Rockslides caused by an earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale delayed some travel to Yosemite National Park on Wednesday. No injuries or serious damage were reported in the park, but two highways were temporarily closed by slides. The park was accessible through a third highway. The quake was centered near Mono Lake and the small town of Lee Vining, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.Child kept in closet 10 years
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. _ A 12-year-old girl was found locked in a reeking, cockroach-infested closet, and her parents, Joseph and Sandra Sauceda, were charged with felony child endangerment for allegedly having kept her confined most of her life, police said. The father was also charged with felony child abuse. Police were tipped by a relative. Officers said the girl was lying in her own feces and wore a urine-stained sweatsuit. There was no evidence that her six brothers and sisters were abused, police said.
Judge's nomination held up
MIAMI _ U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp's membership in an exclusive Coral Gables club accused of discriminating against Jews will delay his confirmation hearings until next year. The nomination to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta came up in Senate Judiciary Committee discussions Oct. 11, and the membership was noted as the reason for the delay.
Elsewhere . . .
SEATTLE _ A jury has ordered a blood bank to pay $1.4-million in damages to a 37-year-old woman who contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion, her attorney said.
NEW YORK _ A 19.41 carat blue diamond ring was sold Wednesday for a record $5.5-million at an auction at Christie's. The price shattered the previous record of $4.5-million for a 42.9 carat stone in 1984.
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. _ An earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale shook parts of southern Illinois on Wednesday, but no damage was reported, the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium said.
PHILADELPHIA _ BP Oil Corp. has agreed to pay $2.3-million for dumping waste from its Marcus Hook refinery into the Delaware River, federal authorities said.
NEW YORK _ Dr. B. Stanley Pons, the University of Utah chemist who startled the science world with claims of achieving cold fusion, has vanished on the eve of a critical review by the state of Utah on whether to continue financing the disputed work, university officials said Wednesday.