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Thief Strolls Out of Gallery With $20K Dali Etching

Employee at San Francisco's Dennis Rae Fine Art says it happened in a flash

(Newser) - No dead of night needed for this art heist: A thief sauntered into a San Francisco gallery in the middle of the afternoon, lifted a famous Salvador Dali piece worth $20,000, and walked right back out, all in just over 30 seconds, per KGO . The framed mid-'60s etching... More »

4.5 Earthquake Shakes San Francisco Bay Area

Scientists don't expect major damage

(Newser) - A magnitude 4.5 earthquake was widely felt across the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday night. The Los Angeles Times reports moderate shaking was felt at 10:33pm with the epicenter in the Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek areas. The US Geological Survey says weak shaking was felt in... More »

This Is America's 'Greenest' City

San Francisco tops WalletHub's California-dominant list

(Newser) - The Golden State might be more appropriately called green, according to WalletHub . The site looked at 28 "green" indicators—including water and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, annual excess fuel consumption, and the share of electricity from renewable sources—in America's 100 largest cities to find those that... More »

Wealthy Dad Charged After 11-Year-Old Son Dies in Boat Accident

Javier Burillo, member of one of Mexico's richest families, hit with manslaughter charges

(Newser) - A family outing on San Francisco Bay ended in tragedy Sunday, leaving an 11-year-old boy dead and his dad, a luxury property developer and member of one of the most affluent families in Mexico, charged in his death. "We're all heartsick about it. The community is shocked,"... More »

NRA Sues San Francisco Over 'Terrorist' Designation

'We will never stop fighting,' says Wayne LaPierre

(Newser) - The NRA is upping its fight against San Francisco's Board of Supervisors after the group labeled it a "domestic terrorist organization." A resolution passed Sept. 3 by the board—accusing the NRA of promoting "extremist positions" and inciting "acts of violence"—is intended "... More »

NRA Incensed Over Move by San Francisco

City's board of supervisors labels group a 'domestic terrorist organization'

(Newser) - The NRA has plenty of critics, but San Francisco's board of supervisors just one-upped them all. The board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution labeling the gun rights group a "domestic terrorist organization," reports the BBC . The measure cites the recent mass shootings in the US—including... More »

Immigrant Who Killed Woman on SF Pier Wins Again

An appeals court reverses decision against Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate

(Newser) - A California state appeals court on Friday threw out the sole conviction against an immigrant who fatally shot a young woman on the San Francisco waterfront in 2015 in a case that sparked a national immigration debate, the AP reports. Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate was acquitted of murder in the killing... More »

Say Goodbye to the World's Oldest Webcam

The FogCam in San Francisco will soon be no more

(Newser) - Dewy-eyed tech lovers, we're sorry: The FogCam is coming down. After 25 years, the world's oldest-known webcam will be removed from its perch at San Francisco State University campus, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Jeff Schwartz and Dan Wong set it up in 1994 while studying computer science... More »

School Board Won't Destroy Controversial Washington Mural

SF high school will cover it up instead

(Newser) - A controversial George Washington mural at San Francisco's George Washington High School is going to survive—behind panels. In a 4-3 vote Tuesday, San Francisco's school board reversed an earlier decision and decided to cover the mural with panels instead of simply painting over it, NBC reports. The... More »

America's 10 Most, Least Educated Cities

Look for the learned in Ann Arbor, Mich.

(Newser) - "Smart" doesn't necessarily equate with "educated," but having an education can certainly help maximize one's natural intelligence—and there are certain US cities where the most scholarly are gathered. WalletHub looked at the 150 most populated metropolitan areas in the US, specifically across two key... More »

This Is the Best Big City in the US

Virginia Beach is No. 1 in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - All big cities have problems. Some are just able to "tackle their problems and emphasize their strengths more efficiently than others," according to WalletHub , which rounds up the best US cities to call home with populations over 300,000. Three of the top 10 cities—based on affordability,... More »

San Fran Residents Mount Last-Ditch Fight Against Shelter

Lawsuit argues homeless facility will hurt the environment

(Newser) - San Francisco residents who object to a homeless shelter going up in their upscale neighborhood aren't done fighting yet. A new lawsuit says the project will hurt the environment, reports the Guardian . The project will lead to "additional homeless persons, open drug and alcohol use, crime, daily emergency... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities to Celebrate July 4

The Big Apple promises the best time, while San Bernardino falls last

(Newser) - Tomorrow is Independence Day, meaning you still have time to get to where the best celebrations are going to be. WalletHub tries to suss those out for you, looking at the 100 most populous cities in the nation across five major categories: affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, the... More »

The Best- and Worst-Run Cities in America

Nampa, Idaho, is No. 1, and Washington, DC, is last in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - The best-run city in the US isn't exactly a household name. Nampa, Idaho, gets the honor in a new ranking from WalletHub . The site ranked 150 of the nation's largest cities (including Washington, DC) on a range of factors, including financial stability, education, health, safety, infrastructure, and pollution.... More »

Parades in NYC, Other Big Cities All Commemorate This 1969 Event

It's the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which sparked modern gay-rights movement

(Newser) - As Pride Month comes to a close, New York threw a massive LGBTQ Pride March, as other cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle, also hosted parades commemorating the 50th anniversary of the clash between police and gay bar patrons that sparked the modern gay-rights movement. New York's Pride... More »

Google Workers to SF Pride: Boot Google From Parade

Over company's handling of hate speech online

(Newser) - About a hundred Google employees are asking San Francisco to boot the tech giant from the city's annual Pride parade over the company's handling of hate speech online. "We have spent countless hours advocating for our company to improve policies and practices regarding the treatment of LGBTQ+... More »

This Is the First Major US City to Ban E-Cigarette Sales

San Francisco passes ban on sales

(Newser) - San Francisco became the first major US city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes after supervisors gave the measure its second and final vote Tuesday, the AP reports. Backers say they hope the legislation will curb underage use of e-cigarettes, but critics say the ban will make it harder... More »

Cost to Cover Up George Washington at School Could Approach $1M

1936 mural at Calif. high school is causing 'a lot of emotional stress' for some

(Newser) - It doesn't seem unreasonable at first glance that a school named after George Washington would have a depiction of him somewhere on its premises. But a mural featuring the country's first president that appears in the lobby of San Francisco's George Washington High School has kick-started what... More »

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 »

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