<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:13:45 -0800 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:13:45 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Large Flares Seen Over Richmond Chevron Refinery]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:00:20 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/chevronmain.JPG
Contra Costa fire officials and Chevron said that the large dramatic flames over the Richmond Chevron refinery Thursday that were seen for miles were a result of "normal flaring." But that didn't do much...

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<![CDATA[Bald Eagle Found Shot Dead in Ct.]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:47:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Great+Meadow+Road+in+Rocky+Hill+1200.jpg
A $5,000 reward is being offered to help find the person who shot a bald eagle, after the bird — a national symbol — was found dead along a road in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. The state Department of Energy...]]>
<![CDATA[Twitter Up, Facebook Down For U.S. Teens]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:32:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/social_media_debate_president.jpg
For the third year in a row, fewer American teens are Facebook users.]]>
<![CDATA[SF Mayo "Disruptor" Raises $90 Million]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:27:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MAYONNAISE-LAWSUIT-RAW---00110113.jpg
Hampton Creek may be onto something with its line of eggs-less mayonnaise: the S.F.-based food startup just raised another $90 million.

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<![CDATA[Pets Dumped at Vacant Store in Oakland]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:24:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sunnite_4467165_722x406_1904909480.jpg
A former grocery store in East Oakland is now a dumping ground for unwanted pets, some of whom are "dying."]]>
<![CDATA["Wishing Tree" Spreads Holiday Spirit]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:57:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wishing+tree+4.jpg
Four years ago, Vanessa Sabarese read a book about the power of wish-making to change one's life. It's a lesson she has been sharing with her Noe Valley neighbors with great success.
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<![CDATA[Here's Where To Eat Out On Christmas]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:53:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/fatty11.jpg
It's not just Chinese food that's available for dining out on Christmas Day. Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer has his favorite spots.

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<![CDATA[Son Who Killed Politician Gets Life]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:29:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/121914+jason+beckman.jpg
Jason Beckman was sentenced to life behind bars Friday for the 2009 shooting death of his father, South Miami Commissioner Jay Beckman. Judge Rodney Smith said Beckman will serve a mandatory minimum of 25 years...

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<![CDATA[Police Search for Gunman, Schools on Lockdown]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:09:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/177*120/sjpd17.jpg
San Jose police searched for a gunman early Friday morning, which prompted three nearby schools to be locked down, and also investigated why a car crashed into an elementary school in an unrelated event...

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<![CDATA[12M Calif. Expected to Travel During Holidays: AAA]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:49:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/459612858.jpg
Californians should be hitting the roads, rails, and runways in record numbers this holiday season, all in an effort to strap on their skis or sip egg nog with Uncle Lou.

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<![CDATA[Reward Offered After Dog Injured]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:41:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/dog+hook+121814.PNG
A dog is recovering after he was discovered with a horrific injury: a hiking carabiner hooked straight through his hind leg. Ziggs, a one-year-old pitbull, was discovered roaming through Miami's Little...]]>
<![CDATA[Suspected Thief Identified on Tinder]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:14:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/TINDER1.JPG
The office of startup Buildzoom, has seen some ugly days. In July, co-founder David Petersen received an unusual call.

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<![CDATA[4th Victim Dies After DUI Crash]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:40:03 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/202*120/12-19-2014-gaza-redondo-beach-crash.jpg
A fourth victim, identified as a 6-year-old boy, has died after a DUI suspect struck a group of people in a crowded crosswalk as they left a children's Christmas show Wednesday night at a Southern California...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Patient Pleas For Return of Stolen Chemo Bag]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:58:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/marci-alexander.jpg
A Bay Area woman battling cancer is pleading for a thief who burglarized her car to return a bag containing items she uses to help her get through chemotherapy.

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<![CDATA[Friend Defends DUI Crash Driver]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:20:38 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/12-18-2014-redondo-beach-dui-margo-bronstein.jpg
A friend of the woman accused of killing three people in a crash outside a church in Redondo Beach, California, has said she is not someone who would drink and drive. Margo Bronstein, 56, has been booked...

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<![CDATA[Outrage Over Paramedic's Photo]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:21:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/226*120/IG+Paramedic+Post.JPG
Mayor Michael Nutter and Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer condemned a Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic for a photograph shared on Instagram that depicted two black men pointing guns at a white police...]]>
<![CDATA[Security Experts on Sony Hack: "WWIII Looks Like This"]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:03:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P-SONY-KOREA-HACK-PKG---03282609.jpg
As the billboards advertising Sony Pictures "The Interview" were pulled down in Hollywood on Thursday, concerns about cyber terrorism shot up in Silicon Valley.

