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BART board votes down extension to Livermore

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BART won’t go to Livermore, the transit agency’s Board or Directors decided after a nearly four-hour hearing in Oakland on Thursday.

Indonesia passes new terror law after attacks using children


JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's parliament unanimously approved a tougher anti-terrorism law on Friday, lengthening detention periods and involving the military in counter-terrorism policing, spurred into action by recent bombings…

Congressional leaders get briefings on Russia probe


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers have gotten classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by…

Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson


WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction.

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Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean from 3 flows

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HONOLULU (AP) — Lava entered the ocean from a third flow, marking the third week of a Hawaii volcano eruption that has opened up nearly two dozen vents in rural communities, destroyed dozens of buildings and shot miles-high plumes of ash…


Police: 2 shot at Oklahoma restaurant; civilian kills gunman


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man armed with a pistol walked into an Oklahoma City restaurant at the dinner hour and opened fire, wounding two customers, before being shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot, police said.


Shooting survivors share their stories with Texas governor


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Survivors of last week's shooting at a high school near Houston told gripping stories of dodging bullets, hiding from the attacker and seeing classmates get shot as they pleaded with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for more…

The Latest: Japan says it understands Trump's caution


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump canceling his planned summit with North Korea (all times local):; 12:10 a.m. Japan says it understands President Donald Trump's cancellation of the summit with North Korean leader Kim…


Trump cancels summit with Kim; North Korea still wants talks

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang — a decision North Korea called "regrettable" while still holding…


Iowa gubernatorial candidate accused of misconduct drops out


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A popular Democrat's exit from the Iowa governor's race Thursday amid sexual misconduct allegations could impact the party's efforts to coalesce behind the eventual nominee and regain power in a state that has moved…


Investigator reveals eerie detail from search of Golden State Killer suspect's home

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What was found inside the Citrus Heights home of Joseph DeAngelo is likely to remain a closely guarded secret until the case goes to trial. But one investigator who saw the scene just dropped an eerie detail about the man law enforcement…


US pressure on Hezbollah may hamper Lebanese government


BEIRUT (AP) — Growing U.S. pressure on Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, including a new wave of sanctions targeting its top leadership, may hamper the formation of a new government that caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri was…


Lucky guy wins more than $6M in 6 months by playing the lottery in California

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A Southern California man has won more than $6 million in the past six months buying Scratchers lottery tickets.


Flooding causes severe traffic on busy South Bay freeways

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Flooding prompted a severe traffic alert on southbound Interstate 280 and southbound Highway 87 near San Jose, officials said.


BART weighs major decision: Extend to Livermore or rejuvenate aging system


Even as BART prepares to start service to Antioch this weekend and to connect to San Jose within months, the transit system’s leaders are considering another extension, this one to Livermore. But some BART officials wonder if the expansion…


Protests worldwide against US idea of auto import tariffs


BEIJING (AP) — China, Japan and the European Union condemned Thursday the Trump administration's decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive parts into the United States.


Malaysia's ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal


PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was quizzed for more than six hours Thursday by anti-graft investigators looking into alleged theft and money laundering at a state investment fund he founded that…

Human rights an afterthought ahead of US-North Korea summit


WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump's focus has been on stagecraft, the will-they-or-won't-they drama and visions of a legacy-defining nuclear deal. The human rights woes…


'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress questioned over housekeepers


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Korean Air heiress whose tantrum over nuts delayed a flight nearly four years ago is being investigated by South Korean immigration officials on suspicion she unlawfully hired housekeepers from the Philippines.

North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier


TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has lobbed another verbal salvo at Washington ahead of an increasingly embattled plan for its leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Donald Trump to meet next month, calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy…

Thursday, May 24

Alpha Omega winery sued for alleged sexual harassment during wild party aboard SF bay cruise

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Alpha Omega Winery, a St. Helena winery that describes itself as "exud(ing) a sense of place and hospitality," has been sued by a former employee over a shift spent working at a fundraiser on a company-owned yacht. The winery is owned by…

Seething over Russia probe, Trump tears into 'spygate'


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel's Russia investigation as "spygate," part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions…

Wednesday, May 23

ACLU sues ICE for license plate reader contracts, records


The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records about the agency’s use of license plate reader technology, after ICE apparently failed to turn over records following multiple…

Caldecott Tunnel accident causes major traffic to East Bay

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A two-car accident early Wednesday at the Caldecott Tunnel in Orinda caused major traffic delays during the morning commute, authorities said.

Georgia Democrat challenges racial barrier in governor race


ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrats gave Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history on a primary night that ended well for several women seeking office.

Teen suspect in Maryland officer's slaying held without bail


PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — A 16-year-old who was supposed to be on house arrest for auto theft was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer.

Tuesday, May 22

South Florida city warns residents of 'extreme zombie activity'

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It was like something out of the post-apocalyptic horror TV series the "Walking Dead."

What did your street used to look like? Views of San Francisco's Noe Valley, then and now

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An exploration of old Noe Valley, from its Muni lines and cable cars to the daredevil drivers and old brick quarries.

Man found dead after Tesla crashes into Castro Valley pond

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A 34-year-old man died over the weekend when his Tesla plunged into a pond in Castro Valley, authorities said.

‘Mayor Libby Schaaf Act’ could imprison officials who disclose ICE sweeps

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Immigration hard-liners’ anger toward Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for her warning about a federal sweep for undocumented migrants in Northern California led an Iowa congressman to propose criminal penalties Monday for officials who talk…

Monday, May 21

Arizona prepares for mass exodus of Californians in event of catastrophic earthquake

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The state of Arizona started a full-scale, three-and-a-half-day-long exercise Monday to prepare for a mass exodus of Californians in the event of a catastrophic earthquake.

Smoking BART train causes commute delays into San Francisco


BART trains bound for San Francisco from the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station were delayed Monday morning after a train reported smoke coming from one of its cars, officials said.

Bay to Breakers a party disguised as a race in SF

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Others decided it was a good idea to run the annual Bay to Breakers 12-kilometer race Sunday as a unicorn, gorilla, dinosaur, superhero or whatever else suited their only-in-San Francisco fancy. And there were the outliers dressed as…

Saturday Night Live skewers Oakland's 'BBQ Becky'

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The still-unidentified woman has now been parodied on "Saturday Night Live" — perfectly.

Sunday, May 20

Hayes Street Hill a major bump in road for Bay to Breakers runners


From the top it doesn’t look so bad, a short two-thirds of a mile with an 11 percent grade.

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints


HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot…

The Latest: Wounded student attends school baseball game

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SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the mass shooting at a Texas high school (all times local):; 6:30 p.m. A Santa Fe high school baseball team member who was wounded in the shooting attended the school's playoff game Saturday.

Hawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with old

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PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sending a flow toward the ocean Saturday.