Year In Review: 2010 Top News Stories

Year In Review: 2010 Top News Stories
#10 - Apple iPad Arrives In Stores
On January 27th, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, Apple's first tablet device. With the release date of April 3rd, hundreds of people lined up at many Apple stores, hours before opening to purchase the new iPad. Pictured, Apple customer, Andres Schobel holds up his two new iPads at the Downtown Apple store in San Francisco.
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Year In Review: 2010 Top News Stories
#9 - Standoff On The Bay Bridge
Reported by CHP Sgt. Trent Cross, Craig Carlos-Valentino, 51 of Antioch, stopped on the upper deck of the bridge west of Treasure Island about 7am on Thursday November 11th. Where he then called KCBS All News Radio saying he was on the bridge with his daughter and had explosives and a gun. After hanging up with KCBS, Carlos-Valentino called 911 and told emergency dispatchers the same thing. CHP officers responded and blocked off traffic. At that point, Carlos-Valentino got out of the car, brandished a handgun and pointed it in the air, then got back into the vehicle. He then took the handgun and tossed off the bridge and into the water below. Minutes later, his 16-year-old daughter ran from the car and was taken safely into custody by authorities. Without any further incidents, Carlos-Valentino was taken into custody. He was arrested on suspicion of felony criminal threats, felony endangerment and brandishing a firearm, and was booked into San Francisco County Jail, Cross said. The incident caused traffic jams all over the Bay Area and created a virtual 'parking lot' on the approach on to the Bay Bridge.
(Photo by CBS-5)
Year In Review: 2010 Top News Stories
#8 President Obama Signs Health Care Reform Bill
US President Barack Obama, surrounded by lawmakers and guests, signs the healthcare insurance reform legislation during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 23, 2010. Obama signed into law his historic health care reform, enacting the most sweeping social legislation in decades which will ensure coverage for almost all Americans.
President Barack Obama signed the healthcare insurance reform legislation in 2010. (credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Year In Review: 2010 Top News Stories
#7 - Prop 19 Controversy
Even though Prop 19 was defeated by 7%, the subject of the legalization of Marijuana rages on. Had the proposition been approved, it would have legalized various marijuana-related activities in California and allowing the local governments to regulate and tax such activities.
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Year In Review: 2010 Top News Stories
#6 - Chilean Miners Freed After Months Underground
All 33 miners trapped thousands of miles beneath the earth in Chile were finally rescued on Oct. 13, 2010, after more than two months underground.
(Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)
Year In Review: 2010 Top News Stories
#5 - Prop 8 Struck Down
On Aug. 4, a California judge struck down Proposition 8, which barred same-sex couples from marrying. Pictured, a same-sex couple embrace as they waited to hear a decision on whether same-sex marriages will be allowed to resume in California August 12, 2010 in San Francisco, California. California Supreme court Judge Vaughn Walker lifted a stay on same-sex marriages in California just over one week after his ruling that Prop 8 was unconstitutional. Marriages will be allowed to resume on August 18. The controversy wages on...
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Year In Review: 2010 Top News Stories
#4 - Mehserle Gets 2-Year Sentence In Killing Of Oscar Grant
On November 5, 2010, a judge sentenced former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, to 2 years in prison in the shooting death of an unarmed passenger, Oscar Grant on an Oakland train platform. Mehserle was convicted in July of involuntary manslaughter in the videotaped, New Year’s Day 2009 killing of 22-year-old Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale station. The incident sparked rioting and widespread protests by those who viewed it as an unjustified killing of a black man by a white police officer. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry had wide discretion Friday when sentencing the 28-year-old Mehserle. Prosecutors sought prison time for Mehserle, whose lawyers argued for probation. Grant’s family urged the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter. Four of Grant’s relatives and his fiancee pleaded with Perry to order Mehserle to prison for 14 years. Dozens of people, much like those pictured above, gathered after the sentencing announcement outside Oakland City Hall at a rally billed as a tribute for victim Oscar Grant.
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Year In Review: 2010 Top News Stories
#3 - Jerry Brown Gets Another Turn As California Governor
The California Gubernatorial Race was one for the history books as Jerry Brown crowned as the victor. Rather as the race itself overshadowed the actual win. Both parties were hugely criticized for their negative attack ads and even their debates were considered a circus. Whitman felt her 'attack ads' were needed to close the gap, siting that they were 'effective'. Probably not, now that Californians has elected Brown as their Governor, once again.
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Year In Review: 2010 Top Sports News
#2 - San Francisco Giants Win 2010 World Series
The prize that eluded Willie and Barry at long last belongs to the San Francisco Giants, thanks to a band of self-described castoffs and misfits and their shaggy-haired ace. Tim Lincecum, Edgar Renteria and the Giants won the World Series on November 1st, 2010, beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tense Game 5 and taking the trophy home to the city by the Bay for the first time.of the Texas Rangers against the San Francisco Giants in Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pictured, Brian 'Fear The Beard' Wilson #28 and Tim 'The Freak' Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate with the World Series trophy in the locker room after the Giants win.
(Photo by Matt Slocum-Pool/Getty Images)
2010 San Bruno Pipeline Explosion
2010 San Bruno Pipeline Explosion
No other event in 2010 has the biggest emotional connection for those of us who live in the San Francisco Bay Area as to the day of the San Bruno Explosion. At least four people were killed and dozens more hospitalized when a gas line exploded on Sept. 9, 2010. It was quite the emotional day for us all. The confusion in the beginning with early reports of an airplane possibly crashing into a building to when we felt the shock as we heard reports trickling-in of a gas-line explosion in our local community of San Bruno. As the news broke out, the immense outpouring of help spread from neighboring cities to all over the world. Through the tragedy of that day, it has brought a renewed sense of brotherhood within us all. One that we will all can never forget.
Flames erupt from an exploded gas pipeline in San Bruno's Crestmoor neighborhood, September 9, 2010. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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