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Activists sue San Francisco over Google bus pilot program

By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Activists have sued the city and county of San Francisco over a pilot program giving shuttles run by Google and other private companies access to municipal bus stops, claiming it favors higher-paid technology workers over low-income residents. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco…

Bird flu detected at California quail farm near San Francisco

(Reuters) – Low-pathogenic avian influenza, a disease known as bird flu, has been detected on a California quail farm earlier this month, and Russia has announced a ban on California poultry imports due to the ailment’s outbreak in the state. Birds have been euthanized and the farm in Stanislaus County,…

California gun control advocate Leland Yee pleads not guilty to gun trafficking

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A prominent Democratic California state senator and gun-control advocate pleaded not guilty in a federal courtroom in San Francisco on Tuesday to charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in firearms. Leland Yee, 65, who was arrested last month and has since been…

‘Smart tipping’: Hooded vandals flip German mini-cars around in San Francisco

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Vandals flipped over a handful of miniature Smart cars parked in two typically quiet San Francisco neighborhoods on Monday, authorities said. San Francisco police officers responding to reports of a loud crash at about 1 a.m. found four of the tiny energy-efficient vehicles…

Ross Douthat looks at gay marriage and wonders what’s love got to do with it

That it’s only the thrill Of boy meeting girl Opposites attract - What’s Love Got To Do With It (Britten,Lyle) Ross Douthat is sad. And disheartened. And much like Lili von Schtupp: everything below the waist is probably ‘kaput’, based upon the historical record. Ross concedes that the gays have…

Video: Firefighters rescued girl from SFO crash before accidentally killing her on runway

Video footage from the helmet of a rescuer on a plane crash in San Francisco last year appears to show emergency teams failing to assist a teenaged survivor, moments before she was accidentally run over by a fire truck. Three passengers died when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 clipped a seawall…

San Francisco transforms into Gotham City to allow 5-year-old leukemia patient to play ‘Batkid’ for a day

A 5-year-old boy with cancer became a superhero for a day Friday, as San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City and thousands turned out to see the Batkid fly to the rescue. Miles Scott, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old, was cheered across town in…

Yosemite wildfire nears San Francisco water supply at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

A wildfire raging on the northern tip of California’s Yosemite National Park is spreading and just miles away from the reservoir that provides San Francisco with drinking water. A map posted on InciWeb, the Incident Information System monitoring website, shows the blaze nearing the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the main source…

Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in San Francisco

Yosemite fire prompts state of emergency in San Francisco (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Rim Fire burns near Groveland Ranger Station in California. The 200-square-mile wildfire that’s edged into Yosemite National Park prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for San Francisco, which relies on water…

Judge blocks BART subway workers’ proposed strike in San Francisco through October

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A judge on Sunday blocked a threatened San Francisco-area rail worker strike that could have disabled a critical part of the region’s transportation system serving 400,000 daily passengers. The ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow to bar Bay Area Rapid Transit District workers…

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