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Expert Agrees With Suspect: SF Killing Was an Accident

Judge to decide if Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez will face a murder trial

(Newser) - A ballistics expert yesterday seemed to back up Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez's claim that he fatally shot Kate Steinle by accident at San Francisco's Pier 14 in broad daylight in July. During a preliminary hearing, the former chief of the San Francisco Police crime lab said the gun the... More »

Public Peeing Blamed for This Scary SF Scene

Rusted light pole fell on car; no one was injured

(Newser) - If your bladder is about to burst and there's no bathroom in sight, do your business on something stronger than a light pole. That's the message from San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission after one of the city's three-story lamp posts toppled onto a nearby car Monday.... More »

Gun in SF Pier Shooting Belonged to Federal Agent

Francisco Sanchez pleads not guilty

(Newser) - Another twist in the Francisco Sanchez case: The gun that the murder suspect claims he found wrapped in a T-shirt on a bench belonged to a federal agent and was stolen in a recent car break-in, sources tell the San Francisco Chronicle . The sources say the firearm wasn't the... More »

Suspect in SF Woman's Murder Deported 5 Times

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was almost kicked out a sixth time

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering a woman in San Francisco this week is an undocumented immigrant who's been deported five times—and nearly got kicked out again earlier this year, CNN reports. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, is in jail and faces a murder charge for the shooting death of... More »

First, a Random Killing; Then News Crews Robbed on Air

It happened at a popular San Francisco pier

(Newser) - A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront. When reporting on it, two TV news crews were robbed—just as one report was going live. It all began when a... More »

Rare Mark Twain Writings Capture a Dark Period

Dispatches reveal author's reporting days at SF newspaper, despondent thoughts

(Newser) - Before he was penning the adventures of Tom and Huck, Mark Twain worked for a San Francisco newspaper and wasn't so different from a lot of 21st-century journalists struggling in an evolving industry: He was drinking, in debt, and not sure where his career would take him. So indicate... More »

Wife Takes 'Year Off' for Sex With Strangers

California writer tells her story in 'The Wild Oats Project'

(Newser) - A San Francisco writer's pledge to "take a year off" from marriage led her on a quest to sow a few wild oats with men she'd never met before, Time reports. In fact, Robin Rinaldi's book about her experience is called The Wild Oats Project . "... More »

Guards Forced Inmates Into 'Gladiator' Fights: Lawyer

Public defender says San Francisco deputies placed bets, threatened prisoners

(Newser) - If they won, they would get hamburgers; if they lost, they would be beaten or experience other negative consequences. This was just one example of the conditions given to two inmates in forced fights that Public Defender Jeff Adachi says were arranged by guards in San Francisco's main county... More »

SF Commuters Get WiFi, Coffee, Pressed Juices —on the Bus

Leap luxury service features app that tracks available seats

(Newser) - WiFi. USB plugs. Bluetooth check-in. Pressed juices and Blue Bottle Coffee. A hipster café? Nope, it's just a commute to work for riders of San Francisco's new Leap bus, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. An app keeps riders updated as to where the bus is and how... More »

Church Removing Sprinklers That Doused Homeless

San Francisco archdiocese acts after TV station's report

(Newser) - Homeless people seeking shelter at night outside a Catholic church in San Francisco over the last year have gotten a rude surprise instead—sprinklers installed above the doors dump water on them repeatedly through the night. TV station KCBS reports that Saint Mary's Cathedral installed the sprinklers specifically to... More »

Carpenter Fired for Setting Trapped Raccoon Free

'He was just a little baby' boss had trapped at job site

(Newser) - A carpenter has been fired for freeing a raccoon that had been trapped by exterminators at the San Francisco construction site where he worked. Todd Sutton says he came to work one morning in late February and saw the animal inside a trap. The builders had hired professional trappers to... More »

Journey Guitarist Sues SF Over Wedding Permit Fees

Neal Schon, Michaele Salahi say they were punished for pay-per-view wedding

(Newser) - Journey guitarist Neal Schon and White House gatecrasher Michaele Salahi aired their wedding on pay-per-view , and in a new lawsuit, Schon says San Francisco charged him "outrageously high" permit fees as punishment for the PPV plan. He and his wife, now Michaele Schon, are suing both the city and... More »

Man Busted After Body Parts Found in Suitcase on SF Sidewalk

Mark Andrus, 59, arrested for murder

(Newser) - A 59-year-old man has been arrested in a particularly grisly murder: a suitcase full of body parts was found on a San Francisco sidewalk earlier this week. The arrest followed a call on a tip line, CNN reports. Police arrested Andrus at a city apartment building. He's something of... More »

'Gruesome' Suitcase of Body Parts Left on Busy SF Street

Police say a suspect is identified in case

(Newser) - Police responding to a call about a suspicious package on a downtown San Francisco street yesterday found what a spokeswoman calls "an extremely gruesome crime scene." Next to a pile of garbage and debris, a rolling suitcase held dismembered human body parts, police say, per the San Francisco ... More »

Thieves Grab Gold Nuggets From Wells Fargo

Historic gold may end up melted for resale

(Newser) - Talk about brazen: Masked thieves smashed a stolen SUV into the site of Wells Fargo's original bank in San Francisco early this morning and made off with historic gold ore and nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Wearing hoodies and ski masks, they broke into display cases at the... More »

Golden Gate Bridge Taking First-Ever Weekend Off

Bridge will be shut down as traffic median is installed

(Newser) - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge has apparently banked plenty of PTO hours over the last 77 years—and this weekend it's using 52 of them. Starting at midnight tonight and continuing through 4am Monday, the bridge will be closed to cars so that a movable median barrier can... More »

Arsonist Tries to Hit Mrs. Doubtfire Home

But damage is minimal to surgeon's residence in San Francisco

(Newser) - The home used in the Robin Williams movie Mrs. Doubtfire had a close call with an arsonist last night, say police in San Francisco. Someone used gasoline to set fires at the front door and the garage, but the homeowner smelled smoke and was able to quickly douse the flames,... More »

Nightmare Flight: Fliers Stuck on Plane for 28 Hours

12 of those hours spent on the tarmac in Abu Dhabi

(Newser) - Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates landed Saturday evening in San Francisco—but only after a grueling 28 hours on the plane, only 16 of which were spent in flight. They sat on the Abu Dhabi tarmac stranded by dense fog, unable to deplane, for 12... More »

Ex-Uber Driver Hit With Manslaughter Charge in Child's Death

Company faces new bans in Thailand, Spain

(Newser) - A former Uber driver has been charged with manslaughter after a crash that killed a six-year-old pedestrian last year. Authorities say Syed Muzaffar hit the girl, her brother, and her mother while they crossed at a crosswalk in San Francisco, the Chronicle reports. A lawsuit filed early this year pointed... More »

San Francisco OKs 'Bill of Rights' for Retail Workers

Now employee schedules must be set 2 weeks in advance

(Newser) - San Francisco has moved to help workers stymied by uncertain schedules: Under what's being called the " Retail Workers Bill of Rights ," employers must solidify their employees' shifts at least two weeks in advance—or pay their workers extra in the form of "predictability pay," Politico... More »

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