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September 4, 2002

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California

Earthquake shakes some residents awake

The dangerous Whittier fault zone twitched early Tuesday morning, producing a magnitude 4.6 earthquake three miles northeast of Yorba Linda that shook some areas but caused no significant damage.

It was the largest quake to strike greater Los Angeles since April 1997, when a 5.1 aftershock of the 1994 Northridge quake struck Southern California, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The pre-dawn 4.6 mainshock was strong enough to shake people awake across the southern Los Angeles basin. Seismic energy was recorded as far south as Dana Point and as far northeast as Victorville.

Indiana

'Last' Camaro sold for $71,500 at auction

The last new Camaro to be sold by Chevrolet a red, T-topped Z-28 brought a tidy $71,500 at a charity auction in Auburn.

"I got a little crazy," said the buyer, Mark Gembinski, a 32-year-old business manager from Mayville, Mich. "I paid a lot more than I wanted to, but I wanted it bad."

When Gembinski was born, his father took him home from the hospital in a 1969 Camaro.

His Z-28 wasn't the last Camaro to roll off the assembly line that car is headed for Chevrolet's museum. Gembinski's car was second-to-last, produced last week at a GM plant in St. Therese, Quebec.

More than 4 million Camaros were sold since the muscle car debuted in fall 1966 with the 1967 model. It reached its heyday in the disco days of the 1970s but sold poorly in the era of SUVs and imports, and last September, General Motors announced it would stop making the Camaro, along with the Pontiac Firebird.

North Carolina

Unruly passenger prompts flight return

A US Airways Express flight Tuesday turned back to Charlotte after a passenger punched a flight attendant who spilled water in his lap.

Robert Quarture, 32, was arrested when the plane returned to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. He was charged with attacking a flight attendant.

According to an FBI affidavit, Quarture punched the attendant in the stomach shortly after the plane bound for Birmingham, Ala., took off Tuesday morning.

US Airways spokesman Dave Castelveter said 22 passengers were aboard the 50-seat regional jet, with two pilots and the lone flight attendant.

The male flight attendant was taken to the hospital as a precaution, then released.

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