170 people arrested in three nights of Oakland demonstrations over Ferguson killing

While the majority of demonstrators have been peaceful, many Oakland businesses have been vandalized since Ferguson, Missouri, authorities announced Monday that police Officer Darren Wilson would not be prosecuted for fatally shooting Michael Brown, who was unarmed.  
The California Highway Patrol raided a large sideshow gathering at the Port of Oakland at which officers detained more than 150 motorists.  
 
The first collision was reported at 2:26 a.m. Thursday on northbound Interstate Highway 880 at West A Street, and within a minute a second collision was reported, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. Four vehicles were involved.  
 
Prosecutors filed a murder charge against Marcus Serhan on Wednesday for the shooting death of Angelo Esqueda in Rodeo, along with a slew of charges stemming from the wild police chase Serhan led police on during his arrest earlier this week.  
 
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A man authorities said fatally shot during a possible robbery Tuesday afternoon on a hiking trail at Huckleberry Regional Preserve was identified Wednesday as a 60-year-old retired teacher. He was identified as David Robert Ruenzel, an Oakland resident who also wrote about education issues.  
 
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Bay Area mother of Down syndrome toddler petitioning Disney to include the disabled

Antioch's Keston Ott-Dahl has gathered more than 58,000 signatures in her quest to have the movie studio feature more characters with physical challenges as a lesson to her daughter and the world 
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High for the holidays: Pot sellers woo shoppers

From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar.  
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Pinball is cool again

A museum in Seattle is one of a handful across the country celebrating a pastime that seems to be in the midst of a revival: pinball. Full Story
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Thanksgiving hotlines: Dial up turkey cooking help

The Thanksgiving feast help lines are gearing up to help anxious cooks tame the (turkey) beast. Meanwhile, Ghirardelli Square is prepping for El Mercado and 'O, Molé Night,' a weekend-long extravaganza by La Cocina.