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Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Off Guam, No Tsunami Reported

6 hours 21 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 struck off the coast of Guam in the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s automated seismograph alert network.

The earthquake struck shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday local time (11 p.m. Tuesday Pacific Time), about 30 miles northwest of the capital Hagatna, at a depth of 83.2 miles.

According the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a tsunami was not generated because the earthquake was located too deep inside the earth.

The Pacific Daily News of Guam said there are no reports of injuries or damage resulting from the quake.

No damage, injuries or power outages have been reported after the 7.1 magnitude #earthquake #Guam

— Guam PDN (@GuamPDN) September 17, 2014

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After Winning Nation’s Best Burrito Award, San Francisco’s La Taqueria Inundated By Diners

6 hours 31 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Customers have bombarded a Bay Area taqueria, ever since the restaurant bested tens of thousands of other eateries in a national contest.

FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver and ESPN’s number crunching site, crowned La Taqueria in San Francisco’s Mission District as having the best burrito in the country.

The search started this summer after editor and stat guru Nate Silver started a burrito bracket with more than 67,000 restaurants.

“When I found out about it, I didn’t think we had a chance,” said Jesus Jara, La Taqueria’s manager and the son of the owner.

“I just left them alone. I didn’t talk to them or anything. I let them enjoy the food and that was about it,” Jara recalled when they reviewed the restaurant.

Apparently that was enough. After they won, the restaurant blew up with customers, and so did Jara’s phone.

“And it just kept going off and off and off all day long,” Jara said.

It got so busy that Jara said they ran out of food. “We were definitely not prepared for the large amount of people that came, so we did not have enough carnitas for everyone. But now we are definitely stocked up and ready to go,” he said.

After 41 years in business, Jara said, “It’s just very exciting to see people come and try our delicious food.”

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Residents Gather To Support Richmond City Councilmember Bullied Over Race, Sexual Orientation

7 hours 6 min ago

RICHMOND (CBS SF) — Residents gathered in support of a Richmond city councilmember who has been bullied and taunted at meetings for her race and sexual orientation.

Supporters of councilmember Jovanka Beckles say it’s not okay for members of the public to bully her.

“It’s not really about her politics, it’s about who she is, and I don’t think it’s ever okay to name call about who someone is,” demonstrator Alfreda Wright said.

MORE: Richmond Backs Off Plan To Ban Anti-Gay Speakers

But Richmond’s City Manager says nothing can be done to stop the public’s right to free speech.

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San Francisco Allocates $2.1M To Legal Aid For Unaccompanied Minors, Families Facing Deportation

7 hours 30 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — About a dozen children attended the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday afternoon thanking the supervisors for passing an ordinance Tuesday devoting more than $2.1 million over the next two years to legal services for unaccompanied minors and families without representation who face deportation to Central America.

The ordinance passed Tuesday afternoon allocates more than $1.06 million this year and a matching amount next year from the city’s General Fund Reserve to the Mayor’s Office of Housing for legal services for unaccompanied children and families on the San Francisco Immigration Court’s expedited removal docket, according to the Board of Supervisors.

The American Bar Association’s President William Hubbard addressed a letter to the board supporting the ordinance, stating that the massive influx of children “reflects a regional humanitarian crisis.”

He said children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico are fleeing acts of violence, abuse, neglect and even death threats.

Hubbard said many of the children who have been apprehended by the federal authorities at the Mexican border for illegally crossing into the country are eligible to apply for immigration relief.

However, he said that because there is no right to appointed counsel for unaccompanied children in removal proceedings, these children frequently have to represent themselves against experienced trial lawyers.

According to a study conducted by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse Immigration Project, children undergoing deportation proceedings without attorneys are deported nine out of 10 times, while those with representation have a 50 percent chance of not being deported.

In a policy analysis report by the Board of Supervisor’s Budget and Finance Committee released this month, the cost of annual legal representation for the roughly 2,130 cases per year expected to be without representation in San Francisco Immigration Court, is estimated to be $6.25 million.

The ordinance passed Tuesday will fund $2.1 million of that overall estimated cost.

