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    Martinez: Fire burns house, truck; claims family dog; residents displaced

    Fire crews controlled a blaze Sunday morning that started after a car was on fire, according to a Cal Fire dispatcher. 
    A motorcyclist died, and a man and woman were seriously injured in two separate crashes in Contra Costa County early Sunday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.  
    CONCORD -- Robin Lane residents had to leave their homes for several hours Saturday while authorities cleaned up a potentially dangerous chemical brew, police said.  
    Police are investigating after a body was discovered Friday in Tilden Regional Park, according to the East Bay Regional Park District police.  
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    Danville: Man who had to "hide to live in Iran" came to United States via Turkey with the help of the nonprofit Jewish Families & Children's Services of the East Bay, which placed him at San Damiano Franciscan retreat.  
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    Walnut Creek is accused of negligence for approving a row of new two-story houses, but a judge rules for the city.  
    Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail
    On Halloween night 2004, after failing to find a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Virginia prosecutors said Kurt William Kroboth wore a vampire mask, severed phone and electric wires, sneaked into the sleeping woman's house with a bottle of chloroform and attempted to knock her out to stage a bathtub suicide, prosecutors said. Kroboth now lives in Hercules and in May changed his name in Contra Costa Superior Court.  
    The 4.5-acre new park, formerly a brownfield, will feature three synthetic turf youth playing fields with lighting, 62 parking spaces, a picnic area, tot lot and food vendor kiosks.  
    Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office
    DANVILLE: The indictment charges James Joseph Jr., the alleged ringleader, with crimes ranging from kidnapping to rape that go back to 2001 and occurred in three counties in Northern California.  
    The number of homicides in Richmond has hit 12 this year, double what it was the same time in 2014. Police blame the increase on a gang dispute and other crimes on realignment, which transferred nonviolent offenders to local prisons.  
    ( Steven K. Webster )
    'Big Blue Live': Monterey Bay to star in its own 'reality show'

    PBS, BBC team up for a groundbreaking multimedia event showcasing marine life along California's coast in which producers hope to deliver real-time images of whales, dolphins, great white sharks, elephant seals and other sea creatures to millions of viewers across the nation.
    (Jason Merritt)
    2015 VMA photos: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj open together

    Miley Cyrus led the pack for over-the-top outfits, while Taylor Swift classes up the night at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.