5.7-MAG EARTHQUAKE STRIKES OFF THE NORTHERN CA COAST WED *

QUAKE CENTERED ABOUT 40 MILES SW OF EUREKA *

NO REPORTS OF ANY DAMAGE OR INJURIES *

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY REPORTING SEVERAL SMALLER AFTERSHOCKS *

CUBAN PRES RAUL CASTRO DEMANDING THE U.S. RETURN THE NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY, LIFT THE HALF-CENTURY TRADE EMBARGO AND COMPENSATE CUBA FOR DAMAGES BEFORE THE TWO COUNTRIES RE-ESTABLISH NORMAL RELATIONS *

83-YR-OLD CASTRO, SPEAKING TO HEADS OF LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STATES, SAYS THE "DIPLOMATIC RAPPROCHEMENT WOULDN'T MAKE ANY SENSE" IF THE U.S. DOESN'T MEET CUBAN DEMANDS *

IN DEC, CASTRO AND PRES OBAMA ANNOUNCED THE TWO COUNTRIES WOULD MOVE TOWARD RENEWING DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BY REOPENING EMBASSIES *

HEZBOLLAH MISSILE ATTACK ON ISRAELI MILITARY CONVOY KILLS TWO SOLDIERS AND WOUNDS SEVEN OTHERS NEAR LEBANESE BORDER *

ISRAEL RESPONDED TO MISSILE FIRE WITH ARTILLERY AND AIRSTRIKES AGAINST HEZBOLLAH POSITIONS *

IRAN-BACKED HEZBOLLAH SAYS THE ATTACK WAS RETALIATION FOR A JAN 18 ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE ON THE GOLAN HEIGHTS THAT KILLED SIX OF ITS FIGHTERS AND AN IRANIAN GENERAL *

U.N. REPORTING A SPANISH PEACEKEEPER WAS KILLED IN THE CLASHES, THOUGH IT'S NOT CLEAR WHICH SIDE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PEACEKEEPER'S DEATH *

SENATE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS FOR PRES OBAMA'S ATTY GEN NOMINEE BEGAN WED *

ATTY GEN NOMINEE LORETTA LYNCH DEFENDED PRES OBAMA'S EXEC ACTION ON IMMIGRATION, SAYING SHE HAD NO REASON TO DOUBT THE "REASONABLENESS" OF THE DOJ'S CONCLUSION THAT THE MOVE WAS LEGAL *

LYNCH ALSO PLEDGING TO FOSTER "A NEW AND IMPROVED RELATIONSHIP" WITH LAWMAKERS, VOWING THAT SHE WOULD CARRY OUT THE ROLE WITH "INTEGRITY AND INDEPENDENCE" *

IF APPROVED, LYNCH WOULD BECOME FIRST BLACK FEMALE ATTY GEN AND REPLACE ERIC HOLDER, WHO ANNOUNCED HIS RESIGNATION IN SEPT *

CHARLES HARD TOWNES, CO-INVENTOR OF THE LASER AND A NOBEL LAUREATE IN PHYSICS, DEAD AT THE AGE OF 99 *

TOWNES WAS ONE OF THREE SCIENTISTS TO SHARE THE 1964 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS FOR RESEARCH LEADING TO THE CREATION OF THE LASER *

ISIS RELEASES NEW MESSAGE PURPORTEDLY READ BY JAPANESE HOSTAGE KENJI GOTO *

AUDIO RECORDING DEMANDS JORDAN RELEASE CONVICTED TERRORIST SAJIDA AL-RISHAWI AT THE TURKISH BORDER BY SUNSET THURS, OR JORDANIAN PILOT MUATH AL-KASEASBEH WILL BE KILLED *

NEW MESSAGE SUGGESTS THE CAPTIVE JAPANESE JOURNALIST WOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE PRISONER EXCHANGE BETWEEN ISIS AND JORDAN *

AL-RISHAWI WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN JORDAN FOR HER ROLE IN 2005 HOTEL BOMBINGS THAT KILLED NEARLY 60 PEOPLE *

