comply.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia on Monday didn't immediately decide whether San Antonio's Northside school district has the right to transfer 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez to another campus. The sophomore is refusing to join 4,200 other students wearing mandatory student IDs implanted with tracking chips.

Administrators say the chips make students safer and will help boost attendance records that are used to calculate badly needed state funding.

Hernandez is suing to stop the district from forcing her to change schools. Her family says the badge is a "mark of the beast" that goes against their religion.

115-YEAR-OLD WOMAN DIES, WAS WORLD'S OLDEST PERSON: DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 115-year-old Iowa woman has died less than two weeks after inheriting the title of world's oldest person, her family said Monday.

Dina Manfredini, who lived at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, died Monday morning, according to her granddaughter Lori Logli. Logli would not elaborate on her grandmother's cause of death, but she said Manfredini had been suffering from a fever.

Guinness World Records confirmed Manfredini inherited the title of world's oldest living person less than two weeks ago. Besse Cooper of Georgia previously held the title at age 116.

Logli said her grandmother was known as a great cook who baked Italian bread every Sunday for her family, and meticulously made pasta by hand. She called Manfredini a hard worker.

Logli said Manfredini also looked very young for her age. She had salt-and-pepper hair until she was about 110 years old.

 

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