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33-Year-Old Murder May Be Solved; Suspect Is Quadriplegic

Baby was only witness to 1983 murder of Calif. mom Marsha Carter

(Newser) - For more than 30 years, the case of Marsha Carter's murder has been a cold one, with all leads turning up empty and the Bay Area case eventually fading out of the papers. That changed last month with the arrest of a Placer County man in connection with the... More »

Earthquake Scientists' Favorite Curb Is No More

It showed the seismic forces of Hayward Fault

(Newser) - To scientists, it was a stunning example of the power of the "tectonic time bomb" known as the Hayward Fault. To city officials, it was a curb that desperately needed a fix. So in June, officials in Hayward, Calif., repaired a once-straight curb pulled apart over decades by seismic... More »

FBI on Hunt for Serial Killer Who Last Struck in 1986

'Original Night Stalker' was tied to at least 52 sex assaults in Sacramento County, Bay Area

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since a violent serial burglar, rapist, and killer started to terrorize Northern California, but the FBI this week announced there is a new, concerted push to find the so-called "East Area Rapist." Described as a white male about 5-foot-10 with blond or light... More »

Stolen Meals on Wheels Van Leads Police Chase

'Don’t take the truck; we need it for seniors' food'

(Newser) - Instead of delivering food to seniors in need, a Meals on Wheels van spent Friday in a "moderately paced" police chase with Bay Area cops, the Los Angeles Times reports. Volunteers for Life ElderCare were unloading the van behind Fremont City Hall when police say 45-year-old Reginald Nunn and... More »

Entrepreneur Pitches Live-In Vans to Techies

'Eat Google food, use their gym, and sleep in the van'

(Newser) - "Rent is too high even if you could find a place. So be adventurous and think about it." So writes Robert Allen in an ad posted to Craigslist last week. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Allen is hoping young tech workers fed up with ballooning rents in the... More »

Here's How Much It Takes to Be 'Wealthy' in Bay Area

Hint: It's a lot

(Newser) - Residents of the Bay Area in California think it takes more than twice as much money to be considered wealthy there than in the rest of the country, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A survey of 1,000 residents by Charles Schwab found you need to be worth more than... More »

Baby Seal Found in Front Yard, 4 Miles From Water

It's not the first time she's lost her way

(Newser) - Authorities say a baby seal made it 4 miles from the water to the front yard of a home in the San Francisco Bay Area, the AP reports. Rescuers nicknamed the seal Ozzie after she was found Thursday on Osgood Road in Fremont. The female northern fur seal had no... More »

97-Year-Old Woman Fighting Eviction Dies

Marie Hatch had lived in Bay Area home for 66 years

(Newser) - An unhappy ending to the story of a 97-year-old woman who was fighting eviction in California's Bay Area: Marie Hatch has died, the law firm representing her pro bono announced late Thursday. "There is no doubt that the callous eviction of Marie Hatch has caused her death,"... More »

Rainbow Tunnel Now Officially Named for Robin Williams

Private donations paid for new signs

(Newser) - A tunnel with rainbow arches that connects the Golden Gate Bridge to greater Marin County has officially become the Robin Williams tunnel, the AP reports. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the new Robin Williams Tunnel signs were installed Monday night. The tunnel was unofficially known as the Waldo Tunnel.... More »

Google Worker Has Crazy Way of Avoiding Rent

He lives in a truck in the company's parking lot

(Newser) - How to work for Google without spending a large portion of your salary on insanely pricey Bay Area rent? Easy: Just live in the parking lot of the tech company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. That's what Brandon S., 23, has been doing since he started working for Google... More »

Found: Shipwreck of 'Bay Area's Titanic'

City of Rio de Janeiro ship went down in 1901, killing 128

(Newser) - The City of Rio de Janeiro, a passenger ship with 210 passengers and crew aboard, was on the last leg of a journey from China to the US on Feb. 22, 1901, when fog set in and it crashed into rocks at Fort Point off San Francisco, near the Golden... More »

Garner Protests Marred by Violence, Stolen Champagne

Business windows smashed as others call for peaceful protest

(Newser) - Protests over the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown continued last night in the Bay Area , beginning peacefully but eventually leading to looting, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators climbed on police cars, kicking their sirens; others smashed the windows of a Radio Shack;... More »

Zuckerberg Throws $120M Into Local Schools

Priscilla Chan says it's an 'incredibly personal issue'

(Newser) - As debate rages over Silicon Valley's gentrification of the Bay Area, Mark Zuckerberg yesterday gave parents there a reason to applaud their wealthy neighbors. The Facebook founder and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced that they're sinking $120 million into San Francisco-area schools over the next five years, the... More »

Bay Area's Next 'Big One' Might Not Be One

It's more likely to be a cluster of earthquakes: researchers

(Newser) - If you're a Californian living in fear of the inevitable next "Big One" to hit the San Francisco Bay Area, well, we're not sure if you'll find this comforting or not: A new study from USGS scientists finds that the next "Big One" is more... More »

Sisters Post Bail, Accused of Over-Swaddling Infants

Bay Area women face felony child abuse charges at day care

(Newser) - Two sisters who run a day care in California have posted a total of $680,000 bail on charges that they endangered the lives of infants under their care, reports NBC Bay Area . The case is drawing national attention for the unusual nature of the charges—Nazila and Lida Sharaf... More »

New Java Gold: Home-Roasted Beans

Devotees swear by freshness of their coffee beans

(Newser) - For the serious coffee drinker, the new pot of java gold isn't found at the corner coffee shop: It's right in their own home, made from coffee beans they roasted themselves. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the rise in those willing to endure the misfires... More »

Oakland Protesters Regroup

Activists may not re-establish tent city

(Newser) - Occupy protesters were back in the plaza in front of Oakland City Hall just 12 hours after police cleared their encampment yesterday. Around a thousand people gathered in the plaza for a peaceful general assembly soon after police reopened it at 5pm, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Protesters have been... More »

Californians Packing Guns at Starbucks

'Open Carry' backers grab coffee, tea and a .43.

(Newser) - A growing number of gun rights supporters in Northern California are making a frightening point by packing guns in places like Starbucks. The members of the Bay Area Open Carry Movement sport guns in holsters reminiscent of the Old West. Luckily, they're not loaded, so the guns are in full... More »

Calif. Shelters See Surge in Chihuahuas

Fashion dogs on track to eclipse pit bulls as most abandoned

(Newser) - A Hollywood-fueled demand for Chihuahuas in California has morphed into shelter populations that make up 50% of the dogs in some places. “It's been a slow and steady climb,” a San Francisco animal control spokeswoman tells the Los Angeles Times . “We call it the Paris Hilton syndrome.... More »

SF Bay Bridge Reopens

Test of repairs to repair clears way for commuters

(Newser) - The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reopened to commuter traffic this morning after a successful test of repairs was conducted overnight. The bridge has been out of commission since Tuesday, when the original repair failed and crushed three cars. Workers took a while to “get the geometry” of the new... More »

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