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High school student in camo, gas mask arrested

 MOUNTAIN VIEW  (AP) — A Northern California high school student has been arrested for showing up on campus wearing camouflage and a gas mask.

Mountain View and Los Altos police officers were called to the campus Thursday morning after receiving calls reporting the suspicious man on campus.

Officers surrounded the school and began searching for the man. They didn't know at the time that he was a student.

The San Jose Mercury News says 18-year-old Christopher Egerton was arrested for investigation of causing a disturbance on school grounds.

No weapons were found and authorities say there was never a danger to Mountain View High School students.

SF police fire at car that climbs on sidewalk

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say an officer opened fire at a vehicle after its driver went onto a city sidewalk to avoid police spike strips.

The suspect was eventually arrested after crashing into a taxi cab, causing a four-car wreck.

Police say the incident began around 9:15 p.m. Thursday when the car the suspect was driving was reported stolen. Police spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it with a spike strip in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood.

Officer Gordon Shyy says the officer opened fire at the vehicle when it went on to the sidewalk out of fear for his life and the lives of pedestrians. The driver was not struck.

The suspect and four other people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the ensuing crash.

Oakland marijuana lawsuit is tossed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oakland's lawsuit claiming federal officials are illegally trying to shut down a medical marijuana dispensary has been tossed by a federal magistrate judge.

Oakland was the nation's first city to take on federal enforcement actions aimed at closing down the pot dispensaries.

On Thursday, the San Francisco magistrate judge dismissed the lawsuit filed in October and ruled federal efforts to close Harborside Health Center in Oakland can proceed.

Oakland lawyers argued that closing down the pot dispensary would lead to a health and safety crisis because many of the dispensary's 108,000 patients would turn to the illegal marijuana market.

School closing near blast site

 SAN BRUNO  (AP) — Too few students forced the school board to close an elementary school near the site of the 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion.

The board voted unanimously on Wednesday night to close Crestmoor Elementary School at the end of the school year.

Many families who lost homes in the explosion and fire sent their children to Crestmoor.

The San Bruno school board wanted to shut down the school last year because enrollment was only about 175 students.

But residents said losing a neighborhood school would be unfair to youngsters who had lost homes.

School trustees said the school could stay open if voters approved a $10 million parcel tax. But the measure on the November ballot didn't get the two-thirds majority to pass.