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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 ...

Thursday, Jul 12


Syria raises flag over city where anti-Assad rebellion began

BEIRUT – Syrian forces hoisted their red, black and white flag as they took control of the southern city of Daraa on Thursday, quashing a rebellion that began there in 2011 before spiraling into one o...

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…

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 23


Grand Jury report pushes for more treatment for opioid abuse in Contra Costa County

MARTINEZ — The county’s civil grand jury is calling for more addiction treatment programs and trained clinicians following a report on how the national opioid crisis is affecting Contra Costa County. What the jurors found was that there…

Sunday, Jun 17


East Contra Costa towns team up on Relay for Life of the Delta

East Contra Costa County homes and storefronts are sporting a lot of purple this month in anticipation of this year’s Relay for Life on June 23-24 at Los Medanos College, with the color a symbol for the fight against cancer. This year 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…

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…


70-year-old East Oakland furniture store closing amid bus line construction


OAKLAND — After nearly 70 years of business in East Oakland, Perry’s Furniture — known for its dazzling antique home furnishings — is closing its doors. In its heyday, people would come from all over to peruse Perry’s one-of-a-kind…

Tuesday, Apr 10


Trump reverses course, now praises Qatar

WASHINGTON u2014 President Donald Trump vouched publicly on Tuesday for Qatar’s efforts to stop the funding of terrorism, reversing his past critique and lending presidential credence to Qatari claims that it’s been unfairly maligned by…


New financial experiment could elevate low-income communities, or gentrify them


A new financial vehicle passed with the 2017 tax plan could spur significant investment in low-income areas, but the untested system may also be a vehicle for gentrification, experts warn. The tax bill, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,…

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…