Among the young children at Tuesday’s meeting who addressed the Board and the public in Spanish through an English interpreter, was Fatima, who fled El Salvador.

She thanked the board for “helping her and other children find attorneys.”

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, who authored the proposal presented certificates of honor to Fatima and a handful of other children who testified at the Board of Supervisor’s budget and finance committee.

The committee voted unanimously last week and the full Board of Supervisors followed suit Tuesday.

Prior to the passing of the ordinance, Abigail Trillin, executive director of the San Francisco-based non-profit Legal Services for Children, said the need for services has become “overwhelming” and that there is “not the capacity to represent each child, especially given the expedited process.”

The expedited process, a nationwide issue known as the “rocket docket,” is a result of the Obama administration speeding up the deportation process to deal with a wave of children who arrived at the United States’ southern border without guardians this year.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, about 66,000 unaccompanied minors and another 66,000 family units have been apprehended since October.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials predict that the total number of apprehensions of unaccompanied minors could reach 90,000 by the end of this month.

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iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus – Which Is Better?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 21:24

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Apple fans have been wondering which of the company’s new iPhones have been most worth the wait.

The company’s rivals have been introducing ‘phablets’ with large screens, making Apple’s devices look puny, according to CNET Senior Writer Shara Tibken, but the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus strike back at those other phones with 4.7-inch, and 5.5-inch screens.

“If you’re looking for the absolute top-line device you’re going to want the 6 Plus. But for the mainstream user, the 6 is going to be enough,” Tibken said.

MORE: Tim Cook Introduces 2 New iPhones

The 6 Plus also has an upgraded camera over the 6.

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Woman Hit, Killed By Amtrak Capitol Corridor Train In Hayward

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 21:00

HAYWARD (CBS SF) — A woman was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Hayward Tuesday evening, police said.

Officers responded to reports of a woman struck by a train on the tracks south of Industrial Parkway West around 5:10 p.m., Hayward police Lt.  Jeff Lutzinger said.

The collision happened on the tracks where Amtrak had the right of way, Lutzinger said.

The train stopped and unloaded passengers who were shuttled away from the scene, he said.

There were 126 passengers on the Amtrak 542 train at the time of the collision, Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said.

No injuries were reported to passengers or crew members, she said.

The train was on the Capitol Corridor route heading toward Sacramento, according to Woods.

Amtrak service has been delayed due to the collision, she said.

The train was still at the scene as of 7:15 p.m. Tuesday evening and Union Pacific Railroad police are investigating the collision.

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State Coordinating Response To Battle Massive Wildfires Throughout California

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:48

SACRAMENTO (KPIX 5) – From near the Oregon border, to Yosemite National Park, crews are battling massive wildfires that have scorched thousands of acres.

The Boles Fire in Siskiyou County has burned about 100 homes and a Catholic Church, as it raged through the town of Weed. East of Sacramento, the King Fire in El Dorado County has burned nearly 12,000 acres and is threatening 500 homes. And in Madera County, the Courtney Fire has destroyed nearly three dozen structures.

Officials with the California Office of Emergency Services near Sacramento are making sure local communities have all the resources they need to fight these fires, from staffing, to tankers, to shelters.

“We had a lot of fires all at the same time, which created a need for multiple resources simultaneously,” said Deputy Fire Chief Brian Woodbeck of the California Emergency Management Agency.

While 6,000 firefighters across the state battle fires like the one that has devastated the town of Weed, two dozen people are hunkered down in this California OES Command center in Mather, answering phones and making calls to send help.

“What are the values at risk? Whether it’s a community, whether it’s lives, property, environmental assets, or infrastructure, those factors do play into which incidents get immediate need resources,” said Cal Fire spokesperson Dennis Mathisen.

Unlike the firestorms in 2007 that devastated Southern California, right now the dozen fires, all but one in the North, are manageable. There are enough resources at the local, state and federal levels so no one is being left to fend for themselves.

“We’re kind of like the only show in town, where all the fires are pretty much in California in the West Coast, so all those aircraft are here,” Woodbeck said.

