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Review: 5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor

07/29/2015 07:13 AM PDT
Windows 8 was Microsoft's way of modernizing personal computers, as smartphones and tablets grew more popular. But it came across as trying to shove a square peg into a round hole. With Windows 10, everyone gets along. There are still separate desktop and tablet modes, but you largely stick with one or the other depending on whether you have a keyboard.  
Oakland: Fatal crash reported on Interstate 880
07/29/2015 07:03 AM PDT - The California Highway Patrol Wednesday morning was reporting a fatal crash on southbound Interstate 880 in Oakland that is blocking three lanes. 

Lafayette: Grass fire near Highway 24 controlled at 10 acres
07/29/2015 07:27 AM PDT - Firefighters on Wednesday morning controlled a 10-acre grass fire near state Highway 24 in Lafayette, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.  

Danville planners delay vote on controversial cellular tower
07/28/2015 11:06 PM PDT - A proposed 56-foot Verizon cellphone tower has infuriated Danville neighbors who claim the tower could damage their health and send property values tumbling. They also argue it has little value to Danville and suggested it would primarily benefit San Ramon. 

Antioch: Three suspects charged in June double homicide
07/28/2015 10:25 PM PDT - The Contra Costa County District Attorney's office has filed charges against two men and a woman for their roles in a June homicide, police said. 

'Empire' star Terrence Howard accused of brutally assaulting ex-wife
07/28/2015 10:10 PM PDT - One day before statue of limitations runs out, Michelle Howard files suit against the actor for an alleged assault in 2013.  

Brewers beat Giants 5-2
07/28/2015 11:39 PM PDT - Giants general manager Bobby Evans could be stepping up his time on the phone searching for a starting pitcher on Wednesday, if he didn't start in the middle of Tuesday night's sobering 5-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park. 

A's Sonny Gray tosses 3-hitter as Oakland blanks Los Angeles Dodgers
07/28/2015 11:38 PM PDT - Sonny Gray gets his 11th win in a 2-0 shutout against the Dodgers. 

Police ID Antioch man arrested in bizarre test drive turned car chase, crash
07/28/2015 09:37 PM PDT - Wesley Grayson, 34, was arrested Monday on suspicion of auto theft, possession of stolen property and hit-and-run after his routine test drive in Concord escalated into a car chase that ended with a crash in Antioch, police said. 

Tyler Perry to reunite Bobbi Kristina Brown with Whitney Houston
07/28/2015 08:12 PM PDT - Actor and filmmaker reportedly will transport Brown's body after Saturday's memorial service in Georgia to funeral at New Jersey cemetery where her famous singer mother is buried. 

Tiger Woods getting pretty good on the pitch
07/28/2015 07:17 PM PDT - Woods isn't having much success on the golf course these days, but he's getting quite good at playing soccer with his two kids. 

Walt Weiss gets teary-eyed delivering trade news to Tulowitzki
07/28/2015 07:14 PM PDT - Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss got emotional when he had to tell Tulowitzki he was being traded to Toronto, but Weiss had seen something similar in 1992 when he pal Jose Canseco was pulled off the on-deck circle and dealt to Texas. 

Shaq O'Neal, Scottie Pippen continue their silly feud
07/28/2015 07:09 PM PDT - Former NBA stars exchanging insults over Shaq's comments that Lakers' best starting five would beat Chicago Bulls' best five by 50 points. 

Golfer Billy Hurley III pleas for help to find missing dad
07/28/2015 07:06 PM PDT - Hurley's father, Willard Hurley, has been missing for nine days from his Virginia home 

Giants hot streak at glance
07/28/2015 06:42 PM PDT - How Giants have won 12 of 13 games entering Tuesday 

Contra Costa supervisors put an end to salary debate
07/28/2015 06:25 PM PDT - Going against the recommendation of its independent salary committee, supervisors voted to keep reimbursement for mileage when driving outside their districts on county business. 

Mistrial declared in penalty phase of murder trial for convicted Vallejo cop killer
07/28/2015 06:13 PM PDT - Jurors found Henry Albert Smith Jr., 41, guilty of first-degree murder of Jim Capoot last week.  

