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    Audrie Pott: Do boys share blame for Saratoga teen's suicide?

    03/30/2015 07:20 AM PDT
    Perhaps more illuminating than the accusations of depraved boys and irresponsible parents surrounding Audrie Pott's sexual assault and suicide will be the first-person testimonials about the complicated world of teenagers navigating a culture of drinking and drugs, sex and cellphones, body image and bullying, and bad behavior. 
    Hollywood meets Half Moon Bay in contentious year at Mavericks
    03/30/2015 07:20 AM PDT - There won't be a Mavericks big-wave surfing contest in 2015, but there was plenty of behind-the-scenes drama during the competition's first year under new organizer Cartel Management. 

    Hayward: Third attempted kidnapping in 6 weeks; girl escapes
    03/30/2015 07:19 AM PDT - Police are investigating a kidnapping after a teenage girl was briefly pulled into a car on Friday afternoon as she walked home from Hayward High School, one of three similar incidents over the past six weeks.  

    St. Cesar? San Jose leaders propose Catholic sainthood for farm labor leader
    03/30/2015 07:18 AM PDT - Family members of labor leader Cesar Chavez led a march in his honor through the neighborhood where he once lived, and some supporters also used the birthday commemoration to revive a movement to make Chavez a Catholic saint. 

    San Jose Police shooting: Academy class of 2001 has an 'unfortunate bond'
    03/30/2015 07:17 AM PDT - After the killings of two officers in 14 years at the San Jose Police Department, their 2001 police academy classmates have formed a tight connection that holds strong through triumphs and turmoil.  

    San Jose: Outcry ensues over frail police communication network in wake of officer shooting
    03/30/2015 07:15 AM PDT - In the wake of the fatal shooting of a San Jose police officer earlier this week, department personnel up and down the ranks are grumbling about the failure of the department's mobile computer network that critics say slowed critical communication amid the crisis. 

    Berkeley: Downtown Association CEO shocked by ambassador incident
    03/30/2015 07:15 AM PDT - John Caner, CEO of the Downtown Berkeley Association, said the male ambassador, on the job for one year, has been fired after recorded scuffle behind CVS.  

    Santa Clara County: West Nile virus season begins with three dead crows
    03/30/2015 07:13 AM PDT - In San Jose and Cupertino, three dead crows have tested positive for West Nile virus, and vector control officials said Friday that they serve as an alert for residents to go into mosquito-season mode.  

    San Jose gang member sentenced to 180 years
    03/30/2015 07:13 AM PDT - The sentence ensures that Michael Frausto, 27, will never get out of prison for killing Albert Cobarrubias, 31, an ex-Marine with three daughters who aspired to be a defense lawyer.  

    Pescadero: Man killed in car fire
    03/30/2015 07:11 AM PDT - One person was killed after their car caught fire Friday night along Highway 1 in Pescadero, according to the California Highway Patrol. It was not immediately clear if the fire had been caused by a crash. 

    Apple CEO Tim Cook calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous
    03/30/2015 06:33 AM PDT - In an op-ed piece for the Washington Post, the leader of the nation's largest corporation said that the bills under consideration in Texas, Indiana and Arkansas "have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality."  

    Robin Williams' wife, children head to court in estate fight
    03/30/2015 06:31 AM PDT - Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children are headed to court in their battle over the late comedian's estate.  

    Highway 101 shooting: Gilroy man, two others hit when fired upon near Lawrence Expressway
    03/30/2015 06:06 AM PDT - A Gilroy man was critically injured, and two other people wounded in a drive-by shooting on a South Bay highway early Sunday, California Highway Patrol officials said. 

    Police ramp up rail-crossing citations after recent crashes in California, elsewhere
    03/30/2015 06:05 AM PDT - A series of crashes involving trains and passenger vehicles -- including deadly collisions in New York and California last month -- have prompted police to ramp up ticket enforcement at railroad crossings.  

