<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usSun, 30 Apr 2017 04:09:44 -0700Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:09:44 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Deadline Looms to Request Assistance Following SJ Floods]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:26:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-643917340.jpg

Roughly two months after rising water inundated several neighborhoods and cars in San Jose, the deadline to request financial assistance has arrived.

In order to receive public assistance from the state of California, public agencies, local businesses, nonprofits and homeowners must file paperwork with the state by Tuesday in order to qualify for federal low interest loans designed for flood relief sustained between Feb. 1 and Feb. 23.

Homeowners can request up to $200,000 to repair and replace their buildings, according to the Small Business Administration. Along with homeowners, renters can also petition for up to $40,000 to replace personal property waterlogged or destroyed by the flood waters.

Local government agencies and nonprofits can ask for up to $2 million in low interest loans to help them replace tools and resources that were utilized in the days and weeks following the flooding, according to the Small Business Administration.

Interest rates for the loans will range anywhere from 1.875 to 3.15 percent with terms up to 30 years, according to the Small Business Administration. The rates vary for business owners, nonprofits and homeowners.

To this date, the Small Business Administration has approved more than $6 million in disaster relief for victims of the San Jose floods and others victimized by a soaking wet winter across the state.

The Small Business Administration announced that its San Jose Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be closing its doors Friday.

Those wishing to apply for financial assistance can visit the Small Business Administration's website.

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<![CDATA[DNA Test Requires Users to Give Up Rights]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:59:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-28-17_DNA_Chmura.jpg

The question can’t get more personal. Can you give up the rights to your DNA data?

The answer is yes. And Larry Guernsey of San Jose knows firsthand.

Family intrigue led Guernsey to buy his wife a DNA test kit from Ancestry DNA.

“She’s always been interested in genealogy,” he said, noting that his wife had always wondered if she was part Indian. The $99 Ancestry DNA test Guernsey bought as a Christmas present uses a saliva sample to trace family history.

“A simple test can reveal an estimate of your ethnic mix,” says the announcer in an Ancestry DNA web video. The graphic on the screen shows a percentage breakdown of ethnicities.

“Like if you’re Irish or Scandinavian, or both,” the announcer explains.

For the Guernseys, the test was supposed to be fun. But their curiosity twisted to suspicion when they read the fine print. To proceed, they would have to give Ancestry a “perpetual, royalty-free worldwide transferable license” to use their DNA. Guernsey was shocked.

“That entire phrase: ‘perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, transferable,’ it sounds like they have left it open to do anything they want with it,” Guernsey said.

Larry was concerned that the “transferrable license” could put his family’s DNA in the hands of an insurance company -- that could later deny health coverage.

“You could get into some really weird science fiction scenarios,” he said.

We brought Larry’s concerns to Stanford law professor Hank Greely, who teaches and writes books about the intersection of biotechnology and the law. We also brought Ancestry’s contract, including the “perpetual royalty-free worldwide transferable license.”

“I think that was written by a lawyer who was probably being paid by the word,” Greely quipped. The professor then explained that a federal protection called GINA -- The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act -- safeguards the public. Your DNA cannot be used against you in employment and health insurance.   

“Under current law they can’t deny you health insurance because of genetic information,” Greely said.

But Greely says that protection doesn’t apply to things like life insurance or long-term care insurance and there’s no guarantee GINA will be on the books forever. In fact, a controversial bill in Congress right now would strip away consumer-friendly parts of GINA. Still, Greely says human DNA doesn’t reveal as much as you might think.

“Our DNA, frankly, isn’t that exciting for the most part,” he said. “I’d much rather give you my DNA than my credit card records or my Google search records.”

If that’s the case, why do ancestry and other companies like it require a DNA license to join?


Greely says medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies routinely need DNA data to develop new products. Companies that have big DNA databases, like Ancestry, sell it to them.

“Some of them get a fair amount of their revenue by selling the analysis of your DNA,” Greely said.

Ancestry’s website advertises that it has 3 million people in its DNA registry and boasts “the world's largest consumer DNA database.” We’re unsure how lucrative that data is because the company is privately held and isn’t obligated to publicly report how much it makes from selling DNA data.

We asked Ancestry for an interview. It declined.

In a statement to NBC Bay Area Responds the company said, “We will not share DNA data with third party marketers, employers or insurance companies.”

Ancestry’s website currently tells users they have a choice to later “delete your DNA test results” or “destroy your physical DNA saliva sample.” Ancestry also says it stores users’ “DNA sample without your name.” Those statements are posted to its privacy page. However, they’re not in the contract you sign.   

“If it bothers you, if it offends, if you’re worried about what might be in there, then you shouldn’t sign this contract,” Greely said.

Larry didn’t sing up. He cancelled, because handing over his family’s DNA to find his ancestors was just too much of a risk. Who knows, he said. What happens if “five years from now ‘Evil Corp.’ decides to buy up all this genetic information?”

Professor Greely noted that DNA tests for genealogy are fairly cheap right now. Perhaps there’s a reason for that. The low price consumers pay today might be subsidized by the future sale of their DNA data.    

Greely said he could foresee DNA testing companies eventually offering a pricing model that employs a sliding scale: the privacy you want, the more you pay.

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<![CDATA[Trump: ‘I Will Not Be Happy’ If N. Korea Conducts Nuke Test]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:11:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tru2AP_170907489005294.jpg

President Donald Trump said he "will not be happy" if North Korea conducts another banned nuclear test in an interview to air Sunday, NBC News reported.

However, Trump wasn't specific as to how the U.S. would respond. Trump told CBS News' John Dickerson "we'll see" if military action would follow North Korea's would-be sixth nuclear test.

The interview conducted Saturday for Sunday's "Face the Nation" comes one day after North Korea tested a short-range ballistic missile, a test prohibited by United Nations sanctions. The missile blew up shortly after launch, U.S. officials said. 

Trump also said Chinese President Xi Jinping has been helping the U.S. put pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

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<![CDATA[Thousands Expected to Show at Bay Area May Day Rallies]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 22:57:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_1704764688735216x9.jpg

Hundreds of thousands of protesters on Monday are expected to gather across the country for International Workers' Day — a May 1 tradition that has gained renewed momentum as strident immigration rhetoric continues to seep out of the Trump administration.

The demonstrations, which originated with the labor movement, are marked by employee strikes against exploitive working conditions. But, in recent years, the annual day of action has highlighted a range of social issues, particularly the need for immigration reform and a living wage.  

Given that President Donald Trump's campaign platform — and a slew of his executive orders — have targeted undocumented immigrants, this year's protests are expected to be yet another pointed rebuke of the business mogul's presidency.

Shops and restaurants across the Bay Area are expected to shutter on Monday, students are planning school walkouts, and even major tech hubs like Facebook and Uber have allowed their employees to participate in workers’ strikes without penalization.

Check below for a list of protests, rallies and demonstrations:

San Francisco:

Rally and festival at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office at 8 a.m.

Chinatown community rally at Portsmouth Square from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Rally at Justin Herman Plaza with a march to Civic Center Plaza at 11 a.m.

Montgomery Bart Station rally from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mountain View: 

March at Rengstorff Park Community Center at 4 p.m. A rally will follow at 5:45 p.m. at City Hall.

San Jose: 

Rally at Mexican Heritage Plaza at 1 p.m. 

March to Arena Greens at Autumn and Santa Clara Streets at 3 p.m.

May Day rally and march at Story and King Roads from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Morgan Hill:

March from Galvan Park to ICE office on Vineyard Court at 4 p.m. 


People's Climate Movement contingent march on 12th street near Citibank at 2 p.m.*

Hotel Workers contingent march at Mandela Parkway and Yerba Buena at 1:30 p.m.* 

May Day Restaurant Industry contingent march on 1419 34th Avenue at 2 p.m.*

Rally at Fruitvale Plaza at 3 p.m. 

