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‘Toilet to tap’ water nearly matches bottled H20 in taste test, California university researchers discover

Saddled with the “toilet to tap” label, recycled water still has a bit of an image problem. But in a blind taste test, UC Riverside researchers found that people prefer its flavor over tap water and t...

Thursday, Aug 16


Broken Rio Vista Bridge blocks Sacramento River shipping lanes


What goes up must come down, but what’s down can’t always easily go up. That’s the problem with the State Highway 12 Bridge in Rio Vista, which has been stuck in the “down” position since Friday after ...

Tuesday, Aug 14


What to wear? Alameda middle school students win two-year battle to loosen dress code

ALAMEDA — Kristen Wong felt the flutter of butterflies in her stomach as she walked into the administrative office at Lincoln Middle School two years ago. She thought her pink scooped-necked tank top, ...

Monday, Aug 13

Rent control fuels costliest fight on California 2018 ballot

SACRAMENTO — A Los Angeles-based health care nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures is waging an expensive battle with the real estate industry over rent control in California. The ...

Monday, Aug 6


Jobs growth favors Democratic counties, not Trump strongholds

MONACA, Pennsylvania (AP) — The United States is on pace to add about 2.6 million jobs this year on President Donald Trump’s watch. Yet the bulk of the hiring has occurred in bastions of Democratic vo...

Saturday, Aug 4


Antioch council to reconsider proposed sales tax, adding oversight and sunset clause

The Antioch City Council will meet for a third time on Tuesday to consider new wording on a proposed sales tax measure, this time including a sunset clause and oversight committee requirement. Council ...

Friday, Aug 3


San Ramon considering more tobacco restrictions

SAN RAMON — San Ramon officials are considering banning the sale of flavored tobacco products and prohibiting electronic smoking devices — aka vaping — from being used in public. After hearing seven s...

Thursday, Aug 2


Antioch: Council forced to reword sales tax ballot measure language

It was back to the drawing board Tuesday night for the Antioch City Council, which was forced to tweak a sales tax measure when election officials determined the wording was too long for the ballot. D...


Landscape on marijuana research shifting despite federal roadblocks

After decades of disconnect between federal officials who consider cannabis a harmful drug and public opinion that increasingly views cannabis as something that should be legal and is potentially good ...


Giants impacting short-term, long-term future with roster decisions in August

PHOENIX–The trade deadline is baseball’s version of chess, an opportunity for general managers to outsmart one another in an effort to best position their franchises for immediate or future success. W...

Wednesday, Aug 1


Rising jazz star Sarah McKenzie brings her Midas touch to SF Bay Area

At the age of 24, Sarah McKenzie was on the fast track. A jazz pianist and vocalist with a deep affinity for the American Songbook, she’d recorded two albums for ABC Music in Australia, earning the co...


Equal pay in big-wave waters: Mavericks women fight for same prize purse

PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA — The U.S. women’s soccer team demanded pay raises after winning the 2015 World Cup. The American hockey team threatened a boycott without a pay increase a year before the women w...

Friday, Jul 27


Jefferson Airplane founder Marty Balin being honored by Mill Valley, his longtime hometown


As one of this year’s judges for Mill Valley’s annual Milley Awards, I happily joined my colleagues in voting to give the award for achievement in music to Marty Balin, a founder of the Jefferson Airp...

Tuesday, Jul 17


Study: Urgent care clinics prescribe millions of unnecessary antibiotics

Nearly half of patients who go to urgent care clinics seeking treatment for a flu, cold or other conditions that don’t require antibiotics received a prescription for one anyway. That’s three times as ...

Wednesday, Jul 11


British prime minister tries to stem Cabinet exodus over Brexit

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Tuesday that her plan to retain close ties with the European Union “absolutely keeps faith” with voters’ decision to leave the bloc, as she tried t...

