• Giants' Hunter Pence breaks forearm - 03/05/2015 09:49 PM PST
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    Decision by nation's largest circus comes just months after Oakland joined Los Angeles in passing laws that banned the sharp metal tool used by elephant trainers, effectively banning the circus from those cities  
     
    Erin Baldassari
    The California Highway Patrol has concluded a plainclothes officer acted within department policy when he drew his gun and pointed it at protesters during a melee at a December anti-police brutality protest in Oakland.  
     
    Maintaining that the injunctions against 65 people thought to be gang members had netted few arrests and that the controversial policy no longer had support of top police leaders, City Attorney Barbara Parker announced Thursday that she will file dismissals for the injunctions on Friday.  
     
    A day after Communities for a Better Environment sued Phillips 66 and Contra Costa County, Rodeo Citizens Association sued the two co-defendants and Safe Fuel Energy Resources of California, a group representing workers at the Rodeo refinery, announced it had filed suit also.  
     
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency finalized a decision this week to fund the thinning of eucalyptus trees in Claremont Canyon, Strawberry Canyon and other nearby areas of the East Bay hills.  
     
    Anda Chu, Bay Area News Group
    Police said the two East Oakland gangs have been rivals for decades, engaging in killings, shootings and other crimes.  
     
    A long-standing disagreement over a 14-unit condo development plan for a historic site at 1715 Elm St. will be back before the Planning Commission on March 18 in an appeal of a final design review.  
     
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    A person arrested for an unrelated crime in another city is also a person of interest in the fatal shooting on Saturday night of 14-year-old Davon Ellis, police said Thursday.  
     
    The CHP will have an easier time nabbing carpool cheats as Bay Area carpool lanes are converted to Express lanes.  
     
    Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group
    Cody Nicosia's best friend, Christian Birdsall, is scheduled to go to trial in April in the killing of 58-year-old Barbara Latiolais in 2012.  
     
     
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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'; engine failure cited

    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.