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Police Ask For Help In Finding At-Risk 16-Year-Old Last Seen In Alameda

3 hours 18 min ago

ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — Alameda police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing at-risk teenage boy who was last seen Sunday evening.

Anthony Michael Brown, a 16-year-old boy who has the mental capacity of a 9-year-old, was last seen walking in the area of Alameda Point around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to police.

Anthony is described as a white boy who is about 6 feet tall, has a shaved head and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black shoes, police said.

Anyone who sees the teen or has information about his whereabouts is asked to call Alameda police at (510) 337-8340.

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Family Of San Francisco Window Washer Who Survived 11-Story Fall Asking For Donations To Cover Hospital Bills

3 hours 35 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A donation fund has been started for the San Francisco window cleaner who survived an 11-story fall last month.

The family of 50-year-old Pedro Perez has asked for donations to help pay for his recovery costs and mounting family bills after he fell about 130 feet while washing the windows of 400 Montgomery Street on November 21st.

“Our dad’s life is the best gift we could’ve received this holiday season,” says his 19-year old daughter, Monica Perez. “But our family just lost its main breadwinner, and we need help staying above water as we navigate a difficult recovery process.”

Perez suffered internal bleeding as well as a broken arm and fractured pelvis, according to his daughter.

In a televised interview, she said he is off a breathing machine and he is talking. His family is expected to give an update on his condition in Oakland on Monday.

Donations for his rehabilitation fund will be accepted online: http://www.gofundme.com/ir2rpw

 

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Police Looking For Man Suspected Of Punching, Robbing Woman In Front Of Pacifica Safeway Store

4 hours 8 min ago

PACIFICA (CBS SF) — Police are seeking a man suspected of punching a woman and robbing her of cash at a shopping mall in Pacifica on Thursday, police said.

Officers responded to a report of a strong-armed robbery in front of the Safeway grocery store at the Linda Mar Shopping Center at 10:15 p.m., police said.

A man reportedly punched a woman several times in the face, stole cash from her and then ran towards state Highway 1 from Linda Mar Boulevard, police said.

Emergency crews transported the woman, who had visible injuries on her face, to a local hospital and police said officers searched the area but did not find the suspect.

Police described the suspect as a light-skinned black or Hispanic man, standing 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 270 pounds with a clean-shaven face. Police said he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Pacifica police at (650) 738-7314. Anonymous tips may be left at the Silent Witness Hotline at (650) 359-4444 or online at http://www.cityofpacifica.org/depts/police.

 

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Rockslide Knocks Down Light Pole, Blocks 2 Lanes Of Highway 101 In Sausalito

4 hours 50 min ago

SAUSALITO (CBS SF) — Rocks and large boulders tumbled onto Highway 101  in Southern Marin County Monday morning blocking two lanes.

CalTrans is on the scene with a bulldozer to try to move the 10-foot boulders, hunks of earth, a tree and light pole that spilled across the highway.

The mudslide, first reported at 2:27 a.m., occurred south of Rodeo Avenue in Sausalito.

Two lanes are expected to remain closed until at least 10 a.m. Monday.

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Team Grades: Once Again, Raiders Prove Coliseum Is No Easy Place To Win

6 hours 6 min ago

By Sam McPherson

After another upset win on their home turf Sunday, the 2014 Oakland Raiders now have single-handedly led to the playoff elimination of the Kansas City Chiefs, the San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Bills. And in truth, no one saw any of these three wins coming.

Week 16’s 26-24 victory over the Bills was just the third of the season for the Silver & Black, but all three have come at home in the last five weeks against playoff-contending teams. Oakland is no fluke on its home field, and that bodes well for 2015 as it appears the Raiders will sign a one-year lease extension to play in the Coliseum again.

The team closes out its home schedule with a 3-5 record, something no one would have thought possible earlier in the season when the team was 0-10 and facing history of the wrong kind. Congratulations are in order for interim Head Coach Tony Sparano and his staff for making something out of nothing here in the last month.

