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Twitter Slashes Jobs, Costs, Lays Off 336 Employees

2 hours 24 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Twitter is laying off up to 336 employees, signaling CEO Jack Dorsey’s resolve to slash costs while the company struggles to make money.

The cutbacks announced Tuesday could equate to about 8 percent of Twitter’s workforce of 4,100 people.

The purge comes two weeks after Twitter brought back one of its co-founders as permanent CEO in hopes that Dorsey would be able to resolve problems that have slowed user growth at the messaging service and compounded an uninterrupted cycle of financial losses.

Cutting costs can boost profits but at Twitter, it has also raised uncertainty about the future and the company’s desire for aggressive growth and the larger audience it has sought for so long.

The layoffs may be a sign of desperation at a sinking company, said Edison Investment Research analyst Richard Windsor.

“It is important to run a tight ship, but simply cutting jobs is often the action of a company that does not know what else to do,” Windsor said.

Yet Twitter’s workforce has nearly doubled over the past two years, weighing on efforts to turn a profit for the first time in its nine-year history. Since Dorsey and his partners started the service, Twitter has lost nearly $2 billion; investors are now worried that the company’s third-quarter results, scheduled for October 27, will be another disappointment.

Still, trading in the company’s shares before the opening bell suggested that investors agree with Dorsey, that the company must cut back before it begins to grow.

Shares rose almost 3 percent in premarket trading Tuesday.

Dorsey has acknowledged that Twitter is too confusing for many people to use, turning off new users at a time when other social services such as Snapchat and Facebook’s WhatsApp have grown in popularity.

As part of its revival plan, Twitter last week unveiled a new feature called “Moments” that packages commentary, video and photos about major events that have captured people’s attention. The work on Moments began while Dorsey’s predecessor, Dick Costolo, was still Twitter’s CEO.

After returning as CEO, Dorsey promised to make Twitter more accessible to the masses next year. Jettisoning jobs will give Twitter more financial leeway while it designs new tools.

Twitter’s expenses through the first half of the year climbed 44 percent to $1.2 billion. The company’s revenue totaled $938 million during the same period.

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Amoeba Music Wants To Sell Marijuana Alongside Jazz & Classical

3 hours 4 min ago

BERKELEY (KCBS) — Amoeba Music on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley is hoping for a boost in sales by offering more than just vintage vinyl. The record store now also wants to sell medical marijuana.

According to The Daily Cal, Amoeba is competing for a permit to open a medical marijuana shop inside its Jazz and Classical music section, which is a separate area from the main store.

Berkeley City officials plan to hold community meetings for public input and will consider other applications as well.

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No More Nude Female Photos In Playboy Magazine, Only Online

3 hours 9 min ago

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — A new report says Playboy will no longer publish photos of nude women as part of a redesign effort.

Executives for the magazine company tell The New York Times that the change will take place in March 2016.

The paper reported Monday that the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses, but they will no longer be fully nude.

Playboy editor Cory Jones contacted founder and current editor in chief Hugh Hefner recently about dropping nude photos from the print edition and he agreed.

The Times reported that playboy’s print circulation, once measured in millions, is now about 800,000, according to Alliance for Audited Media.

The represents a major shift for the magazine, which broke new ground when Hefner created it and featured Marilyn Monroe on its debut cover in 1953.

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Recipe: Caramel Popcorn

3 hours 35 min ago
Here's the caramel popcorn recipe from Root & Bone in NYC, where side dishes take center stage.
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2015 NFL Oddsmakers: Raiders’ Playoff Hopes Dim Heading Into Week 6 Bye

3 hours 54 min ago

By Abraham Gutierrez

If the 2015 NFL playoffs started today, the Oakland Raiders would miss the postseason for a 13th straight year. That’s because with a record of 2-3 heading into the (Week 6) bye, Raider Nation would have to settle for ninth place in the American Football Conference standings.

But, pretend for a moment this team is able to figure things out and somehow makes things interesting – either in the AFC West or as an AFC Wild Card. How profitable would it be to bet on the Raiders’ chances to defy NFL oddsmakers by sneaking into the 2015 NFL playoffs for the first time since 2002?

Coming as no surprise given the way Jack Del Rio’s team stacks up in this ultra-competitive conference, the answer to the issue in question is a resounding “cha-ching!” Prior to the start of the season, NFL oddsmakers took the time to create 2015 NFL playoff betting odds for all 32 teams in the National Football League, and naturally, no one gave this young team a chance.

