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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020, file photo, signs are posted outside of a house was occupied by the group Moms 4 Housing in Oakland, Calif. The mayor of Berkeley is proposing a new housing policy law Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, aimed at giving renters first dibs when a property goes up for sale as the state battles a severe housing shortage and homeless crisis that Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared his top priority. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Housing crisis: Berkeley law would put renters first

Feb. 20, 2020 9:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mayor of Berkeley, California, proposed a new housing policy Thursday aimed at giving renters first dibs when a property goes up for sale, as the state battles a severe housing shortage and homelessness that Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared his top priority. Berkeley Mayor Jesse...

1 hurt in police shooting at San Francisco area station

Feb. 16, 2020 1:17 AM EST

EL CERRITO, Calif. (AP) — Officers shot a young man who was involved in a domestic disturbance Saturday at a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train station, police told sfgate.com. The officers were called to the El Cerrito del Norte station about 2 p.m. to investigate a report of an argument between the...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, discusses the upcoming live-action film

Disney apologizes to school charged for showing ‘Lion King’

Feb. 6, 2020 10:58 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. has apologized to a California school that was charged a $250 licensing fee after showing the company's 2019 remake of “The Lion King” during a fundraiser. Emerson Elementary School in Berkeley was billed by Movie Licensing USA on behalf of Disney...

FILE - In this April 19, 2007, file photo, attendees fill the auditorium in Boalt Hall for a debate on the University of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif. U.C. Berkeley's prestigious law school has stripped itself of a 19th century namesake who espoused racist views that led to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. John Boalt's name was removed from a main building Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, after a three-year process. The name removal comes as institutions around the country re-assess the people honored with their monuments, streets and buildings. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

UC Berkeley Law School strips itself of racist namesake

Jan. 30, 2020 6:45 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The law school at the University of California, Berkeley has stripped itself of a 19th century namesake who espoused racist views that led to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. John Boalt's name was removed from a school building Thursday after a three-year process. University...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 5, 2010 file photo, oil dispersant and a sheen are seen on the surface of the water in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, environmental groups and women from Alaska and Louisiana are asking a federal court to make the Environmental Protection Agency set new rules for use of oil spill dispersants, citing worries about the chemicals' health and environmental effects. (Matt Stamey/The Houma Daily Courier via AP)

Lawsuit: EPA has dragged feet on oil spill dispersant rules

Jan. 30, 2020 4:20 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups and women from Alaska and Louisiana are asking a federal court to make the Environmental Protection Agency set new rules for use of oil spill dispersants, citing worries about the chemicals' health and environmental effects. “We want our foods to come to us....

FILE- This Sept. 30, 2016, file photo shows the logo of the Tesla model S at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France.  The U.S. government's auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla's electric vehicles can suddenly accelerate on their own. An unidentified person petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for an investigation into the problem. The agency says the allegations include about 500,000 Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles from the 2013 through 2019 model years. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

US agency examining Tesla unintended acceleration complaint

Jan. 17, 2020 6:24 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla's electric vehicle models can suddenly accelerate on their own. Brian Sparks of Berkeley, California, petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for an investigation. An...

Stanford's Lexie Hull, center, controls the ball between California's Evelien Lutje Schipholt (24) and Sara Anastasieska (11) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

No. 5 Stanford beats rival Cal 79-65 for weekend sweep

Jan. 12, 2020 11:02 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Stanford certainly wanted a tough challenge with a week ahead that features road games at fellow Pac-12 powers Oregon and Oregon State. California provided that push while desperately seeking a much-improved performance against its rival than the outcome of two days earlier. Kiana...

California guard Sara Anastasieska (11) fights for the ball with Stanford's Nadia Fingall, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

VanDerveer is first women's coach to 500 wins in one league

Jan. 11, 2020 12:48 AM EST

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — How fitting that so many of Tara VanDerveer's former players were in the stands for another of the Hall of Fame coach's many milestones. VanDerveer became the first women's basketball coach with 500 regular-season wins in a single conference, and her No. 5 Stanford team beat...

California's Joel Brown, right, drives the ball against Washington State's Isaac Bonton (10) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

California holds off Washington State 73-66

Jan. 10, 2020 1:24 AM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Matt Bradley turned a bad week of practice into the best game of his California career and a much-needed win for the Golden Bears. Bradley scored a career-high 26 points and had 10 rebounds, and California held off a late surge to beat Washington State 73-66 on Thursday night for...

FILE - This June 28, 2011 file photo shows people waiting to attend an autograph signing event during the Romance Writers of America Annual Conference in New York. The Romance Writers of America faced another high-level departure and several publishers announced they would not participate in this summer's annual conference.  Writers, editors and publishers have been furious with the RWA over allegations that it has failed to address a lack of diversity in the organization. Numerous RWA board members have left, including President Damon Suede on Thursday. Also this week, the RWA cancelled its annual RITA prizes and confirmed that the Harlequin, Avon Books and Berkeley Romance are among the publishers who dropped out from the conference in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

Frustration with lack of diversity grows at Romance Writers

Jan. 9, 2020 5:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Turmoil continued Thursday at the Romance Writers of America as it faced another high-level departure and several publishers announced they would not participate in this summer's annual conference. Writers, editors and publishers have been furious with the RWA over allegations that it has...