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The beacon, which alerts sailors to the midpoint between bridge towers, has failed to work properly since Dec. 17.  
Hospitals that refuse to treat severely intoxicated patients and instead have them arrested would face steep fines of up to $300,000 per incident under a controversial bill unveiled Friday.  
A man accused of breaking several business and car windows with a baseball bat during a protest against police brutality in November has been charged with seven felony vandalism counts, authorities said Friday.  


Political Blotter: Barbara Lee troubled by U.S. troops' new Afghanistan role
Congresswoman Barbara Lee isn't happy that President Obama authorized a somewhat broader role for American troops remaining in Afghanistan; also, one of former GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari's only bragging rights is slipping away.