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Surfer Saves Boy Caught by Rogue Wave

Boy's uncle also saved, but man's son still missing

(Newser) - The Coast Guard is searching the waters off the coast of San Francisco for signs of a 14-year-old boy swept out to sea by a rouge wave that almost claimed his cousin, too. Marco Cornejo and his cousin were playing in the waters of Ocean Beach when a wave swept... More »

Vandals Go on Smart-Car Flipping Spree

San Francisco residents spot gang flipping eco-friendly cars

(Newser) - You didn't park a Smart car in San Francisco this weekend ... right? Well, four were flipped over between last night and this morning, apparently by a small group wearing hooded sweatshirts, NBC Bay Area reports. "They looked like they were up to no good," said an eyewitness... More »

Calif. Pol Busted on Charges of Arms Trafficking

Leland Yee arrested in ring that also includes gangsters

(Newser) - There's your everyday corruption, and then there's what California state Sen. Leland Yee has been accused of. The FBI arrested Yee yesterday on sweeping corruption and arms smuggling charges, the LA Times reports. The affidavit names 26 people in all—including prominent political consultant Keith Jackson, and a... More »

Radio Station Plays 'Hot in Herre'—for Entire Day

San Francisco station first put it on yesterday afternoon

(Newser) - If you've listened to San Francisco's KVVF 105.7 in the past 24 hours or so, you've been treated to exactly one song: Nelly's "Hot in Herre." It's been playing on loop since 3 pm yesterday, Rolling Stone reports. At first, no one... More »

Lost Dog Found Thanks to Facebook, High-Tech Search

Luckily, owner didn't have to use the gallons of urine he collected

(Newser) - Bryan Mason was determined to find Sparky the dog after he ran off one day in San Francisco—and flyers alone weren't going to do the trick. Instead, Mason set up a Google Map, pinning spots where Sparky, originally his fiancee's dog, had been sighted. He also created... More »

San Francisco Battles 5-Alarm Fire

Huge effort saves nearby buildings

(Newser) - Hundreds of nearby residents were evacuated from their homes last night as half of San Francisco's firefighters battled the city's biggest blaze in years. Some 90 fire trucks were called to the scene after a high-rise apartment building still under construction caught fire around 5pm yesterday, reports the... More »

Google Glass Wearer Claims 'Hate Crime' in Bar Incident

Critics say she had no right to be recording them

(Newser) - Google Glass has been involved in speeding tickets , alleged movie-taping , and now its first bar altercation. A woman in San Francisco says she got attacked by "wanker Google Glass haters" for wearing the glasses inside a Haight Street establishment, reports the Los Angeles Times . Tech publicist Sarah Slocum wrote... More »

Golden Gate Suicides Hit Record High

Campaigners call for safety net after 46 deaths

(Newser) - A grim new milestone at one of the world's most popular suicide spots: Some 46 people jumped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge last year, it was announced yesterday. That's the most recorded since the San Francisco landmark opened in 1937, per the Chronicle . Campaigners say... More »

In San Fran, Streets Littered With ... Poisoned Meatballs?

Police think culprit may be targeting dogs, cats

(Newser) - Walking your dog in San Francisco? Don't let it eat any meatballs you may find on the street. Police in the city say they have found dozens of meatballs suspected to be poisonous in a Twin Peaks neighborhood where a similar incident happened last year. An officer says she... More »

Genius Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Pot Clinic

Danielle Lei sold out in 45 minutes outside SF Green Cross

(Newser) - A business-savvy Girl Scout in San Francisco had to call for back-up cookies just 45 minutes after setting up shop in an inspired location: outside a medical marijuana clinic. In two hours on Monday, 13-year-old Danielle Lei sold 117 boxes of cookies to customers who may have been expecting to... More »

SF to Google: Move Your 'Mystery Barge'

SF Bay structure 'needs to move,' state says

(Newser) - Google is going to have to start searching for a new site for the " mystery barge " it has had parked in San Francisco Bay for months. Local officials following up on complaints found that neither the city nor the Treasure Island Development Authority had applied for the necessary... More »

San Francisco: Asiana Victim Didn't Buckle Her Seatbelt

City insists rescuers didn't kill Ye Meng Yuan

(Newser) - A girl thrown from a plane that crashed at San Francisco International Airport died before she was twice run over by fire trucks , according to a city-issued report that contradicts a coroner's finding that the teen survived the crash and was killed by the vehicles. Instead, the city said... More »

Billionaire: America's 1% Facing Hate on Holocaust Level

Tom Perkins fears new Kristallnacht

(Newser) - A billionaire venture capitalist has sparked a furor with a worried letter to the Wall Street Journal . In the brief piece, Tom Perkins notes "the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany (and) its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American... More »

Cops: Teacher Laced Potluck Meal With Pot

San Francisco woman charged after co-workers felt the effects

(Newser) - Beware those San Francisco potlucks: A first-grade teacher has been charged with lacing food she brought to a party with marijuana, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . She apparently wasn't subtle with her secret ingredient because several who attended reported feeling the effects, and two went to the hospital feeling... More »

1st BART Cop Ever Killed Died at Colleague's Hands

Sgt. Tom Smith was a 20-year veteran of the force: officials

(Newser) - For the first time since the Bay Area Rapid Transit police formed 42 years ago, an on-duty officer has been killed—and the death of Sgt. Tom Smith Jr., 42, apparently came at the hands of a colleague. In what's being painted as a tragic accident, the fatal shooting... More »

How a Bipolar Woman Invented the $4 Toast Trend

San Francisco cafe owner started new 'artisanal' craze

(Newser) - These days, certain San Francisco cafes are offering "artisanal toast": Lathered with yummy stuff like almond butter or apricot marmalade, it tastes good ... and costs about $4. But what screams "waste of money" actually has an inspiring story behind it, writes John Gravois at Pacific Standard . Enter Giulietta... More »

DNA Leads to Conviction in 22-Year-Old Rape-Murder

San Francisco man raped, killed woman in burglary case: jury

(Newser) - A San Francisco man who went to prison decades ago as a burglar has now been convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1991. Otis Hughes, 61, was imprisoned for burglary after the death of Karen Wong, whose apartment appeared to have been ransacked, police said. After he was... More »

Elaborate Wine Heist Unravels

Seattle police track down 2.5K bottles of stolen wine

(Newser) - Give thanks, oenophiles: An "elaborate" Thanksgiving Day wine heist has met its end, after Seattle police on Tuesday recovered most if not all of the 2,500 stolen bottles, valued at $648,000. Kindly, the thieves apparently kept the 200 cases safe in a "temperature controlled environment" at... More »

Firefighter Accused of DUI—With Fire Truck

He resigned; 5 others in San Francisco face discipline after crash

(Newser) - A firefighter in San Francisco has resigned after he crashed the fire truck he was driving into a motorcyclist—and then was found to have had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . That's not only well above the legal limit, it violates the department'... More »

Will 1.6K Twitter Millionaires Transform SF?

Tech sector blamed for surge in rents, evictions

(Newser) - A surge in the number of millionaires might not alarm a lot of other cities—but San Francisco isn't like a lot of other cities. Twitter's IPO has created 1,600 new paper millionaires in a city already bursting with the tech sector's wealthy and while the... More »

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