<![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, 19 Feb 2017 04:53:22 -0800Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:53:22 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Human Remains Found Near Point Reyes Station]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:05:23 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/C496PBtUYAAgdFF.jpg
Motorists discovered human remains down an embankment near Point Reyes Station on Friday evening, according to a spokesman with the Marin County Sheriff's Office.

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<![CDATA[Iraq Launches Push to Reclaim Western Mosul From ISIS]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:47:09 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_Al-Abadi.jpg
Iraq's prime minister on Sunday announced an offensive to seize control of the western coast of the city of Mosul from the terror group ISIS, NBC News reports. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on state...

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<![CDATA[Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $403 Million]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:31:20 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/POWERBALL_AP_16125444929602.jpg
The numbers for the Powerball jackpot that topped $349 million were drawn Saturday night, but the drawing yielded no big winners. That bumps the jackpot prize up to an estimated $403 million for this Wednesday's...

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<![CDATA[‘Not My President’s Day’: Thousands Plan Anti-Trump Rallies]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:08:11 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-642648382.jpg
Thousands of people nationwide have vowed to spend their Presidents Day Weekend protesting President Donald Trump and his policies at "Not My President's Day" rallies scheduled to take place in at least...

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<![CDATA[Tesla Under Fire After Explosive Crash]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:28:35 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-81543188.jpg
Tesla has come under fire in the wake of an explosive crash in Indianapolis involving a Model S battery-electric vehicle that took the life of a young woman and her boss, NBC News reported.The automaker had previously taken steps to prevent the lithium-ion batteries used in its vehicles from inadvertently catching fire, but the crash raises questions not only about whether Tesla has gone far enough, but whether Tesla's battery technology is inherently safe. Lithium-ion chemistry came under close scrutiny last year as a result of fires and meltdowns involving Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone."Had she been in another vehicle she would have been alive for me to yell at her for driving after drinking," Jon Speckman, the father of victim Casey Speckman, said during an interview with the Indianapolis Star.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Braces for Two Incoming Storms]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:32:56 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/2-18-17_Cemetary_Flooded.jpg
Wet weather lingered on Saturday with parts of the Bay Area experiencing scattered rain, mild temperatures and strong winds.

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<![CDATA[Car Engulfed in Flames After Rollover Crash in East Bay]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:39:08 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/2-18-17_Fiery_Crash.jpg
A driver traveling Saturday night near the Dublin-Pleasanton border was transported to the hospital after their car rolled over and engulfed in flames.

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<![CDATA[Band's Show in Oakland Canceled Amid Threats]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:47:52 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/2-18-17_Oakland_Metro_Operahouse.jpg
A Swedish heavy metal band scheduled to rock the Metro Operahouse in Oakland Saturday night didn't even see the stage.

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<![CDATA[Thompson Eliminated in First Round of 3-Point Contest]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:15:07 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Klay3point.jpg
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson did not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion.

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<![CDATA[Burns Leads the Charge, Sharks Dominate Coyotes]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:54:22 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/BrentBurnsFile.jpg
Brent Burns scored twice and Aaron Dell was solid in goal as the Sharks made easy work of the Coyotes in Phoenix, winning 4-1.

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<![CDATA[Bill Would Allow Hunters to Target Bears, Wolves in Alaska]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:22:36 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bearsinalaskafeuerherd.jpg
Hunters could once again go after bears, wolves and other predators in national wildlife refuges across Alaska if an Obama-era federal law is overturned by Congress and gets the president's approval, NBC News reported.Supporters of repealing the rule, which was issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in August, got a boost Thursday when the House voted 225-193, mostly along party lines, to undo the law.Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is behind the resolution to strip away some of the federal government's control over Alaska's 76 million acres worth of federal wildlife refuges. Under the federal law, hunters are prohibited from shooting or trapping wolves while at their dens with cubs, using airplanes to scout for potential grizzly bear targets, trapping bears with wire snares and luring bears with food to get a point-blank kill.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Members of Congress Stand up for Obamacare]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:31:58 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ACAForums.jpg
Two Bay Area-based members of Congress on Saturday spoke in defense of the Affordable Care Act as President Donald Trump and Republican leadership strive to repeal one of Barack Obama's signature pieces of legislation.