*These marches will likely feed into the rally at Fruitvale Plaza. 


Workers’ Day Rally at UC Berkeley at 12 p.m. 


Rally at Meadow Homes Park at 4 p.m. 

Rally at Todos Santos Plaza at 6 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[Warriors Wife Treats High Schoolers to Free Prom Dresses]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:13:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DavidWestWifePromDresses.jpg

Thanks to the wife of a Golden State Warriors' big man, droves of high school students on Saturday walked away with free prom dresses.

Lesley West, wife of power forward David West, orchestrated the fancy giveaway in hopes of sending teenage girls in Oakland home with the perfect fit and a smile.

More than 1,000 dresses were up for grabs at Oakland High School, and any high schooler in the East Bay city was eligible to take one home.

Saturday's handout marked the 13th year in a row that Lesley West handed out elegant gowns to local high schoolers. The annual tradition kicked off when David West made his first stop in the NBA back in 2003-2004 with the Indiana Pacers, and it has continued ever since.

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<![CDATA[Bullpen Implodes, Giants Crushed by Padres]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:38:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6749694081.jpg

Matt Cain left after five innings with a 3-1 lead Saturday night.

Then the wheels fell off for the Giants as the Padres scored eight runs in the sixth and went on to win 12-4 at AT&T Park.

Reliever Chris Stratton gave up give earned runs in the sixth while Neil Ramirez was charged with the final three. He gave up three more in the seventh on a three-run homer by Allen Cordoba.

Cory Gearrin settled things down with two scoreless innings.

The Giants scored three runs off Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin in the fifth. Eduardo Nunez drove in Conor Gillaspie with a single to center. Four batters later, Brandon Belt singled to center plating Nunez and Kelby Tomlinson.

With the Giants trailing 9-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Gorkys Hernandez got a run back with a RBI-single to center.

The Padres and Giants wrap up the three-game set on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm. Coverage begins at 12pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

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<![CDATA[NFL Draft Day 3: Raiders Cash in on Late Round Picks]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:33:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RaidersDraft2017Day3.jpg

The Raiders had six picks on the final day of the NFL Draft. With most of those selections coming the seventh round, Oakland chose to fill holes in their roster.

Oakland Raiders' Fourth Round Selection: David Sharpe

Donald Penn’s career is winding down. Their right tackle position is unset long-term, meaning the Raiders must look toward the future when it comes to the position.

Florida’s David Sharpe will get a chance to earn a starting tackle spot in time. He’s a massive individual, something offensive line coach Mike Tice prefers in his players. His long arms help keep rushers at bay, and he can block well on the move in the run game.

Analysts says he isn’t flexible or as agile as other lineman, and is better on his own off the edge than working on combination blocks.

The Raiders have great insight on Sharpe, considering head coach Jack Del Rio’s son Luke is Florida’s quarterback.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said Sharpe is legally blind in his right eye, a claim Sharpe disputed leading up to the NFL Draft. He called it an unfounded rumor at Florida’s pro day, saying that his vision is fine.

Sharpe won’t be counted on to start this season, with Pro Bowler Donald Penn anchoring the left side and a trio of Marshall Newhouse, Austin Howard and Vadal Alexander compete to start at right tackle.

The Raiders have one of the best offensive lines in football, status they’d like to retain by bringing in young blood to fill vacancies when they come.

Oakland Raiders' Fifth Round Selection: Marquel Lee

It took five full rounds, but the Raiders finally drafted an inside linebacker. They don’t have a starter in the middle and have razor thin depth at that position and weakside linebacker, with Jelani Jenkins as that position group’s only experienced member.

The Raiders could’ve addressed this pressing need earlier in the draft but followed their draft board and fortified other positions instead. General manager Reggie McKenzie finally added Lee to the mix.

McKenzie was forthright with Lee regarding the lack of depth at his position, and told Lee he'll have a chance to start.

"Yeah, the general manager explained that to me, and everything and he said he wanted me to come in and compete at that spot," Lee said Saturday in a conference call. "That’s what I plan to do.”

He’s certainly the right size to play middle linebacker, at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds with long arms. He’s was a team leader in college, and analysts say he takes a disciplined approach to his craft. He’s a solid run defender and does his job creating proper run fits.

Critics says his slow to adjust to misdirection, and doesn’t play fast enough in man coverage. His speed may have pushed Lee down the draft board some, which might hinder his ability to play inside in a Raiders scheme where inside linebackers are expected to have great range in coverage.

Lee is a decent blitzer, with 7.5 sacks as a senior. He also had 105 tackles, including 20 for a loss, and three forced fumbles in his final season.

He’ll compete for a role with linebackers already here, including Cory James and Ben Heeney. The Raiders might still look for a veteran addition. That includes 2016 starter Perry Riley, who remains on the open market.

Raiders middle linebackers are asked to cover and play sideline to sideline, responsibilities Lee is ready to handle.

"I was pretty good in coverage over my years," Lee said. "Just polishing up my attack on the ball and going after the ball, I think that’s where I need to improve myself. In coverage, I mean zone dropping, I have good hips, I’ve shown that I can cover at the combine. I mean, I do any of the drills and stuff at the combine that translate to the field. I feel like I can cover anybody.”

Oakland Raiders' Seventh Round Selection: Shalom Luani

The Raiders continued adding to their secondary in the NFL draft, selecting their third defensive back in six selections. They’ve added Washington State alum Shalom Luani, a safety by trade who will be expected to contribute heavily on special teams should be make the regular-season squad.

Analysts say he’s a quality cover man who can read quarterbacks well. He excels in zone coverage and can make plays on the football.

His big problem, it seems, is consistent tackling. His NFL.com draft profile states Luani missed 31 tackles and allowed 11 more broken tackles in two seasons. He’s an aggressive player who sometimes takes improper routes on deep passes especially.

Raiders coaches consistently preach fundamentals, and will try and help him as a tackler. He’ll have to carve a role in the kicking game while developing as a defensive player.

This marks the fifth defensive player general manager Reggie McKenzie has taken in six picks.

Oakland Raiders' Seventh Round Selection: Jylan Ware

The Raiders have drafted two offensive players this year. Both have them play offensive tackle. The first came when David Sharpe was selected in the fourth round. The second came in the seventh, when they took skyscraper Jylan Ware, a 6-foot-8 big man who will join a loaded offensive front.

This small school talent has flown under the radar, though he’s an agile player who can stay with defenders. He’s also lighter than many linemen shorter than him, and needs to add bulk to keep up with strong defenders.

He’s a player who might be best served to develop and add strength with a year on the practice squad, especially on a team loaded with bodies and talent at offensive tackle.

Oakland Raiders' Seventh Round Selection: Elijah Hood

The Raiders don’t need running back anymore. Marshawn Lynch satiated that hunger. They Raiders still took a big young running back with their third selection in the seventh round. He could develop on the practice squad, with four running backs already set for the regular season.

He’ll certainly compete against some quality, including Lynch, DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Jamize Olawale.

Hood’s a powerful runner at 232 pounds. He’s a big dude who can accelerate through contract and is adept at breaking tackles. NFL.com states he had 28 broken tackles over the past two seasons. He’s a solid pass protector, something important in the Raiders scheme. Analysts say he blocks well enough that he could end up as a fullback.

He doesn’t have great speed in open space, and isn’t terribly elusive as a runner. He could be effective behind the Raiders offensive line, and could be useful in the red zone or in short yardage situations. That won’t be when Lynch is in the fray, but possibly down the road. He could be injury protection throughout the preseason.

Oakland Raiders' Seventh Round Selection: Treyvon Hester

The Raiders’ added yet another big defensive tackle to the roster with their fourth and final pick in the seventh round. Toledo’s Treyvon Hester was the selection, another powerful gap controller, who can break into the backfield with regularity at the college level.

Analysts say he has active hands that help him beat blockers. Critics say his motor can run out during longer plays, and may not have quality pass-rush ability.

