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Update: Bird Causes Morning Power Outage On Treasure Island

Power has been restored to Treasure Island after a bird struck an electrical wire and caused an outage that affected the entire island this morning, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman said.

The outage was reported at about 7 a.m., and power was restored by about 8:10 a.m., SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue said.

Treasure Island often falls victim to outages caused by birds and other issues because of a lack of redundancies built into the system, Jue said. "If a bird strategically hits a power line, it can cut off power to the whole island," he said.

The 404-acre island is still owned by the U.S. Navy and is in the process of being handed over to the city of San Francisco. "We've done some upgrades to try to improve the redundancies, but there's only so much you can do without doing a whole capital overhaul," Jue said.


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Morning Outage Leaves All Of Treasure Island Without Power

All of Treasure Island is without power this morning, a spokesman for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission said.

The outage was reported at about 7 a.m., SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue said.

Crews are investigating the cause of the outage and there is no estimate yet for when power will be restored.


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Weather Forecast For The San Francisco Bay Area

Cloudy skies, patchy fog and drizzle are expected in the Bay Area this morning. Highs are likely to be in the 50s to mid 60s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph.

Cloudy skies are expected this evening, with patchy fog and drizzle after midnight. Lows are likely to be in the mid 50s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph.

Patchy fog, cloudy skies and drizzle are likely Friday morning. Highs are expected to be in the 50s to mid 60s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph.


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Huge Crowds Expected For Outside Lands Festival This Weekend

Tens of thousands of concertgoers are expected to flock to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this coming weekend for the sixth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, a three-day fete that is among the largest such events in the country.

Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the headliners for the festival, which takes place Friday through Sunday, and is now completely sold out, according to organizers.

In addition to the some 80 musical acts spread out over the long weekend, the festival will also feature comedians, a DJ dome, and a wide variety of local wineries, breweries and restaurants.

A portion of the proceeds from Outside Lands ticket sales will benefit the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department; the festival has raised more than $4 million for the city entity during the previous incarnations of the event, according to figures released by promoter Another Planet Entertainment.

In addition to directly donating money to benefit Golden Gate Park, the festival will also host several environmental, charitable and non-profit organizations, such as Garden For The Environment, Friends of The Urban Forest and Oxfam, along with many more to share information with attendees.

One of the concert stages-the Panhandle Stage-will be powered entirely by solar and alternative energy, which organizers say will help avoid producing roughly 4,225 pounds of carbon dioxide during the 3 days of the event.

Festival organizers, along with SF Surfrider, Surf For Life and local clothing company San Franpsycho are also hosting an Ocean Beach clean-up on Saturday morning.

Residents of the Sunset and Richmond neighborhoods are being advised that there will be several road closures in Golden Gate Park, and organizers have set up a community hotline for residents to call with any concerns or issues having to do with the festival.

Festival-goers are strongly being encouraged to take public transit to Outside Lands; MUNI will be running extra buses, and a pre-paid shuttle service to and from the park to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco is also available. For more information, visit www.sfoutsidelands.com or call the Community Hotline: (415) 750-3842.


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Wednesday Morning News Roundup

AC Transit Workers Reach Tentative Agreement

AC Transit workers reached a tentative agreement Tuesday night averting a threatened strike that would have started at midnight, union officials said.

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents about 1,800 bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical and other workers issued a notice on Monday that they will go on strike at 12:01 a.m. today unless progress is made before then in their talks with management.

But the union and management reached terms Tuesday night, less than two hours before the scheduled strike, for an agreement that provides employees with a 9.5 percent raise with employee contributions to medical benefits, and improves health and safety provisions, according to the union.

"This agreement protects workers, helps riders, and keep service running," union president Yvonne Williams said. The agreement is expected to go to a ratification vote later this month.

BART Negotiations Set to Resume

Negotiators for BART and unions representing about 2,400 employees didn't meet Tuesday and instead prepared for a hearing that a fact-finding panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown will hold today.

BART workers, who previously went on strike for four-and-a-half days at the beginning of July, gave notice late last week that they would go on strike again Monday morning if a contract agreement hadn't been reached but Brown intervened late Sunday night by appointing the board to investigate the labor dispute.

The three-person panel, which is headed by Jacob Appelsmith, a senior advisor to Brown who also is Director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Department, will report back to Brown by Sunday.

The other members of the board are Robert Balgenorth, the president emeritus of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, and Micki Callahan, San Francisco's human resources director.

Appelsmith said in a letter to BART and its labor unions that he and Brown urge "all parties to continue with the negotiations process" even as the fact-finding is conducted.

"The convening of the board should not delay negotiations in any way," Appelsmith said.

However, BART and leaders of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers, and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents 945 station agents, train operators and clerical workers, haven't met since Brown intervened Sunday night.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost and SEIU Local 1021 negotiator Des Patten both said Tuesday that all the parties have been busy gathering information for the panel's hearing today, which is expected to be lengthy.

Patten and Trost said talks are expected to resume on Thursday.

Patten said, "We expect them to continue through Sunday night."

He said if an agreement isn't reached by Sunday night, it's possible that employees could go on strike next Monday.

However, in all previous instances in which governors have intervened in BART labor disputes and called for a fact-finding process they have wound up ordering a 60-day cooling off period.

Brown intervened after BART's board of directors sent him a letter on Sunday asking for a cooling off period.

The board's request was a reversal as it previously had not asked for a cooling off period because if there had to be a strike it would be better to have one in the summer, when there are fewer passengers than in the fall.

Trost said the board asked for the cooling off period only after union leaders rejected BART's request that the two sides keep negotiating while train service continued.

ATU Local 1555 leaders asked for a cooling off period shortly before the original contract deadline on June 30 but SEIU Local 1021 didn't join that request.

Patten said Tuesday, "We haven't taken a position on a cooling off period officially. We want to see what happens this week and go from there."

The key issues in the negotiations are wages and pension and health care contributions by employees.

Amber Alert Sent Throughout California Late Monday Night

Some Bay Area residents were jolted awake Monday night when they received unexpected Amber Alerts about two siblings who were reported missing out of San Diego County.

Just before 11 p.m., an emergency alert sounded on mobile devices alerting Californians that an Amber Alert had been issued and that authorities were looking for a blue four-door Nissan Versa with California license plate number 6WCU986.

The alert was for Hannah Anderson, 16, and her brother, 8-year-old Ethan Anderson, who were reported missing Monday night. The previous day, their mother was found dead inside the burned home of 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio in the San Diego County community of Boulevard.

DiMaggio is suspected of kidnapping the children and authorities say he may be headed to Texas or Canada in the Nissan.

The Amber Alerts to cellphones were sent out as part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, which was rolled out nationwide at the start of this year by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The alerts are designed to inform people of emergencies, including extreme weather or natural disasters. They are received by certain, newer cellphones that have the built-in capability to receive them.

The alert, which looks like a text message, is short with basic information about the incident and instructions for any follow-up action to take. The message causes a special tone and vibration in the phone that is receiving it.

San Francisco resident Todd Lappin, 46, said his phone started making an "unholy noise" while he was having a drink with a friend. He said it was a sound the gadget had never made before, and was reminiscent of emergency alerts that interrupt TV and radio broadcasting.

He said it seemed like his phone had gone into "nuclear attack mode."