According to NFL betting experts, the Raiders’ chances to compete in the most exciting tournament in sports ranks a whopping 31st worst in the league. With -2000 odds to finish outside the bracket – and a lucrative +900 line to prove NFL oddsmakers wrong – Oaktown entered the season as the second best low-risk, high-reward investment behind the Titans (Yes +1000 vs. No -2500).

Those thinking that discussing “Raiders” and “playoffs” in the same sentence is completely ridiculous should perhaps take a moment to consider the current state of the AFC West. For starters, the Denver Broncos are the only team with a winning record in the division (pending the result of the Monday night game between Pittsburgh and San Diego), as Peyton Manning & Co. have gotten off to a perfect 5-0 start.

However, every bettor in America – including everyone in the Broncos’ locker room – knows that Denver’s record couldn’t possibly be more misleading. In fact, the possibility that one of the three others teams in the AFC West could rally to dethrone Gary Kubiak’s squad in the latter part of the year isn’t completely out of the question all of the sudden.

Furthermore, based on the way the first five weeks of the season have played out, the Raiders certainly appear to be one of the best-equipped teams to pull off this unlikely feat. Heading into their Week 6 bye, the Broncos lead the way at 5-0, followed by the 2-2 Chargers, the 2-3 Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs are bringing up the rear with a 1-4 mark.

Want to know what each team’s chances are to make it to the 2015 NFL playoffs? The following list contains 31 of the 32 teams in the league, as apparently, NFL oddsmakers didn’t feel the need to even contemplate the defending champion’s NFL playoff chances even just for kicks.

Seattle Seahawks

Yes -800
No +500

Indianapolis Colts

Yes -600
No +400

Green Bay Packers

Yes -550
No +375

Denver Broncos

Yes -300
No +240

Dallas Cowboys

Yes -175
No +145

Philadelphia Eagles

Yes -150
No +120

Baltimore Ravens

Yes -130

Pittsburgh Steelers

Yes -130

Cincinnati Bengals

No -130

Kansas City Chiefs

Yes +120
No -150

Miami Dolphins

Yes +120
No -150

New Orleans Saints

Yes +130
No -160

Atlanta Falcons

Yes +135
No -165

Arizona Cardinals

Yes +145
No -175

Carolina Panthers

Yes +145
No -175

Houston Texans

Yes +150
No -180

Detroit Lions

Yes +155
No -190

San Diego Chargers

Yes +160
No -200

Buffalo Bills

Yes +175
No -215

New York Giants

Yes +175
No -215

Minnesota Vikings

Yes +225
No -285

St. Louis Rams

Yes +250
No -325

New York Jets

Yes +350
No -500

San Francisco 49ers

Yes +400
No -600

Chicago Bears

Yes +500
No -800

Cleveland Browns

Yes +500
No -800

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Yes +500
No -800

Washington Redskins

Yes +700
No -1400

Jacksonville Jaguars

Yes +800
No -1600

Oakland Raiders

Yes +900
No -2000

Tennessee Titans

Yes +1000
No -2500

Abe Gutierrez’s (Twitter: @GutierrezAbe) passion led him to ditch law school journey in order to launch his own publishing company. His expertise make him a valued addition to, and the CBS-Sports family. Some of his work can be found on CBS-Miami (Dolphins), CBS-LosAngeles (Chargers), CBS-BayArea (Raiders), CBS-NewYork (NY Jets), CBS-TampaBay (Buccaneers),, and other online publications.

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Opponent Profile: 49ers Welcome Desperate Ravens To Levi’s Stadium In Week 6 For Super Bowl Rematch

3 hours 54 min ago

By Sam McPherson

It’s been more than two and a half years since the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, and a lot has changed for both teams. Neither team has reached the NFL title game since, of course, and now both teams are struggling in 2015 with identical 1-4 records. The Ravens trail the Cincinnati Bengals by four games already in the AFC North, while the 49ers are behind the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West by three games. If either team wants a shot at Super Bowl 50, it starts now in Week 6.

Somewhat ironic then that the game between the two teams will be played at Levi’s Stadium this Sunday, as that is the site for the NFL’s championship game on Feb. 7, 2016. It’s an early elimination game, perhaps for these two teams. Win, and there is still a chance to recover. Lose, and the season may be lost before Halloween. Needless to say, neither team is used to being in this kind of position, and that will bring a crazy sort of desperation to the game on Sunday afternoon.

