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Tupac's Mom Dead at 69

Afeni Shakur suffered apparent cardiac arrest at home

(Newser) - Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac, died Monday at a Northern California hospital after apparently suffering cardiac arrest at her Sausalito home. The Marin County Sheriff's Department confirmed her death on Twitter after deputies responded Monday night; she was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later. She was... More »

Coyotes Staring Down Drivers May Be Stoned

They may have consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms

(Newser) - In Canada, coyotes build snowmen . In Marin County, Calif., they get high on mushrooms—or so it seems. At least one and possibly two coyotes have been spotted acting a bit oddly along Highway 1 near Bolinas, reports Pacific Sun . Residents describe an animal forcing nighttime drivers to stop on... More »

Cops: 3 Drifters Went on a California Killing Spree

Suspects in hiker's death tied to slaying of Canadian backpacker

(Newser) - A 23-year-old Canadian backpacker was murdered by the same three drifters who killed a hiker found clutching the leash of his dog in Marin County, Calif., police say. When authorities caught up with Morrison Lampley, 23; Sean Angold, 24; and Lila Allgood, 18, at a Catholic church soup kitchen in... More »

GPS Leads Cops to 3 Suspects in Hiker Murder

Drifters accused of shooting yoga teacher and his dog

(Newser) - Police in Marin County, Calif., say a GPS device led them straight to three suspects in the murder of a hiker found shot to death still clutching his dog's leash . Two men and a woman were arrested in a restaurant in Portland, Ore., Wednesday afternoon by police who had... More »

California to Name Tunnel After Robin Williams

He used to go through 'Rainbow Tunnel' every day

(Newser) - Unless fans of failed 1853 Whig Party gubernatorial candidate William Waldo make a last stand, California will soon be getting a Robin Williams Tunnel. A bill to rename the tunnel, which connects the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County and was once part of the comedian's daily commute, sailed... More »

Pricey Homes Built on Ancient 'Treasure Trove'

American Indians wouldn't let archaeologists keep find

(Newser) - Developers are building multi-million-dollar homes over an American Indian burial ground in California's Marin County—with full consent of native leaders, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. As required by law, developers had archaeologists investigate the 4,500-year-old site, which housed 600 human burials, musical instruments, harpoon tips, black and... More »

Couple Buys, Destroys $4.2M Home to Improve View

House was blocking San Francisco skyline

(Newser) - A California couple bought and demolished a home that was standing between their $19 million home and spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. Money manager Clark Winslow and his wife, who bought their Marin County home in 2008, purchased the neighboring home at auction... More »

Lucasfilm Pulls Plug on 'Evil Empire' Studio Complex

The empire strikes back

(Newser) - A fed-up George Lucas has pulled the plug on a digital studio development plan that Northern California neighbors treated like a plot by an "evil empire." Now Lucasfilm hopes to sell the Grady Ranch site next to Skywalker Ranch in Marin County to a developer for low-income housing.... More »

Top Lefty-Friendly Counties

Surprise: San Francisco tops list

(Newser) - After compiling its list of the most conservative-friendly counties in the US, the right-leaning Daily Caller now brings it with the top counties for liberals:
  • San Francisco. With liberals, unions and gays, “surprise, surprise,” Chris Palko writes.
  • Montgomery County, Md. This DC suburb is rich, educated, and home
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Cash-Strapped Calif. Considers Selling San Quentin

(Newser) - Some state lawmakers have proposed a novel solution for California's budget problems: sell San Quentin Prison, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Experts estimate the 435-acre site, picturesquely situated on a peninsula overlooking San Francisco Bay, could go for more than $2 billion. About half of that would go toward building... More »

Elwood Named Ugliest Dog

(Newser) - A 2-year old mixed breed, Chinese Crested and Chihuahua, dog named Elwood won top honors as the world's ugliest dog at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair.  Elwood's owner, Karen Quigley was delighted with the outcome.  This was Elwood's second try at the title.  No word on whether Karen... More »

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