Major gunbattles erupted outside the palace of Tunisia's deposed president, in the center of the capital, in front of the main opposition party headquarters and elsewhere on Sunday as authorities struggled to restore order and the world waited to see if the North African nation would continue its first steps away from autocratic rule.Police arrested dozens of people, including the top presidential security chief, as tensions appeared to mount between Tunisians buoyant over Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's departure and loyalists in danger of losing major perks. Read More
In yet another sign of significant recovery during a remarkable week, the gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was upgraded from critical to serious condition Sunday after a procedure to remove her from a ventilator was successful.Doctors have been positive, and at time almost giddy, in describing her progress since she was shot point blank in the head Jan. 8. Read More
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will be sworn in Monday afternoon in Sacramento as the 49th lieutenant governor of California.Newsom, 43, a Democrat, served seven years as mayor of San Francisco. He is known for implementing the Care Not Cash program on homelessness and allowing same-sex marriages in The City during a brief period in 2004.A political moderate, Newsom was sometimes criticized by progressives for his ties to The City’s business community and developers. Read More
An IranAir passenger plane crashed Sunday night in the country's northwest, and around half of the 95 people on board survived with light injuries, Iranian media reported.The Boeing-727 operated by Iran's national airline crashed shortly before it was to land in the city of Orumiyeh, 460 miles (700 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Tehran, said Abbas Mosayebi, spokesman of the Iranian civil aviation organization, state TV reported. Read More
Doctors treating wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords provided an optimistic update Sunday about her chances for survival, saying they are "very, very encouraged" by her ability to respond to simple commands along with their success in controlling her bleeding.Surgeons said a bullet went through Giffords' head on the left side of the brain, but she is still able to respond to commands such as squeezing a hand or showing two fingers. They credited several reasons for her survival, including good luck and the fact that paramedics got her to surgeons quickly — in under 40 minutes. Read More
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people and wounding several others in a rampage that rattled the nation.
Giffords was among at least 10 people wounded, and the hospital said her outlook was "optimistic" and that she was responding to commands from doctors despite having a bullet go through her head. The hospital said a 9-year-old child was among the dead, and a U.S. Marshal said a federal judge was also fatally shot in the attack. Read More
A federal appeals court in San Francisco today sent a key question in a challenge to Proposition 8 to the California Supreme Court.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked the state high court to decide whether California law gives the sponsors of the measure the legal standing, or right, to appeal a lower federal court decision that struck down the measure. Read More
A trio of Democratic Bay Area politicians is assuming the reins of the leadership of California.Oakland's Jerry Brown was inaugurated as governor late this morning and San Francisco's Kamala Harris assumed the post of attorney general this afternoon.Brown, 72, a former California governor from 1975 to 1983, Oakland mayor from 1999 to 2007, and who was most recently California attorney general, was sworn into office in Sacramento at 11:20 a.m. Read More
The deadly explosion of a PG&E natural-gas pipeline in San Bruno is causing a ripple effect for utility companies across the nation.
The federal team investigating the explosion, which killed eight people, has issued six urgent recommendations for policy changes for state and federal regulators, in addition to PG&E, urging a first step to ensure that the San Bruno incident is not repeated elsewhere. Read More
The California Supreme Court ruled in San Francisco on Monday that police are entitled to search text messages on the cell phones of arrestees without obtaining a warrant.The court, ruling in a Ventura County case, said by a 5-2 vote that warrantless searches of text messages are permitted under precedents set by the U.S. Supreme Court.The panel upheld the drug conviction of Gregory Diaz, who was arrested for aiding in selling Ecstasy to a police informant during an undercover sting operation. Read More