This is the third time this summer they’ve activated this statewide coordination. Most recently, they assisted after the Napa quake. As local communities get overwhelmed, OES has deployed 260 fire engines from various fire departments. Three years into the drought, a lack of water is hampering efforts, but they saw this coming.

“We’ve anticipated being busy and we have been. And the predictions have pretty much come true for us,” Woodbeck said.

Some people can’t remember the last day they were off.

“Firefighters have been fighting fires all summer. They are getting tired, the equipment is getting worn,” Woodbeck said.

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49ers Working With Transit Officials To Improve Post-Game Traffic Outside Levi’s Stadium

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:16

SANTA CLARA (KCBS)— San Francisco’s 49ers are putting their heads together with transit officials in hopes of improving the horrible post-game traffic some fans were forced to endure last Sunday.

Lifelong 49ers fan Bruce Simon said the only thing worse than losing to the Chicago Bears was the traffic he had to endure outside Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium after the home opener. It was like adding insult to injury.

It took his family two hours just to leave the stadium’s parking lot.

“Cars were going every which way trying to get out. It felt like you were trapped there,” he said.

The issue may have been that the parking lot exits crossed paths with pedestrians and light rail trains, leaving only small windows for cars to leave.

49ers spokesperson Bob Lang said it’s something they will be looking at, but he adds there are no easy fixes.

“When 70,000 people leave the stadium at the same time, there will be traffic. I think everybody understands that. I think our job right now is to try to mitigate and improve and optimize the flow of traffic the best we can,”

Meanwhile, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Spokesperson Colleen Valles said they are hoping to give buses priority access on roadways.

“Our buses get stuck in the traffic a little bit too so it behooves us to get this all worked out,” Valles said.

Santa Clara police said they arrested 31 people during Sunday’s game; about the same number as was typical at Candlestick Park.

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Bay Area Residents Struggle To Get Out Of Cabo San Lucas After Hurricane Odile

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:21

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (KPIX 5) — Bay Area travelers are among the thousands of vacationers trapped in a devastated Cabo San Lucas, Mexico following Hurricane Odile’s path of destruction.

KPIX 5 senior technician Rich Viglienzoni has two daughters, Lia and Adriana, among the stranded Baja California travelers.

“I was extremely nervous from Saturday night,” said Viglienzoni. “My wife and I both felt much better when we got word that they were OK, that they survived.”

Their daughters were in Cabo for Lia’s bachelorette party this past weekend.

Viglienzoni said his daughters’ hotel is in tatters, with no food and no water, along with no clean clothes among the group of friends staying there.

“Two of the girls who went lost their luggage,” said Viglienzoni. “It was evidently swept away, or, blown away, or something like that.”

Adriana does have a medical condition and only enough medicine for a couple more days.

They were moved to rooms on a lower floor, right next to a room full of flamingos put there for safe-keeping.

They have no idea right now how they will be coming home. The airport is heavily damaged and won’t open until at least this weekend. The wedding is scheduled a week after that.

“There’s going to be a lot of disappointed people and an awful lot of wasted money if that doesn’t happen.”

Some people were getting out. Bay Area resident Brian Spatz didn’t know how he would get out, with the airport closed. But he and his buddies went anyway and were rewarded with a lift out of Cabo to Tijuana aboard a Mexican Air Force jet.

“When we got there there were thousands of people there,” said Spatz. “We were lined up, and waiting outside the airport, for an hour and the line kept moving and they kept filling planes, and we were the second plane out to TJ.”

The only other airport option is more than 300 miles away, through the mountains and on roads that also could be damaged.

“It’s just completely devastated, everything was leveled,” said Spatz. “Power poles on the ground. Windows that had blown out. Buildings that had fallen over.”

Mexico’s Interior Ministry said both military and commercial planes were carrying travelers free of charge out of Los Cabos International Airport, which was still closed Tuesday.

Hurricane Odile was downgraded to a tropical storm on Tuesday and was expected to hit Arizona as a tropical depression on Wednesday.

