Strong quake of CA coast...Still searching for missing plane...2 16-year-olds accused of murder



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EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A powerful, magnitude 6.9 earthquake has struck off the coast of Northern California, but officials say there's no danger of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake happened at 9:18 p.m. local time, about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed and about 50 miles west of Eureka. A USGS seismologist says more than 300 people have reported on its website feeling the temblor.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Vietnam's search and rescue center says four planes and seven ships have found no trace of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that went missing Saturday morning. The plane, with 239 on board, had its last contact with ground controllers somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam. A low-flying plane on Sunday spotted what appeared to be one of the plane's doors, but no one else has been able to find it.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — People in the western Venezuelan city of San Cristobal say National Guard troops are attacking and taking down barricades that protesters had raised at key intersections. A local TV journalist and other witnesses say guardsmen fired tear gas and broke windows in an attack that began before midnight. San Cristobal is where the current wave of anti-government unrest began early last month and has seen some of the most determined resistance.

DALLAS (AP) — Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 17-year-old schoolmate in North Texas. Police tell the Dallas Morning News that the body of Wylie East High School student Ivan Mejia (may-HEE'-uh) was found Saturday night in Garland after officers saw two teens returning to a car near a wooded area. When police asked the teens what they were doing, they told officers, "burying a body."

CHICAGO (AP) — The relatives of seven people brutally killed in a suburban Chicago restaurant in 1993 say it doesn't feel right that their killer has been awarded nearly a half-million dollars in a civil lawsuit. James Degorski accused a Cook County Jail guard of punching him and breaking his cheekbone and eye socket in 2002, just after his arrest in the murder. Degorski's attorney says jurors in the civil case were able to put aside their emotions and say "we are all entitled to our civil rights."

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