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Will You Remember To ‘Fall Back?’ Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday, Giving You An Extra Hour Of Sleep

3 hours 38 min ago

(AP) — Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

Officially, the change comes at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people set their clocks back before heading to bed Saturday night.

 

 

Residents of Hawaii, most of Arizona and some U.S. territories don’t have to change; daylight saving time is not observed there.

Public safety officials say this is a good time to put a new battery in the smoke alarm no matter where you live.

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. local time the second Sunday in March — March 8, 2015.

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Woman Who Died After Being Stranded On Rocks At San Francisco’s Lands End Identified

4 hours 4 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)_ A woman who died after becoming stranded on the rocks near Lands End on the northern coast of San Francisco Thursday afternoon has been identified by the San Francisco medical examiner’s office as a 26-year-old Seattle resident.

Randi Salmon was pulled out of the water and pronounced dead at the scene on Thursday afternoon.

A second victim, identified as a 27-year-old man, was pulled to safety from some rocks, according to San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.

Fire crews responded around 12:10 p.m. to reports of two people stuck on rocks over a cliff in the area of El Camino Del Mar and 32nd Avenue, Talmadge said.

Rescue swimmers with the fire department and some boat crews responded to the scene. Both the U.S. Coast Guard and National Parks Service were also notified.

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Man Robs Prescription Drugs At Gunpoint From San Francisco Pharmacies

4 hours 5 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A pharmacy in San Francisco’s Marina district and another in the Sunset district were robbed of prescription medication by a man with a gun on Thursday, according to police.

The first robbery was reported at about 7:20 a.m. Thursday at a Walgreens pharmacy in the Marina District.

A suspect, described as an Asian man between the age of 20 and 40, entered the pharmacy located in the 3200 block of Divisadero Street near Lombard Street.

He approached the pharmacy counter with a silver handgun and demanded drugs from the clerk, according to police.

The pharmacy clerk complied and gave the suspect four bottles of medication. The suspect then fled from the store on foot.

The second robbery occurred at about 4:15 p.m. on Thursday in the city’s Central Sunset district, police said.

In that robbery, the suspect, also described as an Asian male and estimated to be in his 20s or 30s, entered Greenhouse Pharmacy in the 1500 block of Noriega Street wearing a backpack.

The owner of the pharmacy, Clarence Yuk, said he heard pills clinking in their bottles inside the man’s backpack as he entered the store.

Yuk’s wife was working behind the counter when the man brandished a handgun at her.

The suspect was dressed in black and had most of his face covered, Yuk said.

The suspect ordered the owner’s wife to hand over whatever supply of the drug hydrocodone that the pharmacy had in stock, Yuk said.

After the clerk gave him the drugs, the suspect fled the store on foot.

Yuk said there is a camera in the store but that it wasn’t plugged in at the time of the robbery.

He said this is the first time in 20 years that the pharmacy has been robbed and that it was all was quite “exciting.”

No injuries were reported in either robberies and police have not yet made any arrests.

 

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Oakland Waste Management Workers Back On The Job After Weeklong Strike

4 hours 27 min ago

OAKLAND (CSB SF)— Waste Management recycling workers are returning to work Friday after a weeklong strike left a mountain of recycling piling up outside a San Leandro facility.

Workers started their strike on Oct. 26, setting up picket lines in front of the recycling sorting center at 2615 Davis St. in San Leandro and at the company’s Alameda County headquarters at 172 98th Ave. in Oakland.

On Thursday, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 6 voted 111-6 in support of the contract, which is largely unchanged from the proposal Waste Management made before the strike began, Waste Management officials and union representatives said.

Although most of the changes are small, union spokesman Craig Merrilees said the strike was effective.

“It was a decision that workers made and overwhelming insisted upon when faced with what they perceived was corporate arrogance and greed,” Merrilees said. “A response had to be made…It shows the unity and determination of the workers.”

The contract provides employees, many of whom were making $12.50 per hour, with a $1.48 pay raise, with wages increasing to $20.94 by 2019. Employees will pay $35 per month for family health benefits and increases will be capped at $10 per month annually, according to Waste Management and the union.

Waste Management spokesman Joe Camero said some of the changes included a tiered ratification bonus package for workers when they sign the contract with employees receiving $500-$1,500 depending on how long they’ve been working for the company.

The six-year contract will be in effect until 2020, Camero said.