Hayward woman arrested for allegedly killing her mother
07/29/2015 06:07 AM PDT - A Hayward woman was taken into custody Monday in connection with the killing of her 66-year-old mother. 

SJSU's Christian Tago eager to help on offense
07/28/2015 04:24 PM PDT - Christian Tago, a team captain linebacker, tells San Jose State coach Ron Caragher he's game to play some offensive downs, too 

Time-lapse video: Trudy the titanic corpse flower blooms
07/28/2015 04:21 PM PDT - The video shows the flower slowly blooming as botanical enthusiasts visit the plant and its odorous smell of rotting carcass. 

SJSU aims to utilize Tyler Ervin's versatility
07/28/2015 04:19 PM PDT - San Jose State coach Ron Caragher wants to use Tyler Ervin in multiple roles, not just at running back 

Raiders, Oakland and NFL to discuss stadium Wednesday
07/28/2015 09:30 PM PDT - Meeting with top NFL executive comes two weeks before league owners discuss potential relocation to Los Angeles 

Antioch woman dreams of 'stable' relationship
07/28/2015 04:12 PM PDT - Melissa Thorndike of Antioch is raising funds to build Enchanted Stables, a program to help developmentally disabled and at-risk youth. The program will offer students the chance to learn about horses, how to handle them and to how to ride them. 

Disputed Lafayette housing development advances
07/28/2015 04:51 PM PDT - Council directs staffers to ready documents of approval for The Homes at Deer Hill 

Oakland man on trial for rival's killing solved because of botched robbery
07/28/2015 03:36 PM PDT - Failed attempt to rob young Army vet led police to identify weapon used in 2012 killing 

Did Conan O'Brien steal jokes from Twitter?
07/28/2015 02:48 PM PDT - The late-night host denies allegations that he and his team lifted jokes from another writers' blog and Twitter account.  

NFL training camp: 49ers embark on a new era
07/28/2015 09:32 PM PDT - The departure of so many vital cogs -- Frank Gore, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith -- means new coach Jim Tomsula has jobs to fill. 

SJSU coach trying to keep players out of trouble
07/29/2015 07:12 AM PDT - After dismissing two incoming freshmen for off-field incidents, San Jose State football coach Ron Caragher might reorganize the Spartans' offseason program to have coaches on campus before fall camp begins to keep players out of trouble.  

Alec Baldwin and daughter mock infamous 'thoughtless little pig' rant
07/28/2015 02:34 PM PDT - The "30 Rock" star and his daughter show they've put the past behind them with an Instagram post mocking the angry voicemail he left her eight years ago.  

49ers' Carlos Hyde on non-football-injury list
07/28/2015 02:29 PM PDT - San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde, a potential starter, will begin training camp on the non-football-injury list.  

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Retired professor charged with abducting daughter from Santa Clara 25 years ago

Valerie Berry, now 56, allegedly disappeared from Santa Clara in 1990 with the 3-year-old toddler, violating the court-ordered visitation rights of the father, who lived in Mountain View, prosecutor James S. Cahan said. 
STATE NEWS
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Ale Ekstrom, iconic salt of Richardson Bay, dies at 78

Ale Ekstrom, a colorful Navy veteran known as the grandfather of Sausalito's anchor-outs, died of pneumonia July 22 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. He was 78.  
NATIONAL NEWS
Your rent's about to go higher with U.S. vacancies at 30-year low

The Census Bureau's U.S. rental vacancy rate, which tracks the share of properties that are unoccupied, fell to 6.8 percent in the second quarter. That's the lowest level using comparable data since 1985.  
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Retired professor charged with abducting daughter from Santa Clara 25 years ago

07/29/2015 07:17 AM PDT
Valerie Berry, now 56, allegedly disappeared from Santa Clara in 1990 with the 3-year-old toddler, violating the court-ordered visitation rights of the father, who lived in Mountain View, prosecutor James S. Cahan said. 
  • Brewers beat Giants 5-2 - 07/28/2015 11:39 PM PDT
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    Tyler Perry to reunite Bobbi Kristina Brown with Whitney Houston

    Actor and filmmaker reportedly will transport Brown's body after Saturday's memorial service in Georgia to funeral at New Jersey cemetery where her famous singer mother is buried.