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County set to declare state of emergency: Damage from storm and flooding estimated to be about $3.3 million   

The heavy storms that lashed the Bay Area last Thursday caused more than $3.3 million in damage to San Mateo County, according to officials who are declaring a local state of emergency.The proclamati...

Longtime city manager to leave Foster City: Councilmembers skewed on ideas for finding replacement for Jim Hardy   

Foster City is losing a longtime leader as City Manager Jim Hardy announced Thursday he will be retiring after 34 years of service. Hardy, who started with the city in 1981, has spent 21 years as ci...

Transferred teacher returns to Kennedy Middle School: Redwood City Elementary School District drops appeal to former union president’s grievance   

A former union president in Redwood City is being reinstated into the position he was involuntarily transferred from last school year. Bret Baird, a physical education teacher, was transferred from ...

Drought downgraded from ‘exceptional’ to ‘severe’   

Wetter than usual weather conditions across Northern California has prompted a downgrade of the drought classification from "exceptional" to "severe," according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and the Nat...

‘Model scout’ waives hearing, straight to trial for solicitation   

A 25-year-old convicted sex offender who reportedly solicited three teen girls in downtown Redwood City for modeling gigs and sex is headed straight to trial after forgoing a preliminary hearing on th...

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Thousands of young immigrants allowed to get driver’s licenses   

PHOENIX — A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver's licenses. The prelimi...

Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold   

PHOENIX — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among vote...

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I learned my first Spanish curse words when I happened to mention the name Castro in front of my friend's dad. A litany of such language followed and I was essentially instructed not to speak the name...

The long war in Afghanistan is winding down, with American forces gradually pulling out and turning over control of security to Afghan forces. Green Berets from Fort Bragg have seen other conflicts r...

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Rafat Haddad shows off the artwork of Gerry Gropp at his 3 Bees Coffee House in downtown San Mateo. Haddad said the shop aims to hang a variety of art every month.


From hitchhiking across the country in the 1970s to mingling behind a lens at modern San Francisco street fairs, photographer Gerry Gropp's socially inspired works are now on display at downtown San M...


As if battling through a five-game slide wasn't bad enough, the College of San Mateo women's basketball team had to spend the week commuting to Cañada College to use the Colts' gym. The CSM gym was ...

Home-court advantage and a 22-0 run was all Carlmont needed Thursday night to cruise past El Camino 56-32. The Scots (3-3) set the tempo early with the full-court press to fluster the winless Colts (...

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NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, its second straight triple-digit gain following the Federal Reserve's reassurance that it was in no hurry t...

TOKYO — If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren'...

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With a sum total of 1,032 minutes, Peter Jackson's six J.R.R. Tolkien films have earned more than $5 billion worldwide. They have made New Zealand synonymous with Middle-earth. And they have slaughter...

LOS ANGELES — The final installment of "The Hobbit" doesn't just mark the conclusion of Bilbo Baggins' journey on the big screen. It's also the end of a massively successful film franchise that's ea...

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Peavy agrees to $24M deal to stay with Giants
SAN FRANCISCO — Pitcher Jake Peavy has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract to stay with the..
Pakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre
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Israeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israel
JERUSALEM — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli milit..
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