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13-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED FOR POT COOKIES AT SCHOOL: WEST SACRAMENTO  (AP) — West Sacramento police have arrested a 13-year-old suspected of taking marijuana cookies to his school.

Lt. Tod Sockman tells the Sacramento Bee that a student who ate one of the cookies became sick.

The six cookies were apparently brought to Southport Elementary, a K-8 school, on Tuesday.

Police say the 13-year-old boy sold two of them to another student, who gave them to two other students.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession. Police say they don't know where he got the cookies.

CA SENATORS WANT IMPROVED BUS SAFETY AFTER CRASH: LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's U.S. senators are calling for improved commercial bus safety after a deadly crash on a mountain highway.

Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer said Thursday the government needs to tighten vehicle inspections and safety rules to weed out potentially dangerous vehicles.

Their letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood came four days after a tour bus carrying 38 lost control below the Big Bear resort area and collided with a sedan and a pickup.

Eight people were killed and dozens injured.

The driver told investigators the brakes failed.

The senators say many bus crashes are preventable. They say the government must do more to protect passenger safety. Proposed improvements have been stalled in Washington for years.

COASTAL REGULATORS OK TEMPORARY BEACH ZIP LINE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — California coastal regulators have agreed to allow the city of Los Angeles to install a temporary zip line in Venice Beach.

The 7-4 vote Thursday by the California Coastal Commission came with conditions including setting up a program to track bird strikes.

The zip line, located near Venice Beach's famous skateboard park, would be operated for three months. Rides would cost $20. The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks wants part of the revenue to go toward park maintenance.

Some residents worry that the seaside attraction will increase traffic in the neighborhood and that the launch and landing towers will block the ocean view.

After the pilot phase, the city would have to come before the coastal panel again to make the case for a permanent zip line.