North Korea frees Palo Alto resident Merrill Newman; U.S. has 'in hand in Bei...
North Korea says it has released Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Palo Alto man and war veteran who had been detained since late October.
6 Dec 2013 at 9:40pm
Five tablet apps for the (very) young set
With an endless cavalcade of new apps for the iPad and its Android rivals, we decided to poke around for five great apps that could benefit kids aged 1 to 5 years old. With the help of pediatricians, app reviewers, schoolteachers and parents, we struck gold.
6 Dec 2013 at 7:53pm
Santa Clara County officials: Four homeless people die of exposure over an ei...
Officials say three people died of exposure outdoors in San Jose while a fourth person died in a garage in Saratoga.
6 Dec 2013 at 7:20pm
San Jose hotel security guard nabs driver who struck police vehicle and ran away
A security guard for the downtown San Jose Hilton jumped into action this morning and stopped a driver who tried to flee after rear-ending a San Jose police officer at a high rate of speed.
6 Dec 2013 at 6:35pm
Pizarro: There's something good growing at the San Jose Museum of Art
'El Valle Verde,' a handsome redwood planter box filled with vegetables, has sprouted into an eye-catching installation for the San Jose Museum of Art's 'Around the Table' exhibition.
6 Dec 2013 at 6:32pm
Biz Break: Job growth spikes, Wall Street likes; Google, Gilead gain
Today: The unemployment rate in the United States hits a five-year low, and investors celebrate by pushing stocks higher, including Google and Gilead.
6 Dec 2013 at 4:09pm
California's DNA collection law in key legal test
Months after the U.S. Supreme Court backed Maryland law allowing DNA collection from felony suspects, federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in legal challenge to similar California law
6 Dec 2013 at 3:56pm
Weather suspends aerial search for missing San Jose pilot, his family in cent...
Snowfall in the rugged, mountainous backcountry of central Idaho has suspended the aerial search for a missing small plane carrying a San Jose high-tech executive and four members of his family.
6 Dec 2013 at 2:38pm
Bullet train: Rail authority says it's full speed ahead for project
Critics and many political observers might see California's bullet train project as nearly dead, but state officials made clear Thursday that the train is still heading down the rails at full speed.
6 Dec 2013 at 12:30pm
Apple asks Samsung to pay $22 million in legal fees and costs
Already awarded $930 million in patent feud, Apple asks federal judge to order Samsung to pay close to $16 million for legal fees and another $6 million in costs incurred in battle over copying iPhone and iPad
6 Dec 2013 at 12:10pm
Harden scores 34, Rockets beat Warriors 105-83
The Rockets' offense is one of the best in the NBA. However, against Golden State on Friday night, it was the defense that was the key.
Houston leaned on its defense in the first quarter while jumping out to a double-digit lead it didn't relinquish.
James Harden scored 34 points, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and the Rockets beat the Warriors 105-83.
Terrence Jones added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who had lost two straight. Harden shot 13 for 22 from the ...
6 Dec 2013 at 10:23pm
Snow makes an appearance in Calistoga
The drive up to Calistoga was a rainy one Friday night, but just north of there, the rain turned to snow. Heavy flakes fell Friday afternoon, coating the roadside with a dusting of snow and Caltrans was ready. Scrapers and sand trucks paced Highway 29, while a flashing sign warned, "Caution...ice and snow ahead".
The snow level dropped below 2000 feet Friday, not unheard of, but not an everyday occurrence either.
"I'm excited because I have 4-wheel drive in my car," said Melissa Chavez, cle...
6 Dec 2013 at 10:12pm
Alameda Co. Fire Chief to retire at year's end
Alameda County Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer will retire at the end of the year after only 18 months in the position, county officials said Friday.
Shaffer was appointed as fire chief last December after serving as the interim fire chief for six months when former Fire Chief Sheldon Gilbert resigned in June 2012.
Shaffer began his career as a firefighter in Mountain View and was appointed as Newark's fire chief in 2005. He joined Alameda County when Newark began contracting with the county ...
6 Dec 2013 at 10:06pm
Suspect sought in Lower Haight hit and run
A pedestrian was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood Tuesday night, a San Francisco police spokesman said.
The incident was reported just before 9 p.m. at Oak and Scott streets, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.
The car was heading east on Oak Street when the pedestrian was struck while walking across the street in the crosswalk, Esparza said.
Based on witness accounts, the driver was speeding and ran a red
6 Dec 2013 at 10:02pm
Caltrain's holiday train takes off to collect toys for the needy
Caltrain's Holiday Train will be setting off from San Francisco Saturday and Sunday in a light-filled event intended to collect toys for needy children.
The holiday train, decorated with thousands of lights, will arrive at San Francisco's Caltrain Station at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and then travel down the Peninsula, making nine stops along the way.
At each stop, the crowd will be entertained with live music and a 20-minute show featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpers.
6 Dec 2013 at 9:51pm
Electronic tolling system not working as planned
When toll collectors on the Golden Gate Bridge were replaced with an all-electronic tolling system, the bridge authority called it a cost saving measure. However, the problems that have cropped up since the switch are raising questions as to just how much savings taxpayers will see.
The switch took place in March and now in December the kinks still aren’t worked out. The website is still crashing and the call center is still flooded.
Xerox is the company that runs the call center and its co...
6 Dec 2013 at 9:42pm
New preschool comes to the Bayview
Pre-schools are a rare sight in San Francisco's Bayview District, a predominantly low-income neighborhood. But an early childhood education program has just finished out its first week of operation at the Bayview YMCA and parents say they’re very thankful.
"My child was so excited to come to school. And the very first day she didn't want to go home," said Nancy Kaufman, whose 3-year-old daughter Francesca is one of the program’s preschoolers.
Other than a head start program this new presch...
6 Dec 2013 at 9:31pm
Outreach crews work overtime to protect homeless from cold
South Bay emergency agencies are taking extra measures Friday night after the cold snap was blamed for the death of four homeless men.
On Friday the Office of Emergency Services announced that three men, all in their 40s or 50s, died at separate San Jose homeless encampments in the past two days. A fourth homeless man, in the same age-range, also died in a Saratoga garage. Officials did not provide any other details in that man’s death.
KTVU joined outreach workers Friday passing out bla...
6 Dec 2013 at 9:01pm
Dangerously icy conditions expected on Mt. Tamalpais
Friday is expected to bring dangerously icy conditions to higher elevation areas around the Bay.
Forecasters predict freezing temperatures and even snow on Mount Tamalpais by Friday night.
Many hikers out Friday afternoon said the temperatures were plummeting.
"It was a little chilly to start with, not too bad once I got started up hill it was pretty warm actually," said Brian Mikesell as he hiked near the Pan Toll campground.
Despite the frigid weather, many are planning to be out on Mou...
6 Dec 2013 at 8:35pm
Man shot and killed after trying to help neighbor
Vallejo Police are searching for the gunman who shot and killed a father of two at the doorstep of his apartment.
Investigators say 26-year-old Lydell Brown may have interrupted a burglary in progress at a neighboring unite when the suspect opened fire and ran off.
The shooting happened on Friday, November 29th just after 5 p.m., inside the apartment complex located at135 Carolina Street.
Police say at least one gunshot went through Brown's front door.
Family members say the victim wor...
6 Dec 2013 at 8:15pm