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Patients Racking Up Medical Bills Despite Affordable Care Act

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:58

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Even people with health insurance can still rack up significant medical debt, particularly if they get a serious illness.    Now,  a new service from Nerdwallet is helping steer individuals with outstanding medical debt to medical billing experts,  who can help reduce those bills.

“Accuracy is the first issue,” according to Linda Adler,  founder of Pathfinders Medical Advocacy & Consulting.  Adler, who’s also a patient advocate, says she and other medical billing experts look for errors, confirm the insurer is covering everything it’s supposed to cover, and attempt to negotiate lower bills. “The thing about having a medical billing advocate is we speak the language (as the insurers.)  We can make calls on your behalf.”

Adler and her team recently helped cancer survivor Marcus Rietema shave thousands off his outstanding bills.  After contracting lymphoma, the father of three was facing about $60,000 in medical debt.  Although crowdfunding helped him  raise about $30,000, he and his wife realized they could use more help.  “I was really frustrated with the insurance plan,” Kim Rietema told Consumerwatch.

And help like that is getting easier to find.  While you can search for a medical billing expert on your own,  Nerdwallet recently introduced a service intended to match billing professionals with people who need help.  Nerdwallet first offers a free evaluation to see if you’re a good candidate.  If you are, Nerdwallet makes the referral.  “Oftentimes the outcome is several thousand dollars in savings,” according to Nerdwallet’s Christina LaMontagne.  She says four out of five medical bills contain an error.

Medical billing experts typically charge a fee for their services.  It’s usually a percentage of the amount they have reduced the bills, or an hourly rate.  Adler donated her services to the Rietema’s.  Their debt is now down to $6,000, a sum they’re chiseling away,  according to Kim Rietema.

Nerdwallet’s referral program is part of the site’s new Nerdwallet Health Program.  It also offers free advice and on-line forums for people with medical billing issues.

 

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Gov. Brown Signs Legislation Establishing Rules On Groundwater Amid Drought

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:53

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California will no longer be the only western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday requiring local agencies with depleted supplies to begin managing their wells. The state can intervene if necessary.

The worst drought in a generation gave momentum to three bills by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson of Sacramento and Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills, both Democrats.

Groundwater makes up nearly 60 percent of the state’s water use during dry years but is not monitored and managed the same way as water from reservoirs and rivers.

Over-pumping of groundwater has led vast swaths of land to sink.

Republicans and Central Valley Democrats criticized the legislation, saying it punishes well-managed agencies and infringes on water rights.

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BART Police Reviews Arrest Caught On Camera Of Woman Slammed Down By Officer Aboard Train

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:32

PITTSBURG (CBS SF)–BART police are reviewing an incident on a train at the Pittsburg/Bay Point station last week in which an officer slammed a woman to the ground as he attempted to detain her.

More than one passenger captured footage of the incident via cellphone as the train was stopped at the Pittsburg/Bay Point station last Wednesday night.

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An officer at the station was called around 9:30 p.m. to respond to reports that a woman aboard a San Francisco International Airport-bound train was acting erratically, pounding on the windows and trying to pry open the train doors as they left the station, according to a BART police report.

When the officer arrived on the train he found a woman who appeared to be passed out and attempted to arrest her on suspicion of public intoxication, police said.

A video posted by a fellow passenger on YouTube shows the officer trying to handcuff the woman, who repeatedly asks why he is hurting her.

At one point the video shows the officer suddenly slam the woman to the ground.

The man recording the video and other passengers can be heard commenting on the officer’s treatment of the woman and the woman herself began crying and continued to resist arrest.

Paramedics and additional BART police officers arrived a short time later and took the woman into custody.

She was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and resisting arrest and taken to a hospital for medical clearance before being booked into county jail in Martinez.

Police said the woman was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine at the time of the incident.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said BART police are reviewing footage from a camera worn by the officer involved in the use of force as well as other information.

“The standard use of force review is taking place now just as with all use of force incidents,” she said. “That review makes it to the chief’s office.”

