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Groundwork laid to act on immigration: Obama crafts rationale for impending executive actions; Republicans exploring options to stop presidential overreaching   

WASHINGTON — The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration. Facing an expected onslaught of o...

Officials stay, despite refusing ethics code: Belmont City Council to let planning commissioners finish their terms   

Despite two Belmont planning commissioners' refusal to sign a new code of ethics aimed at promoting collegiality among elected and appointed officials, the City Council decided to let them finish thei...

DA holding off on charges in weekend attempted murder   

The District Attorney's Office is holding off on charging an 18-year-old man with attempted murder for the early morning Sunday shooting of a man in a San Mateo neighborhood. Prosecutors want further...

Hill’s limo safety bill moving to governor   

A limousine safety bill inspired by a fatal fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge that claimed five lives awaits the governor's signature after passage Wednesday by the state Legislature. The bill aut...

Off-duty CHP officer saves boy from choking   

The actions of an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer last Friday saved a 5-year-old boy who was choking on a grape as his mother desperately tried to help inside a store in Redwood City, CHP o...

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Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire   

FRESNO — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire ...

San Francisco to fund immigration attorneys   

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco will become the first city in California to provide funding to help immigrants facing deportation obtain an attorney, officials announced Wednesday. The city's $100,00...

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LONG BEACH — Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out. Three years later, he brims with pride at his new fr...

When Ann and Glen Gage downsized from their expansive home and garden in Switzerland to a San Francisco town house, one of the things they missed most was the koi pond they'd built and tended for year...

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Dear TSA, Now will you stop trying to convince me and the rest of the world that all those color-coded airport levels and arbitrary screener checks do one iota of good? While your employees and other...

Three words for President Barack Obama: Don't do it. Don't sign an executive order unilaterally creating faux immigration reform. Advocates, frustrated by a Congress that through two presidencies ha...

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Children cross the busy Ralston Avenue near the Carlmont Shopping Center in Belmont. The City Council has approved a conceptual plan that outlines improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.


After more than a year of studying ways to solve congestion on busy Ralston Avenue, the Belmont City Council approved a conceptual plan Tuesday that outlines more than $8.5 million in improvements to ...


Heading into the final month of the 2013 season, Half Moon Bay football was in dire straits. Through nearly two years under head coach Keith Holden, the Cougars were winless in Peninsula Athletic Lea...

There is little secret what the El Camino coach Mark Turner wants to do with the Colts offense: pound the ball on the ground. The big question is: who will that be? With the loss of running back Bra...

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Even in a daylong sideways drift, the Standard & Poor's 500 index managed to eke out its third record close in three days. U.S. stocks ended essentially flat on Wednesday after spending much of the d...

SAN JOSE — A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after ...

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NEW YORK — ABC has chosen its next "Bachelor." Chris Soules, who came in third last season on "The Bachelorette," will look for love among 25 women vying for his heart. His selection was announced ...

WASHINGTON — Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his "Tonight Show" predecessor Jay Leno with the nation's top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington. The performin...

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Assembly approves statewide ban on plastic bags
SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly has approved legislation that would impose the nation's first stat..
Russian columns enter Ukraine; leader urges calm
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine ..
Day 3 of big waves expected in Southern California
NEWPORT BEACH — A third day of huge waves, dangerous rip currents and potential flooding was expec..
Survey: Americans' pessimism on economy has grown
WASHINGTON — Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great..
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