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Fremont nonprofit group to hold conference for cancer patients

The Cancer Prevention Institute of California, a Fremont nonprofit, aims to prepare patients for that challenge by sharing information at a daylong conference set for Saturday in San Francisco.  
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to ban skateboarding on all county property, which means that violators can be cited after the ordinance takes effect in 30 days.  
 
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf made a pitch Wednesday morning for the 82 percent of Oakland voters who passed a minimum wage hike in November to support local businesses struggling to adjust to higher costs.  
 
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said today that she has appointed Matt Nichols, who currently serves as Berkeley's principal transportation planner, to be her policy director for infrastructure and transportation.  
 
Three people stuck in a car on train tracks, and 23 people on an Amtrak train emerged without an injury after the train crashed into the car Wednesday night, police said.  
 
A boy suffered moderate injuries after crashing a car into another vehicle and flipping over while trying to outrace police Wednesday night, the California Highway Patrol said.  
 
Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.  
 
Residents will be able to keep up to two hives in their backyards  
 
Gary Reyes
The Obama administration wants to improve teacher training so that newly minted teachers arrive prepared to teach and able to deliver high-quality instruction. Credential programs devote too little time to instructing teachers on how to teach, critics say, and too many teachers — 40 percent — leave the profession in the first five years, in part because they’re unable to handle a complex, tough job.
 
 
New bill takes aim at executive compensation at the University of California  
 
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'Being Mary Jane': Gabrielle Union relishes a career high point

Losing the role of Olivia Pope on 'Scandal' 'happened for a reason,' says Pleasanton native, who also talks of how Whitney Houston's death altered her focus. 
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Update: Harrison Ford plane crash injuries 'moderate'

The “Star Wars” actor crash-landed a small vintage plane on a Venice Beach golf course. Reports say he was taken to a hospital with bloody gashes on his head.