ALAMEDA COUNTY
Pleasanton approves preliminary plan for housing on east side of town

City Council vote allows for more detailed study on options to develop large vacant area  
No one was hurt this morning in a standoff between police and a man with a gun in the 300 block of Catron Avenue, said Officer J. Moore.  
 
All lanes of Interstate highway 80 in Berkeley are open this morning after a traffic collision sent at least one person to Highland Hospital with a major head injury, according to the California Highway Patrol.  
 
Dai Sugano
Part 4 of the series: One doctor's daring approach allowed a troubled girl to emerge from years of a drug-induced haze. Could the success of that experiment provide a model for California to reconsider the use of psychiatric meds on foster children?  
 
A 20-year-old man was found dead near UC Berkeley early Saturday in what police are calling a suspicious death.  
 
David DeBolt
Calling the action a "liberation" of public space, the West Oakland areas have been longtime haunts for local residents and the homeless and the subject of complaints by residents upset over drug use and public intoxication.  
 
RAY CHAVEZ
Outspoken talk-show host Bill Maher appeared Saturday at UC Berkeley's December graduation, greeted by a handful of silent demonstrators protesting the comedian's statements about Islam. Maher delivered the keynote speech at the commencement ceremony, where about 500 students were honored.  
 
Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo agreed with environmentalists' claims, in part, and voided the environmental impact report for development on the southwestern part of Newark.  
 
The nuns have sold the South Bay developer 5.6 acres of the Mission San Jose district compound, where Robson Homes will build 79 single-family residences. The developer also will restore and sell the Best and Starr houses, two historic homes built in the 1920s.  
 
Doug Mills/AP
President Obama's announcement U.S. to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba an important first step in updating antiquated foreign policy