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Monday, Dec 25


CHP officer killed in collision on I-880 in Hayward; second officer injured

A California Highway Patrol officer was killed in a collision on Interstate 880 in Hayward late Christmas eve, according to the CHP. Officers responded shortly before midnight to reports of a collision on I-880 just north of Highway 92…

Thursday, Dec 14


'I don't want to hear your language' rant at Walnut Creek Starbucks goes viral

WALNUT CREEK — A woman having coffee last week in a Starbucks here triggered her 15 minutes of “fame” by being recorded on video telling two young people to stop speaking Korean in the coffeehouse — and the video went viral. The video was…

Tuesday, Dec 12


San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies suddenly at 65

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) SAN FRANCISCO — Edwin Mah Lee, San Francisco’s…

Saturday, Dec 2


Driver arrested, toll taker identified in fatal in Bay Bridge Toll Plaza wreck; multiple lanes closed

Several lanes of the San Francisco Bay Bridge are closed as Alameda County Sheriff's Department Coroner's Bureau deputies remove a body from the scene of a fatal crash in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. A toll booth worker was…


Comedian, Richmond native Ronnie Schell recalls Jim Nabors

Comedian, actor and Richmond native Ronnie Schell offered some thoughts this week on the death of his longtime friend and television co-star Jim Nabors. “He was a great guy and was the older brother I never had,” Schell said Friday, when…

Sunday, Nov 19


Napping on the job may turn out to be a very good idea for a sleep-deprived nation

President Donald Trump prides himself on getting by with just four or five hours of sleep at night, which leaves him plenty of time early in the morning to scan cable TV news and tweet before going to work. During last year’s rough-and…


Trump faced public, private pressure to halt elephant hunting trophy imports

WASHINGTON — A combination of public and private pressure prompted President Donald Trump to overturn his administration’s recent move to allow elephants shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported back to the United States as…

Thursday, Nov 16


Here are the rules for legal marijuana in California once the law goes into effect Jan. 1


Cannabis businesses in California can't be within 600 feet of schools. Shops have to close by 10 p.m., and they need 24-hour video surveillance. Those regulations are in the new rule book for California's cannabis industry, which state…

Sunday, Nov 12


Trump calls Putin sincere, ex-US intelligence heads ‘hacks’


HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Days before returning home from a whirlwind trip to Asia, President Donald Trump was back on the defensive over Russian election meddling, saying he considers President Vladimir Putin’s denials sincere, dismissing…

Monday, Nov 6


Reports: Queen Elizabeth has investments in offshore havens

LONDON (AP) — Newly leaked papers revealed Sunday that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has invested some of her private money in offshore tax havens. According to documents obtained by the International Consortium of Journalists, the queen’s…

Sunday, Oct 8


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


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


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


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


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


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 ...

Monday, Aug 14


Popular Berkeley hot dog chain fires worker…


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


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


Oakland cuts ties with ICE


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


Borenstein: Legislature keeps patients in the dark about bad doctors


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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…

Saturday, Apr 29


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


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


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


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…