Law Requiring Cars to Give Cyclists Three Foot Buffer Takes Effect
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Law Requiring Cars to Give Cyclists Three Foot Buffer Takes 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…

Facebook Agrees to Meet with Drag Queens to Discuss Profile Name Policy
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Facebook Agrees to Meet with Drag Queens to Discuss 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…

Closing Arguments Begin in South SF Triple Murder Racketeering Case
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Closing Arguments Begin in South SF Triple Murder Racketeering Case

A two-and-a-half month racketeering trial in which two alleged gang members are accused of a triple murder in South San Francisco in 2010 began winding…

PG&E Officials, CPUC President’s Chief of Staff Removed Over Inappropriate Emails
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PG&E Officials, CPUC President’s Chief of Staff Removed Over Inappropriate Emails

Inappropriate email exchanges regarding regulatory proceedings led to the ouster of high-ranking PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission employees today. CPUC President Michael Peevey’s chief…

Child Injured in Collision with Taxi Near SF Caltrain Station
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Child Injured in Collision with Taxi Near SF Caltrain Station

An 11-year-old child was injured in a collision with a taxi near Caltrain’s 22nd Street station in San Francisco this afternoon, a police spokesman said….

Supe Campos Calls for Facebook, Drag Queens to Meet Over Profile Name Crackdown
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Supe Campos Calls for Facebook, Drag Queens to Meet Over Profile Name Crackdown

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos is calling on Facebook officials to meet with local drag queens to discuss the social media website’s recent crackdown on…

Gov. Jerry Brown Celebrates 20 Years of Americorps Volunteers
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Gov. Jerry Brown Celebrates 20 Years of Americorps Volunteers

California Governor Jerry Brown celebrated two decades of the AmeriCorps national service program with volunteers at the Presidio in San Francisco this morning while President…

Prosecutors Dispute Keith Jackson’s Bid on Undercover Agents
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Prosecutors Dispute Keith Jackson’s Bid on Undercover Agents

Federal prosecutors, alleging that former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson is “far from an innocent lured into criminal conduct,” have asked a U.S….

President Obama Declares Napa Earthquake a Major Disaster
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President Obama Declares Napa Earthquake a Major Disaster

President Barack Obama today declared a major disaster in California due to a 6.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Napa County on Aug. 24th, according…

50th Annual Rolex Big Boat Series Kicks Off Today
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50th Annual Rolex Big Boat Series Kicks Off Today

Dozens of sailboats are streaking across San Francisco Bay today competing in the first of four days of the Rolex Big Boat Series. The 50th…

HP Russian Subsidiary Pleads Guilty, Fined $58.8M For Violating U.S. Anti-Bribery Law
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HP Russian Subsidiary Pleads Guilty, Fined $58.8M For Violating U.S. Anti-Bribery Law

A Russian subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Co. pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose today to violating a U.S. anti-bribery law and was sentenced to…

Selig Addresses Rule Changes, Handling of Domestic Violence on AT&T Park Visit
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Selig Addresses Rule Changes, Handling of Domestic Violence on AT&T Park Visit

While visiting the San Francisco Giants on his farewell tour of Major League Baseball stadiums, outgoing Commissioner Bud Selig took more questions on cross-Bay rivals…

Appeals Court Rules Housing-Distance Restriction for Sexual Predators Must Be Measured by Straight Line
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Appeals Court Rules Housing-Distance Restriction for Sexual Predators Must Be Measured by Straight Line

A state appeals court ruled in San Francisco today that a housing-distance restriction requiring certain sexual predators to live at least one-fourth of a mile…

Fleet Week Kicks off Next Month
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Fleet Week Kicks off Next Month

Fleet Week is returning to form when it comes to San Francisco next month. City and military officials held a news conference today to discuss…

Spare the Air Day Issued for Thursday
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Spare the Air Day Issued for Thursday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday because of unhealthy air quality expected in the region from motor…

Supe Chiu Argues Sex-Selective Abortion Bans Discriminate Against Asian American Women
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Supe Chiu Argues Sex-Selective Abortion Bans Discriminate Against Asian American Women

San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu announced a resolution to the board of supervisors today opposing sex-selective abortion bans, stating that the bans are rooted in…

Blind Advocacy Group, Author, Sue Uber Over Alleged Discrimination
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Blind Advocacy Group, Author, Sue Uber Over Alleged Discrimination

A blind author and the National Federation of the Blind sued ridesharing company Uber in federal court in San Francisco today, alleging that it discriminates…

Appeals Court Appears Likely to Favor Marriage Equality in Three States
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Appeals Court Appears Likely to Favor Marriage Equality in Three States

Three federal appeals court judges left little doubt at a hearing in San Francisco today that they are likely to favor same-sex marriage rights in…

Person of Interest Named in 1976 Gypsy Hill Murders
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Person of Interest Named in 1976 Gypsy Hill Murders

A person of interest in the murders of five women in San Mateo County nearly 40 years ago was identified today by the FBI. Rodney…

Appeals Court Reinstates Ivory Coast Child Slaverly Lawsuit
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Appeals Court Reinstates Ivory Coast Child Slaverly Lawsuit

A federal appeals court in San Francisco today reinstated a lawsuit filed by three citizens of Mali who say they were forced to work as…

Former Wine Tasting Network VP Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison in Embezzlement and Tax Scheme
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Former Wine Tasting Network VP Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison in Embezzlement and Tax Scheme

A former vice president of the Wine Tasting Network was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in prison for his involvement in an embezzlement and tax…

