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Scientists locate shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal ocean scientists have found the wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, a disaster that killed 16 people.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's James Delgado says the sinking of the City of Chester is the second-worst shipwreck to occur within the bay.

Three-dimensional images of the wreckage are expected to be released on Wednesday.

The Chester set off in thick fog on Aug. 22, 1888, eventually colliding with the Oceanic, a steamer more than twice as large.

News reports at the time placed blame on the Oceanic's crew for failing to help victims on the smaller Chester.

But Delgado says testimony during the accident investigation revealed much of Oceanic's crew acted bravely, with some aiding rescue efforts.


Archaeologists, tribe clash over Native remains

LARKSPUR, Calif. (AP) - Archaeologists and Native Americans are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were excavated during a construction project in the San Francisco Bay Area, but then reburied at an undisclosed location.

Archaeologists say the burial ground and village site in Larkspur held a treasure trove of information about Coast Miwok life and should have been preserved for future study.

But The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which made the decision to remove and rebury the remains and artifacts, say the items belonged to their ancestors, and how they are handled is no one's business but the tribe's.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the site contained 600 human burials, tools, musical instruments, harpoon tips, spears and throwing sticks from a time long before the bow and arrow.

The newspaper reports the site will be covered with multimillion-dollar homes. Construction began this month.


United flight diverts to LA with engine problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to San Diego diverted to Los Angeles International Airport because of an engine issue.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says United Flight 284 landed without incident at 7:27 a.m. Wednesday.

There are no immediate details of the nature of the problem with the aircraft, a twin-engine Boeing 757.

The airline's flight status website notes the diversion and a delay for maintenance.


Andy Lopez protest leads to school campus lockdown

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A protest over the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a Northern California sheriff's deputy briefly led school officials to lockdown a high school campus.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports that about two dozen Santa Rosa middle school students marched onto the campus of a local high school on Tuesday morning to mark the six-month anniversary of Andy Lopez's death.

Lopez was shot on Oct. 22 by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus. Police say Gelhaus mistook a toy rifle the boy was carrying for an AK-47 assault rifle. Prosecutors are now deciding whether to file charges against Gelhaus.

Tuesday's protest was watched closely by school administrators and six police officers. Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Socorro Shiels said later the fact that the students came on campus raised safety concerns.


Body found at home tented for fumigation

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a man found dead at an Orange County home that was tented for fumigation did not live there.

The Orange County Register reports the man was found unresponsive in the patio area of the residence in Westminster Tuesday evening. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Sgt. Cameron Knauerhaze says there are no signs of foul play but authorities consider the circumstances surrounding the death suspicious since the man did not live at the home.

Investigators have not determined why the man was on the property. He was not immediately identified.

The cause of death was not immediately clear.


Zogenix objects to new Massachusetts restrictions

BOSTON (AP) - The San Diego company that makes a powerful new prescription painkiller called Zohydro says it's disappointed with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's decision to impose new restrictions on the drug after a federal judge ruled that his attempt to ban the drug outright was unconstitutional.

Zogenix, in statement issued Wednesday, said the governor continues to unfairly single out the drug even as the company maintains it is no riskier than other opioids currently on the market.

The company also said Patrick still has not accepted its offer to "discuss the facts" and work together to address the needs of patients while "combating abuse and addiction."

The governor on Tuesday announced new requirements for doctors prescribing Zohydro, such as completion of a risk assessment and "pain management treatment agreement" with the patient.

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