Quarterback

Derek Carr started off just 6-for-18 in this game, but he finished 17-for-34. The 214 yards weren’t a lot for that number of attempts, but that’s been an issue for the Raiders all season with their rookie quarterback. And the staff can address that challenge in the offseason. The key here was two touchdown throws and no interceptions. Carr also recovered his own fumble, and a goose egg in the turnover column is what Oakland likes to see out of a rookie QB.

One big positive in this game was the two long completions: a 51-yard toss to Andre Holmes in the fourth quarter that all but clinched the game for the Raiders and the 50-yard completion to Kenbrell Thompkins. It’s those kinds of deep passes that longtime Oakland owner Al Davis loved to see, and Carr has the potential to really elevate his game in 2015 and beyond. GRADE: B+

Offense

The Raiders had 347 yards of total offense against one of the best defenses in the NFL, and unlike Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers before him, Carr was able to find the end zone against the Bills—and without committing any turnovers. The 140 yards on the ground—on 39 carries—was an incredible way for the Oakland offense to keep the ball for almost 34 minutes in this contest.

Latavius Murray and Darren McFadden combined for 32 carries and all 140 of those yards. In addition, each running back busted off a 25-yard run at some point in the game. McFadden’s big run came right after Holmes’ big grab, and it set up the Raiders final TD of the day. Thompkins and Holmes had the big days receiving, thanks to those long completions, but overall, Carr found eight different receivers on the day against a very good defense. GRADE: A

Defense

The Buffalo offense has some talented runners, but the Oakland defense stuffed them: 13 yards on 13 carries. That’s not a misprint. The run defense that was so sieve-like earlier in the year really came to play against the Bills. And when you stop the run like that, it gives any defense a chance to play the pass better than usual.

Journeyman QB Kyle Orton managed three TDs and 329 yards still, but he needed 49 throws to do it—and the Raiders intercepted him twice. Each of the main Buffalo receivers caught a touchdown, but the Silver & Black defense did just enough to hang on and win this one. Remember that early-season home loss to the San Diego Chargers when they couldn’t hold the lead? This time, they did. GRADE: B+

Special Teams

Punter Marquette King did his usual thing with a 44.2-yard average on six punts, and kicker Sebastian Janikowski nailed four field goals in five attempts. He missed a 48-yard kick late in the fourth quarter with the team already up by nine points, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. GRADE: A-

Home Field Advantage: Oakland

Heading into 2015, the Raiders now know they can hold their own on the Coliseum turf. As the team prepares to close out 2014 with a road game in Denver next weekend against the Broncos, the Silver & Black could start focusing on how to win on the road—something they haven’t done since Week 11 in 2013.

But what a great way to end the 2014 home slate: three straight wins that helped knock three good teams out of playoff contention. When the Chiefs, the 49ers and the Bills look back at what went wrong for them this season, they’re going to see the Black Hole staring right back at them.

And that’s going to hurt.

For more Raiders news and updates, visit Raiders Central.

Sam McPherson is a freelance writer covering all things Oakland A’s. His work can be found on a Examiner.com.

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Butte County Billboard Showing Gun-Toting Santa Draws Controversy

11 hours 34 min ago

CHICO (CBS/AP) — A billboard showing Santa Claus carrying an automatic rifle is drawing controversy in a Northern California town.

The billboard put up on the outskirts of Chico comes with the slogan “We build AR’s for Santa,” and advertises for a gun range that assembles such weapons for sale.

The gun range owners said they didn’t intend to make the ad offensive. They said some people give guns as Christmas presents, and they put the ad up along California Highway 99, on the outskirts of town, to draw attention to their fledgling business.

“And you know, ’tis the season, so we thought it would be a good idea,” said Steve Dyke, co-owner of Down Range Indoor Training Center. Dyke says like it or not, the Santa ad is staying up.

One resident said juxtaposing a symbol of joy and giving with a weapon is “just so contradictory.” Another woman said she wouldn’t want her son to see Santa holding a gun.

“Obviously, Santa Claus is synonymous with Christmas,” said Dyke. “We actually got a kick out of it — thought it would be good and other people would think it was funny.”

Billboards are banned within Chico city limits. However, that doesn’t apply to the gun range since it’s technically outside town.

