- - Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CALIFORNIA

Rig driver killed in bridge plunge

SAN FRANCISCO — California Highway Patrol Sgt. Trent Cross said the driver of a rig hauling produce on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge lost control on the westbound bridge’s troublesome S-curve at about 3:30 a.m. Monday.

The rig went over the side, plummeted 200 feet, and landed on Yerba Buena Island, killing the trucker on impact.

There have been more than 42 crashes in the bridge’s S-curve area since it opened Sept. 8. Sgt. Cross said speed is the cause.

The speed limit was lowered from 50 to 40 mph. Flashing lights warn drivers of the sudden curve ahead.

FLORIDA

Ferrari seized in fraud probe

FORT LAUDERDALE — Federal agets are seizing assets from a Florida lawyer suspected of orchestrating a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme.

FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents were at the ritzy Fort Lauderdale home Monday of 47-year-old lawyer Scott Rothstein. A Miami Herald photo shows agents seizing a red Ferrari. The seizure warrants are sealed.

Mr. Rothstein is accused by investors of misappropriating $100 million or more through investments in legal settlements. No criminal charges have been filed. Mr. Rothstein’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a telephone call Monday.

A judge has removed Mr. Rothstein as chief executive officer of the law firm and appointed a receiver to untangle its finances. The receiver was scheduled at a Monday hearing to give an update.

MONTANA

University proposes tobacco ban

MISSOULA — The University of Montana is proposing a campuswide ban on all forms of tobacco that would take effect in the fall of 2011.

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