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POSTED March 10, 2013 7:29 p.m.

• 49ERS SELL 75 PERCENT OF TICKETS IN NEW STADIUM: SANTA CLARA  (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have already sold three-quarters of the seats at its new Silicon Valley stadium, thanks in part to the team’s Super Bowl run.

The 49ers said Friday that fans and corporations have bought $403 million worth of tickets at the Santa Clara stadium that’s set to open next year, when the team leaves Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

The new $1.2 billion stadium requires fans to buy seats that cost between $2,000 and $80,000, then purchase season tickets that cost $850 to $3,750 each year. The most expensive seats in the 68,500-seat stadium have already sold out.

Tiickets sold steadily throughout the NFL season and jumped when the 49ers reached the Super Bowl, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.



• 5 TEENS KILLED, 2 HURT IN NORTHEAST OHIO SUV CRASH: WARREN, Ohio (AP) — Highway Patrol officials say speed was a factor in the violent early morning crash of a sports utility vehicle that killed six teenagers in the northeast Ohio.

Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt says at a Sunday night news conference that he wouldn’t estimate the speed the Honda Passport was traveling when it crashed into a guardrail and flipped over into a swampy pond at about 7 a.m. Sunday. He says that speed was an issue with the SUV that was carrying eight teenagers.



• US GAS PRICES DROP 6 CENTS OVER PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO  (AP) — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped six cents over the past two weeks. It’s the first decrease in gas prices since late December.

The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.74. Midgrade costs an average of $3.91 a gallon, and premium is $4.04. Diesel was down four cents to $4.13 gallon.

Of the cities surveyed in the lower 48 states, Billings, Mont., has the nation’s lowest average price for gas at $3.31. Los Angeles has the highest at $4.23.

In California, the lowest average price was $4.02 in Sacramento. The average statewide for a gallon of regular was $4.15, down three cents.



• 2 YEARS AFTER JAPAN TSUNAMI, DEBRIS SPREADS IN US: JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two years ago, the yellow buoy was hanging as part of a restaurant sign in the coastal community of Minamisanriku in northern Japan when an earthquake triggered a tsunami and washed it — and so much more — out to sea.

About a year later, the buoy was found more than 3,000 miles away on a remote Alaska island, discovered by an avid beachcomber who, through sheer coincidence, was later able to find the owner, who had lost her home and business. Hundreds of similar buoys have been found on beaches along the West Coast, a combination of the everyday trash that has plagued coastal areas for years and debris washed away by the March 11, 2011 disaster.

The confirmed items include several derelict vessels, including a small boat found in Hawaii waters, large docks that have washed ashore in Washington state and Oregon and a motorcycle that washed ashore off the coast of British Columbia.

The Japanese government estimated 1.5 million tons of debris was floating in the ocean in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, which devastated a long stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast and killed thousands of people. But it’s not clear how much is still out there or what might reach U.S. shores.



• NEVADA’S “NONE” TO BE HEARD BY 9TH CIRCUIT PANEL: CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The unique Nevada law that allows voters to cast a ballot for “none of the above” is coming under new scrutiny over whether it’s constitutional.

A U.S. appeals court will hear arguments Monday in a lawsuit backed by national Republicans that argues the ballot option violates federal law by disenfranchising voters.

Nevada is the only state in the nation that gives voters the option of “none of these candidates” in statewide races — president, U.S. Senate, state constitutional officers and the Nevada Supreme Court. Nevada enacted the law as a way to combat voter apathy in the wake of the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon. It was intended to give voters a way to voice their displeasure with candidates and elected officials at the ballot box.

Though sometimes a popular choice, “none” can never win even if it receives the most votes. That’s never happened in a general election contest, though “none” has played spoiler in some high-profile races.

Republicans sued last year over the law, fearing “none” could siphon votes from a disgruntled electorate and sway the outcome of a close presidential or U.S. Senate race.

Filed on behalf of 11 Nevada voters, the suit claimed that not allowing “none” to win in an election violates a slew of constitutional protections such as due process and equal protection, not to mention the Voting Rights Act.



• 1 KILLED, 6 HURT AS TRUCK DRIVES ONTO LA SIDEWALK: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a 52-year-old woman was killed and six people were injured when a pickup truck ran onto a crowded sidewalk and crashed into an Indian food restaurant in downtown Los Angeles.

City fire department spokesman Erik Scott said a male driver and a female passenger were in the truck that crossed the sidewalk Sunday afternoon at a bustling Broadway intersection.

Scott says no more than the front quarter of the truck ended up going through the window of the restaurant.

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