Bike, Pedestrian Path Opens on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

A ceremony on Saturday dedicated a new six-mile segment of the Bay Trail connecting Marin and Contra Costa counties via the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Bay Area Toll Authority, Caltrans District 4, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Chevron, Richmond, and the Transportation Authority of Marin were the speakers at the public dedication in Richmond. Real Estate Heiress Who Posted $35M Bail Acquitted of Murder The path across the bridge is a $20 million 4-year pilot program that converts the right shoulder on the bridge into a path open to bicyclists and pedestrians. The new path is separated from auto traffic on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge by an moveable barrier on the bridge’s upper deck that can be repositioned by a “zipper” truck. ‘Stem Cell’ Clinics Offer Pain Relief, But Does It Work? The project has been hailed by bicycle and trail activists, but criticized elsewhere over the cost and by those concerned about losing access to the shoulder for disabled vehicles.

Palo Alto City Employee Dies While Upgrading Transformer

A Palo Alto city employee has died in an “electrical incident” Saturday while a five-person crew was upgrading a transformer, city officials confirmed. The incident happened at 9:47 a.m near East Meadow Drive and Middlefield Road. The employee was taken to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. No other injuries were reported. Real Estate Heiress Who Posted $35M Bail Acquitted of Murder “Our entire city family is saddened by the tragic loss of one of our own. Our condolences are with the family of our employee during this extremely difficult time,” Palo Alto City Manager Ed Shikada said in a statement. California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is conducting an investigation. ‘Stem Cell’ Clinics Offer Pain Relief, But Does It Work? Photo Credit: Vladimir Gerdo/TASS

Train Service Stopped North of Santa Clara

All train service north of Santa Clara is currently stopped after a trespassing incident with an Amtrak train Saturday afternoon, according to multiple train services. This service interruption includes Capitol Corridor, Amtrak and ACE trains.  Real Estate Heiress Who Posted $35M Bail Acquitted of Murder No other information was immediately available.  Photo Credit: NBC 7

Boat Capsizes Near Half Moon Bay With 7 People On Board

A boat with seven people on board capsized near Half Moon Bay State Beach Saturday morning, sending all seven occupants into the ocean where they were able to swim to shore, officials said. The seven people on board the 21-foot boat were crab fishing when they became lost in the fog offshore. Because the boat was brand-new it did not yet have a radio, said fire officials. Real Estate Heiress Who Posted $35M Bail Acquitted of Murder All seven people had their flotation devices on, which helped them reach shore safely. But due to low visibility, rescuers could not find the boat. It remained in the ocean until it washed ashore on Poplar Beach, a firefighter said. None of the people were reportedly injured. ‘Stem Cell’ Clinics Offer Pain Relief, But Does It Work?

I-5 Ramp Closed Through Weekend In Natomas To Repair Fire Damage

NATOMAS (CBS13) — Parts of Interstate 5 are closed this weekend in Natomas to fix damage after last month’s grass fire that burned across the freeway. The Arena Boulevard off-ramp to northbound I-5 will be shut down so crews can replace damaged infrastructure. Caltrans says the project is a $2 million repair job. The string of wind-whipped grass fires spread to the shoulders and the middle of I-5. Several cars that had to be abandoned were also destroyed in the blaze. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Gustine Police Looking For Suspect Who Set Cruiser on Fire

MERCED COUNTY (CBS13) — Gustine police are looking for a suspect who is accused of setting one of their patrol cars on fire on Friday. Officers said the cruiser was parked in front of their police station’s garage. The department said the car was not in service at the time of the fire and no one was injured. Swipe left for more photos of the damage. charred patrol car 4-gustine police(credit: Gustine PD) charred patrol car 3-gustine police(credit: Gustine PD) charred patrol car 2-gustine police(credit: Gustine PD) charred patrol car-gustine police(credit: Gustine PD) charred patrol car 5-gustine police(credit: Gustine PD) Police said surveillance footage showed a lit match or live incendiary device being tossed towards the vehicle. The suspect was described as wearing a light-colored hooded sweater and dark-colored pants. The suspect was seen in the footage running south on 6th Street. Firefighters responded to put the patrol car fire out.

Woman In Critical Condition After Getting Hit By Car On Hwy. 160 In Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A woman is in critical condition after police said she got out of a car on Highway 160 and was hit by another car Saturday evening in Sacramento. Sacramento police said the woman was not pushed or forced out of the vehicle, but the exact reason for why she left the car is unclear. The woman was a passenger in the car that also had a child in it. Officers said drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors. Police said the woman is alive but in critical condition at a nearby hospital. Southbound Highway 160 near the Del Paso Boulevard on-ramp has reopened following the collision. More details to follow.

Don’t Tell ‘Lucy’: Modern-Day Apes May Be Smarter Than Our Evolutionary Ancestors, Scientists Say

(CNN) — Researchers using a new method to evaluate the cognitive abilities of species stumbled across a surprising finding: Our evolutionary ancestor, Australopithecus, may have been less intelligent than modern-day great apes. It has long been theorized that a bigger brain means greater cognitive ability, which is generally defined as an individual’s overall mental capability and how they reason, solve problems, plan, think in the abstract, and learn from life experiences. If this were the case, humans would have superior cognitive power, followed in the distance by Australopithecines (the pre-human group that the famously fossilized Lucy belongs to) and gorillas, with chimpanzees and orangutans bringing up the rear of the great ape species. This may align with what we observe to be true about our own cognitive abilities, but when it comes to those of the other species, things are far less certain. Scientist Roger Seymour, who led the study at the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences in Australia, hypothesized that a different set of physiological characteristics may, in fact, provide clues to the cognitive capabilities of species, both past and present. It’s not just about size.…

LA County Fire Crews Put Out Topanga Canyon Brush Fire

TOPANGA (CBSLA) — LA County Fire crews have put out a four acre brush fire that broke out near 1200 N Topanga Canyon Blvd in Topanga Canyon Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries or damage to buildings. Crews were “mopping up” the fire Saturday evening and investigators were on the scene to determine the cause of the blaze, according to LA County Fire Captain Brian Jordan. Topanga Canyon Bouleveard remains closed north and southbound from PCH and Mulholland. “Our plan is to get Topanga Canyon open as soon as possible,” Jordan said. “Right now we’re setting up to open only one lane.” LA County Fire Air Operations had deployed water-dropping helicopters to help fight the fire. BRUSH FIRE | FS69 | 1200 N Topanga | 3:32pm Brush fire being handled by first alarm response from BN5 102 FFs. Forward progress of fire progress stopped. LASD closing N/B S/B Topanga Cyn btwn PCH and Mulholland. — L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) November 17, 2019 @LACoFireAirOps @LACoFD_DivVII @LACOFD @LAFD @MrcaFire getting a good handle on the #TopangaFire. — Malibu Search Rescue (@MalibuSAR) November 17, 2019  …

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