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ABOUT 5,500 Los Angeles earthquake relief checks worth $12.6 million have been returned uncashed, mostly by people who didn't ask for the money or who were reimbursed by insurance companies. . . . FIREBOMBS blamed on animal rights activists exploded Wednesday in a leather shop and a wool shop in Oxford, southern England, and three other devices were found and neutralized before they went off. . . . MOUNT BATUR in Bali has been erupting since Saturday at a rate of four explosions a minute, but officials said Wednesday there was no need yet to evacuate residents or tourists.