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Home of late Steve Jobs burglarized


PALO ALTO (AP) — Several computers and personal items worth more than $60,000 were stolen from the Northern California home of the late Steve Jobs in what authorities insist was a run of the mill burglary.

"I've never gotten this many calls from people," supervising Santa Clara County deputy district attorney Scott Tsui said of the July 17 theft in Palo Alto. "Other than the fact it involves Mr. Jobs, it's a pretty standard burglary case."

Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda, was arrested Aug. 2 and charged with residential burglary and selling stolen property. He remains jailed with bail set at $500,000 pending an Aug. 20 court hearing.

Authorities believe that McFarlin was unaware that he had broken into the Jobs home.

Pedestrian killed by San Francisco taxi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say a San Francisco taxi spun out and killed a pedestrian after the cabbie ran a red light.

The San Francisco Chronicle says 38-year-old Edmund Capalla was crossing the street in the Tenderloin district on Saturday evening when the taxi struck. Capalla's name was released on Monday.

Police spokesman Albie Esparza says the taxi ran a red light and was struck by a car entering the intersection. The taxi was sent spinning into Capalla.

The District Attorney's office will decide if charges will be filed against the cabbie, whose name hasn't been disclosed.

Alameda DA drops rape charge against deputy

MARTINEZ  (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped charges against an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy who had been accused of raping a woman he used to date.

Prosecutors withdrew rape and attempted forcible oral copulation charges against 28-year-old David Reta during a Tuesday hearing.

Contra Costa County's lead sex crimes prosecutor Nancy Georgiou says her office cannot prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt based on new evidence presented to it.

Reta's attorney says the deputy, who has been on paid leave, wants to get back to work. Reta was arrested December on suspicion that he raped a woman in Moraga last September.

The judge in the case dismissed the charges without prejudice, meaning prosecutors would have the option of refiling charges in the future.

Young sea lion blinded by gunshot recovering

SAUSALITO  (AP) — A California sea lion blinded by a gunshot wound is recovering at Sausalito's Marine Mammal Center six weeks after it was found in Santa Cruz.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that Whirlybird was taken to Sausalito after he was found listless and unresponsive on a set of stairs near Corcoran Lagoon on July 2. A gunshot wound to the face left the young animal blind in both eyes.

Marine Mammal Center spokesman Jim Oswald says Whirlybird is recovering nicely, but won't be able to return to the wild.

Oswald says Whirlybird has befriended a sea lion named Old Ray who is also a gunshot wound victim.

Center officials say it's not unusual to find sea lions that have been shot, usually by fishermen trying to protect their catch.