Saturday, Jul 7


Jahi McMath: Funeral honors young teen whose brain death captured world’s attention

Click here if you are having trouble viewing this gallery or video on a mobile device. OAKLAND — The mother of an Oakland teen who was declared brain dead almost five years ago but kept breathing thro...

Wednesday, Jul 4


Of Jahi McMath, mom says: ‘That little black girl from Oakland made history’

Through tears, the mother of an Oakland teenager who was removed from breathing machines almost five years after being declared brain dead, said Tuesday she would fight all over again to try to save her daughter. “I gave up everything for…

Tuesday, Jul 3


US envoy meets North Korean officials at DMZ

SEOUL, South Korea – Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, held talks with North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas over the weekend, the State Department said Monday, amid skepticism of the…

Wednesday, Jun 27


Giants guarantee first full winning month in two years with win over Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO–Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino has been virtually unhittable all season. But Gorkys Hernández didn’t need to record a hit to make Ottavino pay for a mistake. After falling behind 1-2 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the…

Sunday, Jun 24


Treating genetic disease: Is a cure a cut away?

Delaney Van Riper smiles in her apartment on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Van Riper, a UC Santa Cruz student, has a degenerative muscle condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Van Riper hopes through the use of the .…

Saturday, Jun 16


Oakland man’s Craigslist ad scores a kidney from generous donor

Instead of checking out Craigslist to find used furniture, musical instruments or electronics, an Oakland man used it to find something much more organic: a kidney. After dealing with kidney problems his entire life, undergoing surgery and…


Desaulnier, Harris, Feinstein introduce bill to give Contra Costa Canal to water district

MARTINEZ — The Contra Costa Water District is looking to upgrade the 48-mile aqueduct that serves half a million county residents, but to invest millions in the aging system, it first wants to own it. Last week Senators Diane Feinstein and…

Friday, Jun 15


Ex-Cambridge Analytica staff working on Trump 2020 campaign

WASHINGTON — A company run by former officials at Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a scandal over how it obtained Facebook users’ private data, has quietly been working for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re…

Wednesday, May 30


Fed rolls back rules aimed at preventing risky bank bets

Federal regulators on Wednesday approved a broad proposal easing financial crisis-era regulations on risky trading, delivering Wall Street one of its biggest victories yet in the Trump era. The changes will give big banks, including…

Tuesday, May 29


Israeli forces, Gaza militants trade fire across border

JERUSALEM – Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least 70 rockets and mortar shells into Israel on Tuesday, the Israeli military said, as tensions escalated amid weeks of lethal protests and tit-for-tat cross-border attacks.…

Monday, May 21


She died in Texas school shooting. Now strangers want to save her husband.


This photo shows Texas shooting victim Cynthia Tisdale, top right, with her husband William Tisdale, center and niece Olinde, left. Cynthia Tisdale, a substitute teacher who relatives say had a “lust for life” is among the first confirmed…

Monday, May 14


How a retired East Bay Catholic school principal became a cannabis dispenser

Asara Tsehai, a holistic health educator and wellness coach in Oakland, was mystified when she reached menopause and suddenly began experiencing insomnia. “I’d never had a problem sleeping before, but then all of a sudden, I couldn’t get a…

Thursday, Apr 26


Pittsburg: Grand Jury says Los Medanos Healthcare District should dissolve

PITTSBURG — A Contra Costa Grand Jury has recommended that the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District be dissolved, considering it no longer runs a community hospital, spends more money administering grants than on the grants themselves…

Thursday, Apr 19


Why Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and others need to join the growing Harvey Weinstein backlash


Almost a year ago, the already tumultuous 2016 presidential campaign was shaken up some more when the world heard GOP candidate Donald Trump, caught on a leaked 2005 recording, brag about sexually assaulting women — and saying he could get…

Sunday, Apr 15


E-bikes are becoming a hit with consumers


Which is good marketing news for the electric-bike industry which is currently riding a wave of popularity, especially here in sunny, athletically minded California, and enjoying buzz like it got at this weekend’s Electric Bike Expo in San…