OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A lawsuit says Oakland failed to consider the health impact of burning 3,000 bodies a year when it approved a crematorium in East Oakland. Filed by Communities for a Better Environment, the suit claims city planners wrongly designated the Neptune Society crematorium a general manufacturing facility that could be approved without a public hearing. The Neptune Society tells the Chronicle it hasn't seen the suit and wouldn't comment.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Prosecutors in San Diego say three members of a Mexican drug cartel who pleaded guilty to planning to abduct three drug dealers who owed money have been sentenced to spend several years in U.S. federal prison. A judge called the plot "cold-blooded" yesterday and gave one of the men a 13 years in prison and sentenced the others to 7½ years apiece.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The man behind a national chain of stores that provide supplies to medical marijuana growers is expected to receive probation following his conviction on charges that he defrauded an Oakland grant program. The Oakland Tribune reports that Dharminder Mann will be sentenced next month after pleading no contest to five felony counts of defrauding the city.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area are investigating whether a bank robbery suspect shot by a sheriff's deputy held up several banks since last year. San Rafael police say the man was wounded yesterday after he crashed his car and drew a gun. He was suspected of robbing a bank in Novato earlier.
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