(Bay Area News Group)
California DNA criminal law: Appeals court weighs challenge to state's taking DNA from all felony suspects
12/09/2013 05:19 PM PST
Federal appeals court hears challenge to California law allowing DNA collection from arrested felony suspect, in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding similar law in Maryland.
Lamar Odom pleads no contest to DUI, gets probation
12/09/2013 04:41 PM PST - Former NBA player Lamar Odom has pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge and accepted a sentence of three years' probation and three months of alcohol abuse treatment.
Legal battle over Nazi-seized masterpiece revived
12/09/2013 02:21 PM PST - SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Monday resurrected a Jewish family's long legal battle to regain ownership of a $20 million masterpiece seized in Nazi Germany during World War II.
Southern California man gets 5 years in 'sextortion' case
12/09/2013 01:11 PM PST - A 27-year-old Southern California man who admitted hacking into hundreds of social media and email accounts to get women to pose naked for him has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.
California health insurance exchange faces backlog of 25,000 paper applications
12/09/2013 06:21 PM PST - Already scrambling to meet a Dec. 23 deadline to sign up as many Californians as possible with insurance plans under the new federal healthcare law, the state's online exchange is hobbled by a backlog of 25,000 paper applications that must be re-submitted online.
Delta: Is Jerry Brown's Delta tunnels plan repeating the errors of high-speed rail?
12/09/2013 06:24 PM PST - Delta plan would be one of the largest public works projects in U.S. history. It's supported by cities and farms but opposed by environmentalists and fishing groups who say the numbers don't add up.
Gays challenge exclusion from Vietnamese parade in Orange County
12/09/2013 11:49 AM PST - Gay rights activists are demanding the organizers of a Vietnamese new year's parade in California's Orange County allow them to march.
Ex-San Diego mayor sentenced to home confinement for harassing women
12/09/2013 01:26 PM PST - Bob Filner has been sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for harassing women while he was mayor of San Diego.
San Francisco police chief's son raises $30K with 'Batkid' t-shirt sales
12/09/2013 08:28 AM PST - SAN FRANCISCO - Demand for T-shirts made by the San Francisco police chief's son in honor of "Batkid" and his historic day fighting crime in San Francisco last month have reached epic proportions, the chief said today.
Homeless shelters had open beds when homeless men died of exposure in Santa Clara County
12/09/2013 06:48 AM PST - Lack of information, mental illness, shelter rules and fear of having possessions stolen causes some homeless people to miss out on emergency shelter beds, even during coldest of nights
MLB deals setback to San Jose bid to lure Oakland A's
12/07/2013 03:46 PM PST - League notified Oakland A's in June that it at least temporarily rejected plan to relocate to San Jose, according to court documents in San Jose antitrust case
Good news for homeowners: Property taxes will barely go up in 2014
12/09/2013 02:24 PM PST - The Proposition 13 wrinkle, however, is bad news for dozens of school districts in Bay Area counties that rely heavily on local property tax revenue to fund their budgets.
Political Blotter: Skinner will offer bill to protect unpaid interns
12/06/2013 06:26 PM PST - Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner will offer a bill to protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment and other workplace discrimination; also, Gov. Jerry Brown appeals to President Barack Obama for additional aid for recovery from the Rim Fire.
California's DNA collection law in key legal test
12/06/2013 03:56 PM PST - Months after the U.S. Supreme Court backed Maryland law allowing DNA collection from felony suspects, federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in legal challenge to similar California law
Apple asks Samsung to pay $22 million in legal fees and costs
12/06/2013 12:10 PM PST - Already awarded $930 million in patent feud, Apple asks federal judge to order Samsung to pay close to $16 million for legal fees and another $6 million in costs incurred in battle over copying iPhone and iPad
San Jose State launches dorm hate crime probe
12/05/2013 08:02 PM PST - Ex-judge, civil rights advocate LaDoris H. Cordell will head task force probing racial bullying hate crime case in San Jose State dorms. The report is expected to be completed in January, SJSU President Mo Qayoumi announced Thursday.
