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Energy companies rise with oil prices; other stocks snooze


NEW YORK (AP) — With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, U.S. stocks are little changed Wednesday after they finished at all-time highs the day before. The price of oil is rising on reports OPEC might extend its cuts in production, and…

A mystery predator is creating undead 'zombie butterflies' in Pacific Grove

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There's a spooky mystery brewing at the famous monarch butterfly sanctuary in Pacific Grove.

A 'felt-like' accumulation of human hair could spark fires on DC metro. Could it happen here?

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Considering BART also has a third rail, is this a problem that's ever been identified on our local system?

Inmate dies after meth-laden kiss; girlfriend gets 2 years

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge. Melissa Ann Blair and Anthony Powell shared a long…

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Lebanese PM puts resignation on hold, in surprise reversal


BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri walked back his resignation on Wednesday after weeks of intensive international diplomacy aimed at restoring the delicate political balance that has kept the country from being pulled…


BART Police: Officers used stun gun to subdue combative woman on train

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BART Police used a stun gun to subdue a 31-year-old woman riding on a Richmond-bound train Tuesday evening, after she reportedly had a man in a headlock and became combative with officers, officials said Wednesday. Several officers…

The Latest: Kosovo welcomes verdict for Serb military leader


THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the judgment on former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic (all times local):; 5:50 p.m. Kosovo has welcomed the conviction of Serbian military chief Ratko Mladic on charges of genocide…

Zimbabwe's incoming leader Mnangagwa returns home to cheers


HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa made a triumphant return Wednesday, telling cheering supporters that the country is witnessing "a new and unfolding democracy."


Global stocks advance but trading slows ahead of US holiday


BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks mostly rose Wednesday after Wall Street hit new highs and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed above the 30,000 level for the first time in over 10 years. Trading was slowing, however, ahead of the two-day U.S.…


New US sanctions target North Korean, Chinese companies


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed new sanctions on a slew of North Korean shipping firms and Chinese trading companies in its latest push to isolate the rogue nation over its nuclear weapons development and deprive it of…


VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets


HEROLD, W.Va. (AP) — A half century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet — test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while…

Ethics probe begins after Conyers confirms harassment deal


DETROIT (AP) — John Conyers has dealt with various ethics investigations and a public corruption case that landed his wife in prison during a U.S. House career spanning more than five decades — longer than any other current member.

Coyote injures dog that chased it in Stern Grove

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A dog was taken to a veterinarian after tangling with a coyote in Stern Grove on Tuesday afternoon, police said. The pit bull was walking with its owner off leash when it began to chase the coyote, police said. The dog ran into thick…

Last stop for cannabis advertising on Muni buses, trains, stations and stops


As the cannabis industry takes shape in California, one place it won’t be able to advertise is on San Francisco’s public transportation.


Dramatic video shows escape, shooting of N. Korean defector

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean soldier races for the border in a jeep and then on foot before his former comrades shoot him at least five times as he limps into South Korea, where he collapses and is dragged to safety by southern…


CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations

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NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in…


Danville street reopens after pipe bomb left at fire station is dismantled

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A woman who recently moved into house in Danville wanted to dispose of a box of fireworks she’d discovered, but when she dropped them off at a local fire station Tuesday morning, firefighters discovered an potentially explosive surprise.


FBI: Border agent's death a 'potential assault '


DALLAS (AP) — An FBI official said Tuesday that the bureau is investigating the death of a border patrol agent and severe injuries to another as "potential assault," but he wouldn't rule out that they could have been hurt in some other way.


Haitians relieved to stay in US for now, upset status to end


MIAMI (AP) — Yolnick Jeune couldn't sleep for days, anxious over the fate of a program that has staved off the deportations of both herself and tens of thousands of other Haitians in the U.S.

