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Hamilton Audience Bolts for Doors Amid Chaos

An audience member's heart attack set things in motion

(Newser) - A Hamilton audience in San Francisco ran for the doors Friday night and injured three people after a woman attending the show had a heart attack, People reports. Seems someone pulled a defibrillator from a wall at the Orpheum Theatre, which triggered a fire alarm and caused what the San... More »

Sketch Shows How 'Doodler' Serial Killer Might Look Now

He terrorized SF's gay community 40 years ago

(Newser) - More than 40 years after a serial killer dubbed the "Doodler" terrorized San Francisco's gay community, police released a sketch Wednesday of what the man might look like today and announced a $100,000 reward for details leading to his capture. Police believe the killer stabbed at least... More »

Californians Evacuated as Big Storm Brings Rain, Wind, Snow

Flooding threatened in San Francisco Bay Area

(Newser) - A powerful storm descending on California Saturday threatened flooding in the entire San Francisco Bay Area and areas stripped bare by devastating wildfires. The storm that began moving in Friday night was expected to bring up to 4 inches of rain in some areas, winds gusting to 80mph in the... More »

San Francisco's Soda Warnings Ruled Unconstitutional

Federal appeals court blocks city's law

(Newser) - A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a San Francisco law requiring health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugary drinks in a victory for beverage and retail groups that sued to block the ordinance, the AP reports. The law violates constitutionally protected commercial speech, the 9th US Circuit... More »

Get Paid 6 Figures to Work, Live on This Island

Must have Coast Guard license and not smoke for this 'dream job' overlooking San Francisco

(Newser) - Looking to make six figures with a sweet view of San Francisco, and have a friend or other partner who wants to help? What the San Francisco Chronicle describes as a possible "dream job" has opened up, and you could start as soon as April. The gig: taking over... More »

Looking for a Paycheck? Here's Where There's Work

WalletHub ranks US cities with the best prospects

(Newser) - New year, new you, new ... job? If you've been looking to switch things up employer-wise, January seems like a good month to start putting feelers out, and a good time overall: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' most recent jobs report notes the national unemployment rate has fallen to 3.... More »

$100M Fix May Be Coming for SF's Leaning Tower

Residents, developer appear to agree on pending retrofit for the Millennium Tower

(Newser) - Residents of San Francisco's leaning luxury condo tower have come up with a $100 million solution to be put in place as soon as this winter. Homeowners at the 58-story Millennium Tower, which has sunk 18 inches and tilted 14 inches since its construction, plan to submit a permit... More »

Breathing San Fran Air Like Smoking 11 Cigarettes: Researchers

Smog from wildfires has given San Francisco, Stockton, Sacramento worst pollution in the world

(Newser) - The smoke in some parts of California from the wildfires has been "overwhelming," and now the air in some cities there has earned a new descriptor: the world's worst. CNN reports on a sobering chart from the Berkeley Earth nonprofit , which pulls together stats from sites that... More »

They Used Decoy Heads to Flee Alcatraz. Now, FBI Replicas

3D-printed dupes look like the heads used by Frank Morris, Anglin brothers

(Newser) - Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D-printed copies of the decoys that inmates Frank Morris and John and... More »

Looking for Love? Try These Places

WalletHub's 10 best (and worst) picks for singles

(Newser) - They don't call it "Hotlanta" for nothing. The Georgia capital has attained the No. 1 spot on WalletHub's best cities for singles , based on the site's look at more than 180 metropolitan areas. The metrics considered everything from how much dating activities cost—from cocktail prices... More »

Smell of Smoke From Fires in Bay Area 'Overwhelming'

An unhealthy air quality alert has been issued, 40K people displaced; SoCal dealing with its own fires

(Newser) - Authorities have issued an unhealthy air quality alert for parts of the San Francisco Bay Area as smoke from a massive wildfire drifts south, polluting the air. Officials say thousands of structures in the town of Paradise, 180 miles northeast of San Francisco, were destroyed by the blaze that has... More »

Top Tech CEOs Bicker Over Chronic Homelessness

Jack Dorsey, Marc Benioff trade barbs on Twitter

(Newser) - Two of the world's top tech CEOs disagree about how to ease homelessness in San Francisco—a city where extreme wealth glitters alongside roughly 7,500 living on the streets, the Guardian reports. At issue is a proposed tax on wealthy city businesses that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff supports... More »

Check Out This 82-Foot-Long Whale Made of Trash

It's to raise awareness about ocean pollution

(Newser) - Artists are putting the finishing touches on an 82-foot-long blue whale made from discarded plastic that will be on display near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness about ocean pollution, the AP reports. The Monterey Bay Aquarium said Friday a blue whale can weigh 300,000 pounds—... More »

Nightmare Infection Took His Hearing. But This, He Heard

Hayward Duresseau gets meningitis. Then, a proposal

(Newser) - For Hayward Duresseau, a "terrifying" diagnosis ended in one of the happiest moments of his life. The 27-year-old had just visited San Francisco with boyfriend Kerry Kennedy in February when he grew exhausted, lost some vision, got a killer headache, and fell violently ill—which landed him in an... More »

Osaka Mayor to San Francisco: We're Done

Japanese city outraged at statue depicting 'comfort women' during WWII

(Newser) - San Francisco has nearly 20 "sister cities" worldwide, fostering goodwill through cultural, educational, and economic exchanges. Osaka was its first, but after more than 60 years—and months of the Japanese city threatening to cut ties —it looks like the split is happening. "I have arrived at... More »

Cops ID Headless Body Found in Fish Tank

San Francisco police also arrested 2 men

(Newser) - Missing man, headless man—they're the same person, officials say. San Francisco police said Wednesday that a headless, handless torso found in a fish tank in a missing man's house belonged to 65-year-old homeowner Brian Egg, People reports. Police have also arrested two men and say one of... More »

Crack in Beam Shuts Down New $2B Transit Terminal

The 'Grand Central of the West' opened in SF last month

(Newser) - San Francisco officials shut down the city's celebrated new $2.2 billion transit terminal Tuesday after discovering a crack in a support beam under the center's public roof garden. Coined the "Grand Central of the West," the Salesforce Transit Center opened in August near the heart... More »

TV Crew Plans 1 Car Break-In, Gets 2 Instead

'Problem has reached epidemic proportions' in San Francisco

(Newser) - They anticipated the first burglary, just not the second. While reporting on the epidemic of car break-ins in SanFrancisco, Inside Edition crew members watched as a man broke into a bait car fitted with hidden cameras. Reporter Lisa Guerrero began Wednesday's report by parking a car near San Francisco'... More »

NYC No Longer Has the Most Super-Rich People

That honor transfers to Hong Kong

(Newser) - Looking to hobnob with the rich but not necessarily famous? Although New York City used to be where you'd be find the largest population of super-rich people in the world, Hong Kong has taken over the top spot this year, CNNMoney notes. That's per a new report from... More »

There's a New Problem at San Francisco's Leaning Tower

A crack in a window

(Newser) - More bad news for San Francisco's Millennium Tower. This time, it's a crack in a window on the 36th floor of the 58-story building, SFGate reports. It happened Saturday around 2:30am when residents heard "creaking noises" and a "loud pop," per NBC Bay Area... More »

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