Bullet train: Rail authority says it's full speed ahead for project
12/06/2013 12:30 PM PST - Critics and many political observers might see California's bullet train project as nearly dead, but state officials made clear Thursday that the train is still heading down the rails at full speed.
Searchers again can't locate missing plane in Idaho piloted by San Jose high-tech executive
12/05/2013 08:30 PM PST - Search teams on Thursday spent a fifth day looking for a missing single-engine plane containing five members of a San Jose family in remote, mountainous central Idaho as the weather worsens.
Judy Rodgers dies at 57; chef at San Francisco's Zuni Cafe
12/05/2013 12:14 PM PST - Judy Rodgers, the award-winning chef-owner of San Francisco's Zuni Cafe, has died. She was 57.
Former bank bailout boss weighs run for California governor
12/05/2013 10:14 AM PST - SACRAMENTO -- Those who have heard of Neel Kashkari know him as the former U.S. Treasury official who was in charge of the bank bailout at the height of the recession.
Northern California couple conceives rare identical triplets
12/05/2013 10:11 AM PST - SACRAMENTO -- Doctors at a Northern California hospital say a couple has given birth to a rare set of naturally conceived identical triplets.
2 Monterey woman and alleged hitman plead not guilty in grandma murder plot
12/05/2013 10:23 AM PST - LONG BEACH -- A Northern California couple and their alleged hitman have pleaded not guilty to plotting the death of the woman's mother, who was beaten with a baseball bat in her Long Beach home.
Sebastopol council selects medical marijuana dispensary director as mayor
12/05/2013 10:02 AM PST - SEBASTOPOL - The Sebastopol City Council Tuesday night unanimously selected as mayor the founder and executive director of two Peace in Medicine licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Sonoma County.
California poll shows young and healthy more likely to seek medical insurance
12/04/2013 08:23 PM PST - A finding by the Public Policy Institute of California says that young and healthy people are overwhelmingly more likely to seek health insurance than older and sicker people.
California Gov. Jerry Brown leads in a landslide, Field Poll finds
12/05/2013 03:43 PM PST - If Jerry Brown runs for an unprecedented fourth term as governor of the Golden State, he would trounce all three likely Republican challengers in June's open primary, according to a new Field Poll.
Study: California Supreme Court conflict-of-interest rules most open in nation
12/05/2013 06:27 AM PST - Despite a C grade, California Supreme Court ranked tops in nation in the way state supreme courts handle justices' financial disclosures and conflict-of-interest rules.
Tahoe ski resort settles suit over chairlift death
12/04/2013 10:37 AM PST - SOUTH LAKE TAHOE -- A lawsuit filed by a family against a Lake Tahoe ski resort and other companies over the death of a man who fell from a chairlift has been settled, although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Paul Walker's daughter Meadow didn't see crash, publicist says
12/04/2013 08:45 AM PST - Contrary to claims made to some media outlets, Paul Walker's teenage daughter Meadow was not at Saturday's charity event in Valencia near the site where her father was killed in a fiery car crash, the actor's publicist said in a statement Tuesday.
Christie leads other possible GOP presidential candidates in California
12/04/2013 12:28 PM PST - California voters see Chris Christie more favorably than four other potential Republican presidential candidates.
UC researcher fights feds over 'security risk' tag
12/04/2013 06:34 AM PST - UC-Santa Cruz researcher seeks millions of dollars in damages for government's public disclosure that FBI branded him a national security threat. In federal court trial set to begin Thursday,
Tonight's TV picks: 'The Voice' semifinals; 'The Sing-Off' smackdown
'Bonnie & Clyde' concludes. Nick Lachey returns to host 'The Sing-Off,' and reality TV's latest entry finds families battling it out over holiday light displays.
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Susan Boyle has Asperger's syndrome
The singer who became an overnight sensation on “Britain’s Got Talent” calls the diagnosis “a relief” and vows to keep performing.