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Antioch: Shots fired into home wound sleeping woman

08/01/2014 06:26 AM PDT
A 23-year-old Antioch woman sleeping in bed was shot in the back of the neck early Thursday morning but expected to survive, police said. 
Chevron posts $5.67 billion profit, topping expectations
08/01/2014 06:21 AM PDT - Chevron powered to a profit of $5.67 billion for its second quarter, up 5.6 percent from the year before, beating analysts estimates, although production fell, the energy giant reported Friday. 

PUC judges to issue proposal for fine against PG&E in San Bruno case
08/01/2014 06:19 AM PDT - State regulatory judges will issue a proposal during August or September for the fines and punishments that PG&E should receive in connection with its role in the fatal explosion of a natural gas pipeline in San Bruno nearly four years ago, according to an official notice posted Thursday. 

Body of gunshot victim found on front lawn of Vallejo home
08/01/2014 06:19 AM PDT - A man was found fatally shot on the lawn of a north Vallejo residence this morning, a police lieutenant said.Residents initially reported hearing gunfire but did not see anything, Lt. 

Palo Alto: Man in his 90s accidentally drives onto downtown sidewalk and injures five pedestrians, one seriously
08/01/2014 06:18 AM PDT - Five pedestrians were hurt -- one seriously -- when a man in his 90s trying to parallel park in front of the University Cafe in downtown Palo Alto accidentally gunned the accelerator, hit a parked car and drove onto the sidewalk, according to police. 

A's going ahead with Cespedes t-shirt giveaway on Saturday
08/01/2014 06:18 AM PDT - La Potencia t-shirts will be given to 10,000 fans at Oakland A's game on Saturday; they were originally made to honor Yoenis Cespedes' contributions to back-to-back A.L. West titles. 

San Jose police drone inflames surveillance-state rumblings
08/01/2014 06:17 AM PDT - San Jose police say what is believed to be the Bay Area's first police drone will only be used for bomb cases, but critics fear it could be used to spy on residents and gather information without a warrant. 

San Jose: Teen tied up during home-invasion robbery in Almaden Valley
08/01/2014 06:16 AM PDT - Police are looking for two suspects after tied a teen up and robbed the boy's home in the Almaden Valley Wednesday afternoon. 

California high-speed rail project wins big in appellate court ruling
08/01/2014 06:15 AM PDT - In a huge victory for Gov. Jerry Brown, a panel of appellate court judges Thursday affirmed the state's bullet train funding plan, paving the way for California to sell $8.2 billion in bonds it needs to construct the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles rail line.  

Levi's Stadium to offer 49ers fans high-tech treats
08/01/2014 06:14 AM PDT - Fans at Levi's Stadium can get instant replays, have food delivered to their seats and get point-by-point directions to the nearest bathroom, thanks to an app and high-tech features. 

Burglar steals $12,000 worth of goods from Alamo home
08/01/2014 06:11 AM PDT - Police are looking for a burglar who stole more than $12,000 worth of goods from a home in Alamo earlier this month.  

Accused Concord molester calm during cross examination
08/01/2014 06:08 AM PDT - Joseph Martin, Concord elementary schoolteacher charged with 150 counts of molestation against 14 victims, defends teaching methods, innocence 

Berkeley man sentenced for evading taxes on more than $1 million
08/01/2014 06:01 AM PDT - A psychologist from Berkeley was sentenced Thursday to 2 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $600,000 restitution following a conviction for tax evasion and theft of government property. 

Workers on Bay Bridge project say Caltrans tried to muzzle their criticism
08/01/2014 06:00 AM PDT - Caltrans workers and contractors say they suffered job repercussions when they voiced concern about bridge work quality and costs.  

Fremont roads closing for Festival of the Arts
07/31/2014 04:20 PM PDT - Downtown streets will close Friday afternoon to late Sunday night for the annual, two-day festival. 

