Kate McKinnon, not Pete Davidson, is the bigger loss for SNL, fans say

Although Pete Davidson was featured in many headlines over the weekend about a major cast shakeup at “Saturday Night Live,” many believe it’s the loss of Kate McKinnon that deserves the most attention. Davidson, 28, has become major click-bait after he started dating Kim Kardashian, put up with being publicly threatened by her ex-husband, Kanye West, and escorted the reality TV star wearing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “Happy Birthday” dress to the Met Gala. McKinnon hasn’t done anything as splashy outside of her work of “SNL,” but she’s been “the heart” of the popular, late-night sketchy comedy sh...

Apple spent millions, but it couldn’t pull these San Jose residents out of homelessness

SAN JOSE, California — When Apple wanted to clear a large homeless encampment from its property last year, the tech giant didn’t just sweep everyone off the site — it spent millions of dollars to give dozens of people a nine-month motel stay and help them find housing. Now, that nine-month motel reprieve is set to expire Monday, and while the wealthy tech company’s efforts have helped permanently house eight people, more than three times that many were still awaiting placements days before the deadline. The situation, which has left multiple residents anxious about where they will go when the ...

California is beginning to bury its power lines to prevent wildfire

WALNUT CREEK, California – Etched in dirt, a narrow furrow is the only clue that the grasslands of Lime Ridge Open Space will soon be restored to their original splendor, cleared of dangerous power lines that could ignite nearby subdivisions. The undergrounding project, costing $3.75 million a mile, represents the beginning of a 10,000-mile-long effort by Pacific Gas and Electric to bury the state’s distribution lines to cope with the growing risk of winds and wildfires linked to global warming. “It is a one-time investment to eliminate essentially all ignition risk related to power lines, wit...

‘I thought it would go away’ — School districts are paying millions to former students who say leaders were negligent in protecting them from abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. — After years of yearning to hold her former high school accountable for failing to protect her from sexual abuse by her coach, Allison Brown, a former star basketball player at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, got her chance when a new state law opened a three-year window that allows students to sue their schools for failing to protect them from abuse they suffered years ago. Brown sued Valley Christian Schools, the group of private religious campuses that includes her old high school, for negligence and harassment last year, and has since settled the case. Valley Ch...

Lawsuit: Tesla autopilot feature accelerated on its own, causing crash

A 2017 Tesla Model S sedan on autopilot mode suddenly began to accelerate on its own as it headed toward a highway offramp, ran off the road and crashed into a tree, according to a lawsuit filed by the driver. Tesla’s autopilot mode, which the electric carmaker claims allows its vehicles to steer, accelerate and brake automatically in their lanes, is “at best a work in progress,” the lawsuit says. Christopher Hinze, of Washington D.C., is seeking an unspecified amount of damages from Tesla for liability, negligence and breach of warranty. His federal suit says Hinze suffered “catastrophic” inj...

Grandfather, uncle of 3-year-old slain during exorcism to remain in jail

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The grandfather and uncle allegedly involved in the exorcism death of 3-year-old Arely Naomi Proctor in September will remain in jail for at least another month, following a court appearance Thursday in which attorneys signaled they would consolidate the case with that of Arely’s mother, Claudia Hernandez. All three defendants have been charged with child abuse leading to the death of the girl. Attorneys for Rene Trigueros Hernandez, 59 — also known as Rene Huezo — and Rene Hernandez Santos declined to submit a bail motion Thursday. They are all scheduled to return to court ...

Major federal investigation underway targeting California Hells Angels -- series of December raids lead to recent arrest warrants

VALLEJO, Calif. — The FBI is investigating potential “criminal enterprise activities” of the Vallejo chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, including an hours-long beating at the infamous outlaw biker gang’s clubhouse and the possession of guns, silencers, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammo seized in a series of December raids, court records show. In a criminal complaint filed in the Eastern District of California, federal authorities revealed they’ve sought arrest warrants for three Hells Angels members and one “enforcer,” as part of an ongoing investigation into the Vallejo charter of ...

