Washington Post reporter from Marin detained in Iran

07/28/2014 08:31 AM PDT
A Washington Post reporter who grew up in Marin and his wife are among four journalists detained in Iran. 
Protesters plan to block Israel-owned commercial vessels from docking at Port of Oakland
07/28/2014 08:33 AM PDT - OAKLAND - Bay Area activists are planning to block two commercial shipping tankers partially owned by the Israel Corporation from docking and unloading at the Port of Oakland on Saturday in support of the Palestinian people, according to event organizers. 

Neel Kashkari is running the best campaign that money can't buy
07/27/2014 06:52 PM PDT - Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari is hosting radio shows, pushing for debates, even marching in parades -- anything he can do without spending his scant money, while Gov. Jerry Brown watches and waits. 

Political Blotter: Congressional Soccer Caucus sets a goal
07/28/2014 05:44 AM PDT - The Congressional Soccer Caucus (who knew we had one?) pushes for labor reforms ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar; also, 'the Brown is the new green' anti-drought slogan puts the governor's name on signs around the state. 

Obamacare: 'Health care sharing ministries' increase membership in wake of new law
07/27/2014 05:09 AM PDT - Promising to adhere to a "biblical lifestyle," more than 300,000 Americans are taking advantage of a little-known provision in the nation's health care law that allows them to avoid the new penalties for not having health insurance. 

Dublin man battles tax officials over granddaughter's six-dollar refund
07/28/2014 08:41 AM PDT - Apparently never before in California history has someone battled the state Franchise Tax Board to make sure his young grandchild didn't hold on to her first-ever tax refund.  

Concern mounting over Prime Healthcare pursuit of Bay Area hospitals
07/28/2014 11:36 AM PDT - A controversial Southern California-based hospital chain that buys financially struggling hospitals has surfaced as a bidder for the beleaguered Daughters of Charity Health System, which operates four Bay Area hospitals that serve the poor. But the overture concerns local hospital employee unions.  

Middle and high school students can vote in mock election
07/25/2014 07:19 PM PDT - Although teens under age 18 can't legally vote in the November election, they can still weigh in on issues and candidates this fall through a statewide 2014 MyVote California Student mock election sponsored by the Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Schools are invited to register in the next three months and report their final schoolwide vote tallies to the Secretary of State's office after the Oct. 28 mock election. 

Concern mounting over Prime Healthcare pursuit of Bay Area hospitals
07/25/2014 07:49 PM PDT - A controversial Southern California-based hospital chain that buys financially struggling hospitals has surfaced as a bidder for the beleaguered Daughters of Charity Health System, which operates four Bay Area hospitals that serve the poor. But the overture concerns local hospital employee unions.  

West Contra Costa school board saves taxpayers $10 million
07/25/2014 04:01 PM PDT - The district on Thursday refinanced at a lower interest rate $77.5 million of general obligation bonds to pay off original bonds approved by voters in 2002 and 2005. By refinancing bonds previously sold at higher interest rates, the West Contra Costa school district expects to save tax payers $10.3 million over the 20-year life of the bonds.  

This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
(Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
Beyonce house hunting without Jay Z?

Singer’s solo visit to New York apartment fuels rumors of power couple’s impending split.