Santa Cruz ‘Pogonip Jane’ cold case murder takes ironic twist

December 5, 2013 9:42 am

Santa Cruz police reported Thursday they have finally identified a cold case murder victim named ‘Pogonip Jane’ as a missing 17-year-old girl, but the investigation has a tragic twist to it. In a news release, authorities said fingerprints obtained from the victim at the time of autopsy have been used to identify the body as […]

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The San Francisco winter blooming Cloud Forest

December 5, 2013 9:21 am

The rare Cloud Forest is at peak bloom for this year at San Francisco Botanical Garden. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the only outdoor botanical gardens in the world where the alluring beauties of the world’s misty cloud forests thrive and right now its prized Cloud Forest Garden is at its peak […]

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San Leandro fire forces evacuation of apartment complex

December 5, 2013 8:43 am

A San Leandro apartment complex was evacuated early Thursday after a two-alarm fire left one person injured and 50 residents temporarily displaced, authorities said. According to fire officials, the blaze was reported at 4:39 a.m. in the 2100 block of Bancroft Avenue near San Leandro High School. About 50 residents were evacuated from the property […]

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Wendy’s employee drops pot in burger, police say

December 5, 2013 8:29 am

A former Wendy’s employee gave the term “burger joint” a new meaning last month after allegedly dropping her marijuana in a hamburger. Police arrested 32-year-old Amy Seiber and charged her with possession of less than an ounce of pot for the Nov. 1 offense, authorities said. About 10:30 p.m. that night, Lovejoy, Ga., police Lt. […]

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Wanted San Jose felon dies in freeway police shooting

December 5, 2013 7:54 am

A man wanted on felony charges in San Jose died early Thursday when he was shot on I-5 near Stockton after he threatened police officers with a knife, authorities said. California Highway Patrol Officer Rich Wetzel said the incident began with a police pursuit on Highway 99 of a man wanted in connection with an […]

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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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