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<![CDATA[Brooklyn Rapper Arrested in Sting]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:51:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shmurda+walk+copy.jpg
The up-and-coming Brooklyn rapper who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda was part of a gang that sold drugs, dealt guns and committed violent crimes, the NYPD chief said Thursday at a news conference...
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<![CDATA[Plane Crashes in Dallas; Pilot Dead]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:11:04 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/plane+crash10.jpg
A small plane crashed in Seagoville, killing the pilot, as it tried to land Thursday evening. The pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, has not been identified. There are no other known injuries.

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<![CDATA[Arson Sparked Downtown LA Inferno]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:54:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/downtown-la-structure-fire.jpg
Last week's massive downtown LA fire at an apartment complex that was under construction was an act of arson, authorities said Thursday. The fire on Dec. 8 at 900 West Temple Street destroyed a seven-story...]]>
<![CDATA[Rallies for Racial Justice, Police Accountability]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:08:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/244*120/public.jpg
A host of rallies and marches for racial justice and police accountability were on tap in the Bay Area on Thursday, from public defenders showing their support for "Black Lives Matter," to activists in San Jose...

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<![CDATA[Woman Threatens Kids With Gun: Cops]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:49:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/barnegat+rifle+pointed.jpg
A 35-year-old woman has been accused of pointing a rifle at several children after getting into an argument with them outside of her New Jersey home Wednesday afternoon, police say.]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Mugged Do-Gooder, 99: PD]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:34:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Windsor+Senior+Center+1200.jpg
Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy accused of knocking a 99-year-old woman to the ground and stealing her purse while she was delivering homemade Christmas cookies to a senior center in Windsor.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Police Activity Forces School to Shelter in Place]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:48:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-mirdana.jpg
Students and teachers at a west San Jose elementary school were forced to shelter in place Thursday due to nearby police activity, a spokeswoman said.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Man Dressed as Santa Robs SF Bank]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:19:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/santa-bank.jpg
San Francisco police are looking for one bad Santa. Officers say a man dressed up as Santa Claus robbed a bank near the intersection of Sutter and Stockton on Saturday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[New Science Paints Picture of Salmon Shark Diet]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:32:36 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shark+still.jpg
Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Laboratory in Monterey scientists are studying salmon shark isotopes to see what they ate, and where they ate it.

Photo Credit: Joe Rosato Jr.
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<![CDATA[Tougher Rules on "Alcopops" in Contra Costa]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:27:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/four-loko.jpg
Mixing alcohol with sugar is going to be a headache for some store owners, who are now under stricter rules for how they can advertise and display so-called "alcopops" like Four Loko.

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<![CDATA[Meet Your 2015 Goals With These Top Time Use Tips]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP73201008.jpg
As we ring in a New Year, people cling to the idea of life changing resolutions. Having a grasp on your time not only helps fit in a new goal like exercising more or keeping a clean house, but also allows these...

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Sex Assaults on Women Twice His Age]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:37:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Kenneth-Bridges.jpg
San Jose police have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the alleged sexual assault of two women about twice his age during a brutal home invasion.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Deer Collides With Cyclist Near Sausalito]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:22:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DEER-VID.jpg
Bay Area cyclist Silas Patlove was enjoying a quiet Sunday ride last weekend near Sausalito when an unexpected obstacle suddenly blocked his path — a deer.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco 49ers Release Ray McDonald]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:43:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ray-mcdonald-new.jpg
The San Francisco 49ers announced the release of Ray McDonald following the announcement by San Jose police the defensive end is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault.

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<![CDATA[Critic Weighs In on CPUC President's Legacy]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:56:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tonyandpeevey.png
Michael Peevey will make his final statements from the president’s chair of the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday, ending 12 years that conclude in the middle of one of the biggest scandals...]]>
<![CDATA[Accused Scotty Killer Twiddles Thumbs in Court]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:32:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Gary+Fellnbaum+Amber+Fellenbaum+Jillian+Tait.jpg
A Chester County man accused of beating his girlfriend's son to death twiddled his thumbs as he appeared on video uplink in court Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Rubio, GOPers Discuss Cuba]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:57:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/121814+lawmakers+cuba.jpg
Prominent South Florida Republicans held a news conference Thursday to discuss the new change in policy on U.S.-Cuba relations. Sen. Marco Rubio, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congressman Mario...]]>
<![CDATA[Boston Bombing Suspect in Court]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:08:39 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Dzhokhar+Tsarnaev.jpg
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013. Tsarnaev, 21, was led into the courtroom by U.S.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Beat Up Cashier, Stole $18K: Police]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:46:46 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/elrancho.jpg
Menlo Park police are searching for four men who allegedly beat up a store cashier before taking off with $18,000 in cash.

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<![CDATA[Man Recorded Women in Wal-Mart Bathroom: Police]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:48:20 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/bathroom8.jpg
Union City police are searching for a man who they say recorded video of women while hiding out in a women’s bathroom at Wal-Mart.

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