Google opens futuristic Mountain View campus where 4,000 will work

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Google this week opened its Bay View canopy campus at NASA Ames in Mountain View, saying 4,000 people will work at the futuristic green complex powered by solar panels that resemble dragon scales. The three-building development, along with Google’s Charleston East project in Mountain View that’s set to open in 2023, represents a change for the tech titan. “This marks the first time we developed one of our own major campuses,” said David Radcliffe, vice president of real estate and workplace services. “The process gave us the chance to rethink the very idea of an off...

San Jose suspects tried kidnapping baby 3 times before they succeeded, prosecutors say

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Two people, including a family friend, accused of kidnapping a 3-month-old San Jose boy last month attempted to take the child at least three times, including one instance in which one suspect posed as a Child Protective Services worker, until they eventually succeeded in late April, according to prosecutors. At a Thursday bail hearing, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office charged Yesenia Ramirez, 43, and Jose Portillo, 28 with three additional charges of attempted kidnapping. They also face charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, kidnapping a child under the ...

Tesla claims it hired liar who stole trade secrets, tried to cover tracks with ‘dummy’ laptop

Tesla has sued a former employee for allegedly stealing confidential information and trying to cover his tracks when confronted. The company led by CEO Elon Musk hired Alexander Yatskov as a thermal engineer in January to work on cooling technology for the electric car maker’s artificial intelligence supercomputer, but it soon became apparent he was not up to the job, according to a lawsuit Tesla filed against him. “His work communications became erratic,” Tesla alleged in the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California. “He was repeatedly unable to complete tasks he was h...

Leaders at San Jose church confirm they conducted ritual to rid 3-year-old of ‘evil spirits,’ leading to her death

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Faith leaders at a tiny church in San Jose where a three-year-old girl perished last fall have confirmed that they performed a ceremony on the child to “liberate her of her evil spirits” but say what happened was “the will of God,” not the consequence of an exorcism. “If you read the Bible, you’ll see that Jesus casts away demons and made sick people healthy again,” said Rene Huezo, pastor of Iglesia Apostoles y Profetas and grandfather of the victim. “It’s not when I want to do it, it’s when God, in his will, wants to heal the person. The preacher is like an instrument of G...

Noose found at Stanford University being investigated as a hate crime

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A noose was found hanging from a tree Sunday on the Stanford University campus, prompting a hate crime investigation, according to the university. About 7:45 p.m., Stanford’s student affairs got a report of a noose hanging from a tree outside Branner Hall, an undergraduate residence, according to an email Stanford officials sent to staff and students Sunday night. The Stanford University Department of Public Safety responded to the incident, removed the noose and kept it as evidence. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, officials said. Anyone with information ...

Google: You can now ask to have your address, phone number removed from search results

Google has just started accepting applications to have personal information such as phone numbers and physical and email addresses removed from search results. The Mountain View digital-advertising and internet-search giant said in a recent blog post that it has broadened the scope of data people can ask to have taken down, because “with information popping up in unexpected places and being used in new ways … our policies and protections need to evolve.” Previously, to consider removal of phone numbers and addresses, Google would require a person to show that such information was revealed alon...

Apple claims ‘stealth mode’ startup poached engineers who took chip secrets

Apple has filed a lawsuit against a Mountain View, California startup called Rivos it claims poached employees who took chip-design secrets on their way out of the Cupertino iPhone giant. “Rivos continues to target Apple engineers, with more departures occurring this month,” the lawsuit filed Friday alleged. The startup, currently describing itself on its website as in “stealth mode,” has hired more than 40 former Apple employees in the last year, the suit alleged. “Starting in June 2021, Rivos began a coordinated campaign to target Apple employees with access to Apple proprietary and trade se...

Norman Y. Mineta, former San Jose mayor and US transportation secretary, dies at 90

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Norman Yoshio Mineta, who survived internment during World War II, rose to be San Jose’s mayor and congressman and served as U.S. secretary of transportation during 9/11, died Tuesday at the age of 90 at his home in Maryland. Mineta died of heart failure, John Flaherty, his former chief of staff, told The Washington Post. He built a nationwide reputation over a long political career, as a Democrat who served in the Cabinet of a Republican president and as the man who was instrumental in the creation of the Transportation Security Agency. But his story began in San Jose, whic...