He could develop into a rotational piece on the defensive interior, and he’ll have a chance to compete for a 2017 roster spot. Several lower-round or undrafted talents have contribute there, and Hester will certainly try to add his name to that list.

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<![CDATA[3.8-Magnitude Quake Rattles East Bay: USGS]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:40:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/QuakeEastBay.jpg

A 3.8-magnitude earthquake rattled the East Bay Saturday evening, according to the USGS.

Preliminary reports indicate that the earthquake struck at 6:29 p.m. roughly eight miles southwest of Brentwood, seven miles northeast of Blackhawk and 34 miles east of San Francisco, according to the USGS.

Witnesses reported feeling the earthquake in East Bay cities such as San Ramon, Brentwood, Pleasanton and Pittsburg. Others also reportedly felt shaking in Tracy and Stockton.

Further information was not available at the time.

To keep track of earthquakes across the Bay Area in real time, keep an eye on NBC Bay Area's earthquake map.

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<![CDATA[A's Use Davis Homer to Snap Skid Against Astros]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:05:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-674936368.png

HOUSTON – The clean game that manager Bob Melvin had been seeking from his team finally came Saturday night.

Andrew Triggs was excellent in rebounding from his rough previous start, and home runs from Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis powered the A’s 2-1 victory over the Astros. That snapped Oakland’s five-game losing streak, along with a 10-game losing streak against Houston.

A night after committing three errors, the A’s played mistake-free defense and got a couple of highlight-reel plays in support of Triggs (4-1), who blanked the Astros over a career-high seven innings and set a new career high with nine strikeouts.

Lowrie, facing the team with which he’s spent two separate stints, launched a homer off the facing of the second deck in right field in the fourth to break a scoreless tie. Davis padded the lead in the eighth with his signature opposite-field prowess, clearing the wall in right for his third homer of the series and 10th of the season, tying the Yankees’ Aaron Judge for the American League lead.

But it all started with Triggs, who won his first three starts but gave up six runs against Seattle last weekend. He ate up seven innings and turned it over to his bullpen.

Jose Altuve homered off Sean Doolittle in the eighth to cut the A’s lead to 2-1, but Santiago Casilla closed it out in the ninth for his fourth save.

Starting pitching report

Triggs retired 10 in a row to finish his outing, but the key to the early part of his night was stranding runners. He wiggled out of a one-out jam with men on second and third in the first inning, striking out Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran. He stranded runners on first and second in the third, then got another big strikeout to end the fourth with a man on third. Before Saturday, Triggs hadn’t recorded an out in the seventh inning of a game he’d started in the majors.

Bullpen report

Casilla gave up Beltran’s infield single to lead off the ninth. But after a replay reversal negated an A’s double play, Casilla ended it by getting Brian McCann to hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

At the plate

Two big swings of the bat were all it took for the A’s to notch their first win in five games of this three-city road trip. Lowrie, who came in hitting .375 over his previous eight games, hit a towering shot to right off Joe Musgrove (1-2) for his second homer of the season. Then Davis did his thing, blasting a shot to the opposite field for his 10th homer of April. He had just nine homers in 83 career April games entering this season.

In the field

There was no shortage of highlight plays turned in defensively. Jaff Decker, starting in right field, made a perfect throw from near the warning track to nail Carlos Beltran trying to tag up on a fly ball in the fourth. The next inning, former Athletic Josh Reddick fired a strike to home to nail Chad Pinder trying to score from second on Lowrie’s single. But the A’s got Reddick right back when first baseman Yonder Alonso made a leaping grab on Reddick’s liner headed for right field.


The announced crowd was 32,147.

Up next

The A’s face a tough task in Sunday’s series finale, going against lefty Dallas Keuchel (4-0, 1.22). He’s the first pitcher in Astros history to go seven-plus innings and allow two or fewer runs in each of his first five starts. Jesse Hahn (1-1, 2.08) takes the ball for Oakland. First pitch is 11:10 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Driver Strikes, Kills Bicyclist in Half Moon Bay]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:35:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bike+Lane+Generic+Camden.jpg

A driver was arrested Saturday morning near Half Moon Bay after a bicycle lodged underneath his car linked him to a fatal hit-and-run crash earlier in the day, police said.

First responders received a call just after 7 a.m. about a collision involving a bicyclist and driver of a Ford vehicle near Furtado Lane along Highway 1, police said.

The bicyclist, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was found on the right shoulder with bicycle debris scattered around the pavement, according to police.

Authorities were able to trace the evidence from the scene to a nearby address where they found an adult man. A further investigation revealed that the man struck the bicyclist with his Ford SUV before fleeing the scene with the bike stuck underneath his car, police said.

The northbound lane of Highway 1 was closed for more than three hours while investigators combed the scene, according to police.

A complete investigation into the collision is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Cesar Perez at 650-369-6261.

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<![CDATA[NFL Draft Day 3: 49ers Add Offensive, Defensive Weapons]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:23:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/49ersDraft2017Day3.jpg

In day three of the NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers added players to both the offensive and defensive side of the ball in hopes of filling gaping holes. Here's a breakdown of each pick:

San Francisco 49ers' Fourth Round Selection: Joe Williams

The 49ers traded up in the fourth round to select Utah running back Joe Williams.

The 49ers traded up to No. 121 overall in general manager John Lynch’s sixth trade of the draft. Just minutes earlier, the 49ers acquired Kapri Bibbs in a trade with the Denver Broncos.

The 49ers traded up in the fourth round with Indianapolis to select Williams. The 49ers dealt No. 143 in the fourth round and No. 161 of the fifth round to the Colts to complete the trade.

Williams, who ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, rushed for 1,407 yards and 10 touchdowns on 210 rushing attempts in nine games. He also caught nine passes for 107 yards.

Williams walked away from the team two weeks into last season but was welcomed back. He was welcomed back to the team and rushed for 332 yards against UCLA.

Former 49ers head coach Dennis Erickson, who was Utah’s running backs coach, later explained Williams’ brief “retirement.”

"I knew he was down a little bit at the beginning of the year," Erickson said. "He fumbled a couple of times. Mentally, he was drained a little bit. Physically, he was not feeling very good."

Williams had 278 all-purpose yards to be named MVP of the Foster Farms Bowl against Indiana at Levi’s Stadium.

On a conferene call with Bay Area reporters, Williams explained his personal struggle of the past 10 years that led to him stepping away from the game:

"I had to lay it out on the line (to teams) that football is what I drink and breathe. It's what I wake up for in the morning and it's how I want to provide for my family. They knew at first they wanted to understand how I could walk away from football, but after I tell them how it came to be, I felt they were empathetic about it and they understand that sometimes you have to put things on hold to do what's right.

"My sister (Kylee, 7 years old) had passed away in 2006. She died in my hands. She died on Sunday, June 19th. She'd been in and out of the hospital that Friday and Saturday. She had fell unconscious and . . . just the guilt and shame I always put upon myself because I didn't act quickly enough with my parents or call 911, I thought it was my fault. Going through high school and college, I was getting counseling.

"Coming into this season, a lot of the emotions were coming to the forefront, and I was trying to deal them the best way I could. As the season started, and I knew my mental health wasn't where it needed to be, I knew the best option for me was to sit down in front of my wife and my coaches and just tell them where I was at. It came to the decision that stepping back at that time would be for my best interest -- not only for football but for life after football.

"I did a lot of soul-searching. I got my sister's tattoo on my left arm. I was doing everything necessary to finally come to peace with her death. . . I finally forgave myself."

San Francisco 49ers' Fifth Round Selection: George Kittle

The 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round with the No. 146 overall pick.

Kittle becomes the second Iowa player the 49ers selected in two days. Late Friday, the 49ers traded up to select quarterback C.J. Beathard.

