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East Bay man on probation for trying to kill his wife legally changes name

08/28/2015 07:31 PM PDT
On Halloween night 2004, after failing to find a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Virginia prosecutors said Kurt William Kroboth wore a vampire mask, severed phone and electric wires, sneaked into the sleeping woman's house with a bottle of chloroform and attempted to knock her out to stage a bathtub suicide, prosecutors said. Kroboth now lives in Hercules and in May changed his name in Contra Costa Superior Court. 
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Oakland: Police activity closes all lanes on northbound I-880

All lanes were blocked about 11:30 p.m. Friday on northbound Interstate 880, just south of Fifth Avenue in Oakland due to police activity, according to the California Highway Patrol. 
OBITUARY
Al Arbour, who coached New York Islanders to 4 Cup titles, dies at 82

Al Arbour, the bespectacled gentleman of a coach who molded a young and talented New York Islanders franchise into an NHL dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s, has died. He was 82. 
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'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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BAY AREA NEWS
Drummond: A life of promise goes off the rails

08/29/2015 12:32 PM PDT
Oakland native Vester Lee Flanagan II's descent from up and coming television reporter to killer 
Burlingame: Highway 101 still closed due to downed power lines
08/29/2015 09:08 AM PDT - Both sides of Highway 101 in Burlingame still are closed Saturday morning after a collision knocked downed high voltage power lines Friday night. 

Walnut Creek building dispute hits a wall
08/28/2015 11:09 PM PDT - Walnut Creek is accused of negligence for approving a row of new two-story houses, but a judge rules for the city. 

Political Blotter: Bay Area doctor named White House Fellow
08/28/2015 06:51 PM PDT - A Bay Area physician has been selected as a White House Fellow for 2015-16; also, as former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina calls for defunding Planned Parenthood, the charitable foundations of the two families who founded the company she's famous for leading remain among that group's largest donors. 

East Bay man on probation for trying to kill his wife legally changes name
08/28/2015 07:31 PM PDT - On Halloween night 2004, after failing to find a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Virginia prosecutors said Kurt William Kroboth wore a vampire mask, severed phone and electric wires, sneaked into the sleeping woman's house with a bottle of chloroform and attempted to knock her out to stage a bathtub suicide, prosecutors said. Kroboth now lives in Hercules and in May changed his name in Contra Costa Superior Court. 

Tri-Valley sex trafficker had sordid past
08/28/2015 04:57 PM PDT - DANVILLE: The indictment charges James Joseph Jr., the alleged ringleader, with crimes ranging from kidnapping to rape that go back to 2001 and occurred in three counties in Northern California. 

Citywise: Folks fly Oakland, airport traffic up, Hayward Unified taxpayers get a break
08/28/2015 03:48 PM PDT - More people flying into OaklandOAKLAND -- The number of passengers flying into Oakland International Airport increased by nearly 9 percent from July of 2014 to the end of June, according to the latest numbers. 

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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