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The 10 Greenest Cities in the US

San Francisco comes out on top

(Newser) - Which US cities do best at promoting eco-friendly lifestyles? To answer that question, WalletHub looked at the 100 biggest cities in the country and compared 22 "green" indicators, ranging from greenhouse gas emissions and clean-energy policies to urban agriculture, water quality, number of commuters, and "green" job opportunities.... More »

Enterprising Car Prowler Pulls Off Huge Jewelry Heist

Someone stole $900K in jewelry out of a car in San Francisco

(Newser) - Police don't often ask for the public's help to solve a car break-in, but then most cars aren't carrying nearly $1 million in jewelry. The San Francisco Chronicle reports someone smashed the windows of a Cadillac Escalade parked in San Francisco on Aug. 12 and stole two... More »

Women Have It Especially Rough in These 5 Cities

Gadsden, Ala., ranks worst: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Women earn about 80% of what men do nationwide. But in some US metropolitan areas, they earn as little as 53%. The gender pay gap is just one factor that went into determining the best and worst US metropolitan areas for women, per 24/7 Wall St . Also based on life... More »

It's Usually in the 80s in SF. It Hit 106 Yesterday

It was a scorcher

(Newser) - "NEW RECORDS SET FOR THE DAY, MONTH AND ALL TIME!" tweeted the Bay Area National Weather Service Friday. And what a record San Francisco's was: The city recorded a temp of 106 degrees Fahrenheit, up three degrees over the previous all-time record set on June 14, 2000,... More »

Consulate Closure Is Fair? Yeah, Right, Says Russia

Russian foreign minister suggests move was meant 'to hurt' his country

(Newser) - US officials may have described its order that Russia close its consulate in San Francisco and diplomatic annexes in New York and Washington by Saturday as a fair response to the slashing of the number of American diplomatic staff in Russia, but that's not how Moscow sees it. Russian... More »

US Orders Russia to Close Consulate in SF by Saturday

Leaving both countries with 3 consulates each

(Newser) - The press statement's title—"Achieving Parity in Diplomatic Missions"—may seem bland, but the message from the State Department is anything but: It explains the United States has ordered Russia to close a consulate in San Francisco and diplomatic annexes in New York and Washington by Saturday.... More »

Dog Owners' Plan to Push Back on Right-Wing Rally: Poop

It's going down in San Francisco this weekend

(Newser) - Locals are getting creative in how to deal with right-wing rallies in the wake of Charlottesville , and no more so than in San Francisco. The Patriot Prayer group will hold a "free speech" rally Saturday at Crissy Field, and the Guardian reports on an idea thought up by 45-year-old... More »

Couple Buys Mansion-Lined San Francisco Street for $90K

New landlords could charge residents for street parking

(Newser) - A real estate-savvy couple is now the proud owner of the streets and sidewalks of uber-wealthy, uber-exclusive San Francisco gated community Presidio Terrace. But residents of the 35 mega-mansions lining the private, oval-shaped street are pushing back, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . South Bay couple Tina Lam and Michael Cheng... More »

Court Delivers Blow to Billionaire Who Closed Public Beach

Public access to Martins Beach must be restored, say judges

(Newser) - The Silicon Valley billionaire who bought and then closed public access to a popular California beach must let the surfers return, a court ruled Thursday. In a 3-0 decision, a state appeals court ruled venture capitalist Vinod Khosla must restore public access to Martins Beach near San Francisco. Martins Beach... More »

'Fidgety' Teen Jumps From Plane in SF

Male passenger was seized on the tarmac

(Newser) - A teenage passenger apparently impatient for his plane to reach a gate at San Francisco International Airport opened an emergency exit, slid down the plane's wing, fell to the ground, then started running Tuesday, officials say. Passengers say the 17-year-old US citizen, who was traveling alone, had appeared "... More »

Homeless and Coding? This School Makes It Possible

Holberton School is among a growing group of non-traditional coding academies

(Newser) - An experimental two-year coding program in San Francisco has a student population that is 40% female and 53% minority. That's more diverse than the makeup of many tech companies that have traditionally drawn their talent from top universities like Stanford and MIT. (Google, for instance, has a technical work... More »

This Mansion Is Expensive Even for Billionaires

Italian-style villa in San Francisco has 8 marble fireplaces

(Newser) - Everybody knows it's expensive to live in San Francisco, but the cost of real estate may finally be too high for even its wealthiest residents. Business Insider reports on a mansion in Cow Hollow, a posh neighborhood on the edge of "Billionaire's Row," that's been... More »

Golden Gate Bridge Boosts Security After Insane Stunts

Teens filmed themselves doing backflips atop bridge

(Newser) - The Golden Gate Bridge is beefing up security to prevent others following in the slippery footsteps of two teenagers who climbed the bridge and performed death-defying stunts. In video posted on YouTube, the two 18-year-olds from Wisconsin climb suspension cables before doing backflips and somersaults on a walkway, the San ... More »

'Mom Is 3rd Person to Die' for Her SF Apartment

Daughter describes Beatriz Allen's battle over eviction during her final days

(Newser) - A woman in San Francisco has died in the midst of an extended battle against eviction from her apartment. Beatriz Allen, who passed away in her sleep at the age of 81 on April 30, had lived in her Noe Valley home for nearly 40 years. But in 2014, healthcare... More »

A San Francisco Icon Sues Its Sinking Tower

Joe Montana, a resident of Millennium Tower, sues developer

(Newser) - Add Joe Montana to the list of people not too pleased that San Francisco's Millennium Tower is sinking. The former 49ers quarterback, one of the luxury tower's residents , is suing the developer, alleging in court documents that the company hid problems with the building—which it knew about... More »

100-Year-Old Woman Dies Month After Eviction

She was forced to leave home of more than 50 years

(Newser) - A sad end to the long life of Iris Canada: The 100-year-old San Francisco woman has died the month after she was evicted from the apartment that was her home for more than 50 years. A final eviction notice was delivered to her residence and the locks were changed on... More »

Tech Firm Offers Employees $10K to Move Away From SF

New hires can get 'de-location' package

(Newser) - Tech company Zapier says San Francisco is a fantastic city—and it would like to encourage its employees to move far away from it. In a blog post , CEO Wade Foster offers a $10,000 "de-location" package to new recruits who are struggling with the cost of living in... More »

Woman Dies After Drinking Toxic Tea in SF

Yu-Ping Xie had been hospitalized for weeks

(Newser) - A medicinal tea apparently had the opposite effect on a San Francisco woman, who died Saturday after weeks in critical condition. Yu-Ping Xie, 56, initially fell ill in February after consuming a medicinal tea blend she'd purchased from Sun Wing Wo Trading Co. in San Francisco's Chinatown. Within... More »

Happiest Cities Are Mostly in One State

8 of top 10 are in sunny California: WalletHub

(Newser) - Life in sunny California sure is sweet, according to WalletHub . Based on factors such as emotional and physical well-being and income and employment, the site has compiled a list of the happiest cities in the country—and ones in California dominate the upper ranks. The top 10, with "happiness... More »

Potentially Lethal Toxin Found in San Francisco Tea

At least two people have had to be resuscitated

(Newser) - Two people had to be resuscitated and are now seriously ill in the hospital after drinking toxic tea purchased in San Francisco's Chinatown, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The tea, made from leaves purchased at the Sun Wing Wo Trading Co., was found to contain aconite, a plant-based toxin... More »

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