Alameda: New home for harbor seals proposed

The proposed haul-out, which the City Council will learn about Tuesday, also would move the seals further away from the $50 million ferry maintenance facility that WETA plans to build at the former U.S. Navy base. 
Monterey: Skeleton found on job site is more than 4,000 years old
The mysterious male skeleton found on a Monterey job site last month is 4,080 years old, testing has revealed. 

Bay Area heat wave expected to bring high temps inland
Forecaster Diane Henderson brought forth a suggestion for residents in the inland areas of the East Bay on Tuesday morning, noting that the mercury already was on a steady rise toward 100 degrees. 

Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits
A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators' attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.  

USGS' South Bay 'Rock warehouse' finally gets organized
Hidden behind drab doors in a valley that celebrates all that is new, bright and beautiful is a scientific treasure: proof of what the Earth is made of, how it became what it is -- and where it might be going. The U.S. Geological Survey's cavernous "rock warehouse" is beloved by scientists but unknown to the rest of us.  

San Francisco's river water use restricted
SACRAMENTO -- San Francisco is the latest community that regulators have told to stop taking some river water during the drought despite the city's decades-old water rights. 

Most evacuations lifted as Southern California wildfire slows
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) -- Most evacuations were lifted Saturday near a Southern California wildfire that threatened more than 7,000 buildings as firefighters caught a break in the weather and redoubled efforts to surround it. 

California oil spill like a fire hose 'without a nozzle'
Firefighters probing smell found a geyser 

Barnidge: Gabbard's greatest accomplishment at Shell refinery -- building relationship with community
Retiring general manager says fence-line neighbors force plant to operate better 

Conference draws waters experts, landscapers to review conservation
Landscapers hear about water rate increases and look for ways to save water 

(Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
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