After seeing that it was an Amber Alert and not news that "the Soviets are attacking," "it prompted me to dismiss it and roll my eyes."

However, he said he supports the intentions behind the notification system.

"I'm glad to know that it exists, but if you are going to activate that you have to be careful when you use it," he said.

"The last thing you want is people to unsubscribe or start tuning it out," he said.

Lappin is worried that the annoying sound and seemingly random message -- the alert had no background on the kidnapping or the missing children -- will discourage people from using the notification system.

"It should be for imminent danger that we should all be aware of," he said. "That's what I expect to hear when there's an earthquake, or something where I need to take action."

Cellphone owners who received the alerts can "opt out" by changing the settings on their phones. Those having trouble doing so can contact their service providers for assistance. 

Palo Alto City Councilwomen Voted with Majority to Ban People from Living in Cars

A Palo Alto city councilwoman who voted Monday with the majority to ban people in the city from living in cars said Tuesday the issue is about public health and a broader solution for the homeless.

Councilwoman Gail Price said the city should cooperate with non-profit groups and raise funds to address mental health, unemployment and the lack of affordable housing in Palo Alto, where land costs are very high.  

"I don't think people living in their cars serves them in the long run," Price said. "It's complicated because every homeless person is there for a variety of reasons."

"This was not a vote that was easy," Price said. "As a society we are under-funding affordable housing, social services, mental health services and job training. The inequities in this society are huge."

The City Council at its meeting Monday night voted 7-2 in favor of a proposed vehicle habitation ordinance, giving police the ability to cite those who are living in their vehicles within the city, city spokeswoman Claudia Keith said.

Councilmembers Karen Holman and Marc Berman voted against the proposed ordinance, Keith said.

Police would enforce the proposed law, which faces a second vote before the council next Monday, based on citizen complaints only and violators could be cited for a misdemeanor, Keith said.

The penalty could be a $1,000 fine or up to six months in jail, but "we don't anticipate that happening," Keith said.

After receiving a complaint from a city resident about someone living in a parked vehicle, police would be able to engage with the person and try to be of assistance, Keith said.

Under current law, police have no legal authority to question an inhabitant of a parked vehicle if someone complains about them, Keith said.

The controversy, which has brewed for the past two years, centers mainly on people inside vehicles in the parking lot of the city-owned Cubberly Community Center at 4000 Middlefield Road, where most car dwellers in the city live, Keith said.

Recently, some 27 vehicles with inhabitants were counted in the lot at the center, which is adjacent to children's playing fields, Keith said.

Some residents say they are concerned about the safety of their kids who use the gym, theater, sports and other public facilities there, and that some car dwellers use the center's showers meant for those involved in physical education, Keith said.

"It's become a magnet for folks to park their vehicles there," Keith said. 

About 40 to 50 people who opposed the ordinance held a rally outside of Palo Alto City Hall before the council vote, according to Chuck Jagoda, 70, who said he lives in his 1989 Dodge Spirit sedan near a 24-hour donut shop on El Camino Real.

Many of the people at the rally got up to speak during the public comment period at the council meeting, Jagoda said.

"It was heartwarming," said Jagoda, who said he is a former teacher and carpenter with a master's degree in classics from the University of Nebraska and does temporary work as a tutor and writer.

Man Accused of El Sobrante Hardware Store Employee Stabbing Set to go to Trial 

A man accused of stabbing an El Sobrante hardware store employee to death on Sunday has been charged with murder, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office.

Daymond Agnew, 34, of Hercules, is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 13 on charges of murder with an enhancement for use of a deadly or dangerous weapon, prosecutors said.

He is accused of stabbing 51-year-old Daniel Stone of Pinole to death during a robbery of Oliver's Ace Hardware at 4071 San Pablo Dam Road at about 9 a.m., sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

When deputies arrived, they found Stone in the parking lot suffering from wounds to his upper body, Lee said.

Deputies provided first aid, and fire and medical personnel arrived and continued treating Stone before he was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Lee said.

Stone was pronounced dead at 11:12 a.m. An autopsy found that two stab wounds to the chest caused his death, Lee said.

After searching the area for the attacker, deputies located Agnew inside a nearby home and interviewed him, Lee said.

He was arrested and remains in jail under $1 million bail, Lee said.

Ace Hardware spokeswoman Kate Kirkpatrick said, "Our condolences go out to Danny's family, as well as the store as they deal with this senseless tragedy."

Stone leaves behind his mother, a daughter and two grandchildren, Kirkpatrick said.

Anyone with additional information about the killing is asked to call the sheriff's office at (925) 313-2600.

Bicyclist Killed by Vehicle Near Calistoga

A bicyclist was killed when a vehicle struck him on Silverado Trail near Calistoga in Napa County Tuesday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said.

The CHP identified the bicyclist as 50-year-old Thomas Battat of San Francisco.

The collision on southbound Silverado Trail north of Clover Flat Road happened around 1:40 p.m., CHP Officer Anna Paulson said.

Battat was riding south on the right shoulder when he rode into the southbound lane of traffic directly into the path of a southbound 2000 Chevrolet Impala, Paulson said.

Battat suffered major injuries, was given CPR and was taken to Saint Helena Hospital where he died, Paulson said.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Alvaro Ayala, 39, of Napa, was not injured, Paulson said.

Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the collision, Paulson said.

The collision closed Silverado Trail between Dunaweal Lane and Clover Flat Road in Napa County.

Famous Japanese-American San Francisco Based Artist Passes Away 

Ruth Asawa, a San Francisco-based Japanese-American artist whose work can be found throughout the Bay Area, passed away Monday night. She was 87.

San Francisco residents and visitors can view many pieces of Asawa's public art, including fountains at Ghirardelli Square and outside the Grant Hyatt near Union Square.

In San Jose, the Japanese American Internment Memorial Sculpture is on display at the Federal Building in downtown. The 1994 sculpture is one of her several public commissions.

She also specialized in wire sculptures and paintings, and has her work available for viewing at M.H. de Young Museum, among other galleries and museums.

The artist was born in 1926 in Southern California, the fourth of seven children to her Japanese-born parents who immigrated to the U.S. and became farmers.

In 1942 she was sent to an internment camp with her family along with more than 110,000 other Japanese-Americans during World War II. They lived for six months at Santa Anita Race Track before they were moved to a camp in Arkansas.

Her father had been arrested by the FBI and she did not see him again until 1948.

Asawa helped found the School of the Arts, a public high school in San Francisco, as an arts program for students in 1982. In 2010 the school was renamed after her.

The campus relocated to the former McAteer High School location at 555 Portola Drive in 2002.

Asawa had championed to move the school to 135 Van Ness Ave. to be part of the burgeoning arts scene in Civic Center.

She served as commissioner on the city's Arts Commission in the 1960s and into the 1970s and a trustee at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Tom DeCaigny, director of cultural affairs at the San Francisco Arts Commission, said Asawa was "the guiding light for art education."

He said she leaves behind a lasting legacy and was a "critical leader in the community."

"In San Francisco there's often a lot of debate and contention" about major artists, but with Asawa, she "was one of the most universally loved and admired artists throughout the city," DeCaigny said.

According to her personal website, she earned three honorary degrees, including at San Francisco State University in 1998.

