ALAMEDA COUNTY
UC President Janet Napolitano named as public policy professor

University of California President Janet Napolitano has been appointed as a tenured faculty member at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.  
Director Tom Blalock of Fremont was elected Thursday by his colleagues on the BART Board of Directors to serve as the board's president for the next year.  
 
Q: When is a person eligible to apply for a driver license under the new AB 60 law? A: Undocumented applicants can begin applying for a California driver license on January 2, 2015.  
 
Southwest Airlines has announced that it will restore daily nonstop flights from Oakland to both New Orleans and Nashville, beginning June 7. One-way fares start at $149.  
 
John Green/ Bay Area News Group
With AAA projecting record-breaking numbers of holiday travelers, many have already begun hitting the road and skies in the Bay Area.  
 
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Metal rods are tougher and made different from 32 metal pieces that snapped in 2013  
 
The all-volunteer organization aims to lift spirits and make the holiday season just a little jollier for thousands of poor and often neglected area residents.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
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.