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POSTED June 20, 2012 8:26 p.m.

Oracle's Ellison to buy most of Lanai

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison is buying 98 percent of the island of Lanai.

Abercrombie said Wednesday that the land's current owners, Castle & Cooke, have filed a transfer application with the state's public utilities commission.

Lanai is Hawaii's smallest publicly accessible inhabited island. It's about 141 square miles and has some 3,200 residents. It attracted more than 26,000 visitors from January through April this year.

Other people own the remaining 2 percent of the island's land.

Oracle is a software company based in Redwood City.

Contra Costa County scrap-metal yards raided

RICHMOND  (AP) — Authorities have raided seven scrap-metal recycling yards in Contra Costa County in an investigation into metal theft.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( that search warrants were served on the recycling facilities on Tuesday. Contra Costa County prosecutors want to know whether they bought stolen copper, aluminum and other metal. They seized sales records, but declined to say whether they had found any stolen metal.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Union Pacific Railroad took part in the raids. All three are frequent victims of copper theft.

The recycling centers are: Christenson Recycling Center and Pittsburg Recycling Center in Pittsburg; Sims Metal Management in Richmond; Ren Metal Salvage & Recycling and Action Metal Recycling in North Richmond; Pleasant Paper Recycling in Concord; and VV Recycling in Martinez.

Employee crushed by bulldozer at recycling plant

SAN LEANDRO  (AP) — An employee has been crushed to death

y a bulldozer at a recycling plant in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The San Francisco Chronicle  says 66-year-old Evangelina Macias was directing traffic at the Waste Management Inc. plant in San Leandro Monday afternoon when the bulldozer ran over her legs and hips. She died at a hospital.

Plant spokeswoman Karen Stern says Macias worked at the plant for nearly 13 years. She was directing people to drop-off areas and was wearing a bright yellow vest and hardhat when she was struck.

Weighted man's body pulled from Estuary

OAKLAND (AP) — A body pulled from the Oakland Estuary had weights attached to it and police are calling the man's death suspicious.

A fisherman who spotted the man's feet in the water near a pier called police Tuesday morning.

Authorities haven't released the man's name. They say his car was found nearby and he may have been in the water for several days.

Fire torches SF building planned for America's Cup

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco firefighters battled a four-alarm fire Wednesday in a building along the city's waterfront that's part of an area planned to host next year's America's Cup yacht race.

The building on Pier 29 was vacant, but there were some cars parked in the structure when the fire broke out around 1:50 p.m., said San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.

The pier was built in 1915 and has about 115,000 square feet of warehouse space. All tenants were moved out before work began last winter on the demolition of the adjacent Pier 27 for that pier's use as a cruise ship terminal.`


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