She studied Black Mountain College in North Carolina where she met her future husband, Albert Lanier. They married in 1949 and moved to San Francisco.

They had six children and lived together in San Francisco.

In 1985, Asawa was diagnosed with lupus and never fully recovered. According to her website, in 2002 she limited her public appearances because of her declining health.

2-Year-Old Boy in Critical Condition After Falling from Second Story Building

A 2-year-old boy is in critical condition after falling from a second-story window in Bay Point on Monday night, a sheriff's spokesman said.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office responded to an apartment in the first block of Pacifica Avenue at 8:45 p.m., spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

When deputies arrived, the child was inside an apartment with his parents, who were tending to the boy's injuries, he said.

Lee said a witness had found the toddler unconscious on the sidewalk but that it was unclear how long the boy had been there.

The child was airlifted to the University of California at Davis Medical Center where he remains in critical but stable condition, Lee said.

Former Millbrae Police Officer Convicted of Six Murders Gets Death Sentence

A former Millbrae police officer's conviction and death sentence for six 1983 murders were upheld by a federal appeals court in San Francisco Tuesday.

Anthony "Jack" Sully, 59, was convicted in San Mateo County Superior Court and given a death sentence in 1986 for the brutal shooting and beating murders of five women and one man during a six-month period in 1983.

Sully was a Millbrae police officer for eight years before he established an electrical contracting business, which he operated out of a warehouse in Burlingame.

He also invested in an escort service, used the service of prostitutes and became addicted to freebasing cocaine, according to the ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  

The nude bodies of three of his victims were found stuffed in barrels in Golden Gate Park. Two other victims were found along roadsides in San Mateo County.

A three-judge panel of the circuit court rejected Sully's appeal claims that his defense lawyer was ineffective and that Sully was mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Judge Sidney Thomas wrote, "At trial, the prosecution presented overwhelming physical and testimonial evidence establishing Sully as the murderer."

Sully appealed in the federal court system through a habeas corpus petition after completing state court appeals. The California Supreme Court upheld his death penalty in 1991.

Tuesday's ruling brings Sully close to the end of possible appeals, but all executions in California have been put on hold as a result federal and state lawsuits challenging the state's lethal injection procedure and the way that procedure was adopted.

Most recently, the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown disclosed last month that it will now develop a new execution protocol that uses one lethal drug instead a combination of three. The development of the new protocol could take a year or more.

Brown took that action after deciding not to appeal a state appeals court ruling that concluded state officials hadn't followed the proper steps for public review in adopting the three-drug protocol.  

Demonstrations Outside of San Jose City Hall Voicing their Opinions about the Zimmerman Trial

About 50 demonstrators gathered outside San Jose City Hall Tuesday afternoon to voice their objections to the recent acquittal of Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

A six-member, all-female jury on July 13 found Zimmerman, 29, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter for shooting the unarmed Martin during a confrontation on the grounds of a condominium complex in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012.

Thousands of people have demonstrated in New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and other major U.S. cities against the verdict.

Federal prosecutors are reviewing the case to decide whether to charge Zimmerman with violating Martin's civil rights.  

Following the rally at City Hall, protesters marched through downtown San Jose carrying signs with Martin's face, and posters calling for "Justice for Trayvon Martin" pinned to their chests.

"I am Tryavon Martin and my life matters," one sign read.

The speakers included the Rev. Barry Houston of San Jose who asked the crowd if they had seen the recent issue of issue Time Magazine with the headline, "Beyond Trayvon."

"How could there ever be a 'beyond Trayvon'?" Houston asked. "How can there be a 'beyond Oscar Grant' How can there be a beyond justice is done? Keep this noble fight your highest objective."

A list of demands was posted to the podium, and included a pardon for Marissa Alexander -- a woman recently jailed for firing a warning shot at her husband during a confrontation in Florida who defended herself under the state's "stand your ground" laws.

The demands also included federal charges against Zimmerman, for no new jail and prison construction, to end gang injunctions and for community control over all law enforcement with an elected citizen review board.

There was a brief confrontation with city officials, who said the group had not obtained a permit to use a fixed microphone, but the protest was allowed to continue unimpeded.

Herlinda Aguirie, 22, of San Jose, led the demonstration carrying a banner as it headed west down Santa Clara Street.

"Honestly I feel this is a great opportunity for the community to get together in San Jose for the injustice that we've seen enough of," she said. "The killing of young children is something that we see everywhere, not just in San Jose."  

Bay Area Weather Forecast August 7

Cloudy skies, patchy fog and drizzle are expected in the Bay Area this morning. Highs are likely to be in the upper 50s to mid 60s, with southwest winds up to 20 mph.

Cloudy skies are expected this evening, with patchy fog and drizzle after midnight. Lows are likely to be in the mid 50s with westerly winds up to 20 mph.

Cloudy skies, patchy fog and drizzle are likely Thursday morning. Highs are expected to be in the 50s to mid 60s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph.


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Broken-Down Train Causing Caltrain Delays

Caltrain is reporting delays this morning caused by a train that broke down at the Sunnyvale station.

Northbound train No. 211 malfunctioned at 6:37 a.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

Trains passing through the Sunnyvale station are single-tracking around the disabled train as crews work to remove it, she said.


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Fallen Tree Blocks Muni, J and F Lines Delayed

A fallen tree is blocking the inbound J and F Muni lines in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood this morning, according to Muni officials.

The tree is on the tracks near the intersection of San Jose Avenue and Randall Street.

Crews are working to clear the tracks to allow the inbound J and F lines to resume regular service, Muni officials said.

Bus shuttles are supplementing service for riders this morning, according to Muni officials.


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Gun Buyback Event in Mission District on Thursday

San Francisco city officials are holding a gun buyback event in the Mission District on Thursday to try to reduce the potential for violence in the neighborhood.

Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission District, is joining Mayor Ed Lee and community partners to organize the event, scheduled from 6-8 p.m. in the U.S. Bank parking lot at 22nd and Capp streets, according to the supervisor's office.

Guns in working condition can be turned in for $100 with no questions asked, while assault rifles can be exchanged for $200.

Money for the event comes from a discretionary fund allotted to Campos as supervisor, while more than 150 community members have also donated more than $10,000 for the event via Gunbygun.org, a nonprofit aimed at reducing the number of firearms on the streets.

The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Police Department's Mission Station, U.S. Bank, the University of California and local community members are also partnering with city officials on the program.

"Gun buybacks are a proven way to reduce the number of guns in a community. The community has asked for this program and we are hopeful that our anti-violence partners will be able to reach gun owners who have not been reached before," Campos said in a statement.


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Power Restored To More Than 36,000 PG&E Customers Citywide

Power has been restored to more than 36,000 PG&E customers who were without power in San Francisco this morning, according to a PG&E spokesman.

The outage began late Tuesday night at about 11:44 p.m., according to PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi.

All PG&E customers impacted by the outage had power restored by about 12:30 a.m. this morning, Guidi said.

An equipment failure at a substation appears to have been the cause of the power outage, according to Guidi.


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More Than 36,000 PG&E Customers Without Power Citywide

More than 36,000 PG&E customers are without power in San Francisco this morning, according to PG&E officials.

The outage, impacting 36,895 PG&E customers began late Tuesday night, according to PG&E officials.


