(D. Ross Cameron/Staff Archives)
Richmond refinery incident draws criticism

The fire in the sky that emanated from Chevron's Richmond refinery Thursday night not only alarmed residents and elected leaders but cast fresh doubt on the area's medical emergency response capacity in the event of a major accident at the refinery.

Refinery flare 72-hour incident report  

(Gary Reyes, Bay Area News Group)
Feds forecast wet conditions for next three months

On Thursday, federal scientists issued a seasonal forecast that said there is a 75 percent probability of average or above-average precipitation between January and the end of March for California -- the first time in five years that such a wet outlook has been predicted for the state for the first three months of the year. 
(Pinole Fire Department)
Hercules: Two teens seriously injured in crash

Two people were seriously injured and had to be cut out of their vehicle after a driver lost control, crashed into another car, then hit a tree, the Pinole Fire Department said. 
(Bill Wippert)
Raiders, Bills happy with top picks

The Oakland Raiders watched the Buffalo Bills select wide receiver Sammy Watkins one spot ahead of them in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, leaving them with linebacker Khalil Mack 
Contra Costa Homicides
Dec. 14: Anthony Valdez, 19, Pittsburg

A man shot to death in a triple shooting outside a party was identified by authorities Tuesday as 19-year-old Anthony Valdez, of Pittsburg. The two other men who were shot with him were expected to survive.