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Book Returned to Library 100 Years Late

Man's great-grandmother had checked out 'Forty Minutes Late' (no joke) in 1917

(Newser) - A book of short stories titled Forty Minutes Late has been returned to the San Francisco Public Library—100 years late, the AP reports. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bay Area resident Webb Johnson returned the book Friday. There was no fine. Johnson's great-grandmother had checked it out... More »

The Best, Worst Cities for Sticking to Resolutions

Salt Lake City is best, Detroit is worst: WalletHub

(Newser) - It takes only weeks for 80% of people to drop their New Year's resolutions, per US News , but whether you're among that group may depend on where you live. To determine the best and worst cities for residents to keep resolutions, WalletHub analyzed a host of data on... More »

Uber's Self-Driving Cars Hit SF, One Promptly Runs Red Light

But it says a driver was operating it at the time

(Newser) - Uber rolled out self-driving car service in San Francisco Wednesday and it did not go smoothly. Within hours, the California Department of Motor Vehicles ordered the company to halt the service, saying it was breaking the law because it didn't have the necessary testing permit to "operate its... More »

Your Best Bet for an 'Epic' New Year's Eve? Orlando

Here are the top 10 US cities in which to ring in the New Year

(Newser) - Looking to give 2016 a memorable sendoff? Consider booking a flight to one of the cities on WalletHub's list of best places to ring in the New Year. The site analyzed the 100 largest cities in America using "20 key indicators of an epic New Year's Eve.... More »

10 Best, Worst US Cities for Singles

San Francisco tops the list; Brownsville, Texas, comes in last

(Newser) - Getting hit with Cupid's arrow is "part willingness and part geography," notes WalletHub . And with 109 million or so single adults in the US as of 2015, per the latest census , finding the right place to settle down in both the geographical and romantic sense can be... More »

'Leaning Tower of SF' Is Sinking Faster Than Thought

Satellite images show descent of Millennium Tower

(Newser) - There's no question that the 58-story Millennium Tower in downtown San Francisco is both sinking and tilting. But new satellite images find that its progress into the sand below is nearly twice the pace previously thought—close to two inches a year instead of one, reports NBC News . Since... More »

Full House Creator Buys Full House House

Jeff Franklin hopes to someday rent it out to the public

(Newser) - The "Full House house," aka the San Francisco Victorian at 1709 Broderick St. used in the opening credits of the iconic sitcom and its sequel, went on the market in May for $4.15 million —and, in the perfect happy ending, the creator of Full House bought... More »

Cirque du Soleil Worker Dies in 'Industrial Accident'

Technician was hit by lift, circus says

(Newser) - An employee with the Cirque du Soleil Luzia show died after being injured Tuesday night in what was termed an "industrial accident," San Francisco police say. Police responded to the area near AT&T Park after receiving a report of an accident near the show's tent, a... More »

10 Pricey Cities, and the Salary You Need to Live in Them

California claims the top 3—and you'll need a 6-figure annual paycheck there

(Newser) - Buying a home has always been a big-ticket purchase, but as CNNMoney notes, a seller's market has made being able to afford one increasingly difficult. HSH.com looked at median house prices from the National Association of Realtors for the third quarter of this year, plus the average interest... More »

SF Train Station Janitor Paid $58K Actually Made $270K

Liang Zhao Zhang picked up a lot of overtime

(Newser) - Looking to make the big bucks? Try being a janitor and apparently not having a life. A San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit janitor raked in about $271,000 in pay and benefits last year—almost five times his base salary of $57,945, reports NBC Bay Area —after... More »

Some Toyota Owners Will Be Able to Rent Out Their Cars

Carmaker is partnering with Getaround startup in San Francisco

(Newser) - Starting next year, some Toyota owners will be able to rent out their cars—which could allow them to "essentially [get] a car for free," according to one CEO involved. Toyota is partnering with Getaround, a startup that assists drivers who want to rent out their cars, to... More »

World-Renowned Chef Accused of Pregnancy Discrimination

Server says job fell through at Thomas Keller's French Laundry

(Newser) - California's French Laundry may have three Michelin stars, but it also has a discrimination lawsuit on its hands. The restaurant is accused of firing a server because she was pregnant, reports the Napa Valley Register . The suit also names chef Thomas Keller; the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group; and Keller'... More »

Filmmaker Who Documented Violence Arrested in Murder Case

Kevin Epps may have had disagreement with the victim, his wife's ex

(Newser) - Kevin Epps has been making "gritty films" documenting violence in poor San Francisco neighborhoods for two decades—so his arrest Monday after the fatal shooting of a man in his home shocked his friends, who describe him as a gentle community activist, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "This... More »

10 Best Cities for Trick-or-Treaters

Oh, to be a kid in Philadelphia

(Newser) - Kids in Philadelphia who come home with pillowcases stuffed with candy on Halloween probably have no idea how lucky they are. Philly is the best city in the country for trick-or-treaters—and possibly dentists, too—according to the eighth annual Zillow Trick-or-Treat Index , per Parade . The index ranks cities based... More »

10 Best Big Cities in US

New York is No. 1, says 'Conde Nast Traveler'

(Newser) - Conde Nast Traveler has released its annual Readers' Choice Awards, and more than 100,000 votes came in for the best cities in the nation. The magazine broke candidates down into larger and smaller cities (larger meaning those with 150,000 or more people), and ascending to the No.... More »

4 Teens Shot Outside San Francisco High Schools

Cops say 4 shooters targeted teen girl

(Newser) - Four teenage students were shot in the shared parking lot of two San Francisco high schools Tuesday, and one of the students is in critical condition, authorities say. A police spokesman says the shooting occurred as students were being let out of school for the day from the June Jordan... More »

5 Most Active Cities in the US

Put on your walking shoes and hit the Freedom Trail in Boston

(Newser) - Whether it's their public parks, bike paths, or just because they're easy to amble around, more and more America cities are staking claims to promoting physically fit lifestyles. But some communities are more on the go than others, and as ABC News reports, a Gallup and Healthways list... More »

'Leaning Tower of San Francisco' Saga Continues

Millennium Tower has already sunk 16 inches—and could go as deep as 30

(Newser) - City officials are scrambling, apartment owners are organizing, and civil engineering experts are continuing to fret in the ongoing saga of San Francisco's Millennium Tower. The 58-story reinforced-concrete skyscraper has already sunk 16 inches and leaned a few inches closer to a nearby building since it was built seven... More »

You Can Live In Full House House for $14K a Month

It's up for rent

(Newser) - The San Francisco home featured in television's Full House is now available to rent for $13,950 a month, the AP reports. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the 1883 villa was put on the market in May with a $4.15 million price tag, but it didn't sell.... More »

10 Best US Cities for Runners

San Francisco comes in at No. 1

(Newser) - If you're a runner, you won't find a city better than San Francisco. Runner's World ranks it as the best in the country for runners, based on running routes, the running community, safety, food, and weather—because it's just not fun to run in a snowstorm.... More »

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