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'Dogtown Redemption': New documentary humanizes West Oakland's recyling homeless

10/07/2015 11:34 AM PDT
Seven years in the making, 'Dogtown Redemption,' which follows the lives of three very different recyclers, makes its debut this week at the Mill Valley Film Festival. 
Barnidge: Berkeley 'Right to Know' ordinance a victory for cellphone safety activists
10/07/2015 09:50 AM PDT - Former Lafayette resident spurred to action by her husband's brain tumor 

Oregon shooter's mother wrote about guns in online forum
10/07/2015 09:42 AM PDT - PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The mother of a gunman who killed nine people and himself at an Oregon community college allowed her troubled son to have guns and acknowledged in online posts that he struggled with autism, but she didn't seem to know he was potentially violent. 

Benghazi probe: Kevin McCarthy 'screwed up' with Clinton comments, panel chairman says
10/07/2015 08:15 AM PDT - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said Wednesday that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy "screwed up" when he suggested the probe was useful in driving down Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's poll numbers. 

California foster care: New laws signed to restrict psychiatric drugs
10/07/2015 06:47 AM PDT - California's 63,000 foster youth will be better protected from potentially dangerous psychiatric drugs now administered at alarming rates in the nation's largest child welfare system, under a package of reform bills signed into law Tuesday. 

California's landmark renewable energy law to be signed on Wednesday
10/07/2015 06:41 AM PDT - In a milestone for reducing pollution and fossil fuel use, Gov. Jerry Brown will sign into law Wednesday a bill that requires 50 percent of California's electricity to come from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2030. 

Berkeley: Council hears opposition to plan to arm police force with Tasers
10/07/2015 12:26 PM PDT - The Berkeley City Council heard a report from a group of researchers from the Stanford Criminal Justice Center on the pros and cons of Tasers, seeking clarity on whether it would be a good idea to equip Berkeley police with Tasers.  

How to talk to your doctor about life-ending drugs
10/06/2015 06:15 PM PDT - When faced with a life-threatening diagnosis, it is difficult to talk to a doctor about hastening death. George Eighmey, the Oregon state legislator who in 1997 was instrumental in getting that state's Death With Dignity law, recommends these approaches to conversation.  

San Jose council makes sweeping changes to election law
10/07/2015 09:19 AM PDT - The City Council voted Tuesday to eliminate voluntary spending caps for mayoral and council candidates and to change reporting requirements for late contributions that deviated from state law and led to most candidates failing to meet its requirements. 

Poll: Support for Hillary Clinton drops among California Dems
10/07/2015 06:42 AM PDT - Hillary Clinton's lead among California Democrats has ebbed while Bernie Sanders has surged, and while most want Joe Biden to enter the race, few say they would vote for him if he does. 

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Nicki Minaj rips Miley Cyrus and interviewer

'Anaconda’ rapper says Miley Cyrus needs to embrace more about black culture, then prematurely ends New York Times interview.