Season Record

As noted, the Ravens are 1-4, with their only win coming in overtime over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-20, on the road in Week 4. The other four Baltimore losses have come by a total of 17 points to the Denver Broncos, the Oakland Raiders, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns (OT loss). For the record, the Ravens did beat the Steelers in the first game Pittsburgh played without Ben Roethlisberger, and they’re very close to being a lot better than 1-4 this season. However, losses are losses in the short NFL season, and Baltimore is buried in its division and conference now.

Ravens on Offense

Quarterback Joe Flacco is currently 30th in the NFL QB rating rankings (80.7). That’s not the performance expected from a guy with Flacco’s contract. He’s thrown six touchdowns and five interceptions this year so far. However, we always have to remember what he is capable of, as Flacco was the MVP of the playoffs in 2012 when the Ravens beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl. He can get hot, and he has help. Running back Justin Forsett is fifth in rushing this season with 395 yards. Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith leads Baltimore with 29 catches, 373 yards and two TDs, while WR Kamar Aiken is averaging 16.2 yards per reception.

The Ravens are averaging 24.6 points per game, and they’ve reached 30-plus points twice this season already. While Baltimore’s offense is not on the level that the last four opponents have been, Flacco is still a veteran QB with a Super Bowl ring on his finger. He is very capable of picking apart the 49ers defense with this supporting cast.

Ravens on Defense

When we think of a Baltimore defense, we don’t see one that is giving up over 27 points per game. Yet that’s what the Ravens have going this season. They’ve lost two starters to season-ending injuries already, and Baltimore is giving up 378.6 yards a game. That happens when the defense is on the field for almost 34 minutes a game as the Ravens have been so far in 2015.

Linebacker C.J. Mosely and safety Will Hill represent the next generation of Baltimore defensive studs, but they can’t do it alone. The Ravens still have a nasty pass rush, with 15 sacks already this year from 11 different players, but they’ve only forced four turnovers (3 INTs, one fumble) so far through five games. Baltimore has good corners (Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb) and will be tough to throw on.

Ravens Players to Watch

Forsett is really the key to the Baltimore offense, in the sense that if he gets room to run, Flacco will be that much more effective as a quarterback. Despite winning that Super Bowl with a magical, four-game postseason run in 2012, Flacco still isn’t really seen as an elite QB. He is prone to errors when pressured, and the 49ers pass rush may be able to rattle him—but they will have to stop Forsett first.

Defensively, Mosley is the big man now: He has two sacks, a fumble return for a TD and three passes defensed already this season. Mosley has to be accounted for on every play by the S.F. offense, or he can be a one-man wrecking machine for the opponent.


The 49ers have played much better the last two games overall, even if they don’t have any wins to show for it. Coming off the heartbreaking loss in Week 5 to Eli Manning and the New York Giants, San Francisco should rebound at home and have enough to beat the Ravens. Baltimore looks good on paper, but the team hasn’t shown it can win close games with consistency this year (yet).

It comes down to the 49ers defense. S.F. has given up just 20 points at home in two games at Levi’s Stadium. If they can replicate that kind of effort in Week 6, the 49ers will beat the Ravens by a touchdown or so.

Sam McPherson is a freelance writer covering baseball, football, basketball, golf, hockey and fantasy sports for CBS, AXS and Examiner. He also is an Ironman triathlete and certified triathlon coach.

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UC Berkeley Defends Handling Of Sexual Harassment Complaints Against Astronomer

9 hours 49 min ago

BERKELEY (CBS / AP) — The University of California at Berkeley defended its handling of sexual harassment complaints against a prominent astronomer on Monday amid accusations on campus and beyond that the professor was inadequately disciplined for inappropriate behavior with students.

The university has not shared details of the six-month investigation of Professor Geoffrey Marcy that concluded in June when he was found to have violated campus sex harassment policies. It resulted from complaints brought by former students and dealt with incidents dating as far back as 2001, campus officials said.

Marcy issued a public apology last week while at the same time disputing some of the allegations against him.

After the probe and the nature of the complaints first were reported by BuzzFeed News on Friday, UC Berkeley said Marcy had agreed to clear parameters around his behavior with the knowledge he would be subject to automatic suspension or dismissal for any violations.