FOX NEWS POLL FINDS 50% OF RESPONDENTS BELIEVE IT'S VERY LIKELY ISLAMIC TERRORISTS WILL TRY TO LAUNCH AN ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL SOON *

NATL SURVEY OF REGISTERED VOTERS ALSO FINDS 56% OF RESPONDENTS THINK THE U.S. IS AT WAR WITH RADICAL ISLAM *

47% OF RESPONDENTS SAY PRES OBAMA UNDEREMPHASIZES THE THREAT POSED BY ISLAMIC TERRORISTS, WHILE ANOTHER 43% SAY HIS APPROACH IS "ABOUT RIGHT" *

CA HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY E-CIGARETTES ARE A HEALTH THREAT AND SHOULD BE STRICTLY REGULATED *

WED'S REPORT BY CA DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS E-CIGARETTES, LIKE TOBACCO, CAN CAUSE CANCER AND NICOTINE ADDICTION *

STATEMENT FOLLOWS LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN CA LAST WEEK BANNING E-CIGARETTES IN PUBLIC PLACES *

OK AND AK HAVE ALSO ISSUED ADVISORIES CAUTIONING THE USE OF E-CIGARETTES *

VP JOE BIDEN SAYS RUSSIA MUST FACE HARSHER PENALTIES UNLESS MOSCOW CHANGES ITS COURSE IN UKRAINE *

BIDEN'S STATEMENT COMES AS PRO-RUSSIAN REBELS CLAIM THEY'RE CLOSING IN ON GOVT FORCES IN A STRATEGIC EASTERN TOWN *

MOVE THREATENS CHANCES OF REVIVING A SEPT CEASE-FIRE *

FIGHTING BETWEEN SEPARATISTS AND UKRAINIAN GOVT TROOPS HAS KILLED MORE THAN 5,000 PEOPLE SINCE APRIL *

FORECASTERS PREDICT MORE SNOWFALL FOR PARTS OF NEW ENGLAND THIS WEEK *

NATL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS FAST-MOVING STORM COULD BRING 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW TO THE BOSTON AREA FRIDAY *

ANOTHER STORM COULD THEN HIT THE REGION OVER THE WEEKEND *

THERE'S ALREADY 2 TO 3 FT OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IN THE AREA *

OFFICIALS SAY AT LEAST 17 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN IN A SERIES OF TALIBAN ATTACKS OVERNIGHT *

THEE DEADLIEST OF THE ATTACKS TOOK PLACE IN THE COUNTRY'S GHAZNI PROVINCE, WHERE TALIBAN MILITANTS STRUCK A CHECKPOINT *

THERE'S BEEN A SPIKE IN ATTACKS ON AFGHAN FORCES FOLLOWING THE WITHDRAWAL OF MOST FOREIGN COMBAT TROOP LAST MONTH *

THE MAN ACCUSED IN THE AMBUSH SHOOTING OF TWO PA STATE TROOPERS WILL BE ARRAIGNED TODAY *

ERIC FREIN IS EXPECTED TO PLEAD NOT GUILTY OF KILLING ONE OFFICER AND CRITICALLY WOUNDING ANOTHER ON SEPT 12 *

FREIN WENT INTO HIDING AND ELUDED POLICE FOR 48 DAYS FOLLOWING THE SHOOTING *

PROSECUTORS ARE SEEKING THE DEATH PENALTY *

MILITARY JUDGE TO HEAR ARGUMENTS ON WHETHER TO PERMANENTLY INSTATE ORDER LIMITING USE OF FEMALE GUARDS TO MOVE PRISONERS AROUND THE GUANTANAMO BAY PRISON *

DETAINEE ABD AL-HADI AL-IRAQI CLAIMS HIS MUSLIM FAITH PROHIBITS MEN FROM HAVING PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH WOMEN OTHER THAN FAMILY *

BUT COMMANDER OF THE UNIT WHERE HADI'S BEING HELD SAYS REMOVING FEMALE GUARDS FROM ESCORT TEAMS WOULD LIMIT STAFF OPTIONS *

SOME FEMALE GUARDS HAVE FILED DISCRIMINATION SUITS OVER THE ISSUE *