Kittle was considered an outstanding blocker in the Hawkeyes pro-style offense. As a senior, Kittle appeared in nine games and caught 22 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. In 2015, he had 20 receptions for 290 yards and six touchdowns.

"I think my game overall, I’m a very versatile player," Kittle said. "I can have my hand in the dirt and block anybody you want me to block. You can move me around and run routes. I’ll do whatever you want me to do. I feel like I can catch the ball well and run routes well. I’m a versatile guy."

Kittle joins a 49ers tight end group that includes Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Logan Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm.

Former NFL executive Michael Lombardi on Friday reported the 49ers are attempting to trade McDonald. In one of former general manager Trent Baalke’s final moves, the 49ers signed McDonald in December to a five-year contract extension that included a $7 million signing bonus.

Kittle said he caught passes during Beathard's workout with 49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello. The next day, he was invited to fly to Santa Clara as one of the 49ers' 30 pre-draft visits.

While the 49ers' selection of Beathard at the end of the third round might have surprised some, Kittle said he figured the 49ers would have reason to be interested in his teammate of the past four years.

"He’s just a guy, he loves football more than anything other than maybe his daughter," Kittle said of Beathard. "He lives and breathes it. That’s all he cares about. He is a genius in the film room and on the football field. He know absolutely everything that everybody is going to do. . . . He’s one of the best leaders I've ever been around.”

San Francisco 49ers' Fifth Round Selection: Trent Taylor

The 49ers selected Louisiana Tech wide receiver and return man Trent Taylor late in the fifth round with the No. 177 overall pick.

Taylor caught 136 passes as a senior for an NCAA-best 1,803 yards and 12 touchdowns in Louisiana Tech’s spread offense. Taylor’s 327 career receptions is fifth in NCAA history. He was second in college football last season in receptions. Zay Jones of East Carolina caught 158 passes.

He also averaged 10.5 yards on 17 punt returns in his final college season.

The 49ers acquired the draft pick earlier in the day as part of a trade with the Denver Broncos in which San Francisco acquired running back Kapri Bibbs. The 49ers’ next scheduled pick is in the sixth round at No. 198 overall.

Taylor said he spoke with the 49ers at the Senior Bowl and NFL scouting combine but did not have any other interaction with the team. He did not work out for the 49ers.

“I guess they knew what they liked in me and they didn’t need to do any of that,” Taylor said. “I’m happy to be a 49er, 100 percent. I’m ready to go to work.”

Taylor’s college teammate, Carlos Henderson, was a third-round pick of the Broncos. Taylor, the 26th receiver taken in the draft, saw a little bit of everything from defenses from the slot while leading the nation in receiving.

“Teams tried to bracket me a bunch, and some double-coverage every now and then,” Taylor said. “We had another great receiver in Carlos Henderson on the outside for our team. So they could pick their poison with both of us.”

Taylor, who ran the 40 at the combine in 4.63 seconds, uses short-area quickness to get open. He said he is looking forward to making the transition to playing the slot in Kyle Shanahan’s offense with the 49ers.

“I know they like to sling it around a little bit,” Taylor said. “I’m definitely excited to be a part of this offense. It’s something I’ve always heard about and something I believe in. I’m definitely excited to get down there and get to work and show them I can fit and I can be a playmaker from the start."

San Francisco 49ers' Sixth Round Selection: D.J. Jones

The 49ers selected nose tackle D.J. Jones from Mississippi in the sixth round with the No. 198 overall selection.

Jones started every game last season at nose tackle. He was credited with 30 tackles, two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.

“I’m able to play any interior (position), three technique, nose,” Jones said. “I’m very coachable. I take coaching from anyone who wants to teach me.”

Jones figures to compete for a roster spot behind veteran Earl Mitchell, the projected starter at nose tackle.

Jones spent his final two seasons at Mississippi after being listed as a top-10 junior college prospect at East Mississippi. In his first season after transferring to the SEC school, Jones recorded 40 tackles and four sacks.

San Francisco 49ers' Sixth Round Selection: Pita Taumoepenu

The 49ers selected Utah pass-rusher Pita Taumoepenu in the sixth round with the No. 202 overall pick.

Taumoepenu recorded nine sacks last season and figures to line up at the 49ers’ “Leo” position in their new 4-3 scheme under first-year coordinator Robert Saleh.

“I have a great ability to get after the quarterback,” he said. “That’s what I do. I have a lot of passion for it.”

Taumoepenu (pronounced tao-mo-eh-pen-new) was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection. In addition to tying for fourth in the conference in sacks, he tied for third in the Pac-12 with three forced fumbles.

In the Foster Farms Bowl against Indiana at Levi's Stadium, Taumoepenu recorded six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.

Taumoepenu took pre-draft visits to the Pittsburgh Steelers and had workouts with the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, he said.

San Francisco 49ers' Seventh Round Selection: Adrian Colbert

The 49ers selected Miami defensive back Adrian Colbert with the team’s final pick of the draft.

General manager John Lynch wrapped up his first draft with the selection of Colbert with the No. 229 overall selection. Colbert has the ability to play cornerback or free safety with the 49ers. He could make the team as a core special-teams performer.

Colbert played his first three college seasons at Texas before transferring to Miami, where he saw action in eight games with two starts. As a senior, he recorded 22 tackles and one interception.

San Francisco 49ers Acquisition Via Trade: Kapri Bibbs

The 49ers acquired running back Kapri Bibbs from the Denver Broncos in general manager John Lynch’s fifth trade of the draft.

The 49ers also picked up Denver’s fifth-round selection, No. 177 overall, in exchange for the 49ers’ fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Bibbs, who was not selected in the 2014 draft, carried 29 times for 129 yards last season. He caught two passes for 75 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown catch-and-run against the Raiders.

Lynch worked out the trade for Bibbs (5-11, 203) with Denver general manager John Elway. Adam Peters, the 49ers’ vice president of player personnel, previously served as Denver’s director of college scouting.

Bibbs joins a 49ers running back group that consists of Carlos Hyde, Tim Hightower, DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis and Raheem Mostert.

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<![CDATA[Trump Versus the World: An Overview]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:09:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-654571120.jpg

Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump's administration has been associated with one foreign country in particular, Russia. U.S. intelligence officials say President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, to denigrate Hillary Clinton and then to help Trump's chances. Trump denies any wrongdoing, while the FBI and Congress investigate his administration's contacts with Russia.

Meanwhile Trump has flirted with upending U.S. foreign policy, threatening to declare China a currency manipulator and to pull out of NAFTA, for example, questioning the one-China policy under which the United States recognizes China and not Taiwan and backing off a U.S. commitment to the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In the end, though, Trump has often reverted to traditional policies. His supporters say he is scrutinizing foreign agreements with the goal of benefitting Americans, but critics say the uncertainty is unsettling to allies and unproductive.

Here are some of the more significant interactions between the Trump administration and world leaders over international issues.

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<![CDATA[People's Climate March Draws Thousands Across Bay Area]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:54:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4292017-climate-change2.jpg

President Donald Trump on Saturday held a rally to mark his 100th day in the White House, but thousands of people around the United States marked the day by marching on behalf of climate change.

The largest People's Climate March was expected in Washington D.C., but the Bay Area refused to be left behind. 

In Oakland, crowds gathered at Lake Merritt, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Those in attendance, including more than 75 local organizations that work in the fields of environmental, social and economic justice, urged the Trump administration to take the threat of climate change seriously.

"I feel like the science is pretty clear and we have an entire planet that's in jeopardy in essence," David Menninger of Berkeley said. "We're going to be seeing a lot of the effects of that impacting people all over the world."

During his run on the campaign trail and time in the White House, Trump has called climate change a hoax. He has also pulled back restrictions for greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants and, among other controversial environment-related decisions, signed an executive order designed to expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Attendees marching around the lake in Oakland hoisted a bevvy of signs directed at Trump's environmental stance. Some of those signs read "Make Mother Nature Great Again" and "The Future is Ours But We Have to Planet."

