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Cold front sends temperatures tumbling to record levels

December 5, 2013 7:39 am

A cold front plunged the Bay Area in the deep freeze Thursday, sending temperature dipping down to record levels, creating hazardous black ice conditions on local roadways and forcing airport officials in San Jose to de-ice departing flights. Overnight lows dropped to a record 19 degrees in Napa in the middle of California’s Wine Country […]

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Benicia couple, dog pulled from smoky house fire

December 5, 2013 7:12 am

A Benicia couple was in critical condition suffering from smoke inhalation and burns early Thursday after they and their pet dog were pulled from an one-alarm house fire, authorities said. A newspaper delivery man saw smoke coming out of a home in the 300 block of Larkin Drive at around 2 a.m. and called the […]

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Man Accused Of Killing Wife, Son With Handheld Crossbow

December 5, 2013 5:28 am

A South Florida man used a crossbow to kill his wife and teenage son in their townhouse, tried to kill a second son who is a student at Florida State University and wound up dead in a motel bathroom, authorities said Wednesday. After a three-hour standoff with police Tuesday night, investigators said the suspect killed […]

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School allegedly tried to ban students from speaking Spanish

December 5, 2013 5:24 am

A Texas middle school has found itself in the middle of a heated controversy over student rights, educational practices, and multiculturalism.  According to KHOU-TV, the principal at Hempstead Middle School is on paid administrative leave after trying to ban students from speaking Spanish in class.  Students say on Nov. 12, Principal Amy Lacey announced over […]

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Assembly committee hears ideas on reducing prison and jail population

December 4, 2013 11:30 pm

A state Assembly committee gathered ideas from Bay Area law enforcement and community representatives at a hearing in San Francisco Wednesdayon how to help people avoid going to prison and avoid going back. The purpose of the Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment session was to obtain information that could shape legislation aimed at reducing prison […]

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Ponytailed burglar caught on surveillance

December 4, 2013 11:13 pm

Fremont Police have released surveillance video of a home burglary in-progress in hopes of catching the thief captured on the video. The home not far from Washington High School is located on the 4100 block of Eggers Drive and was burglarized on Saturday, November 30 around 12:30pm. The thief with a ponytail, wearing a gray shirt […]

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Woman unknowingly live-tweets husband´s fatal car wreck

December 4, 2013 10:58 pm

A Southwest Washington woman unknowingly live-tweeted her husband’s fatal car accident Wednesday afternoon. The collision happened about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday on southbound Interstate 205. Caran Johnson, who tweets using the handle @scancouver, is known for tweeting news in the city of Vancouver, Wash., while listening to police scanners. She re-tweeted information about the accident from […]

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Frigid temperatures move into Bay Area

December 4, 2013 10:10 pm

Walnut Creek was one of several Bay Area neighborhoods that saw an unusual drop in temperatures Wednesday night, dipping into the 20s. Devorah Ben-Zeev watched heavily bundled ice skaters at a temporary rink set up near Walnut Creek City Hall. “I can’t believe it. This event tonight of all nights because it was really nice […]

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City Council selects medical marijuana dispensary director as mayor

December 4, 2013 9:58 pm

The Sebastopol City Council Tuesday night unanimously selected as mayor the founder and executive director of two Peace in Medicine licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Sonoma County. Robert Jacob, 36, will serve as mayor for one year. He has been on the City Council for two years. Jacob was vice mayor before his selection Tuesday […]

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Oldest human DNA leads to more questions than answers

December 4, 2013 9:57 pm

The discovery of a bone representing humanity’s oldest known relative is something that should have scientists patting themselves on the back, but it’s also got them scratching their heads. Researchers discovered the ancient humanoid remains in a cave — known as the “Sima de Los Huesos” or “Pit of Bones” — in Spain. (Via Madrid Scientific Films) […]

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