Tuesday, Nov 21

The Latest: US says Zimbabwe's people want end to isolation


HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):; 11:25 p.m. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the people of Zimbabwe want a "new era" and an end to international isolation after the…

Family of jogger found dead watches confession in tears

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NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a woman found dead after she vanished while jogging watched in tears as lawyers played a taped confession of the man accused of killing her.

2 more botched landing attempts investigated at SFO

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Federal investigators are looking into two more incidents of planes trying to take off or land at San Francisco International Airport in areas that might not have been cleared, following two botched landing attempts in the past year. The…

Air Canada flight from SFO diverted to Denver due to ‘disruptive passenger’

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An Air Canada Flight that left San Francisco International Airport for Toronto Monday morning was diverted to Denver due to a “disruptive passenger,” the airline said in a statement. The FBI is investigating the incident, Amy Sanders of…

Monday, Nov 20

Zimbabwe's Mugabe ignores calls to quit, faces impeachment


HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabweans mobilized Monday for a major push to oust President Robert Mugabe, an increasingly isolated figure who faces impeachment proceedings and more street demonstrations even as he ignores calls to resign.

SF man says citations he received for inflating 50-person rafts at Dolores Park are 'bogus'

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A San Francisco resident is using his experience of receiving citations at Dolores Park to raise awareness about the number of people who he feels are being cited for "bogus" reasons by park rangers.

Ex-President Pinera leads Chile vote, but faces runoff


SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera held a big lead late Sunday in returns from Chile's presidential election, buoyed by support from Chileans who hope the former president can resuscitate a flagging economy,…

Sunday, Nov 19

The Latest: Ruling party says Mugabe impeachment to go ahead


HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):; 11:15 p.m. The chief whip of Zimbabwe's ruling party says "I don't see us failing to proceed with the impeachment" of President Robert Mugabe.

LaToya Cantrell becomes New Orleans' 1st woman mayor


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, won a historic election Saturday that made her the first woman…

Why Californians will have to pay for new ID cards soon

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Your current California driver's license or ID card soon won't be accepted by the TSA so you can board a flight or by federal agents so you can enter certain government facilities.

Trader Joe’s recalls salads after supplier detects shards of glass

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Grocery chain Trader Joe’s announced Saturday that it has recalled several packaged salads after a supplier found shards of glass and hard plastic inside.

Saturday, Nov 18

The Latest: France sees 'negative' foreign sways in Lebanon


PARIS (AP) — The Latest on developments surrounding Lebanon's crisis with Saudi Arabia in the wake of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation (all times local):; 8:50 p.m. The French presidency says it is essential to protect Lebanon from…

The Latest: Mugabe, army commander to meet again Sunday


HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):; 8:15 p.m. Zimbabwe' state-run broadcaster says President Robert Mugabe will meet Sunday with the army commander who put him under house arrest. This…

These are the worst times to drive around Thanksgiving, according to AAA and Waze

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Drivers getting out of the Bay for Thanksgiving this year will almost certainly come face to face with an absurd number of other cars on the road, doing the exact same thing.

1 person killed and 5 injured as SF crash delays traffic on Hwy. 101

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The driver of a dump truck was killed after it rolled over in a collision with a Muni bus during the evening commute Friday near San Francisco General Hospital, authorities said.

Friday, Nov 17

3 earthquakes rattle Monterey County Thursday, after more than a dozen quakes earlier in the week

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Three small earthquakes struck Monterey County Thursday evening, officials said.

CHP warns Bay Area drivers to slow down for rainy evening commute

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Scattered showers in the Bay Area will keep Thursday evening’s commute a wet one, forecasters said, as roads won’t have the chance to dry out from heavy rain that swept into the region earlier.

California releases long-awaited cannabis regulations, will allow huge farms

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There will be no cannabis cappuccinos or drone deliveries in California under the new pot rules state officials released Thursday that regulate everything from who can legally sell and deliver marijuana to how it must be packaged and…

New Jersey senator's bribery trial ends in a hung jury


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended Thursday with the jury hopelessly deadlocked on all charges, a partial victory for him that could nevertheless leave the case hanging over his head as he…