“They’re going back to work with their heads held high and dramatic improvements that are not only going to benefit them but will be sure to inspire other workers in Alameda County,” Merrilees said.

Merrilees said the contract victory marked the third successful effort in less than a year by East Bay Recycling workers to secure wage improvement and affordable family health care benefits. In July, recycling workers employed by California Waste Solutions won a similar package, Merrilees said.

In December 2013, Merrilees said BLT Enterprises in Fremont did the same. The new contracts followed a February 2013 “Recyclers Convention” where recycling workers from across the East Bay joined community supporters in discussing ways to secure better wages and benefits, Merrilees said.

Jack Isola, district manager at the Davis Street facility, said the workers would be welcomed back with “open arms.”

“Davis Street is a world-class recycling facility operated by world-class people,” Isola said in a statement. “We welcome back our employees with open arms and look forward to achieving the high diversion goals of the communities that we serve.”

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Barry Bonds Feels ‘Sense Of Completion’ After Inclusion In 1st Giants World Series Celebration

4 hours 41 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Barry Bonds – the man who was once the center of the baseball world as he chased baseball’s most sacred records in a Giants uniform – is apparently all the way back from steroid purgatory, at least as far as the San Francisco Giants are concerned.

Bonds was back in the spotlight Friday at the World Series victory parade where he was spotted in the procession right alongside Willie McCovey and other Giants greats. Bonds has been welcomed back by the team this year after spending several seasons away from the spotlight as the blowback from the steroid era shot squarely in his direction.

The team signaled that he was welcomed back this year when they made him a special instructor during Spring Training. He was spotted around the team several times through the year, even hosting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in a luxury box during the World Series.

Bonds, who’s father was also a star for the Giants, told KPIX 5’s Vernon Glenn that this feels like the completion of a journey that his godfather Willie Mays started when he moved west with the Giants. Mays won a World Series in New York, but the title eluded him (and two generations of the Bonds family) in San Francisco.

“When I came I was a little boy wanting to play for a team,” said Bonds. “My godfather got to do this when he first came in in ’58. I feel a sense of completion…but wow, what a great team.”

Bonds even took to Instagram to show of his vantage point of the party:

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It doesn’t sound like Bonds plans on disappearing from the Giants family again any time soon.

“How about a couple of more World Series wins and we can keep doing this. I want to keep doing this,” Bonds said. “It’s my first one. I want to do it again.”

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San Francisco Bank Robber Hands Nob Hill Teller Note During Heist Before Fleeing

4 hours 45 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF)— A man robbed a bank in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood Thursday evening, police said.

The suspect entered the bank in the 1500 block of Polk Street between California and Sacramento streets at about 5:30 p.m.

The suspect, described as a man in his 40s or 50s, handed the teller a note demanding money, according to police.

The teller complied and handed the money to the suspect.

Police said the suspect fled from the bank, headed south on Polk Street and has not been identified or arrested.

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San Jose Middle School Student Arrested In Assault of Fellow Student On-Campus

5 hours 4 min ago

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— A San Jose middle school student has been arrested on a felony assault with a deadly weapon charge, following the on-campus beating of another student.

A San Jose Police Department spokesperson sent out a release that said that officers were called to Herman Middle School on Blossom Avenue in South San Jose, just before 10:20 a.m. on Thursday because staff members called to say a student had been assaulted by two other students.

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Police said the responding officers determined one of the alleged assailants committed a felony assault with a deadly weapon, although it was feet and hands that were used in the alleged incident. That student was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.

The second suspect was cited by officers for assault and battery. They were released to the custody of a parent. The victim— a male minor was treated for his injuries, which were not considered life-threatening.

Investigators said there is no other information regarding the motive or circumstances surrounding the assault.

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Injury Report: Nine Raiders Questionable For Seattle Game This Weekend

6 hours 12 min ago

By Sam McPherson

What’s worse than facing the defending Super Bowl champions on the road? Facing the defending Super Bowl champions on the road with at least nine players pretty well banged up and unsure if they will play or not.

That’s what faces the 0-7 Oakland Raiders right now as they go to Seattle this weekend to play the Seahawks on Sunday: Nine players are listed as questionable for the Silver & Black, and that won’t make earning their first victory of the season even a remote possibility against the defending champs.