In a follow-up statement issued Monday, the school described the agreement Marcy reached with Vice Provost for Faculty Janet Broughton as “the most certain and effective option for preventing any inappropriate future conduct” because it bypassed a lengthy disciplinary process that would have required a hearing before a faculty committee.

“The university has imposed real consequences on Professor Geoff Marcy by establishing a zero tolerance policy regarding future behavior and by stripping him of the procedural protections that all other faculty members enjoy,” the statement said.

The revelation that one of the world’s leading experts on planets outside Earth’s solar system had not been sanctioned more severely has angered some of Marcy’s colleagues and former students, including one of the four women students who filed complaints about him with the campus Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination last year.

“His job as a professor is to mentor and provide guidance to young people; in that role he’s caused devastating harm,” Sarah Ballard, who earned an undergraduate degree in astronomy from Berkeley, told The New York Times.

Ballard, now a post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said her former professor talked to her about his sexual experiences as a young man and tried to give her a neck massage one time as she was getting out of his car.

She told The Times she was afraid to confront Marcy or file a complaint because she needed letters of recommendation for graduate school.

Marcy posted a public apology on his web site in a letter he sought to have published in the newsletter of the American Astronomical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy. The committee declined his request.

“While I don’t agree with each complaint that has been made, it’s clear my actions made some women uncomfortable and, for that, I sincerely apologize,” he told The Associated Press in an email Monday. “I have worked hard to change and will continue to focus my efforts on promoting a supportive and respectful environment both in the astronomy community and more broadly.”

Christina Richey, an astrophysicist at NASA who chairs the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, said in a blog post published Monday that sexual harassment by senior scientists “is not just isolated to one incident or one person in our field, but to a larger societal issue of the misuse of power” that puts young women at a professional disadvantage.

“The larger issue here is that everyone in our field should be treated as a scientist, with equal respect and dignity,” Richey said. “Women are not lining up at their poster for speed dating; they aren’t signing up to work in your lab because they want to be sexualized or objectified. They are there to become a successful scientist.”

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Parents Slam Mt. Diablo School Board For Inaction Regarding Special Needs 3rd Grader

9 hours 53 min ago

CLAYTON (KPIX 5) – Parents whose children attend Mount Diablo Elementary expressed their frustrations at Monday night’s school board meeting. The school in Clayton recently went on lockdown and 30 parents pulled their children out of school over, they claim, the actions of a third grader.

“Daily behaviors included kicking, hitting, pinching, biting, throwing chairs, desks were tipped over and some students were afraid to go outside because of this student,” said special education student Blanche Allstrom.

The parents of the 8-year-old third grader have said their son isn’t getting the individual education plan they gave the district, and that the district’s inaction is the root of the problem.

“He is not receiving an education or services and with every passing day, they were more concerned about his regression and the other students,” said Rachel Burton, the family’s attorney.

The family has filed a complaint with the state Board of Education, saying the district is out of compliance with the state and is “…causing great harm to the child and have only been notified of one behavioral problem.”

At the packed meeting, parents and teachers said there were more instances of trouble by this student and they want a safe environment for all children to learn and the district to do something.

“This child has a plan or needs a plan, he has a right to an education and I don’t feel like he’s getting that and I absolutely feel like the other kids in class aren’t getting that same right – they’re being deprived of an education,” one parent said.

While the district has been silent on the issue citing confidentiality, the superintendent Nellie Meyer spoke at Monday’s meeting.

“It is a district policy to provide appropriate personnel to support all of our students and it is also our policy to give appropriate consequences to those who act outside the district’s behavior expectations,” Meyer said.

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After 4th Straight Loss, 49ers Find Things To Build On

10 hours 56 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Sure, after that long cross-country flight, a tired coach Jim Tomsula could still point to some improvements in yet another disappointing defeat.

His San Francisco 49ers were in it until the very end this time on the heels of three lopsided losses. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick found a groove in the second half and succeeded several times throwing into traffic to go without an interception, while Anquan Boldin went over 100 yards receiving and Carlos Hyde nearly ran for 100 in a balanced offensive attack.

“I can’t say like my old self, but I thought the team played well,” Kaepernick said afterward. “Offensively I thought we came out, we got a rhythm, we had players make big plays for us.”

Then, the Niners (1-4) lost it Sunday night to the New York Giants on Eli Manning’s 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Larry Donnell with 21 seconds left. That sent San Francisco to a fourth straight loss.