Trost said she could not release the name of the officer involved or the woman who was arrested until a report on the use of force is complete.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no one had come forward to file a complaint against the officer, who has not been placed on leave or disciplined, she said.

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Bryan Cranston Dons An Oakland A’s Jersey For MLB Post-Season

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:30
The "Breaking Bad" star dons an A's jersey and premiered his one-man show for the MLB post-season
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Silicon Valley Community Leaders Question Disproportionate Numbers Of Ethnic Minority Kids In Juvenile Justice System

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:17

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Community leaders in Santa Clara County have kicked off a two-day public forum on what they call a disproportionately high number of kids from an ethnic-minority background in the child welfare and juvenile justice system.

Statistics show that the distorted rates are higher in Santa Clara more than any other county in the State of California. The head of the NAACP in Silicon Valley claims the reason why is because of racism.

“We just tend to arrest black and brown kids and they tend to get into the juvenile hall system, which leads them to the jail or prison system. In the land of opportunity when there’s so many jobs and so much opportunity in Santa Clara County, we need to look for more ways to give these young people opportunities to be successful in life,” said Pastor Jethro Moore, president of the NAACP Silicon Valley chapter.

County Supervisor Cindy Chavez is questioning these numbers. “We have more Latino and African-American children in our foster care and juvenile justice system than in our general population,” she said.

“Why is that? Is that because they need the services? Because there’s bias? Is it because those families are reported on more?” she added. “We don’t know the answers to those questions and we’re trying to figure that out.”

Moore said while the Bay Area has the image of being a very tolerant place, these statistics simply don’t reflect that tolerance.

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Northern California Lumber Town Of Weed Takes Stock After Devastating Wildfire

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:15

WEED, Siskiyou County (CBS/AP) — Despite warnings about the dangers of wildfires and drought-parched forests, the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed caught the entire community off guard.

In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 150 structures including a saw mill and a church, but many of them homes, according to State fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean. The fire moved so fast that residents had only a few minutes to get out of the way.

On Tuesday, the “Weed Like To Welcome You” town sign still stood, but nothing else was normal as stunned residents assessed the damage, took stock of what they lost and gave thanks for what was saved.

“At the peak, essentially the entire town was evacuated,” state fire spokesman Robert Foxworthy said.

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Disastrous as it was for the community of 3,000 people, daybreak brought gratitude and relief that there were no reports of death or even serious injuries.

Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills.

Ten minutes later, a wildfire driven by fierce winds raced through their neighborhood, missing them by three houses and torching a roof across the street.

The Linvilles figure a quarter of the town burned.

“It’s horrible,” said Linville, 80. “I’ve got tears in my heart for all these people that I know who lost their homes.”

MORE: Complete Coverage OF California Wildfires

The intense blaze erupted Monday south of Weed. Elsewhere in the state, hundreds of firefighters battled about a dozen other persistent blazes.

The cause of the Weed fire is still under investigation. Winds gusting up to 40 mph pushed the flames into town, where they quickly chewed through a hillside neighborhood.

“It went through here so fast it was unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like this,” Jim Taylor, a retired butcher who has lived in the town for 30 years said Tuesday. “I’m not a real religious person, but somebody was looking out for me.”

Taylor said fire bombers dropped retardant over his house. As his home and his deck furniture turned pink from the retardant, another house nearby erupted into flames. Across the street, pine and oak trees were burned to a crisp, and small flames and smoke drifted up from chunky embers.

The town and the forest that surrounds it were a tinderbox this summer after three years of drought. And Weed’s winds are notorious. The steady breezes were what attracted town founder Abner Weed to build his lumber business there in 1897, after he realized that wood dried more quickly when fanned by nature.

The town’s saw mill, once the world’s largest, was among the structures damaged in the blaze.

On Tuesday, chimneys were the only thing still standing in the rubble, and broken pipes spurted water over the blackened landscape. The remnants of the Holy Family Catholic Church were still smoldering, its metal girders twisted on the ground.

“I mean it was devastating,” said Maureen Campbell, the church’s music minister who was baptized, confirmed and married at the church, along with her children. She lost her home to the fire.