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Statewide Amber Alert Issued for Siblings With Suspect in Mother's Murder

A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a pair of siblings who law enforcement officials believe were kidnapped by a man who allegedly killed their mother and burned down his San Diego County home on Sunday night.

Authorities said Hannah Anderson, 16, and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson remained missing Monday evening, a day after their mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, was found dead.

Her body was discovered inside the burning home of 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio in the unincorporated community of Boulevard, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Law enforcement officials believe DiMaggio kidnapped the children and said late Monday night that he was believed to be traveling to either Texas or Canada.

Sheriff's officials said DiMaggio and Anderson appear to have been in a close but platonic relationship. At the badly burned home where her body was found, officers also discovered the remains of a child, according to the sheriff's department.

Sheriff's officials have not said whether that child was either Hannah or Ethan.
DiMaggio is described as a white man with brown hair and eyes who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, according to the Amber Alert.

Hannah is described as a white girl with blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5 feet 7 inches tall and 115 pounds. Ethan is described as a white boy with sandy blonde hair who is 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 65 pounds, according to authorities.

DiMaggio is believed to be traveling with one or both children in a blue four-door Nissan Versa with California license plate number 6WCU986.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of DiMaggio or the children is urged to call 911 or the San Diego County Sheriff's Office at (858) 565-5200.


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Presidio Brush Fire Next To National Cemetery Contained

Fire crews have contained a one-alarm brush fire near the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio this morning, according to a San Francisco Fire Department dispatcher.

The blaze charred a grassy area near the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and McDowell Avenue, the dispatcher said.

The fire was reported around 2 a.m. and burned roughly two acres, according to the dispatcher.

Crews on the scene a short time after 6 a.m. were checking for smoldering areas left by the blaze.

No structures in the area were threatened and no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Chevron USA Inc. Agreed to Pay $2 Million in Restitution Related to Last Year's Refinery Explosion

Chevron USA Inc. pleaded no contest to six misdemeanor criminal charges in Contra Costa County Superior Court Monday and agreed to pay nearly $2 million in restitution and fines related to last year's massive fire at its Richmond refinery

The explosion and blaze on Aug. 6, 2012, were caused by a leak from a corroded crude oil distillation pipe and created a huge plume of polluted black smoke. 

More than 15,000 people were treated at local hospitals for respiratory problems and other illnesses. 

The criminal charges were filed jointly Monday by District Attorney Mark Peterson and state Attorney General Kamala Harris

A Chevron lawyer entered the energy company's no contest plea during the company's subsequent arraignment before Superior Court Judge William Kolin in Martinez. 

In a no contest plea, a defendant neither admits nor denies a charge, but agrees to accept liability for the sentence that would go with a conviction. 

The six misdemeanor charges included two air pollution counts: discharging illegal amounts of carbon from the refinery's crude oil unit into the air and emitting a visibly dark cloud of contaminants on Aug. 6, 2012.   

The other four counts were for state Labor Code violations affecting workers at the refinery. 

They include failing to repair and continuing to use equipment operating outside safety limits; failing to require employees to use protective respiratory equipment; and failing to prevent non-emergency personnel from entering the emergency area last Aug. 6. 

The fourth count was failing to implement an effective injury and illness prevention program for employees on Aug. 25, 2012. 

Chevron agreed in the settlement to pay $1.28 million in fines and penalties, $575,000 for investigation and response costs by three government agencies, and $145,000 to Richmond BUILD, a worker training organization. 

The company also agreed to inspect all carbon steel pipes that may be at risk of corrosion from sulfur compounds in crude oil heated to high temperatures. 

District Attorney Mark Peterson said, "This criminal case achieves our goals of holding Chevron accountable for their conduct, protecting the public and ensuring a safer work environment at the refinery." 

Chevron said in a statement, "We are committed to continuous improvement in process safety and reliability at the refinery." 

Company spokeswoman Melissa Ritchie said workers have spent more than 1.9 million hours repairing and improving the crude oil unit and have inspected more than 16,000 pipe components during the past year. 

Chevron USA is an energy and refinery subsidiary of San Ramon-based Chevron Corp. 

The three agencies that will be reimbursed for costs are the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, $299,000; the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, $185,000; and the state Attorney General's Office, $90,000. 

Naked Acrobatic BART Harrasser Ordered to Stand Trial

A man accused of stripping naked and harassing people while doing acrobatic moves at a San Francisco BART station in May was ordered Monday to stand trial on seven felony and misdemeanor charges. 

Yeiner Garizabalo, 24, was held to answer on two felony counts of false imprisonment, four misdemeanor counts of battery on public transportation and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery for the May 10 incident at the 16th Street Mission BART station

A BART employee testified during the preliminary hearing in San Francisco Superior Court Monday afternoon that Garizabalo ran naked through the station, kicked him and grabbed his genitals while also grabbing several passengers and performing a backflip and other acrobatic moves. 

The incident was captured in a video posted on YouTube that went viral via social media in the weeks afterward. 

Maintenance worker Duane Bullard said he saw Garizabalo slide down an escalator into the station, then flip while pulling his underwear down around his ankles. 

"His body was built like Bruce Lee and he was doing stuff I've only seen in karate movies," Bullard said. 

Bullard testified that he tried to confront Garizabalo, a Colombia native who began making monkey-like sounds and had charged at a young woman who was exiting the fare gates. 

Garizabalo kicked the woman, who suffered only minor injuries and was able to run away to safety, Bullard said. 

When Bullard tried to confront him, Garizabalo began growling like a gorilla and kicked him in the groin, then grabbed Bullard's penis, the BART employee said. 

Garizabalo was also playing with his own genitals and his "eyes were wide open and glossy" during the incident, which continued as he confronted other passengers who were trying to leave the station, including an older man who he grabbed around the neck, Bullard said. 

San Francisco and BART police eventually arrived and took Garizabalo into custody on a psychiatric hold. 

His attorney, Deputy Public Defender Paul Myslin, said of the case, "It's painfully obvious this is a mental breakdown." 

Myslin and fellow defense attorney Andres Orphanopoulos argued that Garizabalo had suffered an isolated manic episode and was now on medication to address the issue. 

They asked for his bail to be reduced from $100,000 and for the felony counts to be reduced to misdemeanors, but Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng kept the bail at that amount while ordering Garizabalo held on the two felony charges along with the five misdemeanors. 

Cheng noted though that "there may be an alternative solution down the road" to resolve the case, such as a referral to behavioral health court. 

Garizabalo had been performing with the Berkeley-based circus troupe ClownSnotBombs before the incident and members of the troupe came to Monday's hearing to support him. 

The troupe members declined to speak to reporters Monday, but one of the members said before Garizabalo's arraignment in June that his behavior had become erratic in the days before the incident and that he did not know what he did at the station until he was told about it later and saw the video. 

Garizabalo will return to court on Aug. 19 to be formally arraigned on the seven charges. 

Salinas Police Arrest 21-Year-Old Man in Gang -Related Shooting Early Monday 

Salinas police have arrested a 21-year-old man in a gang-related shooting early Monday morning that killed two people and wounded five others outside a taqueria, a police commander said.   

Giovanni Pacheco was taken into custody early Monday afternoon on suspicion of two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder after the suspect fired into a crowd at the Taco's Choice eatery at 608 Williams Road, police Cmdr. Dave Shaw said. 