“The record’s the record. That’s just the fact and the reality of it, and that’s not good enough,” Tomsula said Monday. “We’ve got to change that.”

There are still some glaring concerns, most notably defensively after surrendering 525 yards of offense Sunday to the Giants. That included 41 completed passes by Manning for 441 yards and three touchdowns while allowing New York 30 first downs.

Not that linebacker NaVorro Bowman sounded overly concerned after the game or his teammates a day later — even considering the 49ers have given up 127 points during this skid after opening the season with an impressive 20-3 victory against the Minnesota Vikings.

“Over the past couple weeks I think we’ve progressively gotten better as a unit. Overall, we’ve got to continue to build on this last performance,” defensive lineman Quinton Dial said at Levi’s Stadium. “Real heartbreaker there, man. We can’t hang our heads. It’s a long season. … It tests your manhood as a man and as a team as well. That’s what we signed up for.”

San Francisco’s next opponent — Baltimore with its franchise-worst 1-4 start — is struggling, too, for a drastic difference from when these teams played in the Super Bowl nearly three years ago. None of the Ravens’ games this season have been decided by more than six points.

The last time the 49ers and Ravens played a game that counted, Baltimore beat San Francisco 34-31 at the Super Bowl following the 2012 season in a matchup of former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and his big brother, John. Now, John comes to the Bay Area looking to beat the struggling 49ers while his brother is long gone and thriving at Michigan.

Tomsula hadn’t thought that far ahead yet, only just beginning his prep for Baltimore after arriving home early Monday morning and giving his players some time to sleep.

The way they lost made for a tougher trip.

“It’s one of those games you kind of feel like you got kicked in the gut,” left guard Alex Boone said Monday. “Offense did some good things, did some bad things. I thought we played well, though. Defense, they were in there the whole game. We shouldn’t have left the game in their hands. It’s one of those tough games because you feel like you did some really good things but you look back and you remember you lost, which is always hard.”

NOTES: TE Vernon Davis is expected to return Sunday against the Ravens after missing two games with a knee injury. … RB Reggie Bush’s tight calf was the only thing Tomsula had on his injury report. … LB Ahmad Brooks was still away from the team following the death of his sister, with the funeral this week, so his status remained unclear. “I won’t push on that, I won’t,” Tomsula said.

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Raiders Run Game Goes Missing In 2nd Straight Loss

11 hours 5 min ago

ALAMEDA (CBS / AP) — For two straight weeks with the game on the line, running back Latavius Murray was on the bench for the Oakland Raiders.

Murray got just two carries the entire second half on Sunday in Oakland’s 16-10 loss to Denver because of a banged-up shoulder. That comes a week after Murray was a spectator for the final drive of a 22-20 loss in Chicago.

Those two narrow losses are the difference between the Raiders (2-3) heading into their bye week with a losing record or in first place in the AFC West.

Not that Murray was making a major impact when he did play.

After playing a major role in Oakland’s first back-to-back wins in three years with 204 yards rushing and two touchdowns against Baltimore and Cleveland, Murray and the running game have been grounded the past two weeks.

The Raiders are averaging just 2.9 yards per carry the past two weeks, giving little ground support to Derek Carr and the passing game.

“The run game is a team game,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “You go up against some fronts that are a little stouter than others. I think, talking about yesterday’s game, I think they did a pretty solid job of stopping the run. I think both teams were able to effectively shut down the running game.”

Murray played a major role in two turnovers in Chicago and was benched on the final drive when Oakland was stopped on a third-and-2. That left the Bears plenty of time to drive to the winning field goal.

On Sunday against Denver, Murray did not play after the second series in the second half. Del Rio said Murray was nursing a shoulder injury, but Murray had his helmet on for much of the time and was ready to play if needed.

“All I would say on that is he is one of many guys that are giving it up for the team, playing hard, playing through some pain in some situations,” Del Rio said. “I’m really appreciative of that, respectful of that, and we’ll continue to do the best we can to put the best product out there.”

The Raiders came up empty on their first four drives without Murray and fell short in another close game.

“It’s disappointing,” Murray said. “It doesn’t matter how tight or close, it hurts to lose. We’ve got to try to find a way to win those close games.”

Murray wasn’t the only key Raiders player absent late in the game. Rookie receiver Amari Cooper also was largely a non-factor in the second half in what has become a recurring theme through five games this season.