“The house up there is no big deal. It can be rebuilt,” she said. “But this is my family church, you know? It’s much more endearing to me.”

Tasha Davis, 30, said she was given two minutes to grab what she could from her apartment and evacuate.

“We then packed my car and sat on the road and just watched everything burn,” she said Tuesday in an email from Mount Shasta, where she spent the night with her family.

Sept 15,2014 catastrophic fire day in CA: #KingFire #BolesFire #CourtneyFire #SilveradoFire Remain vigilant, B safe pic.twitter.com/V2ZkA5Mh9E

— mark s ghilarducci (@CalOES_Dir) September 16, 2014

Remains of Holy Family Catholic Church across the street from Roseburg Mill, also damaged #BolesFire pic.twitter.com/XPdIsERABV

— Alex Backus (@AlexBackusTV) September 16, 2014

This is what Californians are dealing with due to the #BolesFire #KingFire and #CourtneyFire http://t.co/2gBtWobyEZ pic.twitter.com/ZhrULYMr2L

— Eric Zerkel (@EricZerkel) September 16, 2014

Please put out the #BolesFire soon CALFIRE!!! People are losing their homes pic.twitter.com/Voe0tfkAJG

— Nathan Boston (@bostonN) September 16, 2014

A photo of my sister-in-law's house on Morris St., with what used to be a perfect 36 Chevy in the drive. #BolesFire pic.twitter.com/5zCq72MPtb

— Darren Benson (@cursingeditor) September 16, 2014

One of the structures that's a damaged at the #BolesFire was Weed Elementary. pic.twitter.com/Vfw0eE4m5s

— Johnny Guillen (@JG2pt0) September 16, 2014

Fire crews mged to save most of Roseburg Mill, main employer in town #bolesfire pic.twitter.com/BRx1WICsCH

— Kevin Fagan (@KevinChron) September 16, 2014

Viewer photo of fire from Weed, CA.. 100 homes are damaged or destroyed.. from @CALFIRE_PIO @KTVL #BolesFire pic.twitter.com/Rg64ptcbUc

— Whitney Clark (@whitneyclarktv) September 16, 2014

Fire crews took advantage of calmer winds and firefighting aircraft Tuesday, gaining control in and around Weed. Flames still threatened in other parts of California.

In Oakhurst, a foothill community south of Yosemite National Park, a fire that had burned 320 acres was 40 percent contained. About 600 residents from 200 homes remained evacuated, Madera County sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.

Farther north, a wildfire about 60 miles east of Sacramento forced the evacuation of 133 homes. El Dorado County sheriff’s officials said residents of an additional 406 homes were being told to prepare to flee.

More than 1,500 firefighters battled the blaze, which started in a remote area Saturday but exploded Sunday when it reached a canyon of thick, dry brush. It grew rapidly and had burned through more than 18 square miles as of Tuesday morning. It was only 5 percent contained.

More than 4,000 wildfires have burned in California this year.

 

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Netflix Gets ‘Love’ Comedy From Judd Apatow

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:45

LOS GATOS (CBS SF/AP) – Netflix says filmmaker Judd Apatow co-created a new series that will take a frank, comic look at modern relationships.

Los Gatos-based Netflix said Tuesday it has made a two-season commitment to the series, titled “Love.” It will star Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs as a couple learning about the ups and downs of intimacy and commitment.

Rust joined with Apatow and writer-producer Lesley Arfin to create the series. Apatow’s film credits include “Superbad,” and he is an executive producer of HBO’s “Girls.”

Jacobs plays the character Britta on “Community.”

Netflix said the comedy “Love” will debut online with 10 episodes in 2016, followed by a dozen episodes in 2017.

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Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann Could Join ‘Vacation’ Sequel Cast

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:32

(CBS NEWS) – There’s going to be a couple of new additions to the “Vacation” family.

“The Other Woman” actress Leslie Mann and “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth are in talks to join the cast of the new comedy sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Vacation” will serve as the latest installment in the popular film series, which was originally based on stories from National Lampoon magazine.