Attorney Disputes Appeals Court Ruling Dismissing Lawsuit Against Yelp
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Attorney Disputes Appeals Court Ruling Dismissing Lawsuit Against Yelp

A lawyer for four small businesses said today his clients haven’t yet decided whether to appeal a federal circuit court’s dismissal of a lawsuit that…

PG&E Set to Appeal $1.4B Pipeline Safety Penalty
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PG&E Set to Appeal $1.4B Pipeline Safety Penalty

PG&E Co. announced in San Francisco today it will appeal a record $1.4 billion pipeline-safety penalty and fine to the California Public Utilities Commission. The…

Corrections Official Named New Administrative Director of State Court System
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Corrections Official Named New Administrative Director of State Court System

An executive of the state prison system was named today as the new administrative director of the staff of the California Judicial Council, the policymaking…

Kings County Residents Ask California Supreme Court to Overturn Approval of High-Speed Rail Bonds
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Kings County Residents Ask California Supreme Court to Overturn Approval of High-Speed Rail Bonds

A farmer, a landowner and Kings County asked the California Supreme Court today to overturn an appeals court ruling that would allow an $8.6 billion…

San Bruno Mayor Questions Allocation of PG&E Penalties For 2010 Pipeline Explosion
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San Bruno Mayor Questions Allocation of PG&E Penalties For 2010 Pipeline Explosion

The mayor of San Bruno commended the California Public Utilities Commission today for its unprecedented fine of $1.4 billion against PG&E for a deadly gas…

Northbound 280 Opens Ahead of Schedule After Seismic Retrofitting
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Northbound 280 Opens Ahead of Schedule After Seismic Retrofitting

Northbound Interstate Highway 280 in San Francisco has reopened tonight following a closure over the Labor Day holiday weekend for a construction project to strengthen…

SFFD Rescues Swimmer in Distress Near Cliff House
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SFFD Rescues Swimmer in Distress Near Cliff House

San Francisco fire crews helped rescue a swimmer reported in distress near the Cliff House restaurant this afternoon, a fire dispatcher said. The report of…

Judge Denies Bid to Restore Ambulance Service to Doctors Medical Center
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Judge Denies Bid to Restore Ambulance Service to Doctors Medical Center

A federal judge today in San Francisco denied a bid to force Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo to restore services cut in the face…

Oracle Loses Appeal to Reinstate $1.3B Verdict, Lesser Award Offered
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Oracle Loses Appeal to Reinstate $1.3B Verdict, Lesser Award Offered

Oracle Corp. of Redwood Shores lost a bid to a federal appeals court today for reinstatement of a $1.3 billion jury award levied against its…

49ers Prepared For 9 Game Suspension of Linebacker Aldon Smith
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49ers Prepared For 9 Game Suspension of Linebacker Aldon Smith

The San Francisco 49ers were “prepared for” today’s announcement by the National Football League to suspend 49ers star linebacker Aldon Smith for nine games and…

Customs Agents Kill Giant Millipedes Mailed Through SFO
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Customs Agents Kill Giant Millipedes Mailed Through SFO

Twenty squirming foot-long millipedes in a falsely labeled package from Germany were seized at San Francisco International Airport last month, a U.S. Customs and Border…

BART Police Unveil Crime Reporting App
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BART Police Unveil Crime Reporting App

BART launched a new app this morning that will enable riders to more easily report crimes and suspicious activities to transit police. BART Watch is…

SF Giants, SF 49ers Say They’re “Disturbed” Over Video Of CEO Of Concessions Company Beating Dog
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SF Giants, SF 49ers Say They’re “Disturbed” Over Video Of CEO Of Concessions Company Beating Dog

The San Francisco Giants and 49ers both said today they are “disturbed” by allegations that the CEO of the company that provides concessions to AT&T…

Stanford Law Professor Confirmed to State High Court
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Stanford Law Professor Confirmed to State High Court

Stanford University law professor Mariano-Florentino CuĂ©llar was unanimously confirmed to a post on the California Supreme Court by a state commission at a hearing in…

I-280 Closes Today for Weekend Seismic Retrofitting Project
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I-280 Closes Today for Weekend Seismic Retrofitting Project

Northbound Interstate Highway 280 in San Francisco will close this afternoon and remain closed through the Labor Day weekend as large sections of the highway…

Attorneys Argue in Federal Court Over Lawsuit Aimed at Preventing Closure of Doctors Medical Center
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Attorneys Argue in Federal Court Over Lawsuit Aimed at Preventing Closure of Doctors Medical Center

A federal judge in San Francisco today heard arguments today for and against court intervention that would force financially embattled Doctors Medical Center in San…

Dentist Accused of Conspiring With Leland Yee to Traffic Firearms Dies
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Dentist Accused of Conspiring With Leland Yee to Traffic Firearms Dies

A Daly City dentist accused of participating in a conspiracy with indicted state Sen. Leland Yee to import illegal weapons from the Philippines died early…

Northbound I-280 Closes Over Labor Day Weekend For Seismic Retrofit Project
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Northbound I-280 Closes Over Labor Day Weekend For Seismic Retrofit Project

Northbound Interstate Highway 280 in San Francisco will be closed over the Labor Day weekend as replacement hinges are installed along the highway to strengthen…

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery Member Pleads No Contest in Kidnapping, Carjacking
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Former Your Black Muslim Bakery Member Pleads No Contest in Kidnapping, Carjacking

A former member of the now-defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland pleaded no contest today to one count of kidnapping and two counts of…