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San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

At least until the World Series is over

(Newser) - From now until the end of the World Series, you probably won't be hearing Lorde's hit song, "Royals," playing in San Francisco. Locals have been asking the city's radio stations to ban the song until the series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas... More »

Facebook Bus Drivers React to Their 15-Hour Days

They look to Teamsters to represent them

(Newser) - Hauling highly-paid Facebook employees to the company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters makes for a long day: Facebook shuttle drivers typically start work around 6am; they may not get home until after 9pm. They're not driving that whole time (one driver's morning shift ends at 11:10am, and... More »

Gay SF Official Makes Unusual HIV Announcement

Scott Wiener may be first public figure to disclose Truvada use

(Newser) - A San Francisco official looks to be the first public figure in the country to "come out of the PrEP closet," as he puts it in a piece for the Huffington Post . Scott Wiener—who represents a district he calls "ground zero for the HIV epidemic"—... More »

ISIS Tweets: Death to Twitter Employees

Extremists warn of 'lone wolf assassins'

(Newser) - ISIS has got a social media problem and it seems to think it can kill its way out of it. A Twitter account linked to the extremist group has called for the assassination of Twitter employees, apparently in response for the site's attempts to shut down ISIS accounts, reports... More »

How You Could Someday Get From China to San Fran in 100 Minutes

Supersonic vessel will fly through the water in air bubble, say researchers

(Newser) - Never heard of the term “supercavitation”? China’s about to school us all with its announcement that it’s making progress on a supersonic submarine that uses this technology, theoretically giving the underwater vessel the capability to zip along at the speed of sound, reports the South China ... More »

6.0 Napa Quake Injures 120

Water mains rupture amid widespread power outages

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake rolled through the San Francisco area early today, reports the LA Times , in the biggest temblor to hit the region since 1989. It was initially reported at 6.0, and later revised upward by... More »

High-Tech Workers Make How Much?

In San Mateo County, Calif., they averaged $291K

(Newser) - Want to earn coin? Try being a high-tech worker in San Francisco. Their average salary leaped nearly 19% last year to $156,518, topping all cities nationwide in that job sector, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Now consider San Mateo County (which includes part of San Francisco), where last year'... More »

Robin Williams' Ashes Scattered in San Francisco Bay

He was cremated the day after his death

(Newser) - Robin Williams' ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay on August 12, the day after his death, Radar reports. The information was listed on his official death certificate, TMZ reports, noting that the certificate doesn't list cause of death yet; it simply says "pending investigation." The coroner... More »

Matchmaker Hunting for Millionaire's Soul Mate

Women in California's Bay Area, he's looking at you

(Newser) - Attention, short, white, Jewish or Buddhist women in the Bay Area of California: Your Prince Charming is calling. Or not calling so much as hiring a national matchmaker to find his soul mate, reports SFist.com . The anonymous gent—early 50s, "generously philanthropic, well educated, a wine lover ..."... More »

Nude Candidate Makes His Case at Times Square

Though George Davis is actually running for office in San Francisco

(Newser) - San Francisco Board of Supervisors candidate George Davis stripped buck naked in Times Square today to campaign for the right to be nude in public. Davis spoke out against a 2013 San Francisco public nudity ban introduced by his opponent, Scott Wiener. His basic argument: Nudity is a form of... More »

San Francisco's Median Home Price: $1M

It's the first time homes in any Bay Area county have hit this milestone

(Newser) - If you’re wondering why you can't afford a home in the City by the Bay, blame the "Google kids": Tech workers with cash to burn are part of the reason that the median price paid for a home in San Francisco just reached $1 million, reports the... More »

Hip SF Guy Gives Panhandlers New Signs

Anthony Bustos tries to help homeless with better signage

(Newser) - Would you give change to a homeless guy carrying the shabby sign, "Poor, hungry"? San Francisco social entrepreneur Anthony Bustos saw such a man and "had no inclination to give alms" to him, he says—but realized he might feel differently if he'd seen a better... More »

George Lucas Plans $1B Museum for Chicago

Will house art collection, film posters, and more

(Newser) - Chicago will soon be home George Lucas' collection of art, film memorabilia, animation, and more—though the city wasn't necessarily Lucas' first choice for his private museum. The filmmaker proposed a $700 million plan earlier this year to build the museum in San Francisco, but his chosen bayside location... More »

Grandson of SF Suicide Net Advocate Jumps to Death

'It's not the bridge's fault,' says former transit director

(Newser) - Heartbreak for the transit official who spearheaded efforts to install a suicide barrier at the Golden Gate Bridge: His own grandson has become the latest person to leap to his death from the bridge. John Moylan, 86, was the director of the Golden Gate Bridge Transit District when the prevention... More »

Boy, 2, Dies in Freak Accident at Fisherman's Wharf

He was crushed by falling dolphin statue

(Newser) - A Utah family's visit to San Francisco ended in horror when their 2-year-old son died after a freak accident outside a Fisherman's Wharf antique store. Police say Kayson Shelton climbed up on a large, heavy dolphin statue, causing it to tip over on him, reports the San Francisco ... More »

Gold Rush Barons Give Away Last of Their Land

300 acres donated to San Francisco park authorities

(Newser) - A single family has controlled large swaths of Bay Area land since the Gold Rush, but that era ended this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reports: The Pattersons have donated the last of their land—almost 300 acres—to the East Bay Regional Park District. The $10 million donation is... More »

FBI Captures SF Explosives Suspect

PR consultant posted apparent suicide note

(Newser) - After a nationwide manhunt, the FBI says the San Francisco social media expert and political consultant suspected of stockpiling explosives was captured within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge. When agents arrested Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II at a cafe, he "looked pretty surprised and frantic," a witness tells... More »

FBI: PR Man Now Armed, Dangerous Fugitive

Explosives found at home of SF political consultant

(Newser) - A well-known public relations consultant in San Francisco is now the target of a nationwide manhunt after police found explosives in his apartment. The agency says Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, should be considered armed and dangerous and may be in possession of more explosives, USA Today reports. He was... More »

Rat Hoarder Stumps San Francisco Officials

Erica J. breeds hundreds of the animals

(Newser) - San Francisco authorities just don't know what to do about the 43-year-old woman dubbed "Rat Girl." She keeps breeding rats—we're talking hundreds of them—and some escape or are set free. The result: A thousand rats were wandering around the neighborhood of the residential hotel... More »

The Fittest US City Is...

Washington, DC; Memphis comes in last

(Newser) - The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year's American Fitness Index , the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like... More »

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