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POSTED November 7, 2013 9:21 p.m.

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND  (AP) — State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The Contra Costa Times  reports that work the $23 million custom steel saddles designed to carry seismic loads originally intended for the defective anchor rods is behind schedule and will be fully operational by January 8.

Caltrans spokesman Andrew Gordon says workers had hoped to be done by December 10, they say fabrication was very complex and took longer than expected.

The temporary shims, which allowed officials to open the new span on Labor Day, will remain in place until the saddles are installed.

The work on the fix below the decks will not impede traffic.

SCHOOL DISTRICT TRUSTEE ARRESTED: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A Northern California school district trustee has been arrested for allegedly receiving loans illegally from a school district employee and conspiring to falsify a paternity test.

Cortez Quinn, 46, was arrested late Tuesday and faces multiple felony counts, including perjury. Prosecutors say the Twin Rivers Unified School District trustee borrowed more than $50,000 and received $4,000 in gifts from a former district employee. It's illegal for school board members to borrow money from district employees.

Authorities say Quinn had a relationship with the ex-employee who filed a paternity suit against him two years ago. Investigators believe Quinn colluded with 36-year-old Andre Pearson to falsify a DNA test. Pearson was arrested for investigation of conspiring to falsify evidence and released on $15,000 bail.

SIGHTINGS OF FIERY STREAK ACROSS S. CALIF. SKY: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fireball that lit up the night sky and social media was likely a meteor streaking across the sky, forecasters said.

Southern Californians from Santa Barbara to San Diego reported seeing bright lights Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service said the sightings that flowed in about 8 p.m. Wednesday were most likely associated with the South Taurids meteor shower that has been especially active in early November. Astronomers said the Taurids don't bring big numbers of visible meteors but a high percentage of extremely bright ones that look like fireballs.

The American Meteor Society received more than 150 reports from witnesses. The bright flash was visible primarily from Southern California, but people in Arizona, Nevada and Utah also reported seeing the light show, the group said.

 

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