The Raiders have made a concerted effort to get Cooper involved early and he leads the NFL with 311 yards receiving in the first half on 18 catches with two touchdowns. Cooper is tied for 97th in the league in yards receiving in the second half with 75 yards on 10 catches.

Cooper had two catches for 13 yards in the second half Sunday after being shut out after halftime the previous week by Chicago. Cooper did draw a 48-yard pass interference penalty to set up a late field goal for Oakland but he did little else.

“I thought he was free a couple of times,” Del Rio said. “We had him on that late PI we had him down on the field for a big one and they chose to make a penalty there and give us that yardage via penalty versus a catch. The effectiveness of going to him and taking advantage of his abilities, I thought we did a decent job of that, in particular early.”

NOTES: DE Justin Tuck had an MRI on his injured shoulder but Del Rio had no other information. … S TJ Carrie played all but two defensive snaps despite a chest injury that kept him out of practice all week. Carrie was originally listed as out before lobbying Saturday to get upgraded to questionable. “I’ve never done it,” Del Rio said. “It’s a first for me. I even told him that.”

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Transients Accused Of Killing 2 People Extradited To Marin County From Oregon

11 hours 11 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Three suspects charged in the murder of therapist Steven Carter in Marin County and tourist Audrey Carey in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco have arrived at the Marin County County Jail, according to sheriff’s officials.

Arraignment hearings for the defendants – Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, Sean Michael Angold, 24, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18 – have been scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday morning in the Marin County Superior Court.

The defendants also are charged with special circumstance allegations of multiple murders, lying in wait and murder while committing a robbery, Berberian said.

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The special circumstance allegations subject the defendants to the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

The trio also is charged with robbery, unlawful taking and being in possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property from both victims and cruelty to an animal, Berberian said.

The defendants were arrested around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday outside a dining hall in Portland, Oregon, for Carter’s murder in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve.

Carter’s body was found by a hiker just after 6 p.m. on Oct. 5, and his dog, a Doberman Pinscher named Coco, also had been shot but was still leashed to the 67-year-old therapist and yoga teacher.

Carter’s missing Volkswagen Jetta was seen on surveillance video that showed three people refueling it at a Point Reyes gas station.  Investigators used the car’s GPS to track it to Portland.

Carey, 23, of Quebec, Canada, was found lying face down near a bison paddock in Golden Gate Park around 9 a.m. by a passerby on Oct. 3. San Francisco police were investigating that death before the Marin County slaying, and they contacted Marin County investigators because both shooting murders were in wooded or park areas.

Authorities said the gun found with the defendants was traced back to an auto burglary that occurred between 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 and 4:45 a.m. on Oct. 1.

San Francisco police Cmdr. Toney Chaplin said the auto burglary was not reported until noon on Oct. 1, when the owner said it was taken from a lockbox that was stolen out of the vehicle.

Carter and his wife Lokita Carter founded the Lake County-based Ecstatic Living Institute in 1999 to teach tantric massage and yoga.

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Deadspin, SB Nation Twitter Accounts Suspended After NFL Files Copyright Complaint

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 21:07

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Twitter accounts for websites Deadspin and SB Nation were suspended by the social media platform Monday night after the NFL filed notices related to their use of copyrighted video highlights.

The NFL told The Associated Press that it requested Twitter “disable links to more than a dozen pirated NFL game videos and highlights that violate the NFL’s copyright,” adding that it did not request that any Twitter accounts be disabled.

The NFL sent 18 Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices regarding the Gawker-owned Deadspin account, said Gawker social media strategist Terron Moore via Twitter.

Both suspended accounts regularly use GIFs of highlights from sporting events, including NFL games. The SB Nation account that was suspended, (at)SBNationGIF, specializes in such highlights.

The main Deadspin account was down for roughly an hour before being re-activated around 8 p.m. EDT, while (at)SBNationGIF was still suspended.

Both Deadspin and SB Nation still had NFL video highlights featured on their sites, and the Deadspin account still included posts with GIFs from NFL game broadcasts when it was re-activated.

Deadspin, which doesn’t hide its disdain for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, announced its return by tweeting a photo linking to a story titled “The Many Horrible, Stupid Faces Of Roger Goodell: A Gallery Of Authoritarian Derp.”

In August, the NFL and Twitter announced a two-year content and advertising deal that expanded upon prior relationships between the league and the social media platform. The deal promised to funnel more NFL video highlights and pictures from games through Twitter, with the site using an automated formula to prominently display NFL tweets and related ads in the streams of accountholders likely to enjoy the information.