The Seahawks are 4-3 and in third place in their own division, so they may be in a particularly nasty mood for this Week Nine contest. The Raiders are the last winless team in the NFL this season, and there’s a good chance the team will lose its 14th consecutive game dating back to last season.

Five offensive players are questionable for the game: tight end David Ausberry (foot), wide receivers Vincent Brown (hamstring) and Kenbrell Thompkins (other), and fullbacks Marcel Reece (quad) and Jamize Olawale (shoulder). There are four defensive guys also banged up: cornerbacks Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), Keith McGill (groin) and Carlos Rogers (knee)—as well as defensive end Justin Tuck (knee).

With three corners dinged up, it’ll be interesting to see if Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws the ball more than usual, although the Seattle offense also can ram the ball down the Raiders’ throat with running back Marshawn Lynch.

None of the three cornerbacks has practiced this week: Depth is going to be a major issue for the Oakland defense on Sunday. Rogers usually starts, and if he can’t go, then T.J. Carrie will be forced into the starting lineup. He also serves as the Raiders primary kick returner.

Carrie himself has had some back troubles, but he has been a full participant in practice this week—perhaps out of necessity. Rogers hasn’t missed a game this year, but it’s better to be safe than sorry—as sorry as the Oakland defense has been. Third-stringer CB Neiko Thorpe may be pressed into action on Sunday, too.

Tuck has been limited in workouts this week, but he’s also been a near-zero on the field. He did register his second sack of the season last week against the Cleveland Browns, but the team was expecting a lot more out of him. If his last game was a sign Tuck’s getting better, it would be a shame to see him not be able to go at 100% this Sunday.

Offensively, Reece is the biggest potential loss for the Raiders. He helps the running game work as well as providing additional protection for QB Derek Carr. The fullback was limited in practice this week, and he hasn’t missed a game yet this season. Olawale also was limited on Thursday, so the Oakland offense could be going into a tough situation with two banged-up FBs—and that’s not good against the Seattle defense.

In the passing game, Ausberry and Brown have not practiced this week—neither has Thompkins, who is away from the team right for undisclosed reasons. Usually, Carr spreads the ball around pretty well, so there will be plenty of passing game options still, but the Raiders would still like to have as much depth as possible for this game.

Questionable:

  • Tight end David Ausberry (foot)
  • Wide receiver Vincent Brown (hamstring)
  • Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring)
  • Cornerback Keith McGill (groin)
  • Fullback Jamize Olawale (shoulder)
  • Fullback Marcel Reece (quad)
  • Cornerback Carlos Rogers (knee)
  • Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (non-football issue)
  • Defensive end Justin Tuck (knee)

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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Week 9 Injury Report: 49ers Well Rested, Rams Not So Lucky

6 hours 12 min ago

By Jerrell Richardson

As to be expected, after a week off, the 49ers are as healthy as they have been all year. They have a total of 4 players on this week’s injury report, but each one is just a formality. The team is still a piece or two from being completely full strength, but everyone listed this week as injured will play. On the other sideline the Rams are hurting. They seem to lose a player for the season just about every week, and even those on the active roster are banged up. With where they are at in the season St. Louis is just trying to avoid another injury, and will be seriously undermanned come Sunday.

49ers Finally Healthy

Patrick Willis missed the 49ers last game with a toe injury, and has yet to return to full participation in practice, but the bottom line is that he is playing against St. Louis. The inside linebacker is taking it easy this week as a few extra days of practice mean little for a player of his tenure. At this point in his career, the team just needs him to be as healthy as possible come game time and that’s the reason for his limited action.

This same thought process is behind the limitations put on Tramaine Brock. The team’s starting cornerback played, although a bit rusty before the bye against Denver, and suffered no setback during the game. He was somewhat forced into the lineup a bit prematurely due to other injured players, but after holding up during a game, and a week in between to heal, he too will be playing.

Jimmie Ward was upgraded to a full participant in practice, so he and Chris Culliver, the two 49ers who despite their injuries were able to participant in all practice activities will both be on the field and ready to go for kickoff.

San Francisco 49ers

Limited In Practice:

CB Tramaine Brock (toe), LB Patrick Willis (toe).

Full Participation In Practice:

CB Chris Culliver (hamstring), S Jimmie Ward (quadricep).

