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POSTED August 15, 2012 7:45 p.m.

POLICE: BURGLAR MADE OFF WITH STEVE JOBS' WALLET: PALO ALTO  (AP) — The burglar who broke into Steve Jobs' house made off with the Apple Inc. co-founder's wallet with a dollar inside and his driver's license in addition to Apple gadgets and jewelry, according to a police report released Tuesday.

The details of the July 17 theft, and the suspect's alleged confession, were reported Tuesday by the San Jose Mercury News .

The suspect, Kariem McFarlin, 35, targeted the unoccupied Palo Alto home because it was under renovation, authorities said. When construction crews left, he hopped a fence and found a spare key, according to the report. McFarlin apparently realized he was in Jobs' house when he saw a letter addressed to him.

Also taken in the 15-hour overnight heist were iPhones, iPads, iPods, Mac computers, Cristal Champagne and $60,000 worth of Tiffany & Co. jewelry. More bizarre items included Monster Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, a Ninja Blender and a Sodastream soda maker.

McFarlin sold some of the jewelry to a Pennsylvania dealer and gave the iPads to a daughter and a friend, according to the report.

McFarlin was arrested at his Alameda home earlier this month after Apple investigators identified him after he connected to the Internet on the stolen devices with his iTunes account, police said. McFarlin acknowledged to police that he broke into other homes and also wrote an apology letter to Jobs' widow, according to the police report.

He remains jailed on $500,000 bail and is expected to appear in court Monday. He faces almost eight years in prison if convicted. His public defender did not return a call for comment.

TAXPAYER GROUP SAYS COUNTY TAX MEASURE ILLEGAL: SAN JOSE  (AP) — A taxpayer group says Santa Clara County's sales tax measure on the November ballot is illegal.

Measure A on the Nov. 6 ballot calls for an eighth-cent sales tax boost. It would raise an additional $458 million over its 10-year span.

But the Silicon Valley Taxpayers' Association says California law requires a general tax measure to coincide with the election of local candidates — in this case county supervisors — on the same ballot.

Santa Clara County supervisor races were decided in the June primary.

An association lawyer has sent a seven-page letter to county officials, including the five supervisors, demanding removal of the sales tax measure from the ballot.

If the measure stays, the taxpayer group says it will sue.

HAWAIIAN DOUBLES FLIGHTS BETWEEN MAUI, BAY AREA: HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines is doubling its nonstop flights between Maui and California's Bay Area.

The airline says that starting Oct. 3, there will be 14 flights per week to Maui from Oakland and San Jose. Hawaiian usually offers four flights per week between Oakland and Maui and three flights per week between San Jose and Maui.

By increasing Maui service, Hawaiian is reducing flights to Honolulu from Oakland and San Jose.

Hawaiian Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer Peter Ingram says there's been tremendous demand for Maui service from customers in Oakland and San Jose.

As part of the announcement, special fares are offered for travel between Oakland and San Jose and all the Hawaii airports the airline serves.

STATE INVESTIGATING BABY DEATH AT MARIN HOSPITAL: GREENBRAE (AP) — State officials are investigating the death of a baby shortly after birth at Marin General Hospital.

County officials found that a nurse administered a labor-inducing drug without a doctor's authorization.

The nurse told investigators that that was in compliance with hospital policy, but the hospital has allegedly refused to release its policy.

Assistant Coroner Keith Boyd says a fetal monitor was also removed about 45 minutes before the baby was delivered, so it is unclear whether it was struggling before delivery.

The March 3 death may have been natural, but the coroner's office needs more information.

The California Department of Public Health is now investigating.

A hospital spokeswoman declined to discuss the case, but said tragic events do happen. She said the hospital's policies are not relevant.

 

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