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Sunday, Oct 8

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Marijuana rules fire up debate in East Bay city

The Livermore City Council considers Monday whether to allow any medical marijuana dispensaries in town. The photo above shows a jar of Sour Diesel marijuana at the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Fairfax, Calif. on June 12, 2017. …

Monday, Oct 2

17

Most Bay Area cities won’t allow recreational marijuana sales in January

Memo to all you Golden State tokers: Your dreams of buying recreational pot in California after New Year’s Day are hazy at best. It’s become clear in recent weeks that most cities around the Bay Area, as well as the rest of the state, will…

Sunday, Sep 17

02

Opinion: Sensible solutions for California’s economic growth

Now that Congress has returned to the Capitol, there is a critically important opportunity for the Senate to pass legislation with sensible regulatory changes that will help banks of all sizes, in particular our community and mid-size…

Friday, Sep 15

Changing course, Pleasant Hill panel rejects recreational marijuana sales

PLEASANT HILL — In late August, the majority of the planning commissioners favored allowing retail sales of medical and recreational marijuana in Pleasant Hill, provided the stores were not near schools, day cares or parks. Two weeks later…

Monday, Sep 11

08

Bannon declares war on Republican leaders in Congress

Stephen Bannon – President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist who left the White House in August – declared war Sunday against the Republican congressional leadership, called on Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic adviser, to resign, and…

Friday, Sep 8

05

California weighs controversial ‘injection centers’ to fight opioid epidemic

OAKLAND — A woman walks into a clinic where a nurse offers her a choice of sterilized needles of different sizes. She picks one, pulls a packet of heroin out of her purse and injects herself. The health staff stands by, ready to give her…

Tuesday, Aug 29

18

Left-wing activists downplay antifa violence at Berkeley rally, vow resistance to 'alt-right'

Community advocate Alex U. Inn speaks to members of the media during a press conference about weekend protests on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group). Expand. By David DeBolt ...

Thursday, Aug 24

22

Update: Uber’s threat to sell Oakland headquarters sparks worry, relief

OAKLAND — Uber is considering selling the former Sears building that was once intended to be the ride-hailing firm’s Oakland headquarters, sowing uncertainty over the fate of the massive, vacant building in the heart of the city’s…

Monday, Aug 14

01

Popular Berkeley hot dog chain fires worker…

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A local hot dog chain fired an employee after he was seen in picture with white supremacy protesters in Charlottesville, Va. By Rick Hurd | rhurd@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group. PUBLISHED: August 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm | UPDATED:…

Thursday, Jul 20

05

Protesters celebrate pledge from Oakland CEO not to submit bid for Trump’s Mexico-border wall

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to print (Opens in new window) OAKLAND — Protesters declared victory early…

Wednesday, Jul 19

17

Oakland cuts ties with ICE

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Oakland has terminated an agreement that allowed its police to take part in ICE task forces. (Richard Drew/Associated Press). By Rebecca Parr | rparr@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group. July 19, 2017 at 7:51 am. Oakland is severing…

Friday, Jul 14

06

Borenstein: Legislature keeps patients in the dark about bad doctors

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Doctors win another round. Patients lose again. Secrecy prevails. Physicians on professional probation can continue hiding their status from patients after a Sacramento showdown this week between two Silicon Valley legislators ended — for…

Friday, Jun 30

01

Charges against cardinal revive questions about Pope Francis’ handling of child sexual abuse scandal

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ROME — The Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse scandal ensnared one of Pope Francis’s top lieutenants on Thursday, underlining the halting progress the reformist pontiff has made in addressing decades of abuse by the clergy even as…

Tuesday, Jun 13

04

Army reservist gets second chance to graduate after uniform dispute

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to print (Opens in new window) BRENTWOOD — Private First Class Harland Fletcher,…

Sunday, Jun 11

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Puerto Rican voters back statehood in questioned referendum

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor announced that the U.S. territory overwhelmingly chose statehood on Sunday in a nonbinding referendum held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S.…

Friday, Jun 2

21

Editorial: GOP deliberately hid its repeal of Americans’ privacy, what’s next?