Chevy Chase starred in the first outing, 1983’s “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” written by John Hughes (based on one of his short stories) and directed by late “Ghosbusters” star Harold Ramis. Chase played the dim-witted but lovable patriarch Clark Griswald, who just wanted to take his wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) and kids (Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron) on a cross-country road trip to the fictional theme park, Wally World. Unfortunately for Clark, not a single thing seems to go right on the trip.

The San Francisco-born Mann, who is the wife of Judd Apatow, is reportedly set to take over the role of Audrey, while Hemsworth will play her TV-anchor husband.

The new “Vacation” film will focus on Audrey’s brother Rusty, here played by Ed Helms, and his family, as they embark on yet another ill-fated adventure. “Anchorman” actress Christina Applegate will play Helm’s wife.

Fans of the original will also get to see Clark and Ellen reunited. Chase and D’Angelo have agreed to make appearances in the new film.

A release date has yet to be announced.

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NFL Sponsors Chime In With Criticism Of League Over Handling Of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse Issues

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:31

(CBS SF) — The chorus of criticism of the National Football League over its handling of domestic violence and child abuse issues is spreading to the league’s corporate sponsors, such as Anheuser-Busch, McDonald’s and Visa.

The Radisson hotel chain late Monday announced it was suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings following the team’s decision to reinstate star running back Adrian Peterson after his indictment for alleged felony child abuse.

Peterson has acknowledged hitting his four-year-old son with a tree branch, leaving visible marks. The Vikings deactivated him for last Sunday’s game after the news broke but then announced he would play this Sunday as the legal process plays out. Radisson suspended its team sponsorship deal shortly after.

Radisson is the first team sponsor to back off following a string of off-field incidents involving players. But league-wide sponsors are now voicing public disapproval of the league’s actions – or inactions as critics have characterized.

Anheuser-Busch, which sponsors the league to the tune of an estimated $50 million a year, said Tuesday it was ‘disappointed and increasingly concerned’ about the incidents overshadowing the season and has spoken to the league about its concerns.

In the past few weeks, the public outcry has centered on what the NFL knew about a video showing former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice punching and knocking out his then-fiance, the light punishment Rice received before the public disclosure of the video, and the decision by the San Francisco 49ers to allow Ray McDonald to play after he was accused of domestic violence.

“We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code,” Anheuser-Busch said in a statement. “We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.”

McDonald’s issued a similar statement Tuesday, saying it has “communicated our concerns to the league, and we expect it to take strong and necessary actions to address these issues.”

The NFL issued a short response Tuesday: “We understand. We are taking action and there will be much more to come,” the statement said. On Monday, the league said it was hiring three female consultants to help shape league policies and programs on domestic violence and sexual assault.

Other sponsors airing their concerns with the NFL included Campbell Soup, PepsiCo and San Francisco-based Visa.

As a long-standing sponsor we have spoken with the NFL about our concerns regarding recent events, and reinforced the critical importance that they address these issues with great seriousness,” said Visa in a statement.

Campbell Soup said it would be looking at the Ray Rice situation closely. “Upon completion of the investigation, we expect the NFL to take appropriate action,” the company said in a statement.

Covergirl has also issued a statement after its ad campaign targeting female NFL fans was turned into a Twitter protest against the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell:

As a brand that has always supported women and stood for female empowerment, COVERGIRL believes domestic violence is completely unacceptable. We developed our NFL program to celebrate the more than 80 million female football fans. In light of recent events, we have encouraged the NFL to take swift action on their path forward to address the issue of domestic violence.

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California State Tax Relief Available For Napa Earthquake Victims

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:21

NAPA (CBS SF) — California Franchise Tax Board officials said Tuesday that state tax relief is available to taxpayers affected by the South Napa earthquake last month.

President Barack Obama’s declaration of a major disaster following the 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24 allows taxpayers affected by the quake to claim disaster losses in the 2013 or 2014 tax year.

Typically, taxpayers must deduct losses only in the year of the loss (2014).

The advantage of claiming the loss in the prior year (2013) is that the loss will generally reduce that prior year’s tax liability, according to the Franchise Tax Board. The claim generally creates a refund the tax board can quickly issue.

