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Top 10 Big US Cities to Live In

San Francisco is king

(Newser) - San Francisco might be pricey , but it's also a great place to live—the best, in fact, according to a new WalletHub ranking. The site compared the "livability," education, health, taxes, and local economy of all 62 US cities with at least 300,000 residents to come... More »

The 10 Worst US Cities for Drivers

Washington, Detroit top the list

(Newser) - Be sure to take the bus when visiting the nation's capital. That's the takeaway from WalletHub's ranking of the worst US cities for drivers, based on gas prices, hours spent in traffic, crash deaths, car thefts, parking fees, and more in the country's 100 biggest cities.... More »

Airbnb Sues Its Hometown

Company says San Francisco rental registration ordinance is confusing, unconstitutional

(Newser) - Airbnb has filed a lawsuit alleging its First Amendment rights have been violated and that rules surrounding a new city ordinance flout federal protection for internet companies, and its target is its own hometown, the Los Angeles Times reports. The ordinance in question was passed unanimously earlier this month by... More »

SF Man's Rent Leaps From $1.8K to $8K

He might be evicted amid battle over 344% hike

(Newser) - The Rent Is Too Damn High party may have a new voter: Neil Hutchinson, a San Francisco man whose rent has just gone from $1,800 a month to $8,000. Hutchinson tells ABC7 that the 344% increase went into effect this month and he is appealing it to the... More »

9-Year-Old Completes Record-Breaking Swim

He swam from SF to Alcatraz Island and back

(Newser) - Nine-year-old James Savage may have a new Guinness World Record under his belt. The California boy swam from the shore of San Francisco to Alcatraz Island and back on Tuesday, becoming the youngest swimmer to complete the two-mile trip, per NBC News . A 10-year-old boy previously held the record after... More »

Cops: Woman Gets in Police Chase in Stolen Ambulance

And it ends in a fiery crash

(Newser) - Paramedics leaving a San Francisco apartment building with their patient Tuesday morning were shocked to find their ambulance missing, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. They had left it running when they went inside. Police used a tracking device inside the ambulance to catch up with it a short time later.... More »

Baby Ditched at SF State in 1984 Just Graduated From There

Jillian Sobol, now 31, was found in a box

(Newser) - A newborn abandoned in a box in a San Francisco State University dorm in 1984 just came full circle—by graduating from the same school. The San Francisco Chronicle relays the story of Jillian Sobol, now 31, whose biological mom, a student at SFSU, gave birth and left the infant... More »

Murdered Woman's Family Sues 'Sanctuary City'

They blame feds, San Francisco for killing

(Newser) - The family of a woman shot dead as she walked along a San Francisco pier last year, allegedly by a Mexican man who had been deported five times before , is suing the city and the government agencies whose failings they say led to her death. Kate Steinle's family filed... More »

Have a Glass of San Francisco Fog, On the Rocks

Now being offered in the form of vodka

(Newser) - An "extraordinarily crisp" vodka with "elegant hints of pear, citrus, and honeysuckle" is now available from a California distillery—and it's made with the finest fog San Francisco has to offer, Time reports. Hangar 1's high-end Fog Point (a bottle goes for $125) is crafted from... More »

SF Police Chief Resigns After Woman Shot Dead

It's time to 'heal the city,' mayor says

(Newser) - The fatal police shooting of an unarmed black woman Thursday was the final straw for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who asked for and received the resignation of police Chief Greg Suhr within hours. Lee, who appointed Suhr in 2011, had stood by the chief through previous controversies, including other... 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 »

Amazon Brings Restaurant Delivery to San Francisco

Where it hopes it can cross its countless startup competitors

(Newser) - As step 496 in its 10,000-step plan to rule the world, Amazon unveiled its restaurant delivery service this week in San Francisco, Wired reports. Already available in a handful of other cities, Amazon's Prime Now is taking the battle to the home turf of its dozens of food-delivery... More »

New Woes for San Fran PD: Offensive Texts To, From Ex-Cop

CNN has docs showing racist, homophobic texts to and from James Lai

(Newser) - An ex-San Francisco cop described by his attorney as "well loved on his beat" is at the center of a text-messaging scandal over offensive texts sent to and from his personal phone, per documents obtained by CNN . The texts, exchanged in 2014 and 2015 between Jason Lai and friends... More »

4.5B-Year-Old Meteorite Launches Bizarre Legal Fight

"This isn't a typical theft"

(Newser) - The question of who owns a particular chunk of a famed meteorite is heading to federal court with the filing of a lawsuit and countersuit, SF Gate reports. It all started billions of years ago with the Fukang meteorite slammed into China's Gobi Desert. Fast-forward to the year 2000:... More »

SF Man Has to Stop Living in Box in Friend's Living Room

Peter Berkowitz's brilliant $400 rent idea was an illegal one

(Newser) - It seemed brilliant, so long as you're not claustrophobic: In early March, Peter Berkowitz armed himself with a few friends and a few tools and built a 32-square-foot wooden box, euphemistically referred to as a "bedroom pod," and placed it in a friend's living room. With... More »

Lab-Grown Shrimp Are Here to Save the World

They apparently taste and feel like the real thing

(Newser) - A San Francisco biotech company is about eight months away from unleashing lab-grown popcorn shrimp into the marketplace with the modest goal of ending slavery and saving the planet, the Atlantic reports. According to Popular Science , Americans eat 4 billion pounds of seafood annually; a full quarter of that is... More »

San Francisco First US City to OK Paid Parental Leave

For 6 weeks, state will pay 55% of worker's paycheck, private companies 45%

(Newser) - What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? Per the International Labor Organization , they're the only two countries out of 185 that don't have national paid parental leave, the New York Times reports. To make up for that absence, some states—including Rhode Island,... More »

White Guy With Dreads Accused of 'Appropriation'

SF campus incident is being investigated

(Newser) - San Francisco State University student Cory Goldstein is a white guy with dreadlocks, which makes him guilty of "cultural appropriation," according to a fellow student seen berating him in a viral video. Goldstein tells KRON 4 that the confrontation with the African-American student and her friend started when... More »

San Francisco Bans City Travel to North Carolina Over New Law

Mayor says he won't 'subsidize legally sanctioned discrimination'

(Newser) - San Francisco has banned travel to North Carolina in protest of what Mayor Ed Lee calls the state's "new discriminatory law," CBS San Francisco reports. Specifically, the mayor banned any city-funded and non-essential travel to the state. The Huffington Post notes he made an exception for travel... More »

Answer to Enduring Navy Mystery Found Off SF

USS Conestoga sank 24 miles off San Francisco in 1921

(Newser) - On his daily commute across the Golden Gate Bridge, Peter Hess would look at the city of San Francisco, from which the cousin he never knew last departed on the USS Conestoga on March 25, 1921. Then he'd look out to the ocean and to the Farallon Islands two... More »

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