Police responded to a call about a shooting at 1:38 a.m. Monday following a fight involving some agricultural field workers in the restaurant that spilled into the parking lot, Shaw said. 

In the parking lot, the suspect used a handgun to fire "quite a few shots" at the crowd, hitting seven people, including a 22-year-old man shot multiple times who died at the scene, Shaw said. 

Another victim, a 28-year-old man, later died at a hospital, police said. 

Among those wounded were three 25-year-old men -- one with life-threatening injuries -- as well as a 53-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, Shaw said. 

Police believe the shooting was gang-related and are in the process of identifying the people present during it, Shaw said. 

Police located Pacheco based on interviews with witnesses, Shaw said. 

Some of the wounded are recovering and have yet to be questioned, Shaw said. 

"We're trying to find out exactly why the fight started as well," Shaw said. 

The identities of the homicide victims are not being released until family members are notified, Shaw said. 

Monday's shootings came as Salinas has been experiencing a wave of violence that has claimed the lives of seven people since July 24. 

The killings have taxed the city's Police Department, which has been suffering staff cutbacks, Shaw said. 

"We are drastically understaffed," Shaw said. "We are pretty much spent right now." 

Meanwhile, police are still seeking a suspect in the shooting death of 23-year-old man in Salinas on Sunday morning, Shaw said.  

Police responded to a report of shots fired at 10:21 a.m. Sunday at 1126 Parkside Drive and then the family of Rubin Francisco, 23, called to say that he had been shot, police said. 

Francisco died at the scene after police officers attempted to administer CPR, police said. 

His family members told police that Francisco had only been in Salinas for 15 days and was not affiliated with a street gang. 

Witnesses in the neighborhood told police that the shooter drove away in a dark-colored compact car, police said. 

Salinas police urge anyone with information about Monday's shootings or Francisco's death to call the Police Department at (831) 758-7321 or the tip line at (831) 775-4222. 

Stockton Man Charged for Murder During July 4th Shooting in East Oakland

A Stockton man has been charged with murder and three other men have been charged with lesser offenses for the shooting death of Mortesse Wayne in East Oakland the night of July 4, authorities said Monday. 

Wayne, 23, of Oakland, was found shot in the 5700 block of Elizabeth Street, near Seminary Avenue, at about 9:48 p.m. on July 4 and was pronounced dead at a local hospital two days later. 

Oma Lyons, 37, was arrested on a murder warrant by Stockton police and a U.S. Marshals Service task force at his home at 9426 Snow Creek Circle in Stockton at about 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a probable cause statement filed in Alameda County Superior Court by Oakland police Officer Bradley Baker. 

Multiple witnesses identified Lyons as the man who discharged a firearm and struck Wayne in his head, Baker said. 

Lyons admitted in an interview with Oakland police that he was at the scene of the murder but then decided he wanted to speak to an attorney so the interview was terminated, Baker said. 

In addition to murder Lyons is charged with discharging a firearm and causing Wayne's death, an allegation which could add 25 years to his prison term if he's convicted of murder. 

Lyons has three prior felony convictions, one for possession for sale of cocaine base and two for possession of marijuana for sale, according to the district attorney's office. 

Prosecutors also charged Purvis Ellis, 27, of discharging a firearm with gross negligence and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Baker said Ellis was arrested on a warrant at 1759 Seminary Ave. in Oakland on July 27. 

Baker said Ellis "was identified by name and photo as a person who was discharging a firearm in the air just prior to Wayne being shot and killed by Oma Lyons." 

He said Ellis was prohibited from carrying a firearm because he was convicted and sent to prison for possession of drugs for sale. 

Jason Santana, 33, who was arrested last Tuesday, and Brian Lyons are both charged with being an accessory after the fact to Wayne's murder. 

Authorities were unavailable for comment on whether Brian Lyons is related to Oma Lyons. 

Baker said Santana "was identified by name and photo as a person that collected expended shell casings from the crime scene after Wayne was shot." 

But after Santana was arrested he gave a statement denying he was at the scene when Wayne was shot, according to Baker. 

Prosecutors charged Santana with having four prior felony convictions, which could add to his prison sentence if he's found guilty. His alleged prior offenses are possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, sale and transportation of a controlled substance and possession for sale of cocaine base. 

Brian Lyons also is accused of four prior convictions: two for possession of marijuana for sale and one each for possession of a firearm by a felon and sale and transportation of a controlled substance. 

Oakland police said their investigation into the shooting is ongoing and anyone with information about it should call their homicide section at (510) 238-3821, Crime Stoppers of Oakland at (510) 777-8672 or a tip line at (510) 777-2805. 

Ernest Dronenburg Set to Dimiss Lawsuit Filed Against Same-Sex Marriage in California

As promised, San Diego County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg asked the California Supreme Court Monday to dismiss a lawsuit in which he asked the panel to stop same-sex marriages in the state. 

Dronenburg announced Friday that he planned to withdraw his July 19 petition because he believes it is similar to another lawsuit filed by the sponsors of Proposition 8, the state's now-blocked voter initiative banning gay marriage. 

"At this point my case could be considered duplicative and slow the process," Dronenburg said on Friday. 

His attorneys filed a one-sentence request for dismissal with the San Francisco-based court Monday.  

Gay and lesbian weddings resumed in California on June 28, after a federal appeals court lifted a stay of a U.S. trial judge's 2010 injunction prohibiting enforcement of the 2008 initiative. 

Two days earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court left that injunction in place when it ruled that the sponsors of Proposition 8 had no standing, or legal authority, to appeal the trial court ruling. 

Dronenburg and the Proposition 8 sponsors both argued in their state high court lawsuits that the injunction should protect only the two gay and lesbian couples who filed a federal civil rights challenge to the initiative. Both couples married on June 28. 

The state Supreme Court denied an immediate stay in both lawsuits, but is still considering the request by the Proposition 8 supporters and their committee, Protect Marriage, for a full review of their petition. 

In his original filing on July 19, Dronenburg said his arguments were similar to those of the initiative backers. But he said that as a public official whose duty to issue marriage licenses was directly affected, he additionally presented "unique interests and injuries that are particularized to him." 

Dronenburg was later criticized by several members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for taking action and retaining an outside lawyer, Charles LiMandri of the Rancho Santa Fe-based Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, without the board's direction. 

The board held closed hearings on the clerk's action last week. 

In Friday's statement, Dronenburg said that because the issue of the Proposition 8 sponsors' standing has not been raised in briefs submitted to the state Supreme Court in the past few days, he now feels confident his claims will be addressed in the other case. 

Last month, 24 other county clerks, among the state's 58, signed on to briefs opposing Dronenburg's lawsuit and saying they believe the injunction applies statewide. 

Tradgic Shooting of 19-Year-Old San Jose State University Student

A 19-year-old woman shot and killed Saturday while a passenger in a car in downtown San Jose was a student at San Jose State University slated to return to classes later this month, a spokeswoman said Monday. 

Kimberly Joyce Chico had been enrolled at the college since June 2012 and was to begin her second school year there on Aug. 20, university media relations director Pat Lopes Harris said. 

"It's very rare that we have a student caught in the wrong place at the wrong time like this," Harris said. "Very tragic." 

