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Firefighters arrived about 5:50 a.m. and pulled more than 800 feet of hose through Big Tree Park to the fire. Mr. Wright said a 20-foot section of the tree fell off about 7:45 a.m., and the tree collapsed a half-hour later.

According to the county’s parks and preservation department, “the Senator” was roughly 3,500 years old.

Parks officials said the tree reached a height of 165 feet before a 1925 hurricane lopped off its top.


Jobs action figure pulled from market

SAN JOSE — The company that began advertising for an incredibly lifelike Steve Jobs doll won’t sell the figures after all because of pressure from family and Apple attorneys.

In Icons had planned to offer the 1-foot-tall, lifelike figure dressed in Jobs’ trademark black mock turtleneck, rimless glasses and jeans.

But the San Jose Mercury News reports that the company posted a statement on its website Sunday saying it had received “immense pressure” to drop the plan and made the decision out of its “heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family.”

The iconic Apple co-founder died Oct. 5 of complications from pancreatic cancer.

The company had intended to start shipping the doll in February. It said any money received for orders will be returned.


Fugitive’s suit against hostages dismissed

TOPEKA — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Colorado man who held a Kansas couple hostage then sued them for breach of contract for turning him in.

Jesse Dimmick of Denver contended he had a legally binding oral contract with Jared and Lindsay Rowley that they would hide him from police in return for money.

Dimmick was a fugitive facing a murder charge when he burst into the Rowleys’ home in September 2009 and confronted them at knifepoint. The Rowleys escaped when he fell asleep.

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