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Discrimination claim against In-N-Out chain

OAKLAND  (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of two black men in Oakland claims In-N-Out Burger didn't hire them because of their race and age.

The suit filed Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court asks a judge to order the restaurant chain to end discriminatory practices and to provide back pay and other monetary relief to those who have been unlawfully denied employment.

The suit claims both men were qualified for jobs at In-N-Out but weren't hired because they are black and also over the age of 40.

Arnie Wensinger, In-N-Out Burger's vice president and general counsel, denied the allegations in the lawsuit.

Smaller fire occurred before refinery blaze

RICHMOND  (AP) — A report says a smaller fire was extinguished shortly before a massive blaze at a Chevron Corp. refinery in Northern California last month.

The report given to Contra Costa County officials by Chevron on Wednesday says there was a small fire at the refinery about 10 minutes before the larger blaze.

That fire knocked an important refinery unit offline, which reduced the facility's production and sent thousands of people to hospitals with breathing and eye irritation complaints.

The fire was caused by a leaking 8-inch pipe, but investigators also were looking into the composition of a white cloud that formed minutes before the blaze. The report cast doubt on whether the cloud consisted of flammable hydrocarbon vapor, suggesting it was mostly steam from firefighters knocking down the smaller fire.

Sonoma County supervisor arrested in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Sonoma County supervisor has been arrested in San Diego for allegedly being involved in a fight that left another man unconscious.

Efren Carrillo was arrested early Monday in the city's Gaslamp District. Police say the 31-year-old Carrillo and two men were fighting in the street. One of the men was taken to a hospital after he was knocked unconscious. He is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 15.

Carrillo and another man were booked for investigation of disturbing the peace and battery resulting in serious bodily injury. Carrillo was released after posting $10,000 bail.

Carrillo said in a written statement that he was trying to protect some women in his group who were being harassed by "rowdies."

Last suspect in attack on CHP officer arrested

OAKLAND  (AP) — An Oakland teen has been arrested in connection with the ramming of a California Highway Patrol officer and the shooting of his cruiser.

Police say they arrested the juvenile in East Palo Alto on Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer. He is the last of four suspects in the July incident, when CHP Officer Sean Deise was rammed by a car while chasing a van in Oakland.

The older Gonzalez is also accused of opening fire at the CHP cruiser, blowing out its back window.