    Interstate 580 fatality: Pedestrian killed on freeway
    03/30/2015 06:04 AM PDT - A pedestrian reportedly trying to cross a freeway early Sunday morning died when he was struck by a car near the border of San Leandro and Hayward, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

    Sunnyvale: Caltrain strikes, kills pedestrian
    03/30/2015 06:03 AM PDT - A pedestrian died Sunday after being struck by a Caltrain, officials for the transit agency said. 

    Traffic surges on I-580 and Highway 101 'gateways' into Bay Area
    03/30/2015 06:03 AM PDT - Every day, 587,000 vehicles pass into or out of the Bay Area from neighboring counties, the highest level in seven years and a 34 percent increase since 1992. Traffic on 580-205 is poised to surpass Interstate 80 within the next five years for these drivers, while 101 will surpass Highway 17 in two or three years. 

    Sunnyvale doctor on probation after allegedly fondling patient, talking about sex
    03/30/2015 06:02 AM PDT - The Medical Board of California has put a Sunnyvale doctor on probation for five years, citing sexual misconduct after an investigation revealed he fondled a female patient and made comments about breasts and anal sex while examining her.  

    UC Berkeley student missing in Southern California
    03/30/2015 06:01 AM PDT - The family of a missing UC Berkeley student who was last seen early Saturday near the University of Southern California is asking for the public's help in locating him, police said Sunday. 

    Concord High grad, mother of eight, stabbed to death in Arizona
    03/30/2015 06:00 AM PDT - A former Concord resident and mother of eight died last week after being stabbed at least 13 times in the back, police in Arizona said. 

    WrestleMania -- fun, wild, popular, bigger than real life at Levi's packed stadium
    03/30/2015 05:59 AM PDT - Sunday was all about the Rock, paper (money) and scissor holds, featuring the most pumped up assortment of adagio dancers ever assembled in one place. 

    Four Contra Costa County Teacher of Year finalists are named
    03/30/2015 05:58 AM PDT - A committee of Contra Costa County education, business and community partners has selected four finalists from among 20 eligible K-12 district Teacher of the Year representatives as County Teacher of the Year finalists. In September, two County Teachers of the Year will be named at an awards dinner honoring all of the district representatives. 

    Newark OKs new environmental review for Areas 3 and 4
    03/28/2015 12:45 PM PDT - Developer Newark Partners, LLC, intends to build up to 1,260 housing units, public parks, a bayside trail, and a 6-acre school site on nearly 640 acres on the western edge of town.  

    Businesses, workers adjusting to Oakland's higher minimum wage
    03/30/2015 07:28 AM PDT - Oakland workers will greatly benefit from the minimum wage hike from $9 to $12.25 an hour, academics say, but business owners have struggled to handle the sudden payroll increase, some say.  

    BART to Oakland airport shuttle ridership rising, but fare decried
    03/30/2015 07:11 AM PDT - Riders praise convenience but question charging $6 to take elevated shuttle from Coliseum station to Oakland Airport after paying regular train fare to get there. 

    Drummond: Oakland's Piedmont Avenue a mecca for book lovers
    03/30/2015 07:29 AM PDT - Recently, the bookstore owners joined forces to promote their unique cluster as a literary destination. Each shop contributed money to print 20,000 bookmarks featuring a map showing each store location. 

    San Ramon wants input on design of iconic new bridge
    03/27/2015 06:26 PM PDT - Crossing is seen as gateway to city's expansive downtown development  

    Contra Costa residents pushing for more information on crude by rail
    03/30/2015 07:30 AM PDT - With plans to transport crude oil by rail to the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo in the works, residents of Contra Costa County's petrobelt communities -- which include Rodeo, Crockett and Martinez -- say they want assurances state and federal agencies are doing everything they can to keep them safe. 

    Walnut Creek: Section 8 tenants in apartment complex squeezed out
    03/27/2015 10:03 PM PDT - Three dozen Section 8 families in the complex received letters from their Walnut Creek landlord, Davidon Homes, giving them until July 1 to either move out or begin paying market rate rent. 

    Citywise: NFL asks fans to rank favorite Oakland teams
    03/27/2015 04:11 PM PDT - Elsewhere: Alameda County to appraise Coliseum land; police complaints will go to civilian board. 

    'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

    'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.