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California Approves First Car Insurance Policy For Lyft Drivers

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 19:51

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – California’s insurance commissioner has approved the first auto insurance policy specifically for Lyft drivers who have a passenger in the car, insurance commissioner Dave Jones announced Monday.

The product from MetLife Auto & Home insurance is the first insurance policy in California that individually covers drivers for app-based ride booking services like Uber and Lyft who have accepted a ride and have a passenger in the car.

MetLife’s product is specifically for Lyft drivers, despite that Lyft already offers a $1 million liability policy that takes effect when the driver accepts a ride until the end of the ride.

Lyft also offers a $100,000 contingent policy for when the app is on but the driver hasn’t yet accepted a ride. That policy only takes effect if the driver’s personal insurance policy won’t cover an accident in those circumstances.

MetLife’s policy, designed in collaboration with Lyft, seems primarily designed to make sure drivers know what their insurance policy is during that period.

Metlife’s policy was first rolled out this January in Colorado but was only approved to take effect in California starting this week.

The policy is not the first approved in California for drivers working for Uber or Lyft – Farmers and Metromile have their own offerings – but it is the first to also cover drivers that have already accepted or picked up a passenger, a period that previously was covered only by the company.

New California legislation requires drivers to be insured at all times when driving for a company like Uber or Lyft, but the insurance can be provided by the company, the driver, or by a combination of the two.

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Google Street View Cars To Map Bay Area Pollution Levels

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 19:00

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — From car exhaust, to soot and even cigarette smoke, Google Maps will soon show the pollution you and your neighbors are breathing in.

Scientists at Berkeley National Laboratory created a small sensor that measures pollution. The sensor will eventually be installed on Google’s Street View cars.

The team of scientists has worked on the air pollution sensor for years.

Berkeley Lab scientist Lara Gundel said the sensors weigh the smallest particles in the air that find its way into our lungs.

“And if they’re riding a bicycle or if they’re going on a nice walk someplace, they might want to know how polluted it is outside,” Gundel said.

San Francisco-based Aclima is working with Google to put the sensors in its cars, and eventually post the Bay Area data by next year.

Realtor Dirke Kinley said the information can help potential homeowners or hurt them, if the data is wrong.

“The more you know your purchase, the better,” Dirke said. “This is oftentimes the largest transaction for people’s personal finances.”

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District already measures smog in our area. They said they’re working with Aclima to make sure the data comes close to theirs. But they say, they’d rather sacrifice a little less accuracy for more information on the Bay Area’s pollution.

“Anytime we can get more data about air quality, the better,” said Erik Stevenson of the district.

Aclima said the Berkeley air pollution sensors may be put on buses and buildings in the future.

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Banning Smokeless Tobacco Use In State’s Pro Baseball Stadiums

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 18:46

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Monday prohibits smokeless tobacco use at California’s five professional baseball stadiums, both for those on the field and fans in the stands.

Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, introduced the legislation, Assembly Bill 768, in February. Its signing Monday builds on a movement to curtail the use of smokeless tobacco products in Major League Baseball, according to Thurmond’s office.

Back in May, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed into law an ordinance that made the home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park, the first stadium in the nation to outlaw these products.

According to Thurmond’s office, the bill signed today is aimed at reducing smokeless tobacco use among youth.

“(The bill) is all about the kids,” Thurmond said. “Specifically, what professional baseball players do in view of kids when they are out on the field.”

Thurmond said allowing athletes to use smokeless tobacco “sets a terrible example for the millions of young people who watch the game.”

Various academic institutions and agencies have confirmed through research that there is a role model effect tied to the use of smokeless tobacco in baseball, according to Thurmond’s office.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year more than 500,000 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 try smokeless tobacco products for the first time.

Nearly 15 percent of high school boys reported using the products in 2013, according to the agency.

And roughly a third of all MLB players use these products, according to a MLB survey.

When Thurmond’s legislation was announced, MLB officials released a statement supporting the ban of smokeless tobacco at the major league level.

Both the minor leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association already banned its use, since 1993 and 1994, respectively.

Under the MLB’s current smokeless tobacco policy – negotiated with the player’s union – players, managers or coaches cannot use these products during interviews. The products also have to be concealed whenever fans are in the ballpark.