Injuries Will Effect Rams

St. Louis has seen injuries derail there entire season, and the hits just keep on coming. Not listed on this report are two of their offensive stars, tackle Jake Long and wide receiver Brian Quick who were lost for the season this past week. Not only does that leave a short time to find replacements at these two positions, they have 13 other players dealing with some sort of injury. The only good news for the Ram is that almost half, of their report will be playing. The rest are question though are question marks which could further handicap a team that has already gone through more than enough of their fair share of injuries.

Two defensive starters, tackle Aaron Donald, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins have been unable to practice all week, and figure to sit this one out. While thin, the team does have backups at each position and can make do without either or both. This also applies for offensive tackle Rodger Saffold whose elbow has kept him on the sidelines with Donald and Jenkins. All three will only play in the team doesn’t feel comfortable without them dressing in case of an emergency depth wise.

On the fence are two other defensive players, safety Rodney McLeod and linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. Due to the various other injuries the team is dealing with, both players should be playing though as they really don’t have a choice. Outside of a setback expect McLeod and Dunbar trying to contain the 49er offense.

St. Louis Rams

Did Not Participate In Practice:

S Cody Davis (Concussion), DT Aaron Donald (Shoulder), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), T Rodger Saffold (elbow).

Limited In Practice:

LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (Toe), S Rodney McLeod (elbow).

Full Participation In Practice:

C Tim Barnes (shoulder), WR Kenny Britt (hip), DE William Hayes (foot), CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), DB Lamarcus Joyner (hip), Marcus Roberson, C Scott Wells (elbow).

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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Giants Fans Parade Photos Pour Into Twitter, Instagram

6 hours 23 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Rain can’t dampen the spirits of Giants fans who are sharing some of the best shots of the World Series champions parade on social media.

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SF Giants take the cable carand get a big welcome. #SFGiantsParade pic.twitter.com/aRUUPiBMgk

— margaret stuart md (@marstu67) October 31, 2014

@rpmws @daytradingradio #Giants #Parade starting now guys! pic.twitter.com/35p0WIGEBL

— Glenn Barker (@glennsbarker) October 31, 2014

RT @sfbizmpetty: Fans are starting to stack pretty high. #giantsparade pic.twitter.com/5gy9fiXARm http://t.co/sWmkkgZQX6

— SF Business Times (@SFBusinessTimes) October 31, 2014

@garrettmickyd as a Giants fan would be like pic.twitter.com/KEGF21z8QU

— Aaron F Wiles (@afwiles) October 31, 2014

SF Giants represent pic.twitter.com/oDC1S594qf

— Vicky (@vickyhpham) October 31, 2014

Awesome. pic.twitter.com/p3VY3x62Ep

— Tom Flannery (@tomflannery1) October 31, 2014

So awesome to see Huddy having a blast. Congrats to the whole Hudson family. @kimberlybhudson #WorldSeriesChampions pic.twitter.com/KCJdD1MdRN

— WavekillerNPatterson (@sfgwill25) October 31, 2014

And some from the champions themselves:

The belt!! The dream!! Thank you @WWEDanielBryan and @WWE! #Yes pic.twitter.com/u4X9fE4av8

— Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) October 31, 2014

Buster and Huddy just having your typical pregame chat on top of buses. We are rolling. #SFGParade pic.twitter.com/RSnxiP4prB

— World Champs (@SFGiants) October 31, 2014

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Professional Wrestler Daniel Bryan Hands Over Title Belt To ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ Brother Hunter Pence

6 hours 41 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Hunter Pence is a repeat champion, but he just got something that could be every bit as meaningful as his two World Series ring: a title belt.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s Daniel Bryan is known for his “Yes! Yes! Yes!” movement, a mantra picked up by the Giants outfielder who is known for firing up his locker room. The slogan has since been picked up by fans and become part of the identity of the 2014 Giants.

Before the first home game of the playoffs, Bryan turned up to meet Pence and fire up fans to take down the Nationals. Here’s how it looked:

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On Friday, just before the World Series victory parade, Bryan returned to San Francisco to reward his friend for a job well done.

The belt!! The dream!! Thank you @WWEDanielBryan and @WWE! #Yes pic.twitter.com/u4X9fE4av8

— Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) October 31, 2014

Earlier this week a coffee shop owner in Kansas City refused to label Pence’s coffee order as for “champ” when the Giants outfielder said that was his name. It looks like Pence now has the belt to prove his claim.

