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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 »

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 »

Another City Decriminalizes Magic Mushrooms

Oakland, Calif., follows Denver's lead

(Newser) - Oakland, Calif., has followed Denver's lead in decriminalizing magic mushrooms—but also peyote and ayahuasca. The move came Tuesday after a unanimous vote by the Oakland City Council, which directed law enforcement to stop investigating and prosecuting individuals for possession or use of plant-derived hallucinogens, reports USA Today . Ahead... More »

Rich People See Homeless Couple Move In Next Door

And they're a little surprised

(Newser) - A couple that spent nearly 10 years living on the streets is now residing in a wealthy neighborhood—and some residents are a little unnerved, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It all began when Terrence McGrath, a Bay Area real estate developer, read a column about Greg Dunston and Marie... More »

Beware: Someone Is 'Hunting' Cats in California

$10K reward seeks to end the abuse in Oakland

(Newser) - There's a new $10,000 reward for information on Oakland's serial shooter … of cats. Friends of Oakland Animal Services announced the reward this week after four male cats were found shot by pellet guns in a 2-mile radius of the Lower Dimond neighborhood over five weeks, reports... More »

Oakland Teachers: We Won

Striking teachers say they triumphed in negotiations

(Newser) - Striking teachers in Oakland, California, celebrated after reaching a tentative contract deal Friday with school administrators to end a seven-day walkout, the AP reports. To cheers and applause, union leaders from the Oakland Education Association announced that teachers had won much of what they demanded—higher pay, smaller classes, and... 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 »

Cops: Dog Owner Bit Jogger After Dog Attacked Her

Alma Cadwalader says her dog didn't do anything wrong and that she bit jogger in self-defense

(Newser) - A dog may have done the initial attacking, but a human was ultimately busted for biting. Alma Cadwalader, 19, was arrested after an incident Thursday in Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Oakland, Calif., with Cadwalader claiming self-defense and the alleged victim saying Cadwalader bit her forearm, USA Today reports. Per... More »

Breathing San Fran Air Like Smoking 11 Cigarettes: Researchers

Smog from wildfires has given San Francisco, Stockton, Sacramento worst pollution in the world

(Newser) - The smoke in some parts of California from the wildfires has been "overwhelming," and now the air in some cities there has earned a new descriptor: the world's worst. CNN reports on a sobering chart from the Berkeley Earth nonprofit , which pulls together stats from sites that... More »

Cops Thought It Was a Prank. Then They Saw the Head

Decaying head was found in Oakland backyard

(Newser) - Police investigators on Monday were trying to determine whether a decaying human head found in an Oakland backyard belongs to a recently discovered headless corpse, the AP reports. People visiting an Oakland apartment complex last week found the head in the grassless yard with a couple of trees and took... More »

Anne Hathaway's Words Reverberate in Wake of Murder

Nia Wilson's Sunday night death in Oakland prompts a strong outcry

(Newser) - Sisters Nia and Lahtifa Wilson were headed home from a family gathering Sunday night when the unthinkable happened : Police say 27-year-old paroled felon John Lee Cowell fatally stabbed 18-year-old Nia in a "prison-style attack" on an Oakland train station platform; her 26-year-old sister was injured. Police have framed the... More »

Jogger Accused of Tossing Homeless Man's Stuff Arrested

Arrest seems to stem from an incident in which he allegedly grabbed witness's cellphone

(Newser) - The Oakland, Calif., jogger accused of throwing a homeless man's things into a lake has been arrested, but not in connection with that Friday incident. The suspect, who was filmed messing with the belongings of a homeless man named Drew, had become known as "Jogger Joe" online, but... More »

Calif. Jogger Filmed Messing With Homeless Man's Items

Oakland rallies to provide Drew with blankets, clothing

(Newser) - "What has this town come to?" So writes JJ Harris alongside a two-minute video posted to Twitter that shows a shirtless jogger on Friday steamrolling through a homeless man's belongings in Oakland, Calif., throwing some items out and allegedly hurling others into Lake Merritt. Harris' video shows various... More »

ICE: Oakland Mayor's Warning Cost Us 800 Arrests

ICE's acting director calls Libby Schaaf's Twitter warning 'beyond the pale'

(Newser) - A federal official said Wednesday that about 800 "criminals" avoided immigration arrests because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted the public to the surprise operation, an extraordinarily high number of missed targets, the AP reports. Thomas Homan, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's acting director, told Fox News that the... More »

Musician Killed Trying to Retrieve Stolen Laptop

Dave Deporis mourned as a rare talent

(Newser) - A beloved Bay Area musician died Wednesday as he pursued somebody who snatched the laptop that had all his music on it. Dave Deporis, 40, chased the person who stole his laptop from a cafe in Oakland in the middle of the day and ended up being run over by... More »

2 Charged in Warehouse Concert Fire That Killed 36

Involuntary manslaughter charges for 'knowingly' creating a 'fire trap'

(Newser) - Two men have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the tragic warehouse fire in Oakland that claimed the lives of 36 during a concert in December. Ghost Ship property manager Derick Almena and creative director Max Harris were arrested Monday and were each charged with 36 counts of... More »

Oakland Pays $1M to Teen in Police Sex Scandal

'I feel happy that I can close this chapter and move on'

(Newser) - A former teenage sex worker who claimed to have had sexual contact with more than two dozen Bay Area police officers, including while underage, is getting a nearly $1 million payout. The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $989,000 to settle a claim with the 19-year-old, who has... More »

Scores of Teens Rush Onto Train, Rob Riders

Riders were assaulted in BART attack

(Newser) - Bay Area Rapid Transit riders were robbed and assaulted by up to 60 teens in an attack that lasted just seconds Saturday night. Police say at least seven people were robbed and two suffered injuries that needed medical attention after the juveniles swarmed a BART train at Oakland's Coliseum... More »

It's Official: the Raiders Are Moving to Las Vegas

2020 move approved by NFL owners

(Newser) - The Oakland Raiders will soon be the Las Vegas Raiders. The football team's move to Sin City was approved in a 31-1 vote of NFL owners Monday, Sports Illustrated reports. Miami was the only city to oppose the move, which will take place in 2020. "The Raiders were... More »

Happiest Cities Are Mostly in One State

8 of top 10 are in sunny California: WalletHub

(Newser) - Life in sunny California sure is sweet, according to WalletHub . Based on factors such as emotional and physical well-being and income and employment, the site has compiled a list of the happiest cities in the country—and ones in California dominate the upper ranks. The top 10, with "happiness... More »

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