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Pittsburg Man Fatally Shot At House In Antioch

12 hours 18 min ago

ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — Police are investigating the shooting death of a 23-year-old Pittsburg resident in Antioch Sunday afternoon.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at 2:38 p.m. at a residence in the 2100 block of Peppertree Way, police said.

Officers arrived to find a man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and police said he was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

Police said no further information would be released at this time.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call Antioch police Detective James Stenger at (925) 779-6894.

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Torched Vehicle In SF Castro District Is 5th Such Incident In A Week

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 22:41

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — For the fifth time in a week, a vehicle was found engulfed in flames in San Francisco’s Castro District on Sunday morning.

Police told KPIX they would investigate the blaze — which demolished a car on Hartford Street — as a possible arson.

Neighbors seem certain that this fire is connected to four other vehicle fires in the same area which all happened within the span of about an hour, on Wednesday.

“That particular part of the neighborhood is gated and very clearly blocked off, so I don’t think it was any accident that the fire started that way,” Jonathan Stoft, who lives nearby, told KPIX.

Police say Sunday morning’s incident isn’t being treated as an emergency because no one was hurt.

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Western Research Team Builds Drought-Fighting Drone To Seed Rainclouds

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 20:48

LAKE TAHOE (CBS SF) — California communities suffering from extreme drought could soon get help from an unlikely source — unmanned aerial vehicles, a.k.a. drones.

For years, ground-based machines have injected tiny silver iodide particles into passing storm clouds — a process called cloud seeding. The process can squeeze about 10% more precipitation during a storm.

Meteorologist Jeff Tilley and his team at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute in Reno are developing a first-of-its-kind drone to take the seeding process high in the sky.

Piloted planes have been used to seed clouds for more than 60 years. Planes can produce an additional 1 billion gallons of water for every 25 to 45 hours in flight but manned aircraft need to stay above the clouds, for safety reasons.

Tilley says drones can fly through the clouds and can stay aloft longer, producing even more precipitation for communities devastated by drought. He hopes his cloud-seeding drone will begin soaking western communities soon.

It’s estimated that unmanned drones could cut cloud-seeding costs in half, because they require much less fuel than manned planes.

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California DMV Misses Year-End Deadline To Set Rules For Self-Driving Cars

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 19:16

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they’ll know whether “driverless” vehicles are safe.

It’s a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators’ struggle to balance consumer protection with innovation.

Safety is a chief selling point, since self-driving cars — thanks to an array of sensors — promise to have much greater road awareness and quicker reaction time than people. Plus, they won’t text, drink or doze off.

Though the cars are at least a few years away from showrooms, seven companies are testing prototypes on California’s roads, and regulators have questions: Do they obey all traffic laws? What if their computers freeze? Can they smoothly hand control back to human drivers?

DMV officials say they won’t let the public get self-driving cars until someone can certify that they don’t pose an undue risk. The problem is that the technology remains so new there are no accepted standards to verify its safety. Absent standards, certifying safety would be like grading a test without an answer key.

Broadly, the department has three options: It could follow the current U.S. system, in which manufacturers self-certify their vehicles; it could opt for a European system, in which independent companies verify safety; or the state could (implausibly) get into the testing business.

“It’s a huge undertaking,” said Bernard Soriano, who oversees the DMV’s regulatory process. “There are all of these issues that need to be adequately answered.”

Manufacturers generally would prefer self-certification. That may be where California ends up, but for now the DMV is exploring independent certification — something that doesn’t exist for driverless cars.

In July, the DMV asked third-party testers whether they’d be interested in getting into the game. The department doesn’t have the expertise to create a safety standard and testing framework, so “the department wanted to get a very good sense of what is out there in the market,” according to Russia Chavis, a deputy secretary at the California State Transportation Agency, which oversees the DMV and requested a deeper exploration of third-party alternatives to self-certification.

Two large European testers and two businesses in Ohio responded to the DMV’s request. None was ready to implement a program immediately.

So the department is asking industry, consumer groups and other interested parties to gather in January for a public workshop on safety standards.

Whatever course California officials take could influence how other states — and perhaps even the federal government — approach the issue. California is such a large consumer market that in many cases its rules become de facto national standards.

Federal transportation officials have said they don’t plan to write driverless car safety standards any time soon, and they don’t want states writing their own. SAE International, an association of engineers, has been developing a set of safety guidelines — but those are for vehicle testing and don’t get into specific performance levels that would be needed for commercially available cars.

California’s Jan. 1 deadline was set by a 2012 state law that regulated testing on public roads and required the DMV to publish rules guiding what carmakers need to do before they can bring the vehicles to market. The law also says the DMV should encourage the development of driverless cars.

Regulations often lag cutting-edge technology, but California’s driverless car policy has developed sooner because of lobbying from one of the state’s signature companies: Google.

Self-driving vehicles are a departure from the Silicon Valley giant’s Internet search and advertising core, but a priority for co-founder Sergey Brin.

Even before Google pushed the 2012 law that officially legalized driverless technology, the Silicon Valley giant had dispatched its cars hundreds of thousands of miles. Google says its Toyota Priuses and Lexus SUVs, souped up with radar, cameras and laser sensors, have an excellent safety record. They have been involved in just a “few” accidents, though not at fault in any of them, spokeswoman Courtney Hohne said.

Google has its own idea for how to determine whether vehicles are safe.

At a March hearing on DMV regulations, Ron Medford, the company’s driverless car safety director and a former federal transportation official, suggested the department do road testing.

“I would be cautious,” he said, “not to make some of these things more complicated than they are.”

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Raiders Knock Out Bills With 26-24 Win

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 17:56

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — With their playoff hopes at stake, the Buffalo Bills couldn’t manage to stop Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders.

Carr threw two touchdown passes and Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals to help the Raiders knock the Bills from playoff contention with a 26-24 victory Sunday.

The Bills (8-7) needed to win their final two games and get some help to end the NFL’s longest active playoff drought at 14 seasons. But they failed at the easiest part – beating the lowly Raiders (3-12) – and will miss the playoffs for a 15th straight year.

Oakland has the second longest active postseason drought at 12 but has done a good job of playing spoiler in the past five weeks, beating Kansas City, San Francisco and Buffalo.

Carr wasn’t that sharp, completing just 17 of 34 passes for 214 yards, but the rookie did what Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers couldn’t: throw a touchdown pass against Buffalo’s stout defense.

He tied the game with a scoring throw to James Jones in the second quarter and then sealed it with a 1-yarder to Jamize Olawale with 2:51 to go.

That came after Oakland stopped Buffalo on a third-and-1 near midfield when Ray-Ray Armstrong deflected a pass to Chris Hogan and Carr converted a third-and-22 with a 51-yard pass to Andre Holmes.

Darren McFadden then ran it 25 yards down to the 1, and Carr hit Olawale two plays later to seal Buffalo’s fate.

After Janikowski missed a 48-yard field goal attempt, Orton threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods with 1:09 to play to cut it to 26-24. But Charles Woodson recovered the ensuing onside kick to end it.

The Bills came into the game vowing not to overlook the two-win Raiders. But Orton struggled after an early touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins, throwing an interception and posting five straight three-and-outs on Buffalo’s next six possessions to put the Bills in a hole they never could overcome.

Instead of having a playoff berth possibly on the line next week in New England, the Bills can start looking ahead to next season and figuring out what to do at quarterback. Orton failed to get Buffalo over the hump after replacing ineffective second-year player EJ Manuel.

Orton went 32 for 49 for 329 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Raiders got a pair of field goals from Janikowski in the third quarter to take a 19-10 lead, but the Bills managed to stay within striking distance by keeping Oakland out of the end zone.

Buffalo then got right back into it on the opening play of the fourth quarter when Orton connected on a 29-yard touchdown pass to Scott Chandler to make it 19-17.

But that was as close as it would get.

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Registered Sex Offender Arrested After Allegedly Making Terrorist Threats To Neighbor In Salinas

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 17:18

SALINAS (CBS SF) — Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a registered sex offender Saturday who allegedly threatened a neighbor with a knife and made terrorist threats to the neighbor, sheriff’s officials said.

Members of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force arrested Mark Davis, 56, at his home, located at 2404 N. Main St. in Salinas around 11 a.m.

Sheriff’s officials said Davis was found to be in violation of his probation terms.

Further investigation revealed Davis had made “terrorist threats” to another tenant in his housing complex and displayed a knife, sheriff’s officials said.

He was booked in the Monterey County Jail without incident.

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Elderly San Jose Man Injured After Tree He Was Trimming Falls On Him

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 16:30

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A 76-year-old man was injured when a tree he was cutting on his gazebo fell on him at his San Jose home Sunday afternoon, a fire captain said.

Firefighters responded to a report of a tree that fell on a person at a home near Cropley Avenue and Conifer Lane around 1:10 p.m., San Jose fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said.

The man was found pinned under the tree in the home’s backyard and transported to a hospital, Matlow said.

The man suffered a hand injury and minor scrapes to his arms and legs, according to Matlow.

The tree fell during last week’s storm on the home’s gazebo, he said.

The weight of the tree caused the gazebo to collapse this afternoon, Matlow said.

The gazebo appeared to be “totally destroyed” but the two-story home did not sustain damage from the fall, he said.

The man’s son said he and his father had planned on cutting the tree together, according to Matlow.

The man ended up cutting the tree on his own Sunday when it fell, the fire captain said.

Matlow did not know the man’s condition Sunday afternoon.

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Passerby Discovers Man’s Body Off I-80 In Vallejo

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 14:38

VALLEJO (CBS SF) — The death of a man whose body was found off of Interstate Highway 80 in Vallejo Sunday morning is considered suspicious, a police lieutenant said.

The man, a 48-year-old Vallejo resident, was found on the shoulder of a westbound Highway 80 off-ramp near Interstate Highway 780, Vallejo police Lt. Kevin Bartlett said.

A passerby who discovered the man’s body reported it to the California Highway Patrol around 7 a.m. and Vallejo police also responded to the scene, Bartlett said.

It appears the man died sometime during the night, according to Bartlett.

Investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the death, he said.

The man’s name has not been released pending notification of his next of kin, according to Bartlett.

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BART’s Powell Street Station Ranks As Agency’s Most Crime-Plagued

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 12:59

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — BART’s Powell Street Station in San Francisco sees the most total crime out of any of the transit agency’s stops.

A breakdown of the numbers by the San Francisco Chronicle shows that violent crime has risen inside BART’s transit gates just over 5-percent in just a 10-month period.  Assaults causing serious injuries were up 27-percent according to the report.

BART officials say crime numbers for the agency are similar to that of the cities it serves.

“BART is way safer than most people give it credit for.  We do have our fair share, but look at the types of crimes we have.  Most are crimes of opportunity – purse snatches, phone snatches.  There are very few armed robberies or strong-arm robberies,” Jeffery Jennings, a deputy chief for the BART police department told the Chronicle.

Bay Fair, Hayward, Fruitvale, Concord and North Concord/Martinez stations rounded out the top five stations with the most violent crimes per capita during the period examined, while Coliseum station saw the most vehicle thefts from parking lots.

Glen Park station saw the least amount of violent crime.

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Team Grades: 49ers Start Strong, Stumble Late In Overtime Loss To Chargers

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 11:00

By Jerrell Richardson

Things started well enough for San Francisco Saturday night. They were running the ball, shutting down the Chargers and even got a defensive touchdown. However, despite racing out to a 28-7 halftime lead, the 49ers watched the Chargers come all the way back, tie the game, send it into overtime before they kicked the winning field goal, completing the dramatic comeback beating the 49ers 38-35. By the numbers San Francisco actually played well enough to win, and it took San Diego reaching desperation mode and converting several 4th downs to keep it close, but in the end it was a complete let down in the second half for the 49ers leading to their 4th loss in a row and 8th of the season.

Offense: C

The offense got back to the run, and it certainly made a difference, at least in the first half. As a team the 49ers piled up 355 rushing yards and were controlling the line of scrimmage. Frank Gore ran the ball 26 times for 158 yards and Colin Kaepernick had 151 yards, with 90 coming on an electrifying 90-yard scamper. As a team they ran the ball 40 times, which is by far the team’s most effective running game this season. However, despite the team ending the game with an 8.9 per rush average, the running game was not able to ice the game late, and left it on the passing game and defense to seal the win.

Due to the dominant running game, Colin Kaepernick was not asked to pass nearly as much as Phillip Rivers. He dropped back 26 times, completed 15 of his attempts for 114 yards and was sacked twice. One sack was a big one, that resulted in a fumble and 7 points for San Diego, but with a 97.7 Quarterback Rating for the game, and his rushing totals he played a solid game, and was not one of many reasons San Francisco was unable to hold off the Chargers.

The San Francisco receivers weren’t asked to do much, and obliged. Vernon Davis did have a touchdown called back, but other than Anquan Boldin the wide outs were no shows. Boldin had 7 catches for 61 yards and no other player had 2 receptions. Bruce Ellington had the most productive game of his rookie campaign with a touchdown catch and run, but with one catch and 3 rushes on the day not even he can really brag about his production. But they did score 28 points.

Defense: D+

Despite missing several big names on defense, the 49ers looked like they had the Chargers number. San Diego was having problems running the ball, and Rivers was out of sync for the first half. However, once the Chargers got rolling, the San Francisco defense could do anything to even slow them down, giving up 21 second half points and provided very little resistance.

Phillip Rivers had an interesting game. Due to the score, he was asked to throw the ball 54 times. While he did throw 3 interceptions, he also threw 4 touchdowns and had 356 yards. What made the comeback so impressive and it easier to forget his 3 interceptions was his ability to find the open receiver. Despite missing Keenan Allen, Rivers had no problem finding someone to throw to.

Eddie Royal had 10 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. He also had a huge 4th down catch that kept his team alive. Not to be overshadowed, Antonio Gates had 2 touchdowns as well. 4 different Chargers had at least 50 yards, and for the first time this season, the San Francisco secondary completely laid an egg.

The Chargers were only really able to run the ball late, after they had worn down the 49ers defense, but still managed 98 yards on 24 carries as a team. Linebacker Michael Wilhoite lead the defensive charge with 9 tackles, while fellow linebacker Nick Moody chipped in 7. Safety Antoine Bethea had 8 tackles and a pick six but in the end, after allowing 38 points, no member of the defense can say they played well for 4 quarters.

Special Teams: C+

The special teams played well, but couldn’t do quite enough to help the team get the win. Andy Lee was solid as usual, and the 49ers had several good kickoff returns, but Phil Dawson missed a potential game winner. Dawson’s attempt was from 60 yards, but he has shown the leg and accuracy to hit from this distance and the team desperately needed him to deliver the late game heroics. Perrish Cox set up the final attempt with a 57 yard kickoff return, but in the end it was not enough.

Losing Streak Continues, But 49ers Show Life

Despite the score, and fact that they gave up 28 points in the second, half, the 49ers were still in a position to win the game late. In fact if not for a fumble in overtime, San Francisco might still have pulled out the win. However, they didn’t deserve a win, and couldn’t make the final one or two plays to put the nail in the coffin of their opponent. Despite the outcome though, the 49ers at least showed some signs of life. Factor in who they had on the field, what their opponent was playing for and while there is no around the fact that they handed this game to the Chargers, it’s at least a good sign that the team finally remember that they can run the ball and that they have yet to call it a season, despite the playoffs not in their future

For more 49ers news and updates, visit 49ers Central.

Jerrell Richardson is a Bay Area native who due to a college career at San Diego State University has grown an appreciation for all things sports related in California. His heart will always remain in San Francisco though where he currently resides and covers everything from the San Francisco 49ers and Giants to the San Jose Sharks and California Bears Baseball team. Jerrell is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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Rollover Crash Blocks Lanes Of I-80 In Fairfield

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:40

FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) — A solo car crash is blocking two lanes of Interstate Highway 80 in Fairfield Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers responded to a report of a crash on westbound Highway 80 west of Interstate Highway 680 around 8:30 a.m., CHP officials said.

The car rolled over and the driver suffered major injuries in the accident, according to the CHP.

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A Sig-alert was issued at 8:59 a.m. and there is no estimated time of when the lanes will reopen, CHP officials said.

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Verbal Exchange Outside BART Station Leads To Shooting In Concord

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:06

CONCORD (CBS SF) — A verbal exchange outside the city’s BART station late Saturday left a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg, Concord police said Sunday morning.

The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Grant Street where taxicabs line up to pick up BART passengers, said Sgt. S. Donnelly.

Donnelly said the victim and a couple of friends were waiting for a taxi when a car pulled up and the victim exchanged words with the person or persons in the car.

From the car, the shooter fired only one shot and hit the victim.

Police are saying the car was a black or dark-colored 4-door sedan.

Police are in the process of interviewing witnesses and are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Concord Police Department.

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No Tsunami Threat After Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Strikes In Indonesia’s Molucca Sea

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 09:43

MOLUCCA SEA (CBS SF) — A earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck in the Molucca Sea Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s automated seismograph alert network.

The quake struck an estimated depth of 34 miles below the earth’s surface. Deeper quakes are less noticeable while a shallow quake–in the 0 to 40 mile depth range–can feel much stronger than their actual reported magnitude. Quakes just below the earth’s surface, in the 0 to 10 miles range, can cause even more damage at lower magnitudes.

No tsunami warning was issued.

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U.S. Mulls Putting North Korea Back On Terrorism List After ‘Act Of Cybervandalism’ Involving Sony’s ‘The Interview’

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 09:33

HONOLULU (CBS/AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an “act of cybervandalism,” not one of war.

“We’re not going to be intimidated by some cyberhackers,” Obama said.

Pledging to respond “proportionately,” the president said the U.S. would examine the facts to determine whether North Korea should land back on the terrorism sponsors list.

“We’re going to review those through a process that’s already in place,” Obama told CNN’s “State of the Union” in an interview broadcast Sunday. “I’ll wait to review what the findings are.”

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North Korea spent two decades on the list until the Bush administration removed it in 2008 during nuclear negotiations. Some lawmakers have called for the designation to be restored following the hack that led Sony to cancel the release of a big-budget film that North Korea found offensive.

Only Iran, Sudan, Syria and Cuba remain on the list, which triggers sanctions that limit U.S. aid, defense exports and certain financial transactions.

But adding North Korea back could be difficult. To meet the criteria, the State Department must determine that a country has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, a definition that traditionally has referred to violent, physical attacks rather than hacking.

North Korea threatened to strike back at the United States if Obama retaliated, the National Defense Commission said in a statement carried by the country’s official Korean Central News Agency. The statement offered no details of a possible response.

The U.S. is asking China for help as it considers how to respond to the hack. A senior Obama administration official says the U.S. and China have shared information about the attack and that Washington has asked for Beijing’s cooperation.

The official was not authorized to comment by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

China wields considerable leverage over North Korea, but Obama has accused China of carrying out cyberthefts, too.

In the CNN interview, taped Friday in Washington before Obama left to vacation in Hawaii, Obama renewed his criticism of Sony’s decision to shelve “The Interview,” despite the company’s insistence that its hand was forced after movie theaters refused to show it.

Obama suggested he might have been able to help address the problem if given the chance. “You know, had they talked to me directly about this decision, I might have called the movie theater chains and distributors and asked them what that story was,” he said.

Sony’s CEO has disputed that the company never reached out, saying he spoke to a senior White House adviser about the situation before Sony announced the decision. White House officials said Sony did discuss cybersecurity with the federal government, but that the White House was never consulted on the decision not to distribute the film.

“Sometimes this is a matter of setting a tone and being very clear that we’re not going to be intimidated by some, you know, cyberhackers,” Obama said. “And I expect all of us to remember that and operate on that basis going forward.”

David Boies, lawyer representing Sony Pictures Entertainment, said the movie will come out. “How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Boies also said theaters “quite understandably” decided not to show the film as scheduled because of threats against them and moviegoers. “You can’t release a movie unless you have a distribution channel,” he said.

North Korea has denied hacking the studio, and on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. to determine the true culprit. The White House rejected the idea and said it was confident North Korea was responsible.

But the next decision — how to respond — is hanging over the president as he vacations with his family in Hawaii.

Obama’s options are limited. The U.S. already has trade penalties in place and there is no appetite for military action.

“I think we’ve got to recognize that this is not a Sony security problem. This is a national security problem,” Boies said.

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