7 INJURED AS SAN FRANCISCO CABLE CAR STOPS QUICKLY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Seven people were injured Wednesday when a San Francisco cable car carrying about 50 passengers came to a sudden stop in the city's Nob Hill neighborhood, authorities said.
One of the injuries to an elderly man who fell and hit his head was considered life-threatening, San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge told The Associated Press.
Four other people were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
It appeared a 1.5-inch bolt stuck in the cable car's track caused the sudden stop, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director John Haley told reporters at the scene.
Officials believe the bolt doesn't belong to other cable cars that travel the route. Two other cable cars that passed the site about 10 minutes before the accident were being inspected.
POLICE WORKING ON BOY'S DISAPPEARANCE IN 1984: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police are asking for the public's help in the decades-old disappearance of a 10-year-old boy that garnered national attention at the time.
Police Chief Greg Suhr on Wednesday said investigators are seeking more information on a man they believe may have abducted Kevin Collins from a bus stop in 1984.
The man, Dan Therrien, is described as a "person of interest" who died in 2008.
He was questioned in the days after Kevin was reported missing. Investigators only recently discovered Therrien's full criminal history because he had used several aliases.
Police last week dug up the backyard and garage of the home where Therrien used to live, which is blocks from the bus stop. Only dog bones were recovered.
BOMB THREAT CLEARED AT LAWRENCE BERKELEY OFFICE: EMERYVILLE (AP) — Occupants of an Emeryville office building used by a division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been given the all-clear to go back to work following a reported bomb threat.
University of California, Berkeley Police Lt. Eric Tejada said an evacuation order for the building was lifted Wednesday afternoon, about six hours after lab officials notified police about the telephoned threat.
Streets also were closed for a block in every direction while officers used give bomb-sniffing dogs to sweep the building, which houses other businesses besides a division of the lab dedicated to biofuels research.
UC Berkeley runs the lab under a contract with the federal government. The lab's main campus is in Berkeley.
OYSTER FARM APPEALS JUDGE'S RULING ON ITS CLOSURE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The owners of a Northern California oyster farm that is scheduled to be removed from Point Reyes National Seashore are appealing a judge's refusal to allow it to stay open while its lawsuit against the government proceeds.
Drakes Bay Oyster Co. on Wednesday filed an appeal with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The company wants the court to allow the facility to stay open while its case is heard, a request a lower court judge denied.
Oyster farm owner Kevin Lunny said he is committed to fighting Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's refusal to renew the farm's lease in the national park.