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Woman Hurt, At Least 1 Arrested During Giants World Series Victory Parade

7 hours 3 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The massive crowd assembled for the San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade in San Francisco wasn’t entirely peaceful.

One woman was taken away on a stretcher and a second person was arrested just minutes before the parade formally got underway. Veronica De La Cruz tweeted the information as the first vehicles left the Embarcadero to head down Market Street.

1 arrest made and 1 woman carried away on a stretcher pictured here #giantsparade #SF @CBSSF @KenBastida pic.twitter.com/rtHzlIzdKm

— Veronica De La Cruz (@VeronicaDLCruz) October 31, 2014

It wasn’t immediately clear how the woman was injured or why the arrest was made. We will have details if they become available.

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Brandon Crawford & Family Reflect On Giants Season Ahead Of World Series Victory Parade

7 hours 11 min ago
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and members of his family spoke to reporter Juliette Goodrich about the season and World Series triumph before the start of the victory parade Friday.
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Kane, WWE’s Top Monster, Lists 3 Scariest Pro Wrestlers In History

7 hours 32 min ago
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Kane, WWE’s top monster, lists the scariest wrestlers ever and talks about his new horror movie “See No Evil 2″ on the Turnbuckle Weekly with Chuck Carroll.

Simply put, there is no better guest to have on Halloween than WWE Superstar Kane.

He’s demonic, twisted, sinister and comes from the depths of Hell. That and he’s a butt-kicking machine with a red mask who is also carving out a name for himself as a Hollywood slasher.

I caught up with ‘The Big Red Monster’ just after the release of See No Evil 2, the sequel to WWE Studio’s first major release.

In the film, Kane resurrects the role of Jacob Goodnight, who has an insatiable appetite for gore and ruins a poor girl’s birthday party by going on a killing spree inside of a morgue.

Kane told me he thinks Goodnight ranks among the all-time great big screen slashers because of the uniqueness of the character.

“Jacob runs more on emotion and he thinks, whereas guys like Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, they’re just instinctive (killers),” he said.

Only Hannibal Lecter ranks ahead of Goodnight on his list, purely because The Silence of the Lambs icon is “an intellectual monster” and more realistic than his over-the-top counterparts.

“He’s smarter than everybody else. That’s what makes him so dangerous and scary,” he said.

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But what about the scariest wrestlers in WWE history? I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask the man whom many would say tops the list of pro wrestlers most likely to scare the life out of you.

Kane’s list of most chilling wrestlers (in no particular order):

- Undertaker

- Papa Shango

- Damien Demento

“I’d say there has been other people besides me that have sent shivers up people’s spines,” he humbly said.

I have to throw in Boogeyman, who was recently spotted at WWE headquarters scaring the ever-loving bejeebers out of the fine folks who work there.

There’s a ton of other stuff we covered in the interview, including his thoughts on the uncertain futures of both Undertaker and Daniel Bryan.

You’re going to want to listen to the full interview, trust me.

Here are a few highlights for those of you who are too lazy to listen.

On Undertaker wrestling another match

“I don’t know. You know, I don’t know. He’s one of the greatest competitors of all time. I think what it’s going to come down to with ‘Taker is that if he believes he can perform at the level he wants to perform at. That’s going to be the determining factor. That’s going to be for him to decide and no one else.”

On Daniel Bryan’s future

“He’s a very resilient guy and he’s going to be back. Unfortunately, it’s just one of those things. That’s what happens with injuries of this type. When you’re dealing with nerves and things like that, even the best doctors in the world aren’t always sure what’s going to happen. He’s really tough and the guy has fighting spirit. He’s going to be back at some point and hopefully sooner rather than later.”

The full interview can be heard at the top of the page. Naturally, it’s must-listen material.

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Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room.

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1 Dead After Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crashes In Mojave Desert

7 hours 44 min ago

(CBS SF) – SpaceShipTwo, a commercial aircraft designed for suborbital space tourism malfunctioned and went down over California’s Mojave Desert Friday morning, apparently killing one of two pilots.

Virgin Galactic, which created the vehicle in partnership with The Spaceship Company, confirmed that something had gone wrong in a tweet:

#SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming.

— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) October 31, 2014

Later, the company confirmed the loss of the craft in the following statement:

“Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time. We will work closely with the relevant authorities to determine the cause of the accident and provide updates as soon as we are able to do so.”

Founder Richard Branson is on his way to the crash scene.

