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Sightseeing boat sinks in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — An amphibious sightseeing boat that stalled in the Delaware River was knocked over by an oncoming barge Wednesday, spilling 37 people overboard and leaving two passengers unaccounted for after a frantic rescue effort.

The six-wheeled "duck boat" had driven into the water just after 2:30 p.m. and suffered a mechanical problem and a small fire, officials said. It was struck about 10 minutes later by a barge used to transport sludge, then sank.

Searchers were looking for a 16-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man believed to have been aboard the vessel, which can travel seamlessly on land and water, police Lt. Frank Vanore said. Several people went to hospitals, but there were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

Earthquake rocks Southern California

LOS ANGELES — A moderate earthquake jolted Southern California on Wednesday, rattling buildings in downtown Los Angeles, toppling wine bottles at desert resorts and briefly halting rides at Disneyland.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage, although residents across a wide swath of Southern California were spooked by the force of the 5.4-magnitude quake.

It struck at 2:53 p.m. CDT and was centered 28 miles south of Palm Springs, or about 130 miles east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Laura Anderson, a manager at The Palms at Indian Head Hotel, said she ran outside when the shaking started.

"It was quite a shaker, this one was a little scarier," she said. "We were heading for the door. We're kind of waiting out here for a big one to hit. It was enough to knock over some wine bottles and some pictures fell off the wall."

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