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<![CDATA[‘I Am a Muslim Too’: Russell Simmons Headlines Unity March]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:05:14 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_101210146201.jpg
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is feeling "zen" about a multifaith and multiethnic unity rally he's headlining Sunday — organized in response to the uncertainty and anxiety that was created by President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, NBC News reported.The entrepreneur has been trying to bridge religious and cultural divides for years, and said he is eager to lend his celebrity to the "I Am a Muslim Too" march through Times Square in his native New York City."Believing that people are the same takes you a long way," Simmons told NBC News this week. "I love doing this work. It's purposeful. It makes me happy."

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<![CDATA[Flood Evacuee's Purple Hearts Stolen]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:37:46 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_medals0217_1920x1080.jpg
Oroville Dam evacuee returns home to find home burglarized and military medals missing.

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<![CDATA[Scientists Question Using Waste Water From Oil Fields]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:30:05 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0217-2017-WaterWasteMain.jpg
It’s been done for two decades but after the release of a new report, controversy is building. Should farmers irrigate crops with waste water from oil extraction? Even with recent rains, the demand for water sources is high. About 80 percent of the water used by Californians goes to agriculture. Stephen Stock investigates as scientists call for a halt to the practice until more is known about the chemicals in that water.

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<![CDATA[Anderson Reservoir Spills Over For First Time in 11 Years]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:43:12 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/IMG_08542.JPG
The Anderson Reservoir, which has hovered around 99 percent of its maximum capacity for the past few days, began to spill early Saturday morning.

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<![CDATA[DNC Race Shakeup: Ray Buckley to Exit, Endorse Keith Ellison]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:55:49 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dncshakeup.jpg
In the biggest shakeup of the Democratic leadership race in months, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley plans to drop his bid to be the party's national chairman and throw his support behind Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, NBC News reported.With just a week left before Democratic National Committee members gather in Atlanta to cast their ballots, the move could have far-reaching consequences both for the election and the future of the party."While it was a tremendous honor to run for DNC Chair over the past few months, I am proud to throw my support behind Keith so we can ensure that the next Chair of the DNC is dedicated to investing in and strengthening state parties and ensuring that the DNC is an accountable organization," Buckley said in a statement. "As I've talked to the DNC membership, it's clear Keith has widespread support, and I know as our next DNC Chair Keith will successfully unite and grow our party."

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<![CDATA[Mar-A-Lago's Neighbor Has Same Crime Rate as Chicago]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:42:48 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/trump-solitario-014.jpg
Chicago is the poster city for violent crime to President Trump, but he's got some mean streets right in his Florida backyard, NBC News reported.The city of West Palm Beach, which sits just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Trump's palatial Mar-a-Lago Resort — aka the Winter White House — on exclusive Palm Beach, had a violent crime rate in 2015 that was equal to that of the Windy City, according to federal crime records.There were 23 homicides in a city of just 104,919 residents. And the rate of violent crime, which also includes rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults, was 9 for every 1,000 residents — the same as the far bigger Chicago, records show.

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<![CDATA[Here’s How Congress Is Handling Russia Investigations]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:35:30 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17048721312607-Sens-Comey-Secret-Meeting.jpg
At the end of a week's worth of new revelations and a resignation, FBI Director James Comey held a closed-door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee Friday, NBC News reports. Members who emerged refused to say what the meeting was about or even to acknowledge that a meeting was happening — though reporters saw Comey enter the same room as the senators. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio did send out a tweet that hinted at Russia: "I am now very confident Senate Intel Comm I serve on will conduct thorough bipartisan investigation of #Putin interference and influence," the Florida senator said.

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<![CDATA[Fire Engine Falls 50 Feet Down the Side of Freeway]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:16:02 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEB+SOCIAL+FIRE+TRUCk.jpg
Three firefighters managed to safely escape before their fire engine fell down 50 feet off the side of the freeway Friday in the Inland Empire.

