• A's held to one hit in loss to Indians - 07/31/2015 11:27 PM PDT
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    (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
    Golden eagle dies three months after being released into wild

    07/31/2015 06:09 PM PDT
    A young female golden eagle rescued by San Ramon Valley firefighters in March and rehabilitated by Lindsay Wildlife Hospital died last Saturday after being struck by a wind turbine.

    Impact of wind turbines on birds poses more questions than answers  

    CRIME & COURTS
    Hayward man sentenced to prison for tax fraud

    A Hayward man was sentenced to two years in prison Friday for helping with preparing false tax returns, according to federal officials. 
    OBITUARY
    Former Giants pitcher Billy Pierce dies at 88

    Former Giants pitcher Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star who played in two World Series, including the 1962 Series with San Francisco, has died at the age of 88 
    HOMETOWN HEROES
    ( SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD )
    'Weekend project' to help local beavers turns into labor of love for Martinez woman

    Battle to save toothy rodents in Alhambra Creek has resulted in lasting legacy for child psychologist.  

    Public Employee Database

    The details of more than $12.2 billion in tax money spent on local government salaries in 2009 are now available

    University of California Employee Database

    The database covers more than 250,000 workers in the University of California system.

    Life in the wild

    Follow the seasons at the SF wildlife refuge with photo slide shows and more on our ongoing interactive map.

    Salary search

    Find out how much Contra Costa County employees make in our searchable salary database.

    Shortened Lives

    Where you live affects how long you live.

    Running on Empty

    Experts worry that the Bay Area transit system has entered a death spiral.

    Tips for the college-bound

    It's never too early to start preparing for college, especially during these economic times. With the right steps, students and their families can stay on the path to a higher education.

     
    BAY AREA NEWS
    Political Blotter: Tauscher ramps up independent redistricting effort

    07/31/2015 11:09 PM PDT
    Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher names a Republican co-chair for her effort to urge more states to adopt citizen redistricting commissions; also, Rep. Jackie Speier wants to lift the ban on sending booze through the U.S. Postal Service. 
    'Death Cafes' provide forum for that least comfortable of topics
    07/31/2015 06:03 PM PDT - These sessions are designed to be informational and not therapeutic; as safe opportunities to process grief and loss 

    Caltrain hits person walking on tracks in San Francisco
    07/31/2015 06:37 PM PDT - A person was fatally hit by a train after they were walking illegally along Caltrain tracks Friday afternoon in San Francisco, officials said. 

    Training exercise brings hundreds of reserve soldiers to Alameda
    07/31/2015 06:14 PM PDT - U.S. Army reservists are practicing loading and unloading equipment from ships at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, Camp Parks in Dublin and the Military Ocean Terminal in Concord. The exercise makes sure that the reservists are trained and ready to go if and when a major disaster strikes and a relief camp is needed.  

    Bodega Bay: Person shot near grocery store
    07/31/2015 12:56 PM PDT - The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has responded to a shooting near the Diekmann's Bay store in Bodega Bay.  

    Gas prices could fall to under $2.50 a gallon in California
    07/31/2015 09:21 PM PDT - And they may slip to under $2 nationwide by Christmas. 

    Marin Girl Scout camp employee arrested in Irvine rape case
    07/31/2015 12:47 PM PDT - A cook at a Girl Scout camp in Fairfax was arrested on allegations he raped and sodomized a woman at gunpoint in Orange County.  

    (Adam Berry)
    Are car keys a thing of the past?

    The furor over General Motors' deadly ignition switch has the potential to doom the car key, a technology drivers have been using for 65 years. Full Story
    (Chris Pizzello)
    Famous bidders lining up to buy Clippers

    Billionaires, entertainers and athletes alike announced their intentions to pursue the Los Angeles Clippers with varying degrees of seriousness Wednesday, proving the longtime losers will be quite a prize if the NBA is able to wrest control of the team away from Donald Sterling after his lifetime ban for racist remarks. Full Story
    (Chris Pizzello)
    Louis CK is back and grumpier than ever

    Louie, who (like Louis) is a New York comic and a divorced father of two daughters, knows struggle and angst and cloudy wonderment. He views life through eyes with a stricken look, dwelling in a state of comfortable dread. Full Story