Oakland police free kidnapped businessman

The victim abducted at gunpoint Thursday night and held for ransom in another city was freed by police Friday morning and the two suspects arrested after a car chase and crash, authorities said. 
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Hayward Unified School District reached a deal with the teachers union giving educators their first raise in eight years before the 2013-14 school year.  
 
Garbage rates will go up 8.49 percent Aug. 1 for San Leandro customers served by Alameda County Industries.  
 
Hayward Unified School District and its teachers union are meeting with a mediator after the union declared an impasse.  
 
Join us for a video demonstration of setting up an irrigation system in the drought.  
 
A 19-year-old man in jail on charges of robbing an 81-year-old woman in Oakland has confessed to a second robbery in Hayward of a 66-year-old woman, according to court documents.  
 
The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge will close this weekend for the second time this month as Caltrans crews continue to resurface and treat the deck structure, as well as perform maintenance repairs.  
 
Almost a dozen Bay Area residents, including three who worked as baggage handlers for Southwest Airlines at Oakland International Airport, have been charged in a conspiracy to use the handlers' special security access to ship marijuana throughout the United States, federal prosecutors announced Monday.  
 
Five vehicles, including a motorcycle, were involved in a crash that backed up freeway traffic for miles and slowed the morning commute Monday, the California Highway Patrol said.  
 
Little correlation was found between city size and pay of city managers according to public data analyzed and launched by this newspaper.  
 
( Jeffrey R. Staab )
David Letterman set trashed; Dumpster divers move in

Hours after the 'Late Show' finished taping, the crew began dismantling and throwing away iconic parts of David Letterman's set.