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On Syria Strike, Local Lawmaker Has Serious Doubts

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi reaffirmed her support for military strikes on Syria today -- but other Bay Area lawmakers have strong reservations.

Rep. Lee Calls for Debate on Syria

East Bay Congresswoman Barbara Lee has written a letter to President Obama calling for debate on a possible military strike in Syria.

Thousands Gather in D.C. to Remember the March on Washington

Thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. today to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Fire Near Yosemite Destroys Berkeley's Treasured Family Camp

The wildfire raging near Yosemite National Park has scorched 225 square miles and continues to threaten Tuolumne City and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

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San Bruno Mayor: Regulators Too 'Cozy' With PG&E After Pipeline Blast

San Bruno city officials are outraged over recently released emails between PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The city says that the emails demonstrate an inappropriately close relationship between state regulators and PG&E executives during the settlement of lawsuits relating to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.

Disproportionate Rates of Melanoma Found in Marin County

A new study shows Marin County has disproportionately higher numbers of melanoma skin cancer than the rest of the Bay Area. The report from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California noted that melanoma incidence was 60 percent higher in Marin compared to the state as a whole. Experts join us to explain the findings and offer skin safety and screening tips for the summer.

CHP Drops Lane Splitting Guidelines for Motorcycles

Last year, for the first time, the California Highway Patrol posted safety guidelines for motorcyclists who ride in the space between lanes of cars to avoid traffic. The practice, called lane splitting, is controversial but legal. Earlier this month the CHP removed the guidelines without an explanation, sparking renewed public debate over lane splitting and motorcycle safety.

Should Paid Sick Leave Be Required in California?

California workers who call in sick would be eligible for some pay under a bill which passed the state Assembly in May. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, would guarantee all workers a minimum of three days of paid sick leave per year. Although some cities including San Francisco already require employers to offer paid sick leave, there is no statewide mandate. The proposal, which now heads to the state Senate, is meeting stiff resistance from business groups who say it's a job killer.

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San Bruno Officials: E-mails Prove Collusion Between PG&E, Regulator

The state agency in charge of regulating utilities is defending itself against charges its top leadership is way too friendly with the biggest utility it regulates: PG&E. San Bruno city officials have been combing through e-mails they sued to gain access to as they follow up on a pipeline explosion that killed eight people and they destroyed 38 homes in 2010. They claim they've found damning evidence of illegal collusion between the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and PG&E.

Oakland's Unauthorized Skateboard Site

Years of cuts to education, as well as parks and recreation, have left many parts of the state with a shortage of resources for sports and other activities. So it might seem like a no-brainer that a volunteer-built skatepark in a neglected part of Oakland is just what the neighborhood needs. The problem is, it was built without permission.

Kaiser, Nurses Union Brace for Contract Battle

California's powerful nurses' union is gearing up for a fight with Kaiser Permanente, the largest hospital system in the state. Bargaining for a new contract at Northern California hospitals begins next week. A lot has changed politically and economically since the last contract sailed through four years ago.

Pro Soccer Gains Fast Following in Sacramento

Billions of people around the globe are transfixed by World Cup action in Brazil. In Sacramento, there's also a buzz about a new local professional soccer team: the Sacramento Republic FC. The club is setting records for sellouts and has spawned a brigade of passionate followers.

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