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Fire at Chevron refinery produces health hazard emergency over San Francisco Bay area

Analysts say a fire at one of the country's biggest oil refineries will contribute to higher prices at the pump on the West Coast.

The fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco, broke out Monday evening.

It sent plumes of black smoke over the San Francisco Bay area and sent scores of people to hospitals with breathing problems before it was out the following morning.

Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service, says Chevron's refinery is big and important to the market.

With inventories of gasoline in the region already low compared with the rest of the country, Kloza says pump prices in California and elsewhere on the West Coast will soon average more than $4 per gallon.

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Is There a Numerology Serial Killer in Brooklyn?

Isaac Kadare
© Joe Marino for New York Daily News
Isaac Kadare was found shot and stabbed inside his store Thursday night at 1877 86th street off of 19th Ave. in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn shopkeepers are on alert after cops linked two storeowners' murders to the same gun and suggested the killer might be using numerology to choose his targets.

Isaac Kadare's store at 1877 86th St., where he was killed last Thursday, and Mohammed Gebeli's shop at 7718 Fifth Ave., where he was found dead July 6, both have addresses using the same three numbers - a fact that has workers shaken.

"That's really scary," said Citlali Amigon, 29, who manages the Panaderia La Autentica bakery at 1878 86th St.

"It's frightening. I'm really worried. . . . I tell my boss, 'Maybe I'm next,' God forbid," said Jamie Hazim, 55, who manages the Designs Plus Furniture Showroom across the street from Kadare's store at 1874 86th St.

"We have a close number to the addresses he has targeted. I wonder what the numbers mean to him," she said.

But detectives, while not ruling out the numerology theory, pointed out other links: Both targeted shops lacked surveillance cameras and were hit at closing time when the shopkeepers were alone.

Kadare, 59, was found shot in the head and stabbed in the neck inside his Amazing 99 Cent Deals shop in Bensonhurst.

The bullet that killed him is believed to have been fired from the same pistol used to kill Gebeli, 65, in Valentino Fashion Inc., police said.


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Trolls' Abusive Tweets Intensify Pressure On Twitter to Take Action


Tom Daley was the target of Reece Messer's abusive tweets
Calls for Twitter to clamp down on so-called "trolls" sending abusive hate messages via the social networking site intensified yesterday after a string of high-profile attacks on famous names including the diver Tom Daley. Coronation Street's Shobna Gulati, and the Conservative MP Louise Mensch. Even the father of Daley's internet abuser said the company needed to take action to stop the disturbing practice.

Their appeals came after a flurry of Twitter vitriol attracted police and public attention last week. The first incident involved the teenage Olympian Tom Daley, who received a string of malicious tweets from 17-year-old Reece Messer after he missed out on a medal. Appearing under the Twitter name "Rileyy_69", the messages also referred to Daley's father, Rob, who died of cancer last year.

One said: "You let your dad down I hope you know that", while another threatened to drown the sports star. The BBC Olympics presenter Gary Lineker revealed shortly afterwards that he felt "physically sick" after a Twitter troll mocked his son George over his childhood battle with leukaemia. The 23-year-old swimmer Rebecca Adlington and 18-year-old weightlifter Zoe Smith have also received taunts. And last Thursday the Blue Peter host Helen Skelton decided to quit Twitter completely because of the abuse she was receiving.

The latest attacks have prompted fresh calls for a stricter clampdown on the social networking site.


Man Arrested In Superhero Outfit: 'A Classic Case Of Overkill'

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Matthew Argintar is shown being arrested on Aug. 1, 2012.
The attorney for a New Jersey man dressed in a superhero outfit when he was arrested last Wednesday thinks police overreacted.

William Ware characterized the arrest of Matthew Argintar as "a classic case of overkill."

Police said Argintar, 23, was wearing a mask, a bulletproof vest, elbow and arm pads, a cape and carrying handcuffs when he was arrested July 31 outside the Home Depot on Route 57.

"I'm not aware of anything in the law that would prohibit anyone from dressing how they choose to dress," William Ware told CBSNewYork. Ware is representing Argintar.

"Whether he was in a tuxedo, scuba outfit, or however he was dressed that day, there's nothing preventing anyone from dressing how they choose."

Police charged Argintar with disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of handcuffs. If convicted, Argintar could face up to seven months in county jail.


Joplin mosque razed to ground, second fire this summer

© AP Photo / The Joplin Globe, T. Rob Brown
Imam Lahmuddin holds his hands over his face after a fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin, Mo., mosque, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The fire was the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month.
A mosque in southwest Missouri burned to the ground early Monday in the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month, and investigators spent the day combing through the wreckage searching for evidence of arson.

No injuries were reported, but the Islamic Society of Joplin's building was a total loss after the blaze, first reported at about 3:30 a.m., the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said. As of late Monday, nobody had been arrested in connection with the fire.

Investigators from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Jasper County Sheriff's department were at the scene all day Monday, moving the rubble with a bulldozer and other equipment. A specially trained dog assisted.

Only remnants indicated a building had been there, including some stone pillars that were still standing and a few pieces of charred plywood loosely held up by a frame.

Comment: If that's the way Joplin treats its minorities, then what can we say but that you reap what you sow.

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Woman opens fire on crowd leaving Detroit Princess riverboat; police search for suspect

© Rashaun Rucker / DFP
The Detroit Princess boat a 1900 passenger, 4 deck entertainment boat sits in the Detroit River in this 2005 archive photo.
A woman who was on the Detroit Princess riverboat went to her car after getting on shore, retrieved a gun and opened fire early Monday, hitting four of her relatives and friends, officials say.

Another family member who wasn't on the boat returned fire, critically injuring the shooter's boyfriend as they were driving away.

Officials with the Detroit Princess say the shooting occurred around 1:15 a.m. on the shore near the boarding area behind Joe Louis Arena. An employee of the Detroit Princess was also shot in the foot and required two stitches, said Chris Clarke, general manager of the Detroit Princess.


Mysterious Island-wide blackout in Jamaica

The entire Island of Jamaica is without power and I doubt its Ernesto. Moderate to heavy rains are affecting some Central and Eastern parishes but I can't see how in the West where no rain or impacts the power is out. It's not quite as big as 600 million in India but it's highly unusual for the entire Island to be without power at any given time.

I remember this happened a few years back and it was a huge issue. There are always conspiracy theories about drugs, guns, etc. being smuggled in or out in the events like these. Well hopefully the power is restored soon.

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Man Tried to Trade Baby for Food


Police released this photo of the man and baby.
Police in north Florida were searching for a man who allegedly went door-to-door at a motel offering to exchange a baby for food.

Orange Park police were trying to identify the man, who was picked up by a taxi at a McDonald's between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturday, but there is no record of any taxis picking them up, according to Orange Park Police Det. Garry Briggs.

Briggs said the cab may have given them a ride off the meter.

Authorities want to "determine the status and safety of the infant," Briggs said in a statement.


MIT Students Learn how to Game the Massachusetts Lottery

Winning the lottery isn't just a game of chance, a group of MIT undergraduates and a biomedical researcher have proven.

A brainy group of MIT math and science majors purchased around $40 million of Massachusetts Cash WinFall lotto tickets over seven years, and won $48 million, coming out ahead by $8 million, the Boston Globe reports.

They legally calculated the mathematical odds and found that when the lotto prize reached $2 million, they could buy $100,000 worth of tickets, in one day, and almost always win.

The Massachusetts Cash WinFall game allows people to buy as many tickets they want on any day, so the students did nothing illegal, reports the Daily Mail.