University of California pledges $1B in Bill Gates' clean energy coalition

The University of California announced Sunday it has pledged $1 billion over the next five years toward research and development of clean energy technology to fight climate change as part of a coalition led by Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.  
Ballot measure backers say they've got the money, message and votes to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 per pack next November.  
Superior Court Judge and former public defender Helen E. Williams found last week that although there may be reasonable doubt that Verden was responsible for the massive fire, she could not conclude that there was absolutely no doubt whatsoever.  
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Peering through binoculars, a flock of volunteer raptor watchers perched high in the Marin Headlands reacts excitedly to a pair of peregrine falcons swooping through the Golden Gate. "This is a show you guys!" exclaims Allen Fish, director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. "This is as close as they get. This is just unreal."  
Authorities say a suspected burglar has died after getting stuck in a chimney in Central California.