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<![CDATA[PG&E Scrambles as Storm Downs Trees, Power Lines]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:50:53 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/163*120/palmtree3.JPG
Interstate Highway 880 has reopened to traffic after downed power lines on the highway blocked all lanes near Bascom Avenue in San Jose for two hours on Friday morning, 511 transit officials said.

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<![CDATA[Cubans Deported as Policy Ends]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:31:58 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/021717+private+plane+cubans+deported.jpg
Two women boarded a flight to Havana with U.S. Immigration and Customs officials Friday, becoming the first Cuban nationals to be deported since the immigration policy known as "wet foot, dry foot" ended last month. ICE officials told NBC 6 the women, who were seeking asylum in the U.S., were placed on a morning flight back to the communist island nation Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[Crews Cleaning Damaged Oroville Spillway Brace for More Rain]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:00:16 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0217-2017-OrovilleClean.jpg
Crews on Friday began the dangerous task of removing debris from the bottom of the damaged emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Police Investigating Bizarre Blowgun Dart Attacks]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:17:54 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cms734.jpg
San Jose police officers are investigating two bizarre instances of men being shot by mysterious blowgun darts on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Criticized For Calling Supe’s Legislation 'Gestapo']]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:44:47 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Peskin+message.jpg
San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin is demanding an apology from Mayor Ed Lee over what he believes was a hurtful and crass attack.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Schools React to National Guard Report]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:04:01 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-95592185-ng.jpg
The White House on Friday called a draft order to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants a fake, but Bay Area officials said it is triggering real consequences.

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<![CDATA[Police Warn of 'Embarrassing' Facebook Scam Targeting Men]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:52:41 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/Facebook+User+Scam+Alert.jpg
Police departments across the U.S. are warning of an embarrassing – and possibly viral – Facebook scam targeting men.The Gainesville Police Department is investigating a scam that is initiated when an attractive female Facebook user, usually from the Philippines, sends and unsuspecting male a friend request on the social network.After the friend request is accepted, a private video chat soon follows."The video chat escalates rapidly to some… well... more of an adult encounter," the police department posted on Facebook warning of the scam.Once the video chat ends, the pretty scammer demands thousands of dollars from the duped male user, or the explicit video will be released to the public.These crimes generally originate from outside the U.S., so prosecuting and investigating these incidents are nearly impossible."So please, gentleman – be smart," the police department advised. "Don't show something to someone y

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<![CDATA[Police Working to Identify Suspects From Milo Protest]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:40:39 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*248/bloc002.jpg
UC Berkeley Police Department asks for help in identifying suspects involved in acts of violence and vandalism during a protest against Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California, Berkeley campus. (February 1, 2017)

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<![CDATA[Trooper Pulls Over HOV Violator with Mannequin Passenger]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:01:01 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/198*120/HOV+mannequin+passenger.PNG
HOV lanes on highways are designed to encourage ridesharing to reduce traffic and are reserved for any vehicle carrying two or more people.

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<![CDATA[House Overturns Rule Protecting Planned Parenthood]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:18:59 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17010593540071-House.jpg
The Republican-led House this week overturned a regulation then-President Barack Obama put in place to protect Title X funding, prompting criticism from Democrats and others over the move's impact on women's health care.The House on Thursday scrapped a rule that barred state and local governments from withholding federal funds from family planning providers that offered full reproductive services, including abortion.“With this bill, Republicans are demonstrating that they will stop at nothing to limit women’s access to health care,” a spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told NBC.The Republican-sponsored H.J. Res. 43 passed in a 230-188 vote, largely along party lines.

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<![CDATA[No Refund for Woman Who Traveled to Zika-Affected Place]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:33:33 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/united+airlines+avion.jpg
A Pleasanton woman canceled a much-anticipated vacation for health reasons. She thought she’d get a no-questions-asked refund from her airline, but that wasn’t the case. So she reached out to NBC Bay Area Responds.

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<![CDATA[Winter Weather Driving Checklist]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:07:56 -0800 //media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rain_cars_generic.jpg
The California Highway Patrol offers the following advice when the weather turns wet and snowy.]]>