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San Francisco Will Start Forcing Some Addicts Into Treatment

Controversial proposal passes 10-1

(Newser) - San Francisco officials have decided to force people with serious mental illness and drug addiction into treatment without their consent, the AP reports. Several members of the Board of Supervisors voiced deep concerns Tuesday about the possibility of taking away a person's civil liberties, but the proposal passed 10-1.... More »

Here's Who Paid $4.5M for a Lunch With Warren Buffett

That's a record as the 'Oracle of Omaha' continues to raise money for GLIDE

(Newser) - This is the 20th year Warren Buffett has auctioned off a "power lunch" with himself, and the winning bid set a record at more than $4.5 million. The billionaire investor started doing the auctions at a live charity event for GLIDE , a foundation that helps the homeless in... More »

America's 10 Best Cities for 'Staycations'

Honolulu is No. 1

(Newser) - Looking to start your vacation as soon as you clock your last hour at work? WalletHub looks at the best cities for "staycations," looking at more than three dozen metrics in the "Recreation," "Food and Entertainment," and "Rest and Relaxation" categories. Virginia Beach,... More »

This Is the First US City to Ban Police Use of Facial Recognition

San Francisco institutes ban

(Newser) - San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments, becoming the first US city to outlaw a rapidly developing technology that has alarmed privacy and civil liberties advocates, the AP reports. The ban is part of broader legislation that requires... More »

You Won't Want to Put Cream, Sugar in This Cup of Coffee

It would dilute the flavor of this $75-per-cup joe, offered by just one US company

(Newser) - One hundred pounds of a hard-to-find Panamanian coffee was recently auctioned off to buyers worldwide, and just one company in the US got its hands on 10 pounds of it. Now, per KGO , Klatch Coffee, with one shop in San Francisco and several more scattered throughout Southern California, will be... More »

This City Could Be First in US to Ban Police Use of Facial Recognition

San Francisco supervisors will vote on bill Tuesday

(Newser) - San Francisco is on track to become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that's creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums, and home security cameras, the AP reports. Government agencies... More »

This US City Has the Most Billionaires Per Capita

At 1 per 11,600 residents

(Newser) - You can barely swing a cat in San Francisco without hitting a few billionaires, according to a new study. The Wealth-X "Billionaire Census" found that the Silicon Valley city has far more billionaires per capita than any other city in the world: One per 11,600 residents. The nearest... More »

Expect Fewer Ubers on the Road Today

Drivers striking ahead of company's IPO debut

(Newser) - Uber drivers from Australia to the UK, including in at least 10 US cities, are logging off the app Wednesday to protest the company's Friday IPO offering. With Uber's expected $90 billion valuation, drivers say investors stand to get rich, while they struggle with low pay, limited benefits,... More »

Wealthy SF Residents Lose Fight Over Homeless Shelter

But they say they'll keep fighting

(Newser) - San Francisco's Port Commission has unanimously approved a homeless shelter in the Embarcadero neighborhood, despite fierce objections from some of the wealthy area's residents. The city says approval for the waterfront "Navigation Center" was granted for two years, with an option to extend for another two years... More »

San Francisco's Poop Problem Is Getting Worse

City has 7.5K homeless, 25 public toilets

(Newser) - If you're going to San Francisco ... be sure to mind your step. Poop on the streets—human as well as animal—is an ever-growing problem in the City by the Bay, with reported incidents of human feces in the streets exploding from 5,500 in 2011 to more than... More »

Mark Zuckerberg Tosses Out Some Decent Trash

'Times' feature follows around a garbage picker, who finds a working vacuum cleaner, hair dryer

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg insists he's pushing Facebook on a path toward greater privacy for users. And Business Insider notes that if Zuckerberg read the New York Times on Sunday, he got a real taste of what it feels like to have your privacy violated. There, in a feature on a... More »

San Fran Fight Over Homeless Shelter Gets Nastier

Mayor shouted down by residents angry about plans to build it in their neighborhood

(Newser) - San Francisco's mayor made a surprise appearance at a community meeting about a proposed homeless shelter , and the move seems to have only raised already hot tempers over the controversial project. Residents of the upscale Embarcadero neighborhood shouted down Mayor London Breed Wednesday, telling her to "go home,... More »

There's a Wild Battle Happening on GoFundMe Right Now

Rival campaigns raising funds in support and opposition of a proposed SF homeless shelter

(Newser) - It's not every day that the GoFundMe team donates to a GoFundMe campaign—and that's just one unusual element of a battle playing out on the platform. It started with a campaign called "Safe Embarcadero for All" —one that is seeking to raise $100,000 to... More »

Here Are the 10 Happiest US Cities

Looking for contentment? These might be your best bet

(Newser) - Marie Kondo is sparking joy around the nation, but you may be able to do that on your own (without a major closet reorg) if you simply pick the right place to live. WalletHub looked at 180-plus US cities across more than 30 "happiness" metrics in three main categories:... More »

SF Giants CEO Drags Wife as She Screams, 'Oh My God!'

Seems Larry Baer really wanted his phone back

(Newser) - The San Francisco Giants' CEO was caught on video wrenching a cellphone from his wife's hand and causing her to fall as she screamed for help, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Larry Baer and his wife Pam were at San Francisco Plaza Friday morning when a bystander shot the... More »

Here Are the US Cities With the Best Work Ethic

The Lone Star state has some hardworking folks

(Newser) - Do you work to live or live to work? It might depend on where you live. WalletHub decided to take a look at nearly 120 of America's biggest cities to see how their work ethic holds up, looking at both "direct" work factors—including the employment rate, average... More »

They Went Out to Report on a Story. Then a Car Pulled Up

San Francisco news crew robbed, security guard shot

(Newser) - A scary scene unfolded for a KPIX 5 news crew on Sunday, ending in a robbery and the shooting of their security guard. Per CBS News and CBS San Francisco , reporter Joe Vazquez and cameraman John Anglin were in Oakland to cover the teachers strike there, and as they geared... More »

Hamilton Audience Bolts for Doors Amid Chaos

An audience member's heart attack set things in motion

(Newser) - A Hamilton audience in San Francisco ran for the doors Friday night and injured three people after a woman attending the show had a heart attack, People reports. Seems someone pulled a defibrillator from a wall at the Orpheum Theatre, which triggered a fire alarm and caused what the San... More »

Sketch Shows How 'Doodler' Serial Killer Might Look Now

He terrorized SF's gay community 40 years ago

(Newser) - More than 40 years after a serial killer dubbed the "Doodler" terrorized San Francisco's gay community, police released a sketch Wednesday of what the man might look like today and announced a $100,000 reward for details leading to his capture. Police believe the killer stabbed at least... More »

Californians Evacuated as Big Storm Brings Rain, Wind, Snow

Flooding threatened in San Francisco Bay Area

(Newser) - A powerful storm descending on California Saturday threatened flooding in the entire San Francisco Bay Area and areas stripped bare by devastating wildfires. The storm that began moving in Friday night was expected to bring up to 4 inches of rain in some areas, winds gusting to 80mph in the... More »

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