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NORTHERN CALIF. MAN SENT TO PRISON AFTER 8TH DUI: SANTA ROSA  (AP) — A Northern California man has been sentenced to five years in prison following his eighth conviction for driving under the influence.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports 34-year-old Barton Riley Shafer will also be unable to get a driver's license for 10 years after his release.

Shafer was stopped May 17 for speeding and was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.17. The legal limit is .08.

In August the Santa Rosa resident pleaded no contest to DUI and driving with a suspended license.

He also admitted having been convicted of three previous felony DUI charges in the last 10 years and having served prison time twice on those counts.

He has been in custody since May.

BART, UNIONS MEET OVER CONTRACT PROVISION DISPUTE : OAKLAND . (AP) — Bay Area Rapid Transit officials and its two largest unions were meeting on Monday to go over the agency's estimates of how much a disputed contract provision would cost.

BART and the unions, SEIU Local 1021 and ATU Local 1555, did not plan to hold negotiations over the provision. Instead, the meeting was to focus on BART's accounting.

At issue is a medical leave provision that BART says was erroneously included in the contract language by an unnamed temporary employee in July. The agency says it could cost $44 million over the four-year life of the tentative contract deal. That deal was reached last month and ended a second transit strike.

BART wants the unions to renegotiate that provision.

BART's board is set to vote on the contract on Thursday.

2 DIE IN CRASH ON I-880 IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND  (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says two people died when a speeding BMW on Interstate 880 in Oakland hit a big rig, flipped over the center divider and went head- on into a Honda traveling on the other side.

The crash occurred around 1 a.m. Monday. The BMW and Honda drivers died. They have not been identified.

The CHP is investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.