"Our prayers and our thoughts go out to her and her family," Harris said. 

Chico, who was at first identified by San Jose police as Kimberly Joyce Estrada, was shot at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday in the area of South Second and East San Salvador streets, police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said. 

She was in the passenger seat of a car when someone standing outside fired a gun at her, Dwyer said. 

"At this point we don't have a motive, we don't have any suspects identified," Dwyer said. 

"Whether somebody was shooting directly into the car, or whether it was just driving through as shots were being fired outside the car and she just happened to be there, we don't know," Dwyer said. 

"In a case like this, where the homicide detectives literally have nothing to go on, it's always somebody from the community that gives us a kick start and points us in a certain direction with the investigation." 

The shooting happened in the area of East San Salvador that has a high concentration of nightclubs and potential witnesses, Dwyer said. 

"Somebody saw something, somebody knows something about this case," Dwyer said. 

The driver of the car carrying Chico was not hit and called 911, Dwyer said. 

Chico was transported to Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, Dwyer said. 

The homicide marks the city's 30th of the year compared to 25 at this time in 2012, Dwyer said. 

FBI Investigate Series of Robberies in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties

A group who robbed a series of banks in San Francisco and San Mateo counties in the past few months allegedly struck again last week in San Francisco's Richmond District, FBI officials said Monday. 

A group of at least three men robbed a First Republic Bank at 6001 Geary Blvd. on Thursday afternoon, according to the FBI. 

The same suspects are also believed to be connected to the robberies of a Bank of America at 1007 Taraval St. in San Francisco on June 6, as well as two bank robberies in San Francisco and Millbrae on June 3 and another on April 19 at a Wells Fargo at 725 Irving St., FBI spokesman Peter Lee said. 

In each case, witnesses described three suspects entering the bank armed with at least one handgun and taking money from teller drawers. 

During the most recent robbery on Thursday, one of the suspects also struck a bank employee in the head, San Francisco police said. 

The suspects are described as three black men between 20 and 35 years old, two of whom are about 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall while the other is between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10 inches tall, FBI officials said. 

The suspects have slim to medium builds and were seen wearing thick jackets, gloves and clothing to mask their heads and faces, according to the FBI. 

The FBI has released surveillance photos of the suspects that were taken during the various bank heists. 

Anyone with information about the suspects, who should be considered armed and dangerous, should call their nearest FBI office or 911. Calls in the San Francisco area can be made 24 hours a day to (415) 553-7400 and tips can also be submitted online to tips.fbi.gov. 

Sen. Barbara Boxer Visits Oakland to Promote New Health Care Law

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, came to Oakland Monday to promote the nation's new health care law, saying it will help millions of Americans get the health care they need. 

Speaking at La Clinica de La Raza community health center in Oakland's largely Hispanic Fruitvale district, Boxer said the Affordable Care Act is providing funding for construction and renovation projects at community health centers across the country. 

Health centers in California such as La Clinica de La Raza are receiving $509 million of that funding, she said. 

Boxer said community health providers also will get funding to inform residents about their new health care choices and their eligibility for financial assistance or guaranteed coverage through Medicaid. 

In addition, Boxer said it's important to educate residents about new coverage that will be available through California's new state-run health care exchange, which is called Covered California and will start enrolling people on Oct. 1. 

Jane Garcia, the chief executive of La Clinica de La Raza, which is based in Oakland and operates 31 clinics in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties serving 85,000 patients annually, said the clinics plan to enroll thousands of new patients. 

"We're ready for ObamaCare and we're excited to be part of a wild movement," Garcia said. 

Referring to the Oct. 1 start for enrolling people in Covered California, Herb Schultz, the regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said, "We're 57 days away from making history." 

Schultz said that's because the local implementation of the Affordable Care Act will start at that time and millions of people will be able to get affordable health insurance for the first time. 

Among those will be about 56,000 Alameda County residents who will be eligible for Medi-Cal subsidies, he said. 

Boxer said Covered California and similar state-run health care exchanges that will begin in all 50 states will provide marketplaces where people can compare a wide range of health plans that would allow them to get coverage for as little as $162 a month and find out if they can get subsidies to make coverage even more affordable. 

Boxer said the new law, which is already in place but has many provisions that won't take effect until next year, is "a big deal" because many people across the country, including 7 million Californians, currently don't have health insurance. 

She said one of the law's most important elements is banning insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. 

As an example of the law's significance, Boxer then introduced Castro Valley resident Sage McCollister, who said the law is already helping her family because she was able to get insurance for her daughter Leah, who was born seven years ago with neutropenia, an autoimmune disorder that makes her vulnerable to serious infections. 

McCollister said she applied to eight different insurance companies to try to get insurance for her daughter but none of them offered plans that were affordable. 

She said that after the law went into effect she was able to get insurance for Leah for $8 a month and that helped her afford to have Leah get an expensive procedure to treat a spinal cord problem that could have resulted in paralysis. 

McCollister said that without the Affordable Care Act, "My family would be bankrupt and Leah wouldn't have gotten the health care they need." 

Victim of Fatal Berkeley Shooting Thursday has been Identified

A man who was fatally shot in Berkeley on Thursday night has been identified as 24-year-old Dustin Bynum, police said Monday. 

The shooting happened at about 9:15 p.m. in the 1800 block of San Pablo Avenue, near the Albatross Pub. 

Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired and found Bynum, a Berkeley resident, suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The murder was Berkeley's third of 2013 and came 13 days after Jermaine Davis was found shot in the 1800 block of Derby Street at about 6:50 p.m. on July 17. Davis died at a hospital a short time later. 

Bynum was shot about a block and a half from the spot in the 1000 block of Delaware Street where 34-year-old Zontee Jones was fatally shot shortly after 11 a.m. on Feb. 4. 

Two suspects have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with Jones' death, but no one has been arrested for the deaths of Bynum or Davis. 

Gun Battle in Santa Cruz Leaves One Watsonville Man Dead

A rolling gun battle that left a Watsonville man dead began after two coworkers who belonged to rival gangs spotted each other while driving on Mission Street in Santa Cruz Friday, police said. 

Police arrested Marcus Bates, 22, and Michael Bates, 18, both of Aptos, on suspicion of homicide and Marisa Arroyo, 18, on suspicion of being an accessory to the crime and destroying evidence. 

According to police, Marcus Bates and the victim, 31-year-old Alejandro Garcia Sanchez, worked together at a Santa Cruz business and had previously fought there. 

They spotted each other while driving on Mission Street shortly before 11 p.m. Friday. Three cars exchanged gunfire and Sanchez was hit and crashed his car in a Burger King parking lot, police said. 

Police said they have recovered the vehicles driven by the suspects and all had been hit by gunfire. 

Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting, may have video footage, or found fragments of the cars or bullets to contact Santa Cruz police at (831) 420-5820.

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Man Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in Cow Hollow Stabbing

A man was seriously injured in a stabbing in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood early Sunday morning, police said today.

The stabbing was reported at 1:06 a.m.

Sunday in the 3000 block of Buchanan Street, near Union Street.

The 20-year-old victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment of stab wounds that are considered life-threatening, according to police.

No other information about the stabbing was immediately available this morning.


