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  • No injuries reported in fire at Emeryville commercial building

    There were no reported injuries in a fire Wednesday night at a commercial building in Emeryville, according to the Alameda County Fire Department. ...

    Bay City News Service|

  • Sirhan Sirhan denied parole in RFK assassination; Kennedy confidant argues second-shooter theory

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidant of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for...

    By Elliot Spagat Associated Press|

  • Sheriff: Remains found in Gilroy not Sierra LaMar

    GILROY -- Human remains discovered in Gilroy are not believed to be Sierra LaMar, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said Thursday....

    By Mark Gomez mgomez@bayareanewsgroup.com|

  • Man flees Costa Mesa Apple store with $5,000 in iPhones

    COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Costa Mesa police say they are looking for a suspect who stole at least 10 iPhones from an Apple store in South Coast Plaza.The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1otCSdL ) that Sgt. Doug Johnson says a man,...

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  • Woven of dignity: Black seamstress' legacy on display

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For generations, any woman who owned a dress made by Willie Otey Kay owned an heirloom, a coveted gem, a treasure beyond price.Throughout much of the 20th century in North Carolina, the black seamstress worked in silk, satin...

    By Martha Waggoner, Associated Press|

  • Sheriff: Remains found in Gilroy not Sierra LaMar

    GILROY -- Human remains discovered in Gilroy are not believed to be Sierra LaMar, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said Thursday....

    By Mark Gomez mgomez@bayareanewsgroup.com|

  • Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2B over contributors to '08 crisis

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Morgan Stanley will pay $3.2 billion in a settlement over bank practices that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, including misrepresentations about the value of mortgage-backed securities, authorities announced...

    By Michael Virtanen, Associated Press|

  • Mexico prison fight kills 52 inmates at Monterrey's Topo Chico

    MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- Fifty-two inmates were killed and 12 injured in a brutal fight between two rival factions at a prison in northern Mexico on Thursday, the state governor said. ...

    Associated Press|

  • Human remains discovered near Gilroy

    GILROY -- Human remains were found Wednesday afternoon on the outskirts of Gilroy, authorities said, bringing fresh attention to the Sierra LaMar case....

    By Jason Green jason.green@mercurynews.com|

  • AP NewsBreak: Slavery book author says she had concerns

    NEW YORK (AP) — The author of a children's book pulled last month because of its smiling depiction of slaves says she herself objected to the illustrations and had expressed early concerns with the publisher, Scholastic.In her first interview...

    By Hillel Italie, AP National Writer|

  • Maryland gunman's son: Mother was in restaurant, called in warning

    ABINGDON, Md. (AP) -- The son of a gunman who fatally shot two Maryland sheriff's deputies before he was killed in a shootout says his father was a heavy drinker with emotional problems, but never ...

    By Juliet Linderman Associated Press|

  • Oregon occupiers say they'll surrender; Cliven Bundy arrested

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday after facing authorities who came to the property more than a...

    By Rebecca Boone and Martha Bellisle Associated Press|

  • Taylor Swift to kick off the Grammy Awards with performance

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Swift will open the 58th annual Grammy Awards with a performance from her nominated album, "1989," while Alabama Shakes, Miguel and 12-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander will also perform.The Recording Academy on...

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  • Human remains discovered near Gilroy

    GILROY -- Human remains were found Wednesday afternoon on the outskirts of Gilroy, authorities said, bringing fresh attention to the Sierra LaMar case....

    By Jason Green jason.green@mercurynews.com|

  • Tamir Rice's family billed for dying boy's ambulance ride

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The city of Cleveland is asking Tamir Rice's estate to pay $500 for ambulance and medical services he received after being shot by a police officer. ...

    Associated Press|

  • Petaluma slaughterhouse owner sentenced to 1 year in prison after nationwide meat recall

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Jesse "Babe" Amaral Jr., the Rancho Feeding slaughterhouse owner whose sale of meat from condemned and uninspected cattle led to a nationwide food recall two years ago, was...