Meanwhile, people in the South Bay decided to march for climate, jobs and justice in San Jose. The group convened at City Hall and walked to Cesar Chavez Plaza.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Police Deem Package at Westfield Mall Safe]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:48:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfpd-generic-san-francisco-police.jpg

The discovery of a suspicious package that was later deemed safe prompted the brief closure of Westfield San Francisco Centre on Saturday morning. 

Police began the investigation around 9:45 a.m. They urged people to avoid the mall and also closed Jessie and Mission streets between 4th and 5th streets.

Around 11:05 a.m., however, police said that the mall and streets would soon be reopened.

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Cal Fire Rescues Man Who Fell Into Gilroy Well]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:01:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Cal-Fire-Badge-generic.jpg

Crews on Saturday rescued an elderly man who fell into a well in Gilroy, according to Cal Fire.

The scene is off Pole Line Road near the Huckleberry Group Camping Site and H Miller Site Loop Trailhead.

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[What Is 'Stealthing'?: Disturbing Sex Act Detailed in Report]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:00:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stealthingcondomsfeuerherd.jpg

A new report details the disturbing trend of "stealthing", when men remove condoms during sex without their partner's consent, NBC News reported. 

Alexandra Brodsky defined the act in the report for the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.

In the report, Brodsky interviews victims and delves into their fears of sexually transmitted infections or unwanted pregnancies. The report also looks at possible legal repercussions for those who carry out the practice.

It's unclear where this act got its start, but websites listed in the report — many of which are now disabled — give instructions to men seeking to perform the act. 

"Online writers who practice or promote nonconsensual condom removal root their actions in misogyny and investment in male sexual supremacy. While one can imagine a range of motivations for 'stealthers'—increased physical pleasure, a thrill from degradation — online discussions suggest offenders and their defenders justify their actions as a natural male instinct — and natural male right," Brodsky writes.

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<![CDATA[CHP Officers Fatally Shot Armed Carjacking Suspect on 101]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:03:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-28-17_San_Mateo_101_Shooting_Investigation.jpg

California Highway Patrol officers on Friday responded to reports of a traffic collision on Highway 101 in San Mateo, only to encounter an armed carjacking suspect who they shot and killed after he refused to drop his weapon.

The encounter began around 5:30 p.m. – at the peak of the evening commute – near Highway 92. The shooting, however, forced the CHP to close all northbound lanes through nearly 1 a.m. Saturday, snarling traffic for miles.

The investigation lasted nearly seven hours because it was "a very complex crime scene," San Mateo Police Capt. Dave Norris said. "Evidence was all across the highway."

Police said in a statement on Saturday that the officers on scene found the man “brandishing” a gun, interrupting his attempt to carjack a vehicle that he had collided with.

Witness Betsy Steadham said that officers tried repeatedly, but unsuccessfully to deescalate the situation and negotiate with the man.

"The cops [were] telling the person to put their gun down ... over and over again," she said.

Steadham recalled the officers giving the instructions on a loudspeaker and also yelling at the man. "Then a loud 'boom' — twice!" she said.

Fearful for their own lives and the safety of commuters, three CHP officers opened fire, striking the man. Officers from the CHP and San Mateo Police Department rendered first aid and paramedics rushed to the scene, but the man died, police said. None of the CHP officers involved were hurt.

The woman driving the second car involved in the collision is a 55-year-old East Bay resident who complained of pain, but was otherwise unhurt. The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office has not yet identified the suspect.

The CHP, San Mateo Police Department and San Mateo County District Attorney's office will be conducting independent, but simultaneous investigations, according to the statement.

Friday's incident adds to a growing number of freeway shootings in the Bay Area. Last month, police responded to a deadly shooting on Interstate 80 in Richmond and a shooting on Highway 101 in San Jose.

The CHP reports at least 85 shootings on Bay Area freeways since November 2015.

NBC Bay Area's Kris Noceda contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested for Assaulting Officer, Trespassing, Battery]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:01:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police+line+generic+with+sirens.jpg

Police in Menlo Park on Friday arrested a man in connection with several crimes after he reportedly trespassed at a school, caused a lockdown and spat on the school's faculty.

Andrew Gullow, 29, was arrested on suspicion of battery, assault on an officer, battery on hospital staff and trespassing, according to the Menlo Park Police Department.

On Friday at 11:07 a.m., a Menlo Park police officer observed a shirtless man acting erratically.

The man then walked onto the campus of Alto International School in the 400 block of Pope Street.

Police said the school was in session, and children were present on the playground during the incident.

At the same time, a woman reported a man matching the subject's description had confronted her and had spat in her face, police said.

The officer attempted to detain the man, but he ran onto the school campus and into a classroom.

He started yelling at faculty, confronted a teacher and spat in her face, police said.

The school initiated a lockdown, and the officer used a Taser to take the suspect, later identified as Gullow, into custody.

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<![CDATA[Lawn Landfill at Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:02:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DoloresPark1.jpg

The sun will be shining, the grass will be green, and the park will be filled with both people and — unfortunately for visitors — trash.

San Francisco's Mission Dolores Park is a hotbed for visitors on sunny, warm weekends. One of those picture-perfect weekends is expected this Saturday and Sunday, but when people pack the park, so does their garbage.

Officials with San Francisco Recreation and Park estimate that they collect roughly 7,000 gallons of waste during busy weekends.

"Bottles lined up and so much trash in these hills," parkgoer Lucia Buggiano said while describing the normal scene she encounters at the grassy refuge. "It's polluted. It's disgusting."

The trash is an unpleasant site for visitors and park officials, who say they are doing their best to eliminate the nasty problem. Additional permanent trash bins have been installed in the park this year, and a service will be provided this weekend to increase the amount of dumpsters available in hopes of enticing chronic litterers to put their waste where it belongs. That physical reminder of disposing trash will also be backed up by people meandering around the park verbally instructing people to make sure their waste ends up in the right place.

"We should all be respectful and pick our trash after ourselves," park visitor Arturo Flores said.

An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people are expected to visit the well-known San Francisco park this weekend, according to San Francisco Recreation and Park.

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<![CDATA[From Spicey to Kush: 'SNL's' First 100 Days of Trump]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:31:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SNL_Trump.jpg

There have been seven episodes of “Saturday Night Live” during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the program’s been handed plenty of material by the administration, from the president’s tweeting and press secretary Sean Spicer’s gaffes to Stephen Bannon’s perceived influence behind-the-scenes and Jared Kushner’s sunglasses-and-blazer fashion statement in Iraq.

The most consistent "SNL" target is the president himself, played by Alec Baldwin on five of the seven episodes.

When Trump's travel ban got stymied in the courts, "SNL's" Trump took his case to "The People's Court." On another episode, Baldwin's Trump spoke to supporters worried about their jobs by comparing his followers to people who "find a finger in their chili" but eat it anyway. After Trump wore a flight jacket while speaking to members of the Navy, "SNL" parodied the commander in chief by having Baldwin give a less-than-inspirational speech during an alien invasion. 

Baldwin also branched out, playing both Trump and ousted Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on a split screen in a "No Spin Zone" segment.

The response to Baldwin’s version of Trump has been, on average, favorable. Trump, who hosted NBC's "SNL" during the campaign, has been quiet about the impression since he took office. But before his inauguration, Trump argued that Baldwin's send-up “stinks.”

"He's gone from funny to mean and that's unfortunate," Spicer told "Extra" back in February. "'Saturday Night Live' used to be really funny and I think there's a streak of meanness now that they've kind of crossed over into." 

Of course, audiences became familiar with Baldwin’s Trump long before the inauguration — he’d been making "SNL" appearances since before the election, facing off as a presidential candidate in debates with Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton.

Baldwin's parody had become a mainstay by the time the real Trump took office.

