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Seeking a Budget-Friendly V-Day? Here's Where to Go

San Francisco, surprisingly

(Newser) - Flowers, chocolates, a candlelit dinner. Combined, they might make for a successful, if cliched Valentine's Day—but at a cost. US consumers celebrating V-Day will spend an average of $143.56 this year, $7 more than in 2017, per the National Retail Federation . Hoping for more bang for your... More »

Famous Acrobat 'Heartbroken' Over Theft of $25K Unicycle

Rong Niu, aka the 'Red Panda Acrobat,' has had that unicycle for 30 years

(Newser) - Someone at the San Francisco International Airport stole a 7-foot unicycle used by the "Red Panda Acrobat" for her plate-juggling routine, and the legendary performer is offering a $2,000 reward to get it back, the AP reports. KTVU-TV reports that police on Wednesday released surveillance photos from Jan.... More »

City Will Dismiss or Reduce up to 8K Marijuana Convictions

'To undo the damage that this country's disastrous, failed drug war has had'

(Newser) - California's Proposition 64—in addition to legalizing recreational marijuana—allows people convicted of marijuana-related crimes in the past to petition for their convictions to be reduced, dismissed, or expunged, the Los Angeles Times reports. But over the past year in San Francisco, only 23 people did so. "So... More »

Startup Gets Renters Into Chi-Chi SF Apartments Cheap

By putting one person in a bedroom made from the living room

(Newser) - If $1,125 sounds like a steal for a San Francisco apartment rental, it is—but you get what you pay for. Business Insider reports on the "real-estate bliss" being offered to the city's "desperate renters" by startup HomeShare , which has since 2016 leased apartments in luxury... More »

This Is the Best City in America for Staying Active

So eat all the deep-dish pizza you want, Chicagoans

(Newser) - If your New Year's resolution involves getting active, your location could play a role in your success. WalletHub reviewed sports facilities, outdoor activities, fitness club fees, and other metrics in the 100 most populated US cities and found getting active is a piece of cake in some areas, much... More »

FBI Says It Foiled Christmas Terror Attack in San Francisco

Former Marine allegedly planned terror attack on Pier 39 with explosives, rifle

(Newser) - A 26-year-old California man was arrested this week and charged Friday with attempting to provide material support for terrorism after he allegedly planned a Christmas suicide attack on San Francisco's Pier 39 in the name of the Islamic State, CBS News reports. Everitt Jameson of Modesto was reported for... More »

Cop Kills Himself After Being Pulled Over

Sources say San Francisco officer was under investigation for sex with a minor

(Newser) - An off-duty San Francisco police officer killed himself moments after he was pulled over by Richmond police on Monday, according to police. Authorities say a Richmond police officer made a traffic stop around 1:30pm but heard a gunshot as he approached the black coupe in a shopping mall parking... More »

Swimmer Tried to Scare Off Sea Lion. It Didn't Work

Man hospitalized after being attacked by sea lion

(Newser) - A swimmer in San Francisco required multiple tourniquets and a trip to the hospital after being attacked by a sea lion Thursday, Fox 10 reports. According to the BBC , the 56-year-old man was swimming in the Aquatic Park area when he was approached by a sea lion. Police say he... More »

San Francisco Being Led by Black Woman for First Time

London Breed becomes acting mayor after Ed Lee's death

(Newser) - San Francisco native London Breed became the city's acting mayor Tuesday following the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee, and is the first African-American woman to lead the city in the midst of a seemingly endless technology driven economic boom. Breed, 43, is a lifelong San Francisco resident who... More »

Mayor's Unexpected Death Rattles San Francisco

Heart attack killed Edwin Lee at age 65

(Newser) - It was a most unexpected and unwelcome middle-of-the-night email. "It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12, at 1:11am at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital," read the email sent from the mayor's... More »

Body of Google Engineer Found in San Francisco Bay

Chuchu Ma's death is a mystery

(Newser) - A 23-year-old Google engineer was found dead in the San Francisco Bay last week—and police are trying to determine whether foul play was involved. The naked body of Chuchu Ma, who joined Google early last year, was found in water near the San Francisco Bay Trail in Sunnyvale, Calif.... More »

Trump Slams 'Disgraceful' Verdict in SF Pier Shooting

Jury acquits Mexican man of murder, manslaughter in Kate Steinle case

(Newser) - President Trump slammed the "disgraceful" verdict Thursday after a Mexican citizen was found not guilty of murder in the 2015 shooting death of Kate Steinle at a San Francisco pier. "No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration," Trump tweeted Thursday night,... More »

Cracks in SF's Leaning Tower Are 'Breathtaking'

And there's no fix in sight for the Millennium Tower

(Newser) - San Francisco's 58-story Millennium Tower has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches to the northwest since building started in 2006, reports 60 Minutes . It's a well-publicized fact thanks to numerous lawsuits from residents, including Joe Montana . Yet it makes the latest sign of its flaws no less... More »

Michelin Has Spoken: NYC No Longer US Culinary Capital

San Francisco reigns over NYC in 3-star Michelin restaurants

(Newser) - No longer is New York City the culinary capital of America, based on restaurants with three Michelin stars. The 2018 Michelin Guide for New York City, released Monday, gives only five of the city’s restaurants the coveted three-star rating, down from six last year. Meanwhile, the 2018 Michelin Guide... More »

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 »

Mysterious Smoke Pours From Soon-to-Close Russian Consulate

Officials say fire was in fireplace, don't let firefighters inside

(Newser) - The San Francisco Fire Department says acrid, black smoke seen pouring from a chimney at the Russian consulate in San Francisco was apparently from a fire burning in a fireplace. The AP reports the smoke was seen billowing from the consulate building a day after the Trump administration ordered its... 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 »

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