• Penguins beat Sharks 5-1 - 12/01/2015 11:41 PM PST
    (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
    State on track to hit water-conservation goal

    12/01/2015 06:32 PM PST
    Households didn't save as much water in October as they did this summer, but the state is still on pace to meet the governor's goal of using 25 percent less than it did in 2013. 
    Richmond fire crews respond to car fire at a Pick-n-Pull auto wrecking yard

    No one was injured after a car caught on fire at a salvaged car parts yard Tuesday afternoon in Richmond, a fire official said. Fire crews responded to a report of a car fire at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday at the Pick-n-Pull used car parts yard located at 1015 Market Avenue. 
    ( Scott Herhold )
    Herhold: Judge John Ball: A prankster and a serious judge

    The 82-year-old judge died on Nov. 10 in Reno. 
    '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.

    Alameda: Council closes loophole in eviction moratorium

    12/01/2015 10:22 PM PST
    The decision renders a landlord's recent notice to tenants to vacate Central Avenue's Bayview Apartments "null and void." 
    East Bay could get piece of Super Bowl 50 action
    12/01/2015 10:16 PM PST - Oakland is in the running to host the NFL's Super Bowl themed concert with the Fox Theater a possible venue. 

    Berkeley: Homeless advocates, Urban Shield protesters converge outside Old City Hall
    12/01/2015 07:53 PM PST - Two protest rallies -- one against criminalization of homelessness, the other against militarization of police -- merged in front of Longfellow Middle School prior to the start of Tuesday evening's City Council meeting. 

    Former San Ramon district schoolteacher Jeff O'Hearn charged with child molestation
    12/01/2015 08:01 PM PST - Jeff O'Hearn, 54, was charged with molesting and orally copulating the same 10-year-old student when he was an elementary schoolteacher at Walt Disney Elementary School in San Ramon during the 2007-08 school year, according to a prosecutor. He faces life in prison if convicted. 

    Knightsen: Hang gliding instructor soars with the birds, plays with the clouds
    12/01/2015 06:36 PM PST - 'Endorphin connoisseur' Zac Majors, a six-time US National Champion hang glider, has found his niche helping his customers reach new heights. 

    Actress Laverne Cox to speak at UC Berkeley
    12/01/2015 04:58 PM PST - "Orange Is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox will open UC Berkeley's Campus Climate Speaker Series with a talk about her experience as a transgender black woman. 

    Oakland Voices to host public forum Dec. 8 to discuss how housing crisis impacts artists and families
    12/01/2015 06:50 PM PST - Many in Oakland and across the Bay Area are struggling to maintain stable living situations as housing prices and rents continue to rise. Event is free and open to the public. 

    (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