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CALIFORNIA

Stolen car crashes into truck, kills 1

LOS ANGELES — A stolen car crashed into a pickup truck, killing one person, after a sheriff’s chase yesterday, authorities said.

Deputies began pursuing a reported stolen car shortly after 7 a.m. but backed off, apparently because of safety concerns, Deputy Johnie Jones said.

But the suspect continued to flee and soon struck the pickup, killing the other motorist, Deputy Jones said. A 50-year-old man died at the scene, said d’Lisa Davies, a Fire Department spokeswoman.

Televised news reports showed a PT Cruiser wedged hood-first under the rear of a Toyota truck, raising its bed into the air. The entire front end of the Toyota apparently had been torn away.

The driver, thought to be armed with a handgun, fled and was arrested without incident about 90 minutes later, sheriff’s authorities said.

A passenger in the stolen car was detained and taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

COLORADO

Flawed meters accept penny fare

FORT COLLINS — The meter has expired on cut-rate parking at Colorado State University.

A glitch caused some campus parking meters to confuse older pennies for a quarter and dole out 30 minutes for just one cent.

The manufacturer, POM Inc. of Russellville, Ark., began replacing the bargain meters after campus police alerted the company. Police spokeswoman Jackie Swaro said she wasn’t sure how many of the university’s 674 meters had the flaw.

Police caught on after a lot of pennies showed up in the meters this past spring, the Denver Post reported. That happened after an item about the glitch appeared in the campus newspaper, the Rocky Mountain Collegian, on May 4.

The trick apparently worked only with pennies made before 1982, when the U.S. Mint switched to a lighter-weight coin with less copper content.

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