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Share the Spirit: Salvation Army aids in woman's recovery

11/28/2015 02:56 PM PST
The Salvation Army became a lifeline for Gloria Padilla, who leaned on the organization after struggling to pay her mortgage and put food on the table when she lost her job and her husband fell ill and was off work for a while.  
North Oakland: Woman found dead in burning SUV in apparent homicide

A body of a woman was found inside a burning SUV in North Oakland Friday night and her death is being investigated as a homicide, police said.  
Chubby's Luncheonette owner dies on bed beside diner tables

The owner of a closed New Jersey diner died in a bed alongside tables in the restaurant she ran for more than three decades. 
'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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North Oakland: Woman found dead in burning SUV in apparent homicide

11/28/2015 11:47 AM PST
A body of a woman was found inside a burning SUV in North Oakland Friday night and her death is being investigated as a homicide, police said.  
Native American remains discovered at Napa River restoration
11/28/2015 09:55 AM PST - Officials in Napa are determining next steps after workers discovered Native American remains while completing a nine-mile river restoration project.  

Suspects arrested in three Santa Cruz County homicides
11/28/2015 09:54 AM PST - Watsonville police on Wednesday announced the arrests of two men in two separate homicides this month, as well as the arrest of a fugitive in Mexico in the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old girl in 2014. 

Marin man loses appellate ruling in motorcycle erection lawsuit
11/28/2015 09:56 AM PST - A Sausalito man who lost a lawsuit over an erection has had his hopes for justice deflated once again.  

It's cold outside across the Bay Area
11/28/2015 10:37 AM PST - Temperatures dipped to the 30s overnight across most of the Bay Area, though the region's cold is beginning to thaw, according to the National Weather Service.  

Berkeley: Mandarin Garden Restaurant gutted in 2-alarm fire
11/28/2015 08:22 AM PST - Mandarin Garden Restaurant, a longtime Chinese restaurant in downtown Berkeley was gutted in the Friday morning fire, which may have rekindled after a fire a few hours earlier.  

Oakland: 1 dead, 3 hospitalized after I-580 crash
11/28/2015 08:22 AM PST - Two women passengers were ejected when a Toyota reportedly speeding on I580 near 98th Avenue in East Oakland left the roadway and became airborne and hit some trees, trapping a passenger who died. 

(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
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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
(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