Melissa McCarthy, not Baldwin, became the surprising breakout star of the first 100 days of "SNL’s" Trump administration in playing Spicer.

McCarthy first showed up, unannounced, on the Feb. 4 episode to riff on Spicer’s first press conference, during which the public face of the White House took an adversarial stance toward the press corps. 

Spicer had scolded the media for “deliberately false reporting.” One instance referred to an incorrect tweet from a pool reporter that a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office. It hadn't, and the reporter had apologized. Spicer also criticized reports on Trump's inauguration crowd size.

On "SNL," McCarthy played up Spicer’s defensive stance. 

“Now I’d like to begin today by apologizing — on behalf of you, to me, for how you have treated me these last two weeks. And that apology is not accepted. Because I’m not here to be your buddy. I’m here to swallow gum, and I’m here to take names,” she said, the gum being a reference to Spicer’s reported fondness for downing pieces of Orbit

She ended the press conference by shooting a reporter with a water gun for asking about the White House’s statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that didn’t mention Jews.

Real-life Spicer responded to the portrayal in an interview later with "Extra." He said it was funny, but over-exaggerated — presumably what "SNL" was going for. He offered some seemingly good-natured advice for McCarthy, suggesting she tone it down on the gum.

McCarthy returned for her second of three appearances the following week. “I have been told that I am going to cut back on the gum chewing, so I’ve cut back to one slice a day,” she said, just before pulling out a giant stick of gum. This time she used a leaf-blower on a reporter in response to a question about the president’s statements on Chicago’s murder rate. “That was me blowing away their dishonesty,” she said.

Robert Thompson, a professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, said it’s unusual that the press secretary would become the central person in the comic pantheon of an administration. But in Spicer's case it was “inevitable,” he said. That's because Spicer appears on television every weekday, then his performance is aired and re-aired and repackaged by networks, cable news and late-night shows. 

McCarthy’s third Spicer spoof came the Saturday after the real Spicer made an inaccurate, off-base remark on Passover in which he suggested Hitler never used chemical weapons on his own people. He’d been trying to highlight Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s inhumanity.

Spicer tried to clarify his intentions throughout the day but kept flubbing it, referring to concentration camps as “Holocaust centers.” By the evening he admitted to his mistake and asked for forgiveness.

McCarthy appeared that week as Spicer in an Easter Bunny costume. Not only was it the night before Easter Sunday, but Spicer had previously played the role of Easter Bunny at the White House Easter Egg Roll during the George W. Bush administration. 

"SNL's" Easter Bunny begrudgingly admitted that she’d done wrong.

“You all got your wish this week,” she snarled. “Spicey finally made a mistake.” She clarified that she of course meant to say “concentration clubs,” not Holocaust centers then climbed into a car shaped like an Easter egg shell and crashed it into her podium.

There have been other standout Trump administration characters since Jan. 21.

The makeup department transformed Kate McKinnon into Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was portrayed as Forrest Gump, offering chocolates to passengers waiting at a bus stop and occasionally making unsolicited confessions about his meetings with Russians. This came after the revelation that the newly appointed attorney general had neglected to let lawmakers know during his confirmation hearing that he had met with Russia's top diplomat during the Trump campaign when he was a prominent adviser.

Early into the first 100 days, McKinnon played Kellyanne Conway “Fatal Attraction”-style in an attempt to get CNN's Jake Tapper to give her airtime. The "SNL" sketch came after CNN reconsidered its booking of Conway over credibility issues. “You don’t get it, Kellyanne. You made up a massacre. We can’t have you on,” Beck Bennett said as Tapper.

Other characters, whose roles in the administration’s first 100 days have been more behind-the-scenes, made recurring appearances on "SNL."

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president and possible election-meddler, was played week-after-week by a greased-up, shirtless Bennett. 

Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon was portrayed as a grim reaper/puppet-master figure at the helm of the Resolute desk. Baldwin's Trump, by contrast, was relegated to a kiddie desk.

But with Bannon's perceived influenced waning by April amid reports of a West Wing power struggle, "SNL" had Baldwin's Trump choose son-in-law Jared Kushner in a reality show-style showdown over who would occupy the Resolute desk.   

Jimmy Fallon, who played Kushner while hosting "SNL" on April 15, stayed mum and wore a stylish outfit underneath a flak jacket, in a mocking reference to the real Kushner's visit with ground troops in Iraq.

Then, there was the pre-taped commercial parody for a fictional Ivanka Trump (played by host Scarlett Johansson) fragrance called “Complicit.” CBS' Gayle King referenced the sketch while asking the real Ivanka Trump whether she felt “complicit” with what happened in the White House. Ivanka Trump replied that, "If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit." 

If Ivanka Trump's reaction to "SNL's" ribbing was lukewarm, Spicer has seemed to take McCarthy’s jabs in stride. He was seen wearing an Easter bunny necktie during the press briefing the Monday after the Easter bunny episode aired.

President Trump hasn't shown the same penchant to laugh at himself. 

That contrasts with former President Gerald Ford, who wrote the book on humor and the presidency. 

Ford was repeatedly lampooned as an oafish klutz by Chevy Chase on "SNL" in the 1970s, in the program’s earliest days. Ford responded by making a cameo on "SNL". 

Ford reflected in his book “Humor and the Presidency” that, “It wouldn’t surprise me if there was a measurable correlation between humor in an administration and the popularity of that administration’s policies.” 

Of course, quantifying humor isn’t a science, and the jury is out on how effective Trump has been in his first 100 days. Trump's approval with 82 percent of Republicans is strong, though nearly two-thirds of Americans overall give him fair or poor ratings, according to NBC News.   

"SNL," for its part, is having its most-watched season in 23 years.

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<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area Evictions Investigation Leads to Public Hearing]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:24:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-28-17_Airbnb_Evictions.jpg

Frustrations boiled over at San Francisco City Hall Friday as renters and housing advocates lined up by the dozens to share their eviction stories and urge city officials to crack down on landlords skirting the law. 

The public hearing was called by Supervisor Jane Kim after an NBC Bay Area investigation uncovered what appears to be wide-spread abuse of city’s owner move-in eviction laws by landlords attempting to force out rent-controlled tenants.

“We need to catch these bad actors, and we need to make them pay,” said San Francisco Tenants Union Executive Director Deepa Varma.

Representatives from the San Francisco Rent Board, the District Attorney's Office, and the City Attorney's Office answered questions from Kim and Supervisor Aaron Peskin about weak enforcement and how loopholes in the law allow some landlords to profit from illegal evictions.

“It’s lovely to have nice words on the books, but if they are not enforceable, they really don’t make that much difference,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin said.

Over the past five years, there’s been a 200 percent increase in the number of owner move-in evictions in San Francisco. The law allows landlords to evict tenants if they, or in some cases, a family member, want to move into the unit.

“Today’s hearing on eviction enforcement was initiated by the fact that we have seen more than 8,000 people in San Francisco evicted from their homes over the past four years, the fastest growing basis being owner move-in evictions,” Kim said.

Dozens of tenants, some angry or fighting back tears, recounted being forced from their homes because their landlord or their landlord’s family member said they were going to move in. Most said they suspected their landlord never intended to move in, but lacking the resources to fight the eviction, felt compelled to take a buyout and move on. Many traveled to the hearing from new homes outside San Francisco, unable to afford the city’s exorbitant rental prices after being kicked out of a rent-controlled apartment.

“The smart thing to do was to just take the money before I was served an eviction and basically my (stuff’s) on the sidewalk,” said San Francisco resident George Howell, who said he was forced to move into a dingy apartment next to a strip club, but counts himself lucky to still be in San Francisco. “My apartment has been 100 percent Airbnb. Nobody ever moved in.”

NBC Bay Area’s investigation also highlighted another problem – a nearly complete lack of enforcement of the city’s owner move-in eviction laws.

“While they are not a city agency, I should also recognize and thank NBC’s Investigative Unit for taking the time to do the work that I would hope that we would be doing,” Kim said.

