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Protesters tear down fences at Oakland plazas slated for renovation

Protesters tore down fencing Saturday at two plazas that had been scheduled for renovation, calling the action a "liberation" of public space.  
Mayor Tom Bates says Berkeley police, whom many residents have accused of unnecessary violence, on the whole acted admirably during recent protests but that purported misconduct should be investigated.  
 
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President Obama's announcement U.S. to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba an important first step in updating antiquated foreign policy  
 
An Oakland man was sentenced Friday to life in prison and two additional potential life terms in the 2012 murder of millionaire tech investor Raveesh "Ravi" Kumra.  
 
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Metal rods are tougher and made different from 32 metal pieces that snapped in 2013  
 
Oakland Police Department
Oakland police are seeking the public's help in locating five people who ransacked a MetroPCS store during a protest in downtown Oakland last month.  
 
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A highway sign dedicated to four Oakland police officers killed in 2009 was ripped from its post on Interstate 580 and tagged with a red "X," a police captain said Friday.  
 
New City Development led by Floyd Kephart still in good graces of city officials; Berkeley inspires soda tax for Montreal.  
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Over 1 million pounds of soybeans and 88,000 pounds of rice were stopped at the Port of Oakland and sent back to India after agriculture inspectors found a destructive pest known as the Khapra beetle in the shipment.  
 
An apparent shootout Thursday afternoon in East Oakland left a 17-year-old boy in critical condition and a Vallejo man also wounded, police said Friday.