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TV Crew Plans 1 Car Break-In, Gets 2 Instead

'Problem has reached epidemic proportions' in San Francisco

(Newser) - They anticipated the first burglary, just not the second. While reporting on the epidemic of car break-ins in SanFrancisco, Inside Edition crew members watched as a man broke into a bait car fitted with hidden cameras. Reporter Lisa Guerrero began Wednesday's report by parking a car near San Francisco'... More »

NYC No Longer Has the Most Super-Rich People

That honor transfers to Hong Kong

(Newser) - Looking to hobnob with the rich but not necessarily famous? Although New York City used to be where you'd be find the largest population of super-rich people in the world, Hong Kong has taken over the top spot this year, CNNMoney notes. That's per a new report from... More »

There's a New Problem at San Francisco's Leaning Tower

A crack in a window

(Newser) - More bad news for San Francisco's Millennium Tower. This time, it's a crack in a window on the 36th floor of the 58-story building, SFGate reports. It happened Saturday around 2:30am when residents heard "creaking noises" and a "loud pop," per NBC Bay Area... More »

3 House Visits Yielded Nothing. On 4th, a Body in a Fish Tank

2 suspects identified in case of missing SF man

(Newser) - It had been months since Scott Free last saw his neighbor when a crime scene cleanup crew arrived at that neighbor's home on Aug 14. Thanks to Free's 911 call, San Francisco police are now trying to identify a body without a head or hands, found so badly... More »

This City Is the Smartest in America—by Far

Michigan's Ann Arbor nabs No. 1 spot on WalletHub list of most educated metro areas

(Newser) - Where do people in the know live, work, and play? WalletHub examines the educational levels in America's 150 most populated metro areas, looking at nearly a dozen metrics in the "Educational Attainment" and "Quality of Education and Attainment Gap" categories—to wit, what diplomas or degrees a... More »

Vest-Vending Machine Is a Big Hit in San Fran

The attire is popular in Silicon Valley

(Newser) - It's an odd tale of vests, venture capitalists, and San Francisco: Start with this Business Insider story in 2016 declaring that the vest had "become the most quintessentially-VC item in an investor's wardrobe" in Silicon Valley. Flash forward to a different BI story from last week, taking... More »

10 Best Big US Cities to Call Home

The West Coast looks good

(Newser) - Thinking of setting down roots and only a major metropolis will do? WalletHub took a close look at the 62 biggest cities in the US (those with at least 300,000 people) to see which ones offer the most attractive options, pitting the pros against the cons of urban living.... More »

SF Moves to Echo 'Amazon Tax'

Measure to tax big businesses to fund homeless will be on the November ballot

(Newser) - San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing services, an issue that set off a battle in another West Coast city struggling with income inequality. The city elections department verified Monday that supporters had collected enough signatures to get the... More »

'Permit Patty' Leaves Own Company After Water Incident

Companies started saying they would no longer buy Alison Ettel's pot products

(Newser) - Alison Ettel gained a nickname and lost a job after threatening to call police on an 8-year-old black girl who was selling water without a permit in San Francisco. The Guardian reports that Ettel, who was dubbed "Permit Patty," has resigned from the cannabis company she founded in... More »

Here, 6-Figure Salary Qualifies as 'Low Income'

Welcome to the Bay Area

(Newser) - From Miami to Detroit to San Antonio, an annual household income of $117,400 puts you firmly in the "high income" group. You'd even land in the upper middle class in New York City, per Business Insider . Not so in San Francisco. Further cementing the city's reputation... More »

London Breed Makes History as New SF Mayor

She's city's first-ever black female mayor

(Newser) - San Francisco Supervisor London Breed emerged victorious Wednesday to become the city's first African-American woman mayor after narrowly defeating a rival who was seeking to become the first openly gay man in the position. It took eight days of counting after Election Day for Breed to build a large... More »

Swimmer Begins Record Japan-California Attempt

Frenchman plans to swim 8 hours a day

(Newser) - Ben Lecomte has set off from Japan in an effort to swim to California, undaunted by sharks, low temperatures, fierce weather, a gigantic garbage patch—and the fact that nobody has even swum across the Pacific before. But the 51-year-old Frenchman has the right experience to attempt the record-breaking open-water... More »

Nurses Want Zuckerberg's Name Off Hospital

Patients are concerned about privacy, they say

(Newser) - How would you feel about being a patient at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital ? For some patients, having the Facebook founder's name plastered on the hospital is worrisome—and over the weekend, nurses at the hospital staged a protest to push for Zuck's name to be removed,... More »

Scooter Battle Rages in San Francisco

The city wants to regulate the rentable scooters

(Newser) - A battle between the city of San Francisco and companies that rent out motorized scooters has come to a head: On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance seeking to regulate the scooters, TechCrunch reports. At issue is the fact that the companies—LimeBike, Spin, and Bird—started... More »

Cops Found His Manifesto. They Have Yet to Find Him

Dustin Hamilton 'armed and dangerous' in San Francisco area

(Newser) - A San Jose family returned from vacation late Wednesday to find their home had been burglarized and at least two guns taken. Perhaps most alarming was a 20-page manifesto left on their kitchen table. In it, their estranged son, 44-year-old Dustin Hamilton, "made threats to kill people in San... More »

Ax-Wielding Driver Fatally Rams Pedestrians

Police have arrested suspect in San Francisco

(Newser) - One person was killed when a driver rammed into a group of pedestrians in San Francisco after threatening them with an ax, CBS SF reports. Police say the incident started shortly before 10:30am Wednesday when the driver got into a physical altercation with a group of people. A witness... More »

Single Donation Fulfills Every Request on DonorsChoose

'We never had this dream because it would have been too crazy to even say'

(Newser) - The scope of the donation—and the effects it will have on US students—is almost hard to fathom. "I kind of dared myself to send an email pitching an idea 10 times bigger than I've ever pitched before," Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org, tells the... More »

Animal Welfare Groups Cheer San Francisco's 'Historic Act'

It becomes biggest US city to ban fur

(Newser) - San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur Tuesday, further burnishing the city's animal-loving credentials as it becomes the largest US city to approve the prohibition. Animal welfare advocates around the world cheered news of Tuesday's vote, applauding the city for its compassion and hoping... More »

ICE Spokesman Quits Over a Number

James Schwab said he 'didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts'

(Newser) - In 2015, James Schwab became the San Francisco rep for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He quit the position last week, saying he "didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts." The move comes in the wake of a four-day February sweep, which President Trump, Jeff Sessions, and ICE... More »

Seeking a Budget-Friendly V-Day? Here's Where to Go

San Francisco, surprisingly

(Newser) - Flowers, chocolates, a candlelit dinner. Combined, they might make for a successful, if cliched Valentine's Day—but at a cost. US consumers celebrating V-Day will spend an average of $143.56 this year, $7 more than in 2017, per the National Retail Federation . Hoping for more bang for your... More »

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