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Burglars posing as utility workers rob elderly couple

Daly City police are advising residents to be on the alert for a conman, posing as a city water department worker. Olga Bucini, 85, said she never imagined the man who said he worked for Daly City Water Department would steal some of her most precious possessions, including jewelry from ...

Man's body found off Oyster Point

A male body was pulled from the waters of San Francisco Bay Wednesday afternoon near Oyster Point, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office Marine Unit was called to retrieve the body from a point around 1 ╜ miles east of Oyster Point around 2:30 p.m., ...

11-year-old girl killed in I-280 crash ID'd

An 11-year-old girl who died in a crash on Interstate Highway 280 in Burlingame early Sunday morning has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 11-year-old Iliyah Porter. The crash was reported around 12:55 a.m. Sunday on northbound Interstate Highway 280 south of Trousdale Drive, according to ...

San Francisco police seek suspect who shot pedestrian

San Francisco police Wednesday released a suspect sketch of a driver who shot a pedestrian multiple times following an altercation in the city's North of Panhandle neighborhood last month. Police said that at about 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 31, a vehicle nearly struck a male pedestrian in the crosswalk at ...

PG&E crews stop gas leak, no customers without service

PG&E officials shut off a gas leak in San Mateo Wednesday morning caused by a digging construction crew, a utility spokeswoman said. The gas leak was reported in the 600 block of Vanessa Drive at about 10 a.m., police and PG&E officials said. Roads were closed in the area, causing ...

Stanford professor is 2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winner

A Stanford professor whose research is helping the Oakland police department improve its strained relationship with the black community is among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." Jennifer Eberhardt is a Stanford University social psychologist who has researched racial stereotypes and crime. The Chicago-based John D. ...

San Francisco trying shaming for quake safety

San Francisco is trying shaming to make its buildings safer for shaking. The city plans this week to slap large signs on hundreds of apartment buildings to publicly shame their owners into complying with an earthquake-safety ordinance passed last year, the Los Angeles Times  reported Tuesday. The signs are printed in ...

Critics call for state PUC president to resign

Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey is one of the state's most powerful figures, but some charge the state agency's top regulator is too powerful, jeopardizing public safety and affecting Californians' wallets. "He has complete control and power over every aspect of the commission," said state Senator Jerry Hill. "And ...

Search for missing Belmont man shifts to Shasta County

The search for an elderly Belmont man missing for almost two weeks has shifted from Siskiyou County to Shasta County, Belmont police said Tuesday. Paul Merrill, 87, disappeared on Sept. 4 after leaving a gas station in McCloud, a city in the Mt. Shasta area of Siskiyou County, prompting the ...

Claim filed against city following incident at Giants game on Native American Heritage Night

Two Native Americans removed from San Francisco's AT&T Park during a Native American Heritage Night at a Giants game in June are filing a claim of police brutality against the city and are urging the Giants to practice cultural sensitivity. Kimball Bighorse, 35, of San Bruno, who is of Seneca, ...

Bar says dangerous intersection in part to blame for Monday crash

Ethan Jacobs was enjoying a beer in San Francisco's Comstock Saloon Monday afternoon when a car slammed through the Columbus Avenue front door, injuring two customers. "It looked like he was turning right, but turning right into us," Jacobs told KTVU Tuesday. "I think afterwards, some people were screaming, but ...

Man wearing 'Rub Me For Luck' t-shirt who grabbed girl sentenced to 5 years

A man wearing a "rub me for luck" T-shirt who inappropriately grabbed a 6-year-old girl in a San Bruno Target store in 2012 was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Former UPS driver Glenn Albrecht, 51, was arrested on Aug. 26, ...

All clear given at Lowell High School after bomb threat

San Francisco police gave the all clear Tuesday afternoon following a bomb threat Lowell High School in San Francisco once a search of the campus turned up nothing, according to authorities. The school at 1101 Eucalpytus Drive received the bomb threat in a phone call at about 1:15 p.m. and ...

Couple pleads no contest in PetSmart customer burglaries

A former San Carlos PetSmart employee and her boyfriend have pleaded no contest to burglary charges for a series of break-ins at homes they learned were vacant when the residents' pets were boarded at PetSmart, San Mateo County prosecutors said Tuesday. San Jose residents Ashley Lynn Kirk, 24, and Juan ...

New state bike law goes into effect

While cars passing bicyclists always had to give them a safe distance, California has now defined that distance as three feet. A law requiring drivers to give bicyclists three feet of clearance while passing them takes effect Tuesday. Violations of the law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, will ...

In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an octopus swims by a mystery tugboat that was found by the NOAA research vessel Fulmar off the California coast. Federal researchers are exploring more than a dozen underwater sites where they believe ships sank in the treacherous waters outside the Golden Gate in the decades following the Gold Rush. During a five-day expedition, a team from NOAA used sonar and an underwater vehicle to examine and photograph the historic shipwrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, where more than 300 vessels are believed to have sunk. (AP Photo/NOAA)

Exploring 'graveyard of ships' near San Francisco

Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush. Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video ...

Facebook agrees to meet with drag queens over profile name policy

Facebook officials have agreed to meet with local drag queens at San Francisco City Hall to discuss the social media website's policy of people using their legal names on their accounts. On Friday, San Francisco Supervisor David Campos called on Facebook to meet with the drag queens, who reported in ...

Union members hold 1-day strike against Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transit District

Machinists Local 1414 members on Monday afternoon said they will hold a one-day strike against the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District Tuesday morning outside the agency's headquarters. The action comes as talks on a new three-year contract for about 450 union workers broke down Monday. District workers- ranging ...

PG&E officials removed for improper communications

Four senior officials with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the state commission regulating it were removed or resigned over emails released Monday showing the utility and state regulators appeared to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases. The emails show the commission ...

Man arrested on outstanding drug warrant after crash into Comstock Saloon

A man who crashed a vehicle into a bar in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood Monday afternoon was arrested on an outstanding $250,000 narcotics warrant from Sacramento County, police and fire officials said. The crash was reported at 1:48 p.m. at Comstock Saloon at 155 Columbus Ave. Two people in ...

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