    Robert Digitale, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif. (TNS)|

  • Gravitational waves detected, as Einstein predicted 100 years ago

    Scientists have discovered the existence of gravitational waves, tiny ripples in the fabric of space-time, which have long predicted but never before been seen or measured. The discovery cements a ...

    By Justin Bachman Bloomberg News|

  • Maryland gunman's son: Mother was in restaurant, called in warning before deputies were slain

    ABINGDON, Md. (AP) -- The son of a gunman who fatally shot two Maryland sheriff's deputies before he was killed in a shootout says his father was a heavy drinker with emotional problems, but never ...

    By Juliet Linderman Associated Press|

  • Feds: Leader of New Jersey gang Grape Street Crips indicted

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal authorities in New Jersey say they've arrested the reputed leader of one of the state's most violent street gangs, the Grape Street Crips.The U.S. attorney's office announced Thursday the arrests of 39-year-old Corey...

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  • As 'Force Awakens' winds down, 'Avatar' remains supreme

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two months after opening to unprecedented fanfare, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is finally winding down in theaters, leaving behind arsenals of plastic lightsabers and a trail of box-office records."The Force Awakens" is still...

    By Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer|

  • 5 indicted in 2015 New York City gas explosion that killed 2

    NEW YORK (AP) — A building owner and four others were arrested Thursday on manslaughter, negligent homicide and other charges in connection with a gas explosion last year that killed two people and leveled three Manhattan buildings.A restaurant...

    By Jake Pearson, Associated Press|

  • San Jose: Authorities identify motorcyclist killed in East San Jose crash

    SAN JOSE -- A 22-year-old man has been identified as the motorcyclist killed in a violent collision in East San Jose on Sunday, authorities said....

    By Jason Green jason.green@mercurynews.com|

  • 'Tweet' from Sierra LaMar was a hoax, police say

    Friends and family members of Sierra LaMar had a brief glimpse of false hope Wednesday after they saw an online message posted from the missing Morgan Hill teenager's Twitter account....

    By Mike Rosenberg mrosenberg@mercurynews.com|

  • Investigators say Morgan Hill girl Sierra LaMar, 15, likely abducted, didn't run away

    It's something Sierra LaMar's family already knew deep in their hearts, but on Tuesday, investigators said for the first time they suspect the 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl who disappeared on her...

    Julia Prodis Sulek and Mike Rosenberg Staff writers|

  • Sierra LaMar case: Bag, clothes belonging to missing girl yield no clues

    As search teams reached the end of a frantic first week scouring the South Bay for 15-year-old Sierra LaMar, investigators revealed Thursday that they found the Morgan Hill girl's bag and clothes...

    By Mike Rosenberg and Mark Gomez Staff writers|

  • Morgan Hill: Missing girl's cell phone found three-quarters of a mile from her home

    A Morgan Hill teen girl who was last seen Friday morning before heading to school remains missing, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office....

    By Mark Gomez mgomez@mercurynews.com|

  • The stuff of nightmares sets in for family of missing Morgan Hill girl

    The day Sierra LaMar didn't come home from school, her family was fraught with worry. When the 15-year-old's beloved cellphone was found later in a Morgan Hill field nearly a mile from home, they...

    By Julia Prodis Sulek, Chris De Benedetti and Mark Gomez Staff writers|

  • Santa Clara County: One person dies in crash on Highway 101

    SANTA CLARA COUNTY -- A passenger died in a head-on crash on southbound U.S. Highway 101 near San Jose Thursday morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. ...

    Bay City News Service|

  • A look at what's next for the major players in Syria's war

    The U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other countries met Thursday in Munich to discuss halting the fighting in Syria, while forces of President Bashar Assad are making some of their biggest gains against the opposition.The fighting around...

    By The Associated Press|

  • Sunnyvale: School and city headed to court in March over zoning issues

    Summit School: Denali has plans to expand and open a second location on Weddell Drive, but school officials say they need to retain its current location on Mercury Drive an extra three years to...

    By Victoria Kezra vkezra@community-newspapers.com|