Chevron fire ignited by idle rig? (SF Chronicle)

The Richmond refinery fire that sent more than 9,000 people to emergency rooms could have been touched off when a cloud of flammable vapor reached an idling and abandoned Chevron fire truck, investigators said Tuesday.

Steve Jobs’ burglar stole wallet, driver’s license, special computers with house keys (Bay Area News Group)

Kariem McFarlin told detectives he was desperate for easy cash when he saw the Palo Alto home being renovated, hopped over the fence, found a spare key and went inside. No lights, no alarm, no one home. Then he discovered what hallowed ground he was on: the home of iconic, late Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs.

Firefighters get handle on 7,000 acre Lake County fires (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

Firefighters in Lake and Colusa counties turned the corner late Tuesday in their fight against two wind-whipped fires that burned 7,000 acres, establishing control lines that should keep the fires from spreading.

Senate pushes panel for safety review of new Bay Bridge (Contra Costa Times)

State Senate transportation leaders on Tuesday called for an independent review of the seismic safety of the massive underwater foundation beneath the tower of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

Oakland: sketches released of suspects wanted in connection with slaying of 5-year-old (Oakland Tribune)

Oakland police need the public’s help identifying and locating a man and a woman who investigators say are wanted on suspicion of killing 5-year-old Gabriel Martinez Jr. in December.

Young illegals mull new work permits (SF Chronicle)

Thousands of young illegal immigrants will get a rare chance starting Wednesday to apply for work permits, an opportunity that advocates celebrate as historic – but also say requires caution.

Savage ads on Muni stir debate (SF Examiner)

A series of controversial advertisements on Muni buses has spurred a signature-gathering effort to remove the signs and forced the agency to reconsider its position on advertisements moving forward.

Community colleges across California face accreditation sanctions (Sacramento Bee)

Community colleges throughout California are facing sanctions from the agency that accredits colleges in the West, largely a result of the state cutting funding for several years as the federal government has stepped up performance standards.

PG&E warns Marin residents about imposters (Marin IJ)

After a man posing as a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employee tried to talk his way into a San Rafael home Saturday, the utility is warning customers to be wary and offering tips on how to handle such situations.

A.M. Splash: Idle Rig Sparks Chevron Fire?; Steve Jobs’ Burglar; Lake County Fires 15 August,2012Caitlin Esch

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