• Giants pounded; losing streak at 8 - 04/17/2015 11:41 PM PDT
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    Martinez: Tesoro refinery contract's OK leads to lawsuit against state panel

    04/17/2015 06:20 PM PDT
    In a Friday filing, environmental groups say the approval was based on inadequate impact reports that didn't mention facility shipments of Bakken or tar sands crude oil.

    Transportation officials issue oil train safety measures  

    East Bay residents indicted on drug trafficking charges

    Three Bay Area residents were indicted Thursday on 11 counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and related traffic charges, federal officials said. 
    Paul Almond, creator of "Seven Up!" documentary, dies at 83

    aul Almond, a Canadian-born filmmaker whose landmark 1964 documentary "Seven Up!" inspired an extended look at British children's unfolding lives, has died. Almond was 83.  
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    'Silicon Valley': Moraga native Jonathan Dotan tasked with making the show feel realistic

    In last week's Season 2 opener of "Silicon Valley" (10 p.m. Sunday, HBO) the show's motley crew of geeks were seen being wooed by fat-cat investors during a lavish bash held at AT&T Park. So how realistic was the sequence? Would a tech company really take over an entire ballpark for some private fun and frivolity? Well, yes 

    Public Employee Database

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

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

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

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    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.

    Political Blotter: A good week for Rep. Eric Swalwell

    04/17/2015 10:59 PM PDT
    The East Bay congressman made a strong fundraising showing and was tapped to lead a new panel of young House Democrats that will study issues and opportunities for millennials. 
    Transportation officials issue oil train safety measures
    04/17/2015 08:30 PM PDT - Railway cars are required to slow in urban areas 

    Bay Bridge's post-construction woes topic of meeting between top Caltrans executives and Bay Area transportation chiefs.
    04/17/2015 07:26 PM PDT - Broken bolts, water, demolition and rising testing costs dominate the list of issues plaguing the new Bay Bridge. 

    Citywise: Fremont sells historic Mission San Jose property
    04/17/2015 04:28 PM PDT - Elsewhere: Workforce agreement for $60 million Hayward library project 

    Former Cal doctor gets probation for sexual misconduct with patients
    04/17/2015 02:56 PM PDT - A former UC Berkeley campus doctor was sentenced Friday to five years probation for sexual contact with male students during health center visits. 

    Berkeley man, 37, convicted of attempted rape
    04/17/2015 01:10 PM PDT - OAKLAND -- A 37-year-old man was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison for the attempted rape of an unconscious woman in Berkeley last year.An Alameda County jury in February convicted John Kannon, of Berkeley, of attempted rape of an unconscious woman and assault with intent to commit 

    Q&A: Longtime union activist Rodney Smith helps organize Facebook shuttle drivers
    04/17/2015 01:52 PM PDT - We talk with Rodney Smith, a Bay Area Teamsters organizer, about growing up in Oakland, working union jobs, and then helping others organize for better wages and working conditions. 

    (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