The Rent Board oversees the city’s owner move-in eviction process, but Executive Director Robert Collins said the agency doesn’t have the resources to check if landlords or their family members are actually moving in after evicting tenants. Instead, his office submits a random sampling of 10 percent of all owner move-in eviction notices each month to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for possible investigation. But in the last decade, the District Attorney's Office hasn't prosecuted a single case.

At Friday's hearing, Evan Ackiron, Managing Attorney at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, said a 2007 California Supreme Court ruling made prosecuting landlords for wrongful evictions nearly impossible. According to Ackiron, the court ruled there is a “litigation privilege” under state law preventing landlords, or anyone else, from being prosecuted for "using the legal process." Ackiron said that ruling even applies to eviction notices, considered precursors to the legal process.

“Since 2007, those cases have pretty much been dead in the water,” Ackiron said.

But tenant rights advocates are troubled by the lack of prosecutions, and say there are egregious cases out there that could be tried. NBC Bay Area highlighted one such case earlier this year, when an administrative law judge recommended the district attorney’s office file criminal charges against a landlord after his tenant filed a wrongful eviction complaint with the Rent Board. Even then, the office declined to file criminal charges.

The city attorney’s office, which can file civil suits against landlords and has a lower burden of proof to win a case than the district attorney’s office, said it's filed just one lawsuit in recent years for a fraudulent owner move-in eviction. The office says it typically focuses on cases affecting large groups of tenants, which is generally not the case in an owner move-in eviction.

“Unless the conduct is happening on a large scale, it’s very difficult to justify the commitment of resources that it takes to litigate these cases,” Deputy City Attorney Peter Keith said.

In an effort to strengthen enforcement, Kim and Peskin are now collaborating on new legislation that would make it easier to hit landlords with fines and criminal penalties if they wrongfully kick out rent-controlled tenants in favor of new tenants willing to pay more in rent. Supervisor Mark Farrell also recently introduced his own legislation targeting landlords who violate the law.

“I do want to be very clear,” Kim said. “We are not saying that every landlord is acting in bad faith, or even the majority of landlords are acting in bad faith. But we also know that fraudulent evictions are happening, and everyone, whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, can agree that we want our laws enforced and we want fraudulent evictions to stop.”

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<![CDATA[Memorial Pays Tribute to Children Killed in Alameda County]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:10:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-28-17_Alameda_Death_Memorial.jpg

In a somber ceremony Friday, hundreds of young people killed in Alameda County over the last 23 years were remembered.

A total of 432 names were read aloud during the remembrance inside Hayward City Hall, marking the 432 people 17 years of age or younger who have lost their lives to violence dating back to 1994.

Former Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele started the memorial as a way to honor the victims and prevent senseless killings moving forward.

"I think it’s important to come together to say to those parents we will also remember your children every year and to also say to the community this is not OK," she said.

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<![CDATA[Arroyo's Late-Game Heroics Lift Giants Past Padres]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:43:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-674633818.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday, Christian Arroyo made his MLB debut. Tuesday brought his first hit and on Wednesday it was the first homer. Thursday’s game was his first multi-hit game as a big leaguer. What was in store Friday? The best swing yet.

Arroyo hit a go-ahead shot to left while leading off the eighth, giving the Giants a 4-3 win in their series opener with the Padres. The player coaches simply call “The Kid” has two homers in his first five games, and both have come in huge spots. Friday’s sent another jolt through AT&T Park and got a lead to Mark Melancon, who closed out the Padres.

For four innings, a long-haired right-hander was no-hitting the Padres. Jeff Samardzija was sharp early and he got a nice cushion in the first. Joe Panik and Brandon Belt led off with singles and Panik scored on Erick Aybar’s two-out error. A Conor Gillaspie knock made it 2-0.

The first hit allowed by Samardzija was a painful one. He plunked Yangervis Solarte to open the fifth and Ryan Schimpf hit a long dinger to dead center to tie the game. Cory Spangenberg followed with a single to left that skipped under Belt’s glove. Spangenberg went to third on the play and scored on a bloop.

Belt made up for the play in the bottom of the inning, beating the outfield shift with a double and scoring on Mike Morse’s sacrifice fly to right two batters later. Samardzija ran into trouble in the seventh, but with two in scoring position and one out, he got a strikeout and a grounder to third. The Giants put the go-ahead run on second in their half, but Hunter Pence and Morse struck out.

Starting pitching report: Samardzija has allowed six homers. He’s tied for fourth in the NL with a handful of players, including Johnny Cueto and Matt Moore.

Bullpen report: Melancon has five straight saves since blowing his first opportunity as a Giant.

At the plate: Belt reached base four times. His on-base percentage is sitting at a cool .390.

In the field: Panik made a brilliant diving catch in center for the first out of the ninth.

Attendance: The Giants announced a sellout crowd. One of the fans looked just like Samardzija, possibly on purpose.

Up next: Matt Cain has a 2.42

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Man in Connection With String of Fiery Attacks]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:43:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/4-28-17-fairfield-suspect-arrested.jpg

Fairfield police on Friday morning arrested a man on suspicion of setting off four firebombs across the city, including one in front of the police station lobby.

Based on similarities between the explosive devices, police believe Matthew Scott Jones, 39, of Fairfield, is behind the rash of fiery attacks. 

The first explosion was reported just before 10 p.m. Thursday when Jones threw an incendiary device into the window of an apartment complex on the 2900 block of North Texas Street, police said. The two people inside were not hurt and firefighters responded and doused the flames. Police were called to the scene due to the nature of the fire. 

Roughly an hour later, a car on Thames Court was firebombed, said police, who noticed similarities between the first and second explosions.

Jones is then believed to have targeted the Fairfield Police Department on Webster Street by causing an explosion in front of the lobby around 1 a.m. The building itself did not catch fire, KCRA said, but the explosion left a scorch mark on the ground.

Jones' alleged actions were seen by witnesses and he was also caught on surveillance camera near the police department, police said. 

Police located the suspect's car around 1:40 a.m. Friday and detained Jones, according to police. 

However, later Friday morning, officers and a bomb squad went to the 2900 block of North Texas Street to search for any additional explosives, KCRA reported. During the investigation, people who live nearby were evacuated for their safety, and some described hearing loud pops, police said. The scene has since been declared safe by the bomb squad and people have been allowed back into their apartments. 

And again, just after 12 p.m. Friday police released a Nixle alert about the discovery of a suspicious device inside a warehouse. A bomb squad was dispatched, and police wrote that "the device is located near chemicals that, if ignited, pose a threat to people in the area."

Residences and businesses on Crocker Circle and Huntington Drive were evacuated and people were asked to avoid the area, police said.

Police noted that the device in the warehouse resembled firebombs set off late Thursday. By 1:30 p.m., however, police had declared the area safe and lifted the evacuation order.

Jones is a neighbor of two of the victims and has been accused of "acting erratically" and hurling racial epithets at them, police said in a statement.

He has been booked into Solano County Jail on a litany of charges, including attempted murder, committing a hate crime, two counts of possessing a destructive device, possessing a destructive device with the intent to injure people, exploding a destructive device with the intent to commit murder, and two counts of arson.

Police said the attacks are not acts of terrorism, but didn't reveal Jones' motive. Police are not looking for any other suspects.

People with information about the case can call 707-428-7600. You can also call our Tip Line at 707-428-7345, Solano CrimeStoppers at 707-644-7867, or Text “TIP FAIRFIELDPD” followed by your message to 888777. Callers and texters can remain anonymous.

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<![CDATA[Shooting Triggers Traffic Gridlock on Hwy. 101 in San Mateo]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:33:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0428-2017-101backup.jpg An officer-involved shooting investigation at the height of Friday's evening commute shut down northbound lanes on Highway 101 in San Mateo.