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Daly City Man Convicted Of Assault For Beating Man Who Insulted His Music

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 18:35

DALY CITY (CBS SF) — A Daly City man was convicted of felony assault Friday for beating up another man who insulted his music as the two smoked a joint together in June, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Edwin Rodriguez, 32, was outside his house at about 4:30 p.m. on June 23 when the 19-year-old victim walked by. They had a brief conversation and Rodriguez asked the victim to roll a joint with him, prosecutors said.

They sat on the front steps of Rodriguez’s house together smoking the joint and listening to music but the 19-year-old told Rodriguez his music was “crazy,” according to prosecutors.

Rodriguez was insulted by the comment and punched the man in the face, knocking him down the steps. He went down the steps, punched the victim several more times, then gave him a hit from the joint and sent him home, prosecutors said.

The 19-year-old walked home and fell asleep. About three hours later a friend came over, saw his injuries and called 911. He went to the hospital and had two serious fractures in his nose area, according to prosecutors.

The injuries were so severe he still can’t breathe through his nose and gets migraines, according to prosecutors.

During the two-week trial, Rodriguez’s defense attorney argued that he didn’t punch the victim, who fell downstairs because he was drunk.  But a jury found Friday that Rodriguez was guilty of felony assault and battery inflicting great bodily injury.

Because of prior convictions, Rodriguez could face up to 11 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Dec. 18, prosecutors said. He remains in custody on $100,000 bail.

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Unusual Sea Life Sightings More Common With Warmer El Niño Waters

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 17:33

MONTEREY (KCBS) — Scientists and sport fishermen are seeing more signs of an aquatic shift due to warmer coastal waters brought by El Niño, with unusual sea life being caught outside of Monterey Bay and Half Moon Bay.

Pelagic red crabs have arrived which are snacks for schools of blue fin tuna and wahoo, the kinds of fish usually seen off the coast of Baja California.

Fishermen are seeing other changes among the species normally seen off the California coast.

“Salmon guys are catching a few barracuda which we only see during an El Niño year,” said Larry Collins with the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners’ Association. “You see a lot of sunfish during the El Niño. The jellyfish tend to die off.”

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The Dungeness crab should be hiding in deeper water where it’s colder, but Collins said he doesn’t expect a big haul when the crab season opens in a few weeks.

Humboldt squid (NOAA)

Evolutionary biologist Elliott Hazen with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said migratory species like crabs should be seen even further north.

“These waters are likely to persist between six months to a year, so there’s a good chance that there’ll be at least seasonal visitors for quite a bit longer” said Hazen. “One of the things we’ve also seen in some of the past years that I don’t think we’ve seen any sightings yet are Humboldt squid, so there’s a chance that we could see more unusual visitors to the coast this year.”

Humboldt squid, also known as jumbo squid, are one of the largest squid species and are normally found along the west coast of Mexico and South America.

A 2007 study found that El Niño events in 1997 and 2002 brought Humboldt squid up to the California coast in higher numbers than previously observed.

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Peninsula BART Riders Face 20 Minute Delays Due To Track Equipment Problem

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 17:20

DALY CITY (CBS SF) — BART officials are reporting 20-minute delays at stations on the Peninsula due to an equipment problem on the tracks Monday evening.

The delay is primarily affecting trains on the Pittsburg / Bay Point and Richmond lines. Further information was not immediately available.

No further details were immediately available.

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Human Skull Found In Rural Area Near Los Gatos

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 17:11

LOS GATOS (CBS SF) — A human skull was found in a rural area near Los Gatos Monday morning, a sheriff’s sergeant said.

The skull was found in the area of Montevina Road and Sherrys Way and reported to the sheriff’s office at about 9 a.m., Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. James Jensen said.

Deputies responded and confirmed it was a human skull. Sheriff’s detectives, crime scene investigators and search and rescue crews with cadaver dogs are now searching the area.

So far they have not found any other remains, Jensen said. It is unclear how the skull got there or how long it’s been there.

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Vallejo Man Found Shot, Killed In Driveway Of Residence

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 16:48

VALLEJO (CBS SF) — The Solano County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of a Vallejo man Sunday afternoon.

Justin Robello, 28, was found lying in the driveway of a residence in the 1100 block of Fulton Avenue in unincorporated Vallejo around 1 p.m., sheriff’s Sgt. Rustin Banks said.

Robello was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office is interviewing witnesses and the investigation is continuing, Banks said.

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