Disaster victims who have not yet filed their 2013 tax return can claim their disaster loss on their original tax return.

Taxpayers who have already filed their 2013 tax return can claim a disaster loss against that year’s income by filing Form 580X, an Amended Individual Income Tax Return. Disaster victims have until April 15, 2015, to make their prior year (2013) disaster loss deduction.

To get copies of lost or damaged state returns, people can file Form FTB 3516, a Request for Copy of Tax Return online or by writing “DISASTER-NAPA EARTHQUAKE 2014” in red ink across the top of the request.

A casualty loss occurs when a taxpayer’s property is lost or damaged from earthquake, fire, flood or a similar event that is sudden, unexpected or unusual.

Disaster victims usually qualify for a casualty loss tax deduction when insurance or other reimbursements do not cover the property damage.

More information is available online at ftb.ca.gov or irs.gov.

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CBS Celebrates Bay Area Latino Leaders During Hispanic Heritage Month

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:51

(CBS SF) — The Bay Area’s Hispanic heritage includes visionary artists and political leaders, authors, activists, and musicians. As the nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th through October 15th, KPIX-TV, KBCW, KCBS Radio, Radio Alice, 99.7 Now and Live105 salute Bay Area Latinos making a difference.

Using nominations from Facebook, the names below are just a sampling of the amazing achievements the Hispanic community makes to our neighborhoods, cities, state, and world.

ADD A NAME TO THE LIST: Nominate Other Latino/Hispanic Leaders Here

Isabel Allende, Author
Chilean author Allende blazed a trail in a male-dominated Latin American literary world with a bestselling first novel, “The House Of Spirits” in 1982, based on a farewell letter to her dying grandfather.
All her books are written in Spanish, but have been translated to more than 35 languages, selling 65 million copies.
She moved to San Rafael in 1987 where she lives with her second husband. She became a U.S. citizen in 1993.
From her official biography:
“Allende, who has received dozens of international tributes and awards over the last 30 years, describes
her fiction as “realistic literature,” rooted in her remarkable upbringing and the mystical people and
events that fueled her imagination. Her writings are equally informed by her feminist convictions, her
commitment to social justice, and the harsh political realities that shaped her destiny. A prominent
journalist for Chilean television and magazines in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Allende’s life was forever
altered when Gen. Augusto Pinochet led a military coup in 1973 that toppled Chile’s socialist reform
government. Allende’s cousin Salvador Allende, who had been elected Chile’s president in 1970, died
in the coup. The Pinochet regime was marked early on by repression and brutality, and Allende became
involved with groups offering aid to victims of the regime.”

http://www.isabelallende.com/en/home

George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney
As the first Latino district attorney for the city, Gascón has risen to national prominence as a criminal justice visionary working to lower crime in innovative ways. He’s also the first police chief to become district attorney in the United States. Homicides are down 36% in the first six months of this year, according to his county biography page, while prosecutions for felony assaults, gun crimes and robbery are up 14, 17, and 9 percent in the last two years. He also became a national leader in reducing smartphone theft with the passage of the California “kill switch bill” this year.
After dropping out of high school originally, District Attorney Gascón returned to school to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University, Long Beach, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University, College of Law.

http://www.sfdistrictattorney.org/index.aspx?page=20

Frank Carbajal, Author, Business Leader
As founder and president of EsTiempo, the author and business leader writes about building the “Latino Future.” Carbajal is a frequent keynote speaker in the Silicon Valley, guiding CEOs, small business owners and individuals with insight to achieve.

http://svlls.com/estiempo/

http://svlls.com/team-members/

Carlos Santana, legendary fusion guitarist
Santana’s legendary guitar sound and riffs are instantly recognizable, and his musical career speaks for itself. Santana arrived in the Bay Area’s music scene in the late 1960s with shows at the Fillmore, and even played Woodstock in 1969. He would go on to sell 100 million records and win 10 Grammy Awards.
He is now telling his story with a memoir coming out this fall called “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light,” describing his