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I-80 Lanes to Stay Closed Until Noon

Lanes will remain closed until noon today on westbound Interstate Highway 80 just west of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco because of a big-rig fire earlier this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The big-rig caught fire at about 5:45 a.m. on westbound Highway 80 near the Fifth Street exit, CHP officials said.

The blaze was extinguished more than an hour later, at 6:53 a.m., according to San Francisco fire officials.

No one was injured.

The two right lanes of westbound Highway 80 will remain closed until about noon while crews clean up the roadway and tow away the charred truck, CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett said.


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Crews Contain Big-Rig Fire, WB Hwy 80 Lanes Remain Closed

Firefighters in San Francisco have contained a blaze that sparked in a big-rig's engine this morning, but traffic remains snarled on westbound Interstate Highway 80.

The two right lanes of westbound Highway 80, near Fifth Street, are closed, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The big-rig reportedly caught fire at about 5:45 a.m., the CHP said.

A Sig-alert was issued at 5:59 a.m.

Fire crews contained the blaze of the big-rig at about 6:45 a.m., a fire employee said.

The driver of the big-rig was not injured, she said. It is expected that the lanes will be closed for at least two hours, according to the CHP.


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Monday Morning News Roundup

Hercules Man Arrested in Connection to Fatal Stabbing

A Hercules man was arrested Sunday in connection with the fatal stabbing of an El Sobrante hardware store employee, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies were called to Oliver's Ace Hardware on the 4000 block of San Pablo Road around 9 a.m. on a report of a robbery in progress, sheriff's office spokesman Jimmy Lee said. 

They found the victim, a 49-year-old man whose identity has not yet been released, in the parking lot with stabbing wounds to his upper body, Lee said. 

He was taken to John Muir Medical Center, when he was pronounced dead shortly after 11 a.m. 

Deputies searched the area and arrested Hercules resident Daymond Agnew, 34, inside a nearby home. He was booked into Contra Costa County jail on suspicion of murder, and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, Lee said. 

The motive in the attack remains under investigation. 

Winning California Lottery Ticket Sold at Milipitas Gas Station

A lottery ticket worth more than $1.1 million was sold at a Milpitas gas station, lottery officials announced. 

The winning California Lottery ticket was sold at Landess Arco Service, located at 1575 Landess Avenue, officials said. 

The Powerball ticket matched five out of six numbers in Saturday's drawing. The winning numbers were 24, 36, 21, 45 and 42. 

The winner has 180 days from the day of the drawing to claim a prize. 

Emergency Landing at SFO due to Engine Failure

A United Airlines flight bound for Sydney, Australia was forced to make an emergency landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday night, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. 

Pilots aboard United Flight 863 declared an emergency a short time after taking off from SFO at 10:45 p.m., FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. 

One of four engines powering the Boeing 747-400 apparently failed, Kenitzer said. 

The plane turned around and landed safely at SFO without further incident, he said. 

A spokesperson for United Airlines did not immediately return a call seeking comment. 

Reports of Ammonia Smell in Burlingame Business

A San Mateo County hazardous materials team responded to a business in Burlingame Sunday morning, a fire department dispatcher said. 

A smell of ammonia was reported at a business on Burlway Road near U.S. Highway 101 just before noon, the dispatcher said. 

No injuries were reported, and the scene was cleared by 1:30 p.m., the dispatcher said. 

The incident remains under investigation, she said. 

San Jose Women Shot has been Identified

A woman who was shot dead early Saturday morning while riding in a car in downtown San Jose has been identified as 19-year-old Kimberly Joyce Estrada, according to police. 

Estrada was shot around 1:20 a.m. in the area of South Second and East San Salvador streets, Sgt. Jason Dwyer said. 

She was transported to Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, Dwyer said. 

An investigation revealed that Estrada and a 21-year-old man were driving in the area of South Third and East San Salvador streets when she was shot by someone outside the car, the sergeant said. 

The driver, who was not hit, stopped the car and called 911, Dwyer said. 

Dwyer said on Saturday that no suspects have yet been identified or arrested. It is unclear why the shooting took place and whether it was gang-related, he said. 

No one else was injured in the shooting. 

Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

The homicide marks the city's 30th of the year. 

Two-Alarm Fire in Oakland Damages two homes

Two homes were damaged Sunday morning in a two-alarm in Oakland, a fire department dispatcher said. 

Firefighters responded to reports of fire in a home in the 1900 block of West Street just before 7 a.m., according to the Oakland Fire Department

Flames spread to a neighboring structure before the blaze was brought under control by 9:30 a.m., the dispatcher said. 

No one was injured, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

SF Police Heightened After State Department Terror Alert

San Francisco police say they are on heightened alert this weekend following a State Department terror alert that has also shut down 19 U.S. embassies and consulates. 

There is no direct threat to San Francisco, but police have been monitoring various areas around the city and will deploy more resources if needed, police Officer Gordon Shyy said. 

"I want to remind citizens if they 'see something, say something,'" Shyy said. "We want to be proactive given the State Department's warnings in order to protect our citizens and infrastructure in San Francisco." 

Travelers and U.S. citizens living abroad were first warned Friday that terrorist attacks are being planned this month against U.S. and Western targets, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. 

"Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August," U.S. State Department officials said in an advisory. 

U.S. citizens were especially warned to remain aware of the potential for attacks on public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. 

Travelers should stay aware of their surroundings and adopt appropriate safety precautions. 

In particular, travelers should register their travel plans with the consular section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, either online or at the nearest embassy or consulate. 

The program provides travelers with security updates and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact them in an emergency. 

Salinas Man Shot in Front of Apartment

A Salinas man was shot multiple times Sunday afternoon as he was drinking with friends in front of his apartment, according to police. 

The victim, a 25-year-old man, was in front of 44 Natividad Road with friends when two subjects approached him on foot and fired handguns at him, according to Commander Sheldon Bryan. 

Witnesses told police suspects ran to a white four-door Honda Accord and drove toward an apartment complex on La Posada Drive. 

The victim was airlifted to a hospital in critical but stable condition. 

The suspects were described as Hispanic males wearing light-colored shirts and dark pants, and one had a tattoo on his neck, Bryan said. 

Police are treating the shooting as a gang-related incident. 

16-Year-Old Boy Walked Away From Juvenile Detention Facility

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 16-year-old boy who walked away from a juvenile detention facility Sunday evening. 

The boy left the Log Cabin Youth Camp, a minimum security facility in La Honda, around 6:30 p.m. 

He is described as a black male wearing a burgundy shirt and tan pants. 

If you see the boy, do not approach him, but call 911, according to the sheriff's office. 

Ongoing Investigation of the Market Street Stabbing Saturday Night

Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred on Market Street in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood Saturday night. 

At about 9:45 p.m., police received a report that a male victim had been stabbed in the 1000 block of Market Street, near the Golden Gate Theatre.  

Officers located the victim, who was suffering from an injury to his upper body. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, police said. 

According to police, the suspect was described as a black male in his 40 or 50s. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt at the time of the stabbing and fled east on Market Street. 

The incident remains under investigation, police said. 

Back to Back Shootings in Bayview-Hunters Point Neighborhood

A man in his 20s is in critical condition Sunday morning following San Francisco's second shooting in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood on Saturday, police said. 

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said the shooting is the second to occur in this neighborhood in less than 12 hours. 

