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California's 20-pound invasive nutria problem could be worse than previously imagined

In the spring, the Department of Fish and Wildlife began to warn the public about the dangers of nutria, the destructive rat-like mammal currently burrowing into central California's wetlands. But in

Giants legend issues heartwarming Franklin tribute

Giants legend Willie Mays joined the chorus of prominent San Francisco voices issuing tributes to soul legend Aretha Franklin, who passed away Thursday.

Record-warm water temperatures in Southern California attract unusual creatures

With the waters off the coast of Southern California reaching record-high temperatures in recent weeks, some unusual creatures are popping up in the Pacific. A hammerhead shark sighting led to the

Skull carried on stick by transient woman belonged to 26-year-old woman, police say

In 2016, transient woman was seen carrying a skull on a stick while walking down a Sacramento street. Two years later, police have finally identified the victim.

Comic book author sentenced to 6 years for child porn in San Francisco

San Francisco resident and comic book writer was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday for distributing and possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. In addition to

San Jose mayor will get tattoo of city's logo — under one condition

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo knows how to appeal to his Millennial constituents. He's promised to get a tattoo of the city's new logo if he gets one million retweets.

Two crashes — one fatal — cause severe traffic for Bay Area commuters

Two accidents, one fatal, were causing major traffic delays early Wednesday on Bay Area roadways, officials said. The first incident occurred about 4 a.m., a vehicle crashed into the right shoulder on

Man spanks hippo at L.A. Zoo; video goes viral

Police are investigating the unauthorized slapping of a hippopotamus' butt by a man who hopped over a barrier at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Shipwreck remnants stuck near popular Santa Cruz beach

A 50-year-old commercial fishing boat ran aground by a popular Santa Cruz beach early Sunday, spewing 200 gallons of diesel fuel into the water and leaving behind wreckage that remained on the beach

Oakland police officer remains in critical condition after crash

An Oakland police officer who was critically injured this week after a collision involving a semi-truck was identified as the son of a lieutenant, authorities said. The incident occurred 2:49 a.m.

Missing Pittsburg woman found dead in Contra Costa County canal

The body of a woman who was reported missing last month was found in a canal in Contra Costa County, officials said Monday. Kreonna Smith, 25, of Pittsburg was reported missing to the Pittsburg Police

Muni contractor killed by steel beam in Twin Peaks Tunnel identified

The Muni construction worker struck and killed by a steel beam inside the Twin Peaks Tunnel was identified Monday as 51-year-old Patrick Ricketts of Williams (Colusa County). Ricketts, a signal

Experienced backpacker goes missing in Yosemite

A seasoned 48-year-old backpacker was reported missing hiking in Yosemite National Park Sunday.

Female pedestrian killed by SMART train in early morning incident

A woman was struck and killed early Monday by a SMART train in Novato, authorities said. The incident was reported just before 7 a.m. in the area south of North Hamilton Parkway, according to the

Study: SF has highest percentage of people who think global warming is happening

A new study from researchers at UC Santa Barbara, the Yale Program on Climate Change and Utah State University estimates that the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area has the highest percentage of

North Berkeley BART station reopens after man was trapped under train

BART service has resumed at the North Berkeley station after an incident where a train hit a man who either fell into or jumped into its path. The incident occurred at around 11:45, closing the

Plane lands safely on I-580 in San Leandro with 2 on board

A private Cessna passenger airplane, with two people on board, made an emergency landing Saturday evening on Interstate 580 in San Leandro, stunning drivers but resulting in no injuries, according to

Small plane lands on I-580 in East Bay

A small airplane landed on the westbound lanes of I-580 just before 164th street in Hayward, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Corrections, Aug. 12

Coverage of Ghost Ship warehouse fire, Aug. 10-11, Front Page Photos that accompanied stories that ran Aug. 10 (“Tearful families plead with Ghost Ship judge”) and Aug. 11 (“Ghost Ship deal