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<![CDATA[Raiders Bolster Defense on Day 2 of NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:40:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RaidersDay2NFLDraft.jpg

Oakland Raiders' Second Round Selection: Obi Melifonwu

The Raiders don’t have many safeties, a position group with Reggie Nelson, Karl Joseph and not much else.

They added a physical specimen in the second round, someone who can play aggressive near the line of scrimmage. Melifonwu stands 6-foot-4 and 224 pounds, which gives him an advantage intercepting and breaking up passes.

This is an excellent value at this spot in the second round, and provides depth and competition at a key defensive spot. He can cover tight ends well without being a size mismatch, an asset the Raiders have lacked in recent seasons. He’s a hard-hitting tackler with breakneck speed. He ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine and jumped out of the building during agility drills.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said during the draft broadcast that Melifonwu can play press cornerback and linebacker in certain packages outside his natural safety spot. He has great range, helped by size and speed to cover miscalculations.

Analysts say he can be slow to diagnosis plays, but could be aided by veterans around him in the Raiders backfield. He also struggles at times as the last line of defense.

The Raiders have taken two defensive backs in as many selections, trying to fortify a pass defense ranked a disappointing 24th last season. They gave up too many big plays in the back, and the Raiders had drafted players who can shore up that deficiency.

General manager Reggie McKenzie prefers size in the secondary, and they got a player with great physical traits who can be developed into an even better player.

Incumbent members of the Raiders secondary should be on notice, with young bucks set to compete for significant playing time. It should be a deeper, tougher unit with Melifonwu and first-round pick Gareon Conley.

He impressed at the NFL scouting combine and the Senior Bowl, where he proved he compete with higher-level competition. If Melinfonwu and Conley make an immediate impact, the Raiders pass defense should be much improved.

Oakland Raiders Third Round Selection: Eddie Vanderdoes

The Raiders needed depth at defensive tackle. They got some in Eddie Vanderdoes. Whether he helps provide an interior pass rush – he needs improvement in that area -- or joins a run stuffing rotation will be determined in time, but the UCLA product is a solid athlete despite not looking the part. He’s agile with exceptional strength capable of dominating blockers along the interior line.

Good push is needed against the run and pass, especially with Dan Williams released in a salary cap move earlier this month.

Draft analysts say Vanderdoes brings toughness to his position group, and doesn’t mind taking on double teams. He has better pass-rush ability than his stats and shape suggests, assuming he can continue to develop that aspect of the game.

He’s from Auburn, just northeast of Sacramento, and will be happy playing closer to home the next few seasons.

Vanderdoes has an injury history. He missed most of the 2015 season with an ACL tear and didn’t seem to be 100 percent in 2016, when his performance took a dive. If Vanderdoes can return to pre-injury form, the Raiders have a solid player on the roster.

They didn’t produce enough in the middle against the run or pass, and need help to form a rotation capable of slowing opponents down on the interior. He can play on the nose or in three technique if asked, adding strength and versatility to the base package. Creating interior push could help Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin off the edge.

The Raiders entered this draft needing defensive help, and have added three players on that side of the football. The Silver and Black still need help at linebacker as they move into the draft’s third day, where depth can be added to this group.

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<![CDATA[49ers Nab QB in Third Round of NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:29:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/C.J.+BEATHARD.jpg

San Francisco 49ers' Third Round Selection: C.J. Beathard

The 49ers traded back into the end of the third round to select a quarterback to join Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley on the 49ers' roster.

General manager John Lynch's fourth trade of the draft netted the team the grandson of legendary NFL personnel man Bobby Beathard. His grandson, C.J., joins the 49ers after a four-year career at Iowa. Beathard completed 58.6 percent of his passes last season with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Beathard was not generally expected to be chosen within the first two days of the draft. He was the sixth quarterback selected, falling behind Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Deshone Kizer and Davis Webb.

"They won't regret it," Beathard said on a conference call with the Bay Area media.

The 49ers traded up with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings had the No. 104 pick, and called the 49ers to see if they were interested in a trade. After some consideration, the 49ers decided to move up from No. 109 while also giving the Vikings a seventh-round pick at No. 219.

"Might he have been there at 109? That’s what we had to weigh," 49ers John Lynch said. "But at the end of the day, we felt like it was worth it to be able to go to bed knowing that we had a player that we liked and want the opportunity develop at the quarterback position."

And that's what coach Kyle Shanahan plans on doing. He said Beathard is not coming to the team this season to compete with Hoyer for the starting job.

"We’re bringing him in here to develop him and give him a chance, but just like any other position, everyone competes," Shanahan said. "Brian is our starting quarterback and, right now, Matt Barkley is our second. And I look at him to come in and be our third with us only having three on the roster.

"By no means did we come into this draft thinking we’re going to get a guy to compete with Brian."

Shanahan said Beathard and Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman were the two quarterbacks in the draft who ran offenses in college most similar to the offense he will install with the 49ers.

"One thing that helps is being able to see guys play the way you’re going to ask them to play," Shanahan said. "It helps being at Iowa and watching the system he’s in. It’s easier to see to watch him over the years. He’s a three-year starter. He’s led his team to a bunch of wins, especially in 2015 when they had a better team and he played unbelievable."

As a junior at Iowa, Beathard completed 61.6 percent of his pass attempts for 2,809 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions.

"He’s a leader. He’s tough. He processes very well," Shanahan said. "He's extremely accurate and he lives and dies football."

San Francisco 49ers' Second Round Selection: Ahkello Witherspoon

The 49ers selected Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, a Sacramento native, in the third round of the NFL draft with the No. 66 overall pick.

“Being close to home is an incredible opportunity, as well as the type of defense they play -- press man, up in your face,” Witherspoon said. “When I came in for a visit, they were asking me if I’ve adopted that role and if I’d be willing to continue that. And I said, ‘Absolutely.’

“It’s an opportunity to play for such a great organization, close to home, with such a savvy defensive mentality. I think it’s going to be a great place for me.”

The 49ers were also scheduled to have the next pick, but traded the selection at No. 67 for the New Orleans Saints’ second-round pick in next year’s draft, as well as a seventh-round selection (No. 229 overall) this year. The 49ers now have 10 picks in next year’s draft.

The Saints used that pick at No. 67 to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

Witherspoon began his college career at Sacramento City. He played his final three college seasons at Colorado. He started 12 games last season and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Witherspoon led the nation with 22 pass breakups. He recorded one interception -- a game-saving pick in the end zone to preserve a 41-38 victory over Oregon. A pre-med student majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, he said he aspires to be a doctor after his football career.

But Witherspoon said he is committed to football and promised the 49ers during his visit to Santa Clara that he will make huge strides over the next few years as he continues to develop as a player.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Police Shooting Shuts Down Hwy. 101 in San Mateo]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:59:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0428-2017-101shooting_720.jpg

Northbound lanes of Highway 101 near Highway 92 in San Mateo remain closed Friday evening while authorities investigate an officer-involved shooting, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Police said one suspect died in the shooting involving three CHP officers, who were not injured. The shooting was reported at around 5:30 p.m. when officers were involved in a confrontation with an armed suspect, police said.

It is unclear what led up to the shooting, but the three officers were driving in separate patrol cars before they all fired their weapons.

Estimates for when the roadway will be reopened have been continuously pushed back since the closure. The latest estimate suggests that lanes could open around midnight, but that time could change.

Drivers headed in the northbound direction are being escorted off the roadway at Hillsdale Boulevard. The northbound ramp onto Highway 101 at Hillsdale is also closed.

The CHP, San Mateo Police Department and San Mateo County District Attorney's office will be working together during the investigation.

Friday's incident adds to a growing number of freeway shootings in the Bay Area. Last month, police responded to a deadly shooting on Interstate 80 in Richmond and a shooting on Highway 101 in San Jose.

The CHP reports at least 85 shootings on Bay Area freeways since November 2015.

No other information was immediately available.

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