'Stingray' cell tracker gets increased scrutiny

The secrecy surrounding a military-grade cellphone-tracking device that's already being used in the Bay Area -- and arriving soon in Santa Clara and Alameda counties -- has come under increased scrutiny, with local governments, courts and lawmakers around the nation joining civil rights groups in a push to learn more about the potentially invasive technology. 
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Adjusting to Oakland's higher minimum wage

Oakland workers will greatly benefit from the minimum wage hike from $9 to $12.25 an hour, academics say, but business owners have struggled to handle the sudden payroll increase, some say.  
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Audrie Pott: Do boys share blame for teen's suicide?

Perhaps more illuminating than the accusations of depraved boys and irresponsible parents surrounding Audrie Pott's sexual assault and suicide will be the first-person testimonials about the complicated world of teenagers navigating a culture of drinking and drugs, sex and cellphones, body image and bullying, and bad behavior. 
'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.