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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. …

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…

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 ...

Thursday, Aug 24


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…

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…

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…

Wednesday, Apr 26


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…

Monday, Apr 3


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…

Friday, Mar 17


East Bay store among JCPenney locations to close

RICHMOND — The JCPenney at Richmond’s Hilltop mall is among 138 stores that the company will shutter this year as part of a plan to shrink its store count as the industry grapples with changes. Most of the stores on the list will begin…

Sunday, Feb 19


McCorvey, who was at center of Roe v. Wade, dead at 69

DALLAS (AP) — Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died Saturday. She…

Tuesday, Feb 14


Twitter reverses one new safety rule, concedes misstep

Twitter has abruptly reversed one of its safety rules to combat social media bullies, in the latest stumble by the micro-blogging service. By George Avalos | gavalos@bayareanewsgroup.com |. PUBLISHED: February 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm |…

Sunday, Feb 5


Milo Yiannopoulos plans to return to Berkeley

BERKELEY — Controversial provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos announced Saturday morning via Facebook that he has plans to return to Berkeley, following violent demonstrations that prompted UC Berkeley to cancel his speaking event there earlier…

Thursday, Jan 19


Russian business world hopes for relief from Trump

DAVOS, Switzerland — Few people are more eager for Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House than those who do business in Russia. Hacking scandals? They expect that to blow over. Conflict in Ukraine? An artificial problem invented by…

Friday, Jan 13


Oakland: Tower of Power band members hit by train in Jack London Square

An Oakland Police officer exits the car parked in front of Yoshi's nightclub after two musicians were hit by an Amtrak train on Embarcadero and Clay Street in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Bassist Marc Van Wageningen of…

Wednesday, Jan 11


Los Angeles beats San Francisco for George Lucas museum site

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The force, it seems, was with Los Angeles. And San Francisco was left on the dark side. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and his team were on the side of the City of Angels over the City by the Bay on Tuesday, choosing…

Friday, Dec 30


Hospitals penalized for patient safety violations

Almost half of Alameda County hospitals will be penalized after being cited by the federal government for high rates of patient injuries, which for the first time includes the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs. Of the 96 California…

Wednesday, Dec 14


Ronnie Lott’s Raiders stadium plan gets…

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 — A Hail Mary attempt to keep the Raiders…