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Did Reagan's budget surplus play a role in Chowchilla kidnapping case?

08/03/2015 04:40 PM PDT
As Peninsula resident James Schoenfeld is set to be paroled from prison, details emerge on why three men decided to kidnap 26 school children and their bus driver and bury them in a Livermore quarry. 
Concord: Firefighters respond to 2 house fires, 3 families displaced

Fire crews responded to two residential fires that displaced three families Monday night and early Sunday morning, officials said. 
Cilla Black: British singer, TV host dies at 72

Big-voiced British singer Cilla Black, a product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died at the age of 7s. 
'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.  

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Did Ronald Reagan's budget surplus play a role in infamous Chowchilla school bus kidnapping case?

08/03/2015 07:23 PM PDT
As Peninsula resident James Schoenfeld is set to be paroled from prison, details emerge on why three men decided to kidnap 26 school children and their bus driver and bury them in a Livermore quarry. 
Oakland: Arrested suspect in critical condition after medical emergency at Santa Rita Jail
08/03/2015 04:00 PM PDT - A man arrested without incident on Friday is in critical condition after police say he suffered a medical emergency after arriving at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. 

Apple sets stage for San Jose campus with 15,000 workers
08/03/2015 04:02 PM PDT - Apple has bought a large parcel in north San Jose along First Street, enough space for an office and research campus where the technology titan could eventually have 15,000 workers -- or more -- according to public property records. 

Company owner, project manager get 2 years for laborer's death
08/03/2015 08:05 PM PDT - A construction company owner and a project manager building a 5,800-square foot mansion in Milpitas have been sentenced to two years each in county jail for causing the 2012 cave-in death of a laborer, who was crushed by thousands of pounds of rocks and dirt after the men ignored a stop-work order and an unshored wall collapsed. 

Pinole: Pantry seeks donations following theft of food
08/03/2015 02:14 PM PDT - Thieves make off with more than $2,000 worth of groceries meant for local families from food pantry storage. 

Rodeo: Cause of refinery fire under investigation
08/03/2015 03:20 PM PDT - A 72-hour incident report on the Sunday afternoon fire at the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo, which sparked a response by Contra Costa County hazardous materials, is due Wednesday; there were no reports of injuries 

Hayward: Suspicious fires damage four apartments, displace several residents
08/03/2015 04:22 PM PDT - Three fires in a downtown Hayward apartment complex Monday morning left four units uninhabitable, displacing several residents and leading to the evacuation of more than 100 others. 

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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
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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
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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