Racist harassment continues despite lawsuit, BART workers say
08/01/2014 06:03 AM PDT - When African-American workers came to work late June, they found the racist death threats, the latest incident in an ongoing pattern of racial discrimination and harassment after a lawsuit was filed late last year. 

Spare the Air alert declared Friday in the Bay Area
08/01/2014 06:09 AM PDT - Public is urged to minimize driving, and limit strenuous exercise to early morning hours Friday during seventh Spare the Air alert this summer. 

Fremont electric scooter startup comes to 'Innovation District'
08/01/2014 06:02 AM PDT - GenZe, an electric-powered scooter maker, moved last month from Palo Alto to south Fremont, where Tesla's factory and other cleantech companies have set up shop. 

Bay Area News Group sues California Senate to get indicted state Sen. Leland Yee's calendars
08/01/2014 06:10 AM PDT - Following the Senate's refusal to release portions of the legislative calendars of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, who have both been indicted on public corruption charges, Bay Area News Group and Los Angeles News Group have sued to get the documents. 

Oakland garbage deal scales back rate increases
08/01/2014 06:04 AM PDT - In a festive vote, Oakland council members cut ties with Waste Management after more than a century and gave its $1 billion garbage and recycling contract to a homegrown firm. 

Pricey home sales hit record in Bay Area
07/31/2014 11:14 PM PDT - Fueled by the booming tech economy and seemingly insatiable demand for housing, the Bay Area set records in the second quarter of this year in the number of homes sold for $1 million or more as well as those costing at least $2 million, according to a real estate information service.  

Panasonic commits to Tesla Gigafactory partnership
07/31/2014 10:35 AM PDT - American electric car maker Tesla Motors is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. 

Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleads not guilty to racketeering
07/31/2014 01:16 PM PDT - Embattled San Francisco legislator Leland Yee pleads not guilty to expanded criminal case against him, including racketeering and political corruption charges. 

New exhibit at UC Santa Cruz traces the literary roots of the Grateful Dead
07/31/2014 10:10 AM PDT - There are few terms in the American cultural lexicon these days more deeply familiar than the term "Grateful Dead." You could probably find someone under the age of 60 who's never heard the term, but it would take you a few days, or weeks.  

Longtime Marin resident Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk, Enola Gay navigator, dies at 93
07/31/2014 10:09 AM PDT - Longtime Novato resident Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, a navigator who guided the Enola Gay bomber over Hiroshima during World War II to drop the first nuclear bomb in the history of warfare, died Monday at an assisted living center in Stone Mountain, Ga. He was 93. 

PG&E shares plunge as investors ponder new criminal charges over San Bruno explosion
07/31/2014 11:00 AM PDT - PG&E shares plunged on Thursday, battered by investors forced to ponder the potential consequences that the utility faces in the wake of a new federal indictment on criminal charges, including obstruction of justice accusations, related to a fatal natural gas explosion in San Bruno. 

Hayward: Rottweiler named Champ hailed as hero in fire
07/31/2014 02:24 PM PDT - A Rottweiler's barking awakened his owners early Thursday during a one-alarm fire at 28209 Sparrow Road in Hayward. 

South San Jose fire destroys home, damages a second
07/31/2014 09:49 AM PDT - A powerful, fast-moving fire destroyed one house and damaged a neighboring home in a South San Jose neighborhood Wednesday, authorities said. 

Alviso: Lawsuit filed seeking environmental review of manufacturing plant
07/31/2014 09:47 AM PDT - A group of disgruntled and determined Alviso residents has filed a lawsuit against the city and a developer, saying an approved large-scale manufacturing facility skirts much-needed environmental review. 

Sunnyvale police say Domino's Pizza delivery driver robberies connected
07/31/2014 09:46 AM PDT - Police are on the lookout for two men they said robbed two Sunnyvale Domino's Pizza delivery drivers in separate incidents in just over one hour last week. 

This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
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