Most members of Congress seem to think using Twitter or having a Facebook page makes them experts on technology. But how many really have a tech background? You can count them on one hand. Wolverton: Senate Republicans vote to undermine…

Friday, May 26

04

Bay Area college professor used U-shaped bike lock in beating, police say

BERKELEY — A former Diablo Valley College professor was arrested Wednesday in connection with the use of a bike lock in the beating of three people during a rally for President Donald Trump last month, police said Thursday. Fruit vendor’s…

Tuesday, May 16

01

Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said that Trump’s disclosures…

Monday, May 8

22

Kawakami: Draymond Green on the Cavaliers, Marshawn Lynch, Topgolf with Durant, and more

SALT LAKE CITY–Draymond Green was sitting and answering any question that could be asked of him, so it was not a time to be standing anywhere else. I asked several of these questions. Draymond answered all of them. It’s typically…

Saturday, Apr 29

19

Editorial: Abandoning free and open Internet is a very bad idea

It’s no surprise that new Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai wants to do away with the basic principle that all internet data should be treated equally by broadband providers, such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. He’s a…

Friday, Apr 28

03

How Ann Coulter cashed in on a ‘dark day for free speech’

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In a perfect world, Ann Coulter would have given a speech Thursday, at UC Berkeley, as originally scheduled. She would have spoken on immigration and no doubt aroused passionate reaction ranging from rabid applause to sputtering apoplexy.…

Thursday, Apr 27

21

Oakland could lose millions under Trump budget

OAKLAND — The city could lose $10.5 million in federal funds under the White House’s proposed budget, according to an analysis from the city administrator’s office. It is too early to know exactly what to expect, as the president’s 62-page…

Wednesday, Apr 26

22

Workers at Ivanka Trump’s clothing-maker earn about $62 a week

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to print (Opens in new window) What was Ivanka Trump doing at the W20 women’s…

Wednesday, Apr 19

16

Trump’s cuts to EPA lead prevention programs would hurt Oakland kids, local officials say

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OAKLAND — Stephanie Avila was shocked when a doctor told her earlier this year that her adventurous 18-month-old son Alexander was poisoned by lead — with an exposure rate 10 times the safe limit. But she was even more shocked when she…

Sunday, Apr 16

17

San Jose protesters join national push for Trump tax returns

CHICAGO — Protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities nationwide Saturday to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, saying that Americans deserve to know about his business ties and potential conflicts of…

Friday, Apr 7

21

Girl found living among monkeys in Indian forest. How she got there is a mystery.

Amid a troop of monkeys in the Katraniaghat forest range in northern India roamed a naked human girl, playing with the primates as if she were one of them. She looked emaciated, her hair disheveled. But she appeared to be in a comfortable…

04

US strikes Syrian military targets in first direct assault on Assad’s government

The U.S. military launched approximately 50 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield late on Thursday, in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar Assad since that country’s civil war began six years ago…

Monday, Apr 3

02

Tesla reports record deliveries of vehicles in 1st quarter

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Inc. says it delivered a record 25,000 vehicles in the first quarter, up 69 percent from the same period last year. Tesla said Sunday that it delivered about 13,450 Model S cars and about…

Tuesday, Mar 28

18

Oakland hills: New police chief meets, greets residents at town hall

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OAKLAND — Anne Kirkpatrick, Oakland’s new police chief, is gregarious, informal and can charm an audience with her southern accent. But beneath that genteel exterior beats the heart of the real cop, according to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.…

Monday, Mar 27

20

‘American Horror Story’ stars discuss potential Trump plot

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The cast of “American Horror Story” is opening up about rumors of a season of the series centered on President Donald Trump. Series creator Ryan Murphy told Bravo’s Andy Cohen last month that the seventh season of the FX…