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1 person killed in predawn blaze at Oakland apartment building

One person was killed when a fire erupted in a top-floor unit of four-story Oakland apartment complex early Wednesday, fire officials said. Oakland firefighters were called out shortly before 4 a.m. to the blaze at the apartment building...Show More Summary

San Francisco school area is fourth-worst in the nation for distracted driving

It doesn't matter whether you're texting, Google-mapping, Waze-ing or Periscoping-ing: if you use your phone while you're driving, your chances of a collision go up 20-fold. But 88% of us do it anyway.

After a 23andMe DNA test, Northern California woman discovers 3 siblings

As a 33-year-old mother of two, Jaclyn Baxter took the mail-in DNA test primarily to learn about her genetic health risks. On a Sunday in March, she spit into a test tube and sent the sample to 23andMe, a genetic testing firm based in Mountain View, California. Show More Summary

Reversal in decision to hold inmate arraignments in Dublin

Felony arraignments of in-custody inmates that had been moved to a new Dublin courthouse will be headed back to Oakland after a coalition spearheaded by the Alameda County public defender fought the move, officials said Tuesday. Public...Show More Summary

A supervisor's solution to crime on Twin Peaks? Close it at night

City leaders are considering a proposal to close Twin Peaks at night, multiple media outlets report. 

Been a long time coming, but SF’s new Rooftop Park opens next month

A 6,000-square-foot rooftop park in Chinatown will finally be open early next month, the Recreation and Park Department announced this week. Rooftop Park, as it’s being called, was nearly 15 years in the planning. The park, which sits atop the 500 Pine Street building on Quincy Street between California and Pine Streets, connects to St. Show More Summary

Big setback for Gov. Brown’s twin-tunnels project in the delta

California’s biggest agricultural water supplier said Tuesday that it’s not ready to spend money on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed delta-tunnels plan, a decision that could threaten the future of the $17 billion project. The Westlands Water...Show More Summary

SF supervisors want Justin Herman Plaza to get a new name

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors made it clear Tuesday it no longer wants the plaza at the foot of Market Street to be named for Justin Herman, the city’s longtime redevelopment chief who is widely blamed for bulldozing the Western...Show More Summary

San Francisco’s soda labeling law blocked by appeals court

San Francisco’s ground-breaking effort to curb soda consumption by requiring health warnings in display ads hit a judicial wall Tuesday when a federal appeals court barred enforcement, saying the messages were one-sided and would violate advertisers’ freedom of speech. Show More Summary

Bay Area political events: Khanna town hall, peace festival

Political events in the Bay Area Wednesday Town hall: Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, holds a town hall at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ohlone Community College’s Jackson Theater, 43600 Mission Blvd. in Fremont. Information: Saturday Peace...Show More Summary

Sea of firefighters salute SFFD battalion chief who died after call

Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel spent more than a quarter century with the San Francisco Fire Department — longer than some of the rookie firefighters who saluted him at his funeral Tuesday have been alive. The 59-year-old Smerdel, who...Show More Summary

Big, new mixed-use project proposed for Potrero Power Plant property

The new owner of the mothballed Potrero Power Plant on San Francisco’s central waterfront has submitted a plan to build more than 1,800 residential units on the 21- acre property, a number that could jump to nearly 2,700 homes if the...Show More Summary

Stanford professor Carol Dweck, pioneer of ‘mindset’ educational theory, awarded $4 million prize

A Stanford University researcher is among two inaugural winners of the biggest prize in education circles, receiving nearly $4 million for her research on the ability to learn. Carol Dweck, a psychology professor, was named as one of...Show More Summary

Waves up to 20 feet to pound Northern California coast

The National Weather Service released a beach hazard statement for the coast between Sonoma to Monterey counties for Wednesday through Thursday at 8 p.m.

Grateful Dead member named UN Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) appointed Grateful Dead co-founder and guitarist Bob Weir as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, the agency announced by press release Sunday.

Pedestrian on I-80 in SF hit and killed by driver of Porsche

A pedestrian who wandered onto Interstate 80 in San Francisco was struck and killed early Tuesday when he walked into the path of a Porsche sports car near the Fourth Street exit ramp, the California Highway Patrol said. Officials received...Show More Summary

Small 3.6 quake rattles L.A. celebs: 'I almost peed my pants'

Los Angeles was jolted by a small earthquake that rattled nerves and got people talking on social media, but didn't cause any major damage.

San Francisco's worst street corners for hard-core drug trafficking

San Francisco software engineer Katie Hempenius was curious about which street corners foster the narcotics trade in the city, so she created heat maps based on SFPD data regarding drug-related incidents.

Gov. Brown’s delta water tunnels facing financial uncertainty

Just months after Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to shore up California’s water system with two giant tunnels won key approval from regulators, the $17 billion project is running into potential financial problems. The dozens of agencies that...Show More Summary

These have been judged the Bay Area’s 10 worst commutes

The flow of Bay Area traffic keeps getting slower and slower, but the commuters’ worst quagmires remain frustratingly unchanged, according to a report released Monday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Delays caused by congestion...Show More Summary

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