Thoughts with all @virgingalactic & Scaled, thanks for all your messages of support. I'm flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team.

— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) October 31, 2014

The California Highway Patrol says there is one fatality and one major injury.

This setback for commercial manned spaceflight is the second disaster this week involving private aerospace companies doing the work formerly only performed by NASA.

On Tuesday evening a privately built, jointly operated Orbital Systems rocket carrying a cargo module for the International Space Station and experiments from local students exploded shortly after liftoff. It was an unmanned rocket.

DISASTER FOR PRIVATE SPACE CONTRACTORS: Unmanned Cargo Rocket Explodes

Virgin Galactic / Scaled Composite’s SpaceShipTwo is typically flown by two pilots.

SpaceShipTwo has been under development at Mojave Air and Spaceport in the desert northeast of Los Angeles.

SpaceShipTwo is carried aloft by a specially designed double-jet and then released before igniting its rocket for a suborbital thrill ride into space and then a return to Earth as a glider.

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This craft is the second version of the SpaceShipOne craft that won the X PRIZE in 2004, taking home a $10 million prize for reaching 100 kilometers in space. The accomplishment helped further fuel the push toward private space tourism.

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Daily Madden: Seahawks Are Vulnerable Again

8 hours 11 min ago

OAKLAND (KCBS) – The Raiders face an uphill battle in their game against the Seahawks in Seattle Sunday.

“It’s not quite as steep as it was a year ago,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “Seattle is not the same team. Last year in Seattle, they were about as close to automatic as you can be. And they’re not that way now. They’re still a good team and the Raiders obviously haven’t won a game, so they’re not. But the foe isn’t going to be as tough as it was a year ago.”

Madden said the Seahawks are missing key players who helped win the Super Bowl.

“Their defense last year was really good,” John said. “The secondary and Richard Sherman and that group took a little too much credit for it, because I felt the real strength of it was their front line. They had eight defensive linemen that they rotated in. They were really good and really active and they made things happen, and they were as tough to play as you could be… They lost some of those guys and it’s not the same.” (5:50)

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Daily Madden: Don’t Underestimate The Rams

8 hours 12 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The 49ers are 10 point favorites to beat the 2-5 Rams at Levi’s Stadium Sunday. But John Madden says St. Louis shouldn’t be taken lightly.

“These games with the Rams can always be tough,” Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “(With) the divisional rivalry, they know you well. The better you know a team — looking at it from the 49ers side — the more conservative you become. Because you remember ‘jeez, we tried that a couple years ago and they stopped that, and we tried this.’ And your memory is too good, so you whittle down stuff and don’t try stuff. And then the game stays close.”

Madden says the key to 49ers success is a strong start on offense.

“(The Rams are) always going to have a trick play,” John said. “If (the 49ers) go out and take it to them right off the bat and score and score and score and get a 20 point lead, then you don’t worry about the tricks. But if you let them hang in there, then they’re going to (try) a fake field goal, a fake punt; they’re going to block a kick; they’re going to have a special play that’s going to get a big play for them. And you can lose the game that way. They do have tricks, they always have tricks, they’re going to have something you’ve never seen before. And if the game is close, that could be effective.” (6:20)

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Mail Stops Showing Up In Santa Clara Neighborhood; Post Office Overtime Fears Blamed

8 hours 26 min ago

SANTA CLARA (KPIX 5) – The U.S. Postal Service goes by the creed “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” but one KPIX 5 viewer said that’s not the case in Santa Clara.

On the Circle Drive neighborhood in Santa Clara a former postal worker said mail stopped coming and she called to find out why.

“My neighbor said he did not receive mail and asked if we had received mail and we had not. There was nothing in our slot. That’s pretty unusual for a Monday,” said the resident identified only as Gail.

She says she was told the overtime clock had stopped her delivery.

“A supervisor handed me over to my carrier who informed me that the new policy in Santa Clara is no mail delivery after 6 p.m.,” she recalled.

The local Letter Carrier Union President says postmasters are under pressure to reduce costs, and that means curbing overtime.

“It’s a betrayal of the trust that the customers have in us. Letter carriers don’t take that lightly,” said union president Frank Ware.

The November election has spiked mail volume, and an increase in small package delivery is causing carriers to fall behind. The no overtime policy may not be in writing, but letter carriers say their managers have told them how to cut costs.

