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    Talk Back: Lion killed
    Should the U.S. extradite Dr. Walter Palmer to Zimbabwe to face charges for killing a lion?

    (Tell us why or why not?)
    (Josh Edelson/AP)
    The drought-fueled fire we've been dreading

    With vegetation so dry and so dense, flying embers that in wetter years would fizzle out are igniting at the mere touch of grass or shrub or needle. As one UC Berkeley scientist who studies the Sierra puts it, the forests "are primed and ready to go."  
    (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group Archives)
    Drinking, scuffle prompt fire chief suspension

    Hayward Fire Chief Garrett Contreras drove city vehicles after drinking, started a physical confrontation with a subordinate and failed to answer dispatchers when he was the on-call commander, according to a city investigation. 
    Cause of refinery fire under investigation

    A 72-hour incident report on the Sunday afternoon fire at the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo, which sparked a response by Contra Costa County hazardous materials, is due Wednesday; there were no reports of injuries 
    ( JANE TYSKA )
    Silicon Valley map wars heat up

    Charting a route to self-driving cars, a consortium of German luxury auto companies said Monday it would buy Nokia's HERE, a high-tech mapping division, for $3.1 billion.