Police have not been able to confirm whether the two shootings are related, although they occurred only a couple blocks away. 

At about 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, officers responded to the unit block of Harbor Road, near Ingalls Street, on a report of a shooting.  

According to police, the victim, a man in his 20s, was located with gunshot wounds to his torso and transported to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

Police said they are looking for two suspects, both described as black male adults wearing all dark clothing. 

In an earlier shooting on Saturday afternoon, a suspect was seen fleeing from the scene after three people were injured in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, police said. 

Two women and a man sustained gunshot wounds in the 1100 block of Palou Avenue at about 1:30 p.m., according to Shyy. 

The two crime scenes are about five blocks away, police said. 

Witnesses reported seeing the victims drive themselves to the hospital, and a short time later they arrived at San Francisco General Hospital, Shyy said. 

Shyy said he did not know the extent of their injuries or the victims' ages. 

While early reports suggested as many as three male suspects were seen fleeing the area, Shyy said the investigation indicates that only one male was seen running on foot down Harbor Road. The suspect then got into a white vehicle and drove away. 

The suspect was described as a black male wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and light blue jeans. Police said the driver of the suspect vehicle was described as a black male wearing a white undershirt. 

Both suspects and the vehicle remain at large, police said. 

Collision on Highway 29 Leaves One Dead

One person was fatally injured in a solo vehicle collision on state Highway 29 near American Canyon in Napa County Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

Based on an initial report, the vehicle was traveling at about 90 mph on state Highway 29, just south of Jameson Canyon Road at about 4:50 a.m. when the collision occurred, according to the CHP. 

The vehicle, a black 1995 Toyota Camry, traveled off the roadway and was fully engulfed in flames, according to the CHP. 

The person inside the vehicle was declared deceased at the scene of the collision and the their identification has not been released, according to the CHP. 

The fatal collision remains under investigation. 

Bay Area Weather Forecast August 5th

Cloudy skies, patchy fog and drizzle are expected in the Bay Area this morning. Highs are likely to be in the 50s to mid 60s, with winds up to 20 mph in the afternoon. 

Cloudy skies are expected this evening, with patchy fog and drizzle after midnight. Lows are likely to be in the lower 50s, with southwest winds up to 20 mph. 

Mostly cloudy skies, patchy fog and drizzle are likely Tuesday morning. Highs are expected to be in the upper 50s to mid 60s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph.

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Bay Bridge Lanes Closed Due to Big-Rig Fire

Two lanes of westbound Interstate Highway 80 on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge near the Treasure Island on-ramp are closed as crews work to put out a fire on a big-rig this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Fire was reportedly coming from the engine of the big-rig at about 5:45 a.m., the CHP said.

Crews from San Francisco fire have responded to the area to put out the fire, according to the CHP.

A Sig-alert was issued at 5:59 a.m. as the two right lanes of westbound Highway 80 have been closed, the CHP said.

It is expected that the lanes will reopen around 8 a.m., according to the CHP.


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SF Crews Put Out Fire in Inner Mission

Firefighters were able to put out a structure fire in San Francisco's Inner Mission District this morning. 

Crews responded to a report of a fire in the 3000 block of 24th Street at about 12:50 a.m., a dispatcher said.

The fire was out and deemed under control at about 1:10 a.m., he said.

No injuries were reported.

The cause is not yet known.


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Bay Area Communities Head Outdoors in 'National Night Out'

A neighborhood block party that will be held throughout the Bay Area Tuesday aims to promote safety, community networking, and police relations at the 30th annual "National Night Out."

Many Bay Area residents will participate in the evening outdoors along with thousands of communities nationwide.

The event will connect neighbors and community members, including law enforcement and other agencies, starting around 5:30 p.m.

The idea behind the block parties is that communities that know and are familiar with each other are safer and better equipped to fight crime.

This message hopes to rings loud and clear in Oakland where a massive block party is planned for residents to meet neighbors, city officials, law enforcement and enjoy food and music.

One of more than 100 events throughout the city will be held at the parking lot outside of Safe Storage at 2783 E. 12th St. where Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, city councilman Noel Gallo, BART police Chief Ben Fairow, Oakland police Captain S. Tull and Oakland firefighters are among the local leaders expected to attend.

Safe Storage manager Chantha Hack said the storage business serves as a community center and has hosted the "National Night Out" event for the past seven years.

She said residents and businesses within a 3-mile radius in the Fruitvale neighborhood were contacted to participate in the event.

A new senior housing center near the BART station will bring in some residents, and nearby Oakland public schools are also involved in the night.

As part of the community building, a 75-year-old Elvis impersonator will perform, along with a group of children dancing and entertaining the crowd.

"The whole point of it is to get the neighbors to communicate," she said.

In a neighborhood where there are some 15 different languages spoken, she said, the event offers a way for neighbors to connect, share contact information and get to know their local resources.

An open mic at the end of the night will give attendees an opportunity to share thoughts about the neighborhood, worries about crime and ideas to improve the area, Hack said.

At the block party there will be a jump house, balloons, face painting, a piñata and other family fun.

More than 155 parties were hosted throughout the city last year.

Each San Francisco police station will hold an event for "National Night Out."

Each of the 11 districts will hold community events, including three gatherings in the Bayview District at Mendell Plaza, at Third Street and Oakdale Avenue and at Youngblood Coleman playground.

The police chief will stop by various events, a police spokesman said.

In Redwood City the night out to fight crime will be held at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City starting at 6 p.m.

The night's festivities include free fingerprinting for children, music, disaster preparedness information and other safety booths, a bike raffle and public safety vehicles on display.

San Mateo police had more than 50 block parties last year, and expects to host a similar number of events this year, police said.

Belmont police will be checking in at nine neighborhoods and locations where residents will get outdoors and gather together.

The theme for this year's event is "See Something, Say Something."

Other city agencies will be on hand to speak with residents, including the Public Works and Public Safety departments, organizers said.

Novato police and firefighters are teaming up in the North Bay to visit communities who are getting to know their neighbors.

Events are planned elsewhere in the area, including at the Yountville Community Center, and in Rohnert Park and Napa.

Newark police are going all out in the name of public safety with a root beer social at the Silliman Center, located at 6800 Mowry Ave., and a jazz band performing at the Newark Public Library, located at 5300 Civic Terrace Ave.

There will be more than 20 events in various neighborhoods that "have come together," according to Donna Shern, Newark police community engagement manager.

Each neighborhood is expected to plan something different -- some with potlucks, others with outdoor cookouts.

Patrol officers along with other public safety officials will be out in the dozens of neighborhoods, she said.

Shern said the night is about community building. "We're encouraging people in the neighborhoods to get to know each other and take a stand against crime," she said.

This year is poised to be the busiest year yet and the police chief will be making his rounds in the city, she said.

Nearby Union City police will host four events at local parks.

San Ramon police said neighborhood watch groups in the city have planned special events for the evening including potlucks, block parties, ice cream socials and other get-togethers.

Police will be visiting the various neighborhoods throughout the night.

In Pleasant Hill, there will be a barbecue, giveaways, a police K-9 demonstrations, a bounce house and tours of police cars, fire trucks and ambulances.

Taking place outside of City Hall at 100 Gregory Lane, the event will connect local public safety officials with residents.

More information about "National Night Out" is available at http://www.natw.org.


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