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Smoke rises from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire (CBS)

1 Year After Fire, Officials Monitor Chevron Refinery Emissions

One year after a massive fire broke out at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Bay Area air officials are continuing their efforts to better monitor refinery emissions.

08/06/2013

Foreclosed homes on Lucas Street in Richmond (CBS)

Richmond Threatens Eminent Domain To Address Foreclosure Crisis

The city is the first in the country to take the step of threatening eminent domain to handle underwater mortgages.

07/30/2013

Examination in a doctor's office. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Millions To Be Spent On ‘Covered California’ Health-Care Outreach

Millions of dollars will be spent encouraging people to sign up for health insurance when open enrollment in California’s insurance exchange begins Oct. 1. An outreach campaign will include media buys, community meetings and even door-to-door visits.

07/26/2013

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California Prisons Allegedly Coerced Sterilization Of Pregnant Inmates

The health care department for California’s prison system is under fire, after reports that pregnant inmates were coerced into having sterilization surgery.

07/10/2013

Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

Several SFO Plane Crash Victims Released From Local Hospitals

Many of the crash victims taken to Bay Area medical centers after Saturday’s Asiana Airlines crash continue to improve and several have been released from hospitals in the last 24 hours.

07/09/2013

Nicholas Brady performs at the Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel. (Bella Quattro Strings, LLC)

4-Year-Old Violin Prodigy Wows Audiences In Carmel

At four years old, many kids are still learning nursery rhymes. But, not Nicholas Brady. He is a violin prodigy performing classical music in front of large audiences on the California coast.

07/09/2013

EMTs transport an injured Asiana flight 214 airline passenger at San Francisco General Hospital, July 6, 2013. (CBS)

More Than 30 Asiana Flight 214 Crash Victims Remain Hospitalized

The recovery continues for those injured in Saturday’s crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport. More than 30 crash victims remain hospitalized.

07/08/2013

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Fewer Californians Expected To Travel On Fourth of July Holiday

An estimated 4.7 million people will be on California’s roads for Independence Day travel in 2013, a 0.7% decline from 2012 Fourth of July holiday travel figures.

06/28/2013

Pride Flag (credit: Ludovic Bertron/Wikipedia Commons)

Larger Crowds Expected At SF Pride After Prop. 8, DOMA Rulings

This weekend’s Pride celebration in San Francisco is expected to be an even bigger party this year, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decisions on same-sex marriage.

06/27/2013

Trays filled with shark fins are displayed at a store in Chinatown on August 24, 2011 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California’s Shark Fin Ban Goes Into Effect Monday

California’s ban on the importation of shark fins goes into full effect on Monday. Meanwhile, community leaders in San Francisco’s Chinatown are urging compliance with the law.

06/27/2013

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