“They have to be off the street by 6:00 p.m., and if they don’t finish the mail, they still have to be off the street by 6,” says Ware.

Post office spokesman Gus Ruiz confirmed there was a breakdown in Santa Clara.

“We will acknowledge that, unfortunately, someone misinterpreted our process,” said Ruiz. “A particular carrier was told to return to the post office by 6 p.m. whether he was finished delivering his mail or not. That’s against our policy.”

Ruiz blamed stopped delivery on a miscommunication between the supervisor and the carrier. He said the carriers are told to manage their routes so that they can be finished by 6 p.m., but the bottom line is that all deliveries must go out.

“I urge people – if you’re not getting your deliveries, or your neighbors are not getting their deliveries  – start making phone calls,” said Gail.

There have been no other reports of similar stoppages in the area.

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Massive Explosion, Fire Critically Injures Multiple People At Walnut Creek Apartment Complex

8 hours 35 min ago

WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — Two people are critically injured and one is unaccounted for after an explosion and fire at an apartment complex in Walnut Creek Friday morning.

Police said the fire broke out in the 1500 block of Sunnyvale Avenue at 10 a.m. The top floor of one of the 4-unit apartment units was completely blown off from the explosion. The fire was extinguished shortly before 11 a.m.

At least one of the two people with critical burn injuries have been airlifted to a nearby hospital, according to Ken Kirby with the Contra Costa County Fire Department. One occupant remains unaccounted for. The partially collapsed building is too unstable for crews to search for a possible victim, according to a fire official.

Contra Costa County Fire investigator Vic Massenkoff said the possibility of a gas leak was for the most part ruled out.

“The butane hash-oil labs are a process where pressurized butane gas is used to extract the THC from marijuana. There’s always that potential. There are some indications that’s a possibility, but again we haven’t been able to go into the scene to complete our investigation, but it’s something we are considering,” he said.

More Sunnyvale pics pic.twitter.com/zv2zKBBJU5

— PIO (@ContraCostaFire) October 31, 2014

KCBS reporter Dave Padilla arrived on the scene shortly after the explosion. He spoke with one man who said he was waiting for the Pleasant Hill Library to open when he heard the explosion. He thought it might be close, but when he followed the smoke, he said it was half a mile away.

Across the street from the explosion, Sunnyvale Deli and Market owner Gila Naziri says he was working when things started falling off the shelves as the collapse occurred.

Another witness said she saw injured people after the explosion standing in the street with blood flowing from their faces and hands, appearing to be in shock.

Contra Costa Fire officials say they are getting reports of damage up to 2o0 feet away with widespread glass breakage. The explosion is considered an isolated incident

An evacuation shelter is in place at United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave for the 50 displaced residents and neighbors.

Sunnyvale IC pic.twitter.com/KrYfA1OtMN

— PIO (@ContraCostaFire) October 31, 2014

@kron4news massive boom explosion in Walnut Creek shook entire building across freeway on Oak rd and now fire pic.twitter.com/nB0qEvGWvB

— Nicole Hoff (@NicoleHoff01) October 31, 2014

 

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Kaiser Nurses Announce 2-Day Strike Over Ebola Preparedness

8 hours 51 min ago

OAKLAND (KCBS) — Registered nurses claim the nation’s hospitals are inadequately prepared to protect them against Ebola and announced on Thursday that they will hold a National Day of Action on Nov.12 which includes a two-day strike at every Kaiser Permanente hospital and clinic.

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Tens of thousands of nurses are expected to strike or picket from coast to coast because they say hospitals aren’t taking their concerns about Ebola seriously.

RoseAnn DeMoro, the executive director of both the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United, announced the plan at union headquarters in Oakland.

“It’s a crime that nurses actually have to strike, that they have to picket. Nurses who’ve been willing to stand for the patients, stand by the patients irrespective of their conditions whether it’s flu or whether it’s Ebola. Whatever it is, nurses have been there,” DeMorro said.

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DeMoro said 18,000 nurses will walk out at 66 Kaiser’s facilities, in a two-day strike, because Kaiser has been especially cavalier in dismissing nurses’ worries.

In a statement, Kaiser said that such allegations are “simply untrue,” and that it’s in the middle of contract negotiations with the union, which they say is well aware of it’s comprehensive Ebola preparation, and that they will make contingency plans to operate normally during the strike.

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