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PUC under fire for emails with PG&E officials

Newly released emails that show top officials with the Public Utilities Commission working closely with PG&E executives on the choice of a judge to hear a critical rate-hike case sparked calls from critics Tuesday to scrap the proceeding and start over. A judge to PG&E's liking, John Wong, was eventually assigned the case by a PUC official, after company executives appealed directly to PUC President Michael Peevey.


Related Topix: San Mateo County, CA, San Bruno, CA, Stanford, CA

4 hrs ago | Contra Costa Times

Box leases Redwood City office complex where it could move 1,700 workers

Box has leased 334,000 square feet in Redwood City, allowing for an expansion of the company's operations in the Bay Area in a location that could contain about 1,700 employees, realty officials said Tuesday. The online storage company has signed a deal to rent a two-building complex located in downtown Redwood City at the corner of Middlefield Road and Jefferson Avenue.


Related Topix: San Mateo County, CA, Redwood City, CA, Los Altos, CA

9 hrs ago | Milpitas Post

On death row for Peninsula mansion murder, David Raley loses mental retardation claim

Condemned Santa Clara County killer David Allen Raley has lost perhaps his last legal argument to get off California's death row for the 1985 murder of a Peninsula teenager and the attempted murder of her friend in a deserted Hillsborough mansion. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Linda Clark this week rejected Raley's argument that he was mentally retarded at the time of the crime, a finding that would bar his execution under a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.


Related Topix: Prison, California, Retail, Raley's, Grocery, Criminal Defense Law, Law

13 hrs ago | The Sunnyvale Sun

San Jose: Firefighters contain blaze in pallet yard

Stacks of wood pallets ignited and sparked a massive blaze in a commercial area of North San Jose early Tuesday morning, according to the fire department. The blaze at a pallet and box business on Mabury Road, near Oakland Road and Highway 101, sent flames shooting 40 feet high, according to the San Jose Fire Department.


Related Topix: San Jose, CA, Fire

17 hrs ago | Cult of Mac Blog

HealthKit is already helping top hospitals fight cancer, diabetes

Doctors at Stanford University Hospital say they've been working with Apple to track blood sugar levels for children with diabetes, while Reuters reports that Duke University developed a pilot program that uses HealthKit to track fitness measurements for patients with cancer or heart disease. The two trial programs are just a preview of the wide reach Apple hopes HealthKit will achieve in the medical field, by giving both physicians and users easier access to health data.


Related Topix: Diabetes, Health, Medicine, Stanford, CA, iPad App, Twitter, iPhone App, iPod touch App, iPhone and iPad App

Mon Sep 15, 2014

It's 'Operation Safe Passage' Week in Santa Clara County

Throughout the week of September 15 - 19, all Santa Clara County police agencies will be participating in Operation Safe Passage, which emphasizes enforcement of traffic laws around school zones. The goal of Operation Safe Passage is to protect children as they travel to and from school by educating drivers and pedestrians on traffic safety and encouraging safe driving.


Related Topix: Los Altos, CA

Inside Bay Area

Herhold: A history lesson in a living room rug

Near the edge of the red-and-blue Persian rug in my living room is a pear-shaped spot, maybe a foot in diameter, that has whitened and thinned over the years, much like the whiskers of an aging dog. I cherish that spot.


Related Topix: San Jose, CA, Almaden Valley (San Jose, CA), Europe, World News, United Kingdom


iPhone 6 Sets Sales Record With 4M First Day

Apple today said it had sold over four million iPhones in 24 hours last week, double the number it dealt out in 2012 for the iPhone 5, the last time the company pre-sold its flagship. The Cupertino, Calif.


Related Topix: iPod touch App, iPad App, Apple Store, iPhone and iPad App, iPhone App, Cupertino, CA

The Charlotte Observer

Apple iPhone 6 pre-order demand overwhelms supply

In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, the iPhone 6 Plus is displayed during an announcement of new products by Apple on Tuesday, Sept.


Related Topix: iPhone, Cupertino, CA

The Lebanon Daily News

Portugal bank slated for sale gets new management

The Bank of Portugal has appointed a new senior management team to run Novo Banco, a bank which the government wants to sell and recoup the 3.9 billion euros taxpayers provided to resolve Portugal's biggest financial scandal. The financial regulator said in a statement Sunday that Eduardo Stock da Cunha, previously at Banco Santander and Lloyds, will be Novo Banco's chief executive.


Related Topix: World News, Brazil, Los Gatos, CA


Garberville man charged with felony DUI after crash near Ferndale

On September 14, 2014, at approximately 0330 hours, Kyle John Wescott, age 19, from Garberville, CA was driving his 1987 BMW eastbound on Grizzly Bluff Road approaching East Ferry Road. For reasons still under investigation, Mr. Wescott failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and lost control of his vehicle, which subsequently struck bushes, an unoccupied parked vehicle in a driveway, and an unoccupied house on the southeast corner of the intersection .


Related Topix: Garberville, CA, Ferndale, CA, Scotia, CA, Los Gatos, CA

Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Sunnyvale Sun

San Jose: Suspicious package found harmless at Hilton San Jose Hotel after two floors evacuated

A suspicious package found Saturday morning in a restroom at the Hilton San Jose Hotel was not an explosive device, a San Jose police spokeswoman said. Officers responded to a report of a suspicious package found at the hotel at 300 Almaden Blvd. around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sgt.


Related Topix: San Jose, CA

Lowell Sun

Former The Hills star Lauren Conrad marries musician William Tell

After dating for more than two and a half years, former The Hills star Lauren Conrad and musician William Tell tied the knot on Saturday, September 13th. US Weekly broke the news, having confirmed it directly with Conrad's rep.


Related Topix: Lauren Conrad, Los Gatos, CA

CBS Local

Sheriffs Investigate Mountain Lion Sighting In Portola Valley

Deputies said residents in the 500 block of Crest Vista Lane called the sheriff's office Saturday morning after they saw a mountain lion in their backyard around 11:15 p.m. A 65-pound male mountain lion was killed Wednesday in Santa Clara County following a Sept. 7 attack on a 6-year-old boy who was hiking with his family.


Related Topix: San Mateo County, CA, Portola Valley, CA

KOLD-TV Tucson

California nudist camp accused of stealing water

LOS GATOS, Calif. - Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought.


Related Topix: Los Gatos, CA, Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought

Chambersburg Public Opinion

'No Good Deed' defeats 'Guardians' at theaters

It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat "Guardians of the Galaxy" at movie theaters. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Sony thriller "No Good Deed," which stars Elba as an escaped convict, topped the box office with $24.5 million during its opening weekend.


Related Topix: Los Gatos, CA, Opinion

Chambersburg Public Opinion

2 dead in Slovenia floods, Croatia also hit hard

Authorities in Slovenia say two people have died in new floods that hit the Balkans this weekend after heavy rains. Police said Sunday a 30-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl drowned after their van plunged into a flood-swollen stream northeast of the capital, Ljubljana.


Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Flood, World News, Slovenia, Los Gatos, CA, Opinion

Stanford Police Seeking Witnesses to Campus Assault

Stanford police are seeking information about an assault that happened on Friday, Aug. 29, at approximately 9:11 p.m. An unidentified male struck a female in the face with an unknown object - possibly a baton or flashlight. At the time of the attack, the victim was walking westbound on the path adjacent to Campus Drive and was just east of the intersection of Campus Drive and Palm Drive.


Related Topix: Stanford, CA

Los Angeles Times

San Diego councilwoman has breast cancer, expects 'full recovery'

San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald announced on Facebook that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will undergo outpatient surgery. Emerald said she received the diagnosis this week while she was on a Chamber of Commerce lobbying mission to Washington, D.C., with other political and business leaders.


Related Topix: Medicine, Health, Breast Cancer, San Diego, CA, Southcrest (San Diego, CA), San Diego State University, Mountain View, CA

Inside Bay Area

Santa Clara County opens hazardous-waste drop-off site

Santa Clara County's newest facility to collect household hazardous waste opened this weekend to a steady stream of motorists dropping off toxic, corrosive, flammable and otherwise dangerous products -- while taking a load off their environmental consciences. About 500 county residents drove through fast-moving lines as workers at the state-of-the-art San Jose Environmental Innovation Center in the Berryessa neighborhood efficiently unloaded boxes, bags and cans.


Related Topix: San Jose, CA, Headphones, Los Altos Hills, CA