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An Alameda man has been arrested and a firefighter injured in a destructive, early-morning apartment fire that authorities had deemed suspicious.

The City of Oakland obtained a record $15.1 million court judgment against a pair of immigration services firms co-owned by an Alameda couple, whose agents destroyed the lives of families who were led to believe the firm could help them win legal residence in the United States, a judge said.

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A former Alameda fire chief owes the city more than a quarter million dollars in legal costs after agreeing to drop the last standing claim in a lawsuit claiming he had been wrongly fired.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled on Thursday that former chief David Kapler would be required to pay the city $260,535.39 in attorney's fees and costs, nearly two weeks after his attorney filed paperwork dropping the two-year-old lawsuit. An appeals court ruled in 2012 that the fees and costs would be due.

Updated at 11:18 a.m. Wednesday, October 23

An Alameda County Superior Court judge has elected to bar AC Transit workers from striking for the next 60 days.

Representatives for both AC Transit and its main workers union have said they would go back to the bargaining table if Judge Evelio Grillo decided today to prohibit workers from striking until December 22.

Leaders at BART's two biggest unions and its top manager announced tentative contract accords Monday night as the fourth day of workers' most recent strike drew to a close.

The BART strike is entering its fourth day on Monday. Here's the latest on who's involved, what's happening and what you can do to get around.

Alamedans faced long ferry lines and packed buses on their morning commute Friday as BART workers went on strike.

Updated at 11:52 a.m. Friday, October 18

BART workers went on strike Friday, shutting down the rail line after a week of late-night sessions overseen by a federal mediator failed to produce new contracts.

BART's unions said they were calling the strike over proposed changes to work rules that they said are needed to protect workers and the rail line's top manager said are needed to run BART more effectively and efficiently. Both they and BART's managers blamed each other for what both sides know will be an unpopular move.

Governor Jerry Brown put AC Transit workers' strike plans on hold Wednesday, notifying the East Bay bus service that he's assembling a three-person panel to examine both sides' position in the contract impasse. As a result, buses will roll for the next seven days.

Representatives with one of the unions representing BART workers and the federal mediator in charge of trying to broker contract deals are saying they won't be going on strike Wednesday, and that they will continue to work toward a deal through Tuesday night.

"I have been authorized by the parties to announce that the negotiations are continuing under our auspices. Progress is being made," mediator George Cohen was quoted as saying in a release from BART management Tuesday. "Out of respect to the public and BART ridership I have also been authorized to announce that trains will be running all day tomorrow."