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  1. Goleta wildfire closes Highway 101, threatens oil refineryRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jun 16 | Inside Bay Area

    A California wildfire spurred by strong gusts mushroomed in size and burned out of control Thursday in a remote coastal area west of Santa Barbara, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of campers, some homes and an oil refinery as it crept toward the ocean. Winds and rising temperatures across the dry Western U.S. also worsened wildfires in other states.

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  2. UnitedHealthRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jun 1 | Inside Bay Area

    The nation's largest health insurer announced in April it was dropping out of all but a handful of 34 health insurance marketplaces it participated in. But the company had not discussed its plans in California.

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  3. UnitedHealth to exit California's Obamacare marketRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jun 1 | Inside Bay Area

    The nation's largest health insurer announced in April it was dropping out of all but a handful of 34 health insurance marketplaces it participated in. But the company had not discussed its plans in California.

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  4. Missing teenRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 27 | Inside Bay Area

    A man wanted on suspicion of abducting a 15-year-old Vallejo girl was killed in a shootout with sheriff's deputies in Santa Barbara County, according to local media reports. In a series of tweets beginning just before 4 p.m., the Solano County Sheriff's Office said that the suspect, 19-year-old Fernando Castro of Vallejo, was spotted in Santa Barbara and involved in a pursuit and "possible shootout" with deputies.

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  5. By