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You've Never Seen a Chocolate Chip Like This

Tesla designer's mold puts taste and texture first

(Newser) - You might be surprised to learn there's essentially no design to the classic chocolate chip you know and love, whose shape comes from being dropped on the factory line. The goal is mass production rather than optimal taste. But now, a senior industrial designer at Tesla says he's... More »

Another Bus Driver Attacked Over Mask Rule

This time, in San Francisco

(Newser) - An Asian-American bus driver was attempting to enforce a mask requirement when he was beaten with a wooden bat, according to police in San Francisco. The driver for San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) had asked three passengers—possibly teenagers—to leave the bus when one allegedly spit on the driver... More »

Bus Driver Tells 3 Young Men to Wear Masks. Then, This

A San Francisco health order requires that everyone wear a mask on public transport

(Newser) - A San Francisco bus driver was beaten with a bat by a passenger who refused to wear a face mask, police said. Three young men without masks apparently got on a public bus Wednesday afternoon and the driver repeatedly asked them to don face coverings, the AP reports. A city... More »

After FBI Interview, Chinese Biologist Fled to SF Consulate

FBI says she lied about military connections

(Newser) - A biology researcher accused of lying to the FBI fled to the Chinese consulate in San Francisco last month and is still there, the agency says. According to court papers filed July 20, University of California, Davis researcher Tang Juan went to the consulate after a June 20 interview with... More »

SF Lawmaker: CAREN Act 'Is the CAREN We Need'

The legislation would ban racially biased 911 calls

(Newser) - A San Francisco lawmaker wants to deploy "CAREN" against people making racially motivated calls to 911. Supervisor Shamann Walton introduced the ordinance Wednesday, calling it the "CAREN Act," for Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies. The San Francisco Chronicle describes the name as an "apparent nod to... More »

Most Gentrified Cities in US

San Francisco-Oakland is new No. 1

(Newser) - Gentrification is surging in the US, and nowhere moreso than the San Francisco-Oakland area, according to data from the nonprofit National Community Reinvestment Coalition . The group's new report found that more than 31% of the area's census tracts eligible for gentrification were, in fact, gentrifying, per US News ... More »

San Franciso Changes Its Mind About Mug Shots

City has stopped releasing them to the public

(Newser) - San Francisco police will stop releasing the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city's police chief announced Wednesday, the AP reports. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said... More »

'Karen' Incident Turns Violent in Parking Garage

William 'Hank' Beasley is accused of blocking his neighbor from entering the building

(Newser) - San Francisco—again? Only days after a "Karen" incident shook the city, another one unfolded Tuesday night. Michael Barajas, a Mexican American, captured much of it on video when a car blocked him from entering his own building's parking garage, ABC 7 News reports. A white man identified... More »

Mountain Lion May Have Killed 3 Zoo Animals

Disoriented cougar roamed San Francisco for days

(Newser) - Zookeepers in San Francisco believe they have cracked the case of the massacred marsupials. A red kangaroo and two wallaroos—a kangaroo cousin smaller than a kangaroo but bigger than a wallaby—were found dead in an outdoor exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo on June 12, and the zoo... More »

Angry Protesters Tear Down US President's Statue

Francis Scott Key's also comes down

(Newser) - Protesters tore down more statues across the US, expanding the razing in a San Francisco park to the writer of America's national anthem and the general who won the country's Civil War which ended widespread slavery, the AP reports. On the East Coast, more statues honoring Confederates who... More »

Mountain Lion Picked Up Downtown

Cougar had wandered for two days in the city

(Newser) - A young mountain lion that had been spotted sleeping in a planter box along a normally busy street and looking at his reflection in the glass of an office tower in downtown San Francisco was safely captured Thursday and will be released into the wild, officials said. The disoriented cougar... More »

Husband Fired After Video of Couple Goes Viral

Robert Larkins loses finance job after confronting neighbor in Black Lives Matter dispute

(Newser) - More fallout has followed the release of a video, viewed more than 17 million times on Twitter , in which a white couple confronts a Filipino man who was writing "Black Lives Matter" in chalk on his San Francisco property. On Monday came news that cosmetics distributor Birchbox had cut... More »

New 'Karen' Stops Man on His Own Property

Lisa Alexander apologizes after video goes viral

(Newser) - The CEO of a cosmetics company issued an apology Sunday after a video was widely shared online showing her and her husband confronting a man and threatening to call police because he stenciled "Black Lives Matter" in chalk on his San Francisco property, the AP reports. The video, which... More »

Thieves Swipe 75 Vehicles in Brazen Heist

Bay Area theft one of many well-coordinated ones capitalizing on chaos of Floyd protests

(Newser) - Police in a small San Francisco Bay Area community were about to help authorities in neighboring Oakland keep the peace during a protest when a more pressing crisis hit home: Groups of thieves had pillaged malls, set fire to a Walmart, and stormed a car dealership. By the time San... More »

Fire Engulfs Building in Popular Tourist Area

Pre-dawn blaze breaks out on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

(Newser) - A fire engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf early Saturday, sending a thick plume of smoke over the waterfront and threatening to spread to a historic World War II-era ship before firefighters brought the flames under control, the AP reports. No injuries have been reported and... More »

In One State, a 3-Hour Call Changed Everything

Doctors' advice led to a strict governmental order

(Newser) - On the morning of March 15, as Italy became the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, a half dozen high-ranking California health officials held an emergency conference call to discuss efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the San Francisco Bay Area, the AP reports. The tight-knit group... More »

Tesla Bucks Shelter-in-Place Order, Says It's 'Essential'

Automaker hasn't shut down Fremont factory yet, despite Bay Area mandate

(Newser) - The San Francisco Bay Area is under the "strictest measure of its kind" in the US amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, with residents forced to shelter in place at home for three weeks. Also included in the regional mandate from officials in seven California counties was an order that... More »

Bay Area Residents Placed Under Strictest Order in US

Residents of six counties ordered to shelter in place for 3 weeks

(Newser) - Officials in six San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a sweeping shelter-in-place mandate Monday affecting nearly 7 million people, ordering residents to avoid any unnecessary travel by any method and only leave their homes for food, medicine, and exercise. The order says residents must stay inside and venture out only... More »

SF Declares State of Emergency Over Coronavirus

Move is made with preparedness in mind

(Newser) - San Francisco has yet to record a coronavirus case, but that hasn't stopped Mayor London Breed from declaring a state of emergency . It's a move taken with preparedness in mind, she says, one that will allow the city to pull together extra resources and funding, speed up planning,... More »

Here Are the 10 Hardest- Working Cities in America

The Lone Star State isn't messing around

(Newser) - There's no lazing around in Texas, apparently. WalletHub looked at 116 large cities across America to see which epitomized the term "work ethic," analyzing nearly a dozen key metrics in two categories: direct work factors, which includes how many hours folks put in during an average workweek,... More »

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