By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A powerful car bomb attack targeted a military academy in Libya's eastern of city of Benghazi on Monday, killing at least eight people and wounding more than a dozen, hospital and security officials said. Instability in the eastern city is part of the struggle a weak central government faces in controlling armed groups, militias and brigades of former rebels who once battled Muammar Gaddafi and now refuse to disarm. A first bomb exploded at the front gate of the academy as soldiers were leaving a graduation ceremony, security officials said. In a separate explosion hours later in Benghazi, one person was killed when another car bomb went off near the state oil firm Brega Petroleum Marketing Co, which sells fuel products inside Libya, a security source said.
Los Angeles was jolted awake Monday by a shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 that jangled nerves in the West Coast but caused no major damage or casualties. Car and burglar alarms went off and a few objects fell off shelves after the tremor, which struck just before dawn with its epicenter some 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, at a depth of only five miles. It was the most significant shaking caused by an earthquake in southern California since one with a magnitude of 5.5 in 2008. "I woke up to feel the building swaying from side to side," Wes Lashley told KCAL 9 news, while local resident Mary Lyon added: "It felt like a 5.9 or 6 to me."