300-year-old oak branch crushes ve­hi­cles in Bay Area

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PLEAS­ANT HILL ( AP) — Sec­tions of a mas­sive oak tree es­ti­mated to be at least 300 years old crashed down and dam­aged seven parked cars in a San Fran­cisco Bay Area city.

Res­i­dents in Pleas­ant Hill, Cal­i­for­nia, are now ask­ing who’s re­spon­si­ble for the dam­age.

KGO-TV re­ports Thurs­day that overnight, a gi­ant limb snapped off the oak, which the city had named “Emma” and de­clared a her­itage tree.

Home­owner Ash­ley Cudd said the tree’s pro­tected sta­tus meant she couldn’t chop it down and needed ap­proval to trim it, which was granted once but de­nied sev­eral times.

Pleas­ant Hill city of­fi­cial Mike Nielsen said the tree be­longs to the home­own­ers and dam­age is their re­spon­si­bil­ity. He says the home­own­ers can now re­move the tree since it’s an emer­gency but will have to pay for it. ▶FIREFIGHTERS DE­CLARE MAS­SIVE RED­DING

BLAZE FULLY CON­TAINED: RED­DING (AP) — A mas­sive Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire that de­stroyed more than 1,000 homes and claimed eight lives has been fully con­tained.

State fire of­fi­cials said Thurs­day that the Carr Fire is sur­rounded. How­ever, firefighters will con­tinue to pa­trol the area for sev­eral days and crews are still working on re­pair­ing bro­ken fences and other dam­age caused by firefighters.

The blaze charred nearly 360 square miles (929 square kilo­me­ters) in and around Red­ding, mak­ing it the sev­enth largest in Cal­i­for­nia his­tory.

The fire killed four civil­ians, in­clud­ing a wo­man and her two great-grand­chil­dren, along with a Red­ding fire in­spec­tor and a bull­dozer op­er­a­tor.

A Pa­cific Gas & Elec­tric ap­pren­tice line­man and a state fire heavy equip­ment me­chanic as­signed to the blaze died in ve­hi­cle-re­lated ac­ci­dents. ▶SOUTH PASADENA PO­LICE SHOOT, KILL WO­MAN

BRANDISHING BB GUN: SOUTH PASADENA (AP) — South Pasadena po­lice have killed a wo­man they say pointed a BB gun at them.

The shoot­ing oc­curred shortly be­fore 2 p.m. Thurs­day in the small Los An­ge­les sub­urb.

The Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment says po­lice went to an apart­ment to check on a 49-year-old wo­man with a pos­si­ble med­i­cal con­di­tion.

Au­thor­i­ties say she was hav­ing seizures and also ap­peared to have men­tal health prob­lems.

Paramedics and a men­tal health clin­i­cian were called.

The Sher­iff’s Depart­ment says au­thor­i­ties talked to the wo­man for more than 90 min­utes, of­fer­ing her med­i­cal care but she was un­co­op­er­a­tive.

Of­fi­cers said the wo­man fi­nally got what ap­peared to be a hand­gun and was shot when she pointed it at them.

It turned out to be a BB gun. The shoot­ing is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. ▶JUDGE TOSSES LAW­SUIT AGAINST CAL­I­FOR­NIA

DRUG PRICE LAW: SACRA­MENTO (AP) — A fed­eral judge has dis­missed a law­suit seek­ing to block a Cal­i­for­nia law re­quir­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies to give ad­vance no­tice be­fore big price in­creases.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Mor­ri­son Eng­land Jr., ruled Thurs­day in Sacra­mento that the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Re­search and Man­u­fac­tur­ers of Amer­ica failed to show that the court has juris­dic­tion to hear the case. He gave PhRMA 30 days to re­file.

The law re­quires 60 days’ no­tice to raise na­tional whole­sale prices above a cer­tain thresh­old.

PhRMA says Cal­i­for­nia’s law il­le­gally tries to dic­tate na­tional health pol­icy. The group also says the bill is un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally vague and vi­o­lates the First Amend­ment by forc­ing drug com­pa­nies to jus­tify price in­creases.

A PhRMA spokes­woman said Thurs­day the or­ga­ni­za­tion still has con­cerns about the law’s con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity. ▶ARTIST HON­ORS ROBIN WIL­LIAMS WITH SAN

FRAN­CISCO MU­RAL: SAN FRAN­CISCO (AP) — An artist is pay­ing trib­ute to the late Robin Wil­liams with a gi­ant mu­ral in San Fran­cisco that de­picts his blue eyes and nose framed by sil­ver hair.

The San Fran­cisco Ex­am­iner re­ports that Ar­gen­tine mu­ral­ist Andres Igle­sias, who signs his art with the pseudonym Co­bre, com­pleted his wall-sized trib­ute to Wil­liams on Sun­day in the city’s Ten­der­loin neigh­bor­hood.

The artist says he picked Wil­liams be­cause he in­spired him as a kid.

Igle­sias says he tried to cap­ture a smil­ing but sad Wil­liams.

Wil­liams grew up and lived in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area, where his stand-up ca­reer started. He died by sui­cide in 2014.

Of­fi­cials have also hon­ored the co­me­dian by nam­ing a tun­nel near the Golden Gate Bridge and a meadow at the Golden Gate Park for him. ▶CALIFORNIANS COULD RIDE SCOOT­ERS WITH

OUT HEL­METS UN­DER BILL: SACRA­MENTO (AP) — Californians could ride mo­tor­ized scoot­ers with­out hel­mets un­der leg­is­la­tion headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Law­mak­ers in the Cal­i­for­nia As­sem­bly passed the bill Wed­nes­day. It would let adults ride the de­vices with­out hel­mets and al­low rid­ers to travel on faster­mov­ing streets.

The bill re­quires Brown’s ap­proval to be­come law. Scooter com­pany Bird backs the pro­posal.

Bird is one of sev­eral com­pa­nies that op­er­ate pop­u­lar scooter ren­tal ser­vices peo­ple can ac­cess through mo­bile apps in Los An­ge­les, Oakland and other cities through­out the United States.

The ren­tal com­pa­nies have clashed with lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials across the coun­try as res­i­dents com­plain about rid­ers rush­ing past pedes­tri­ans on side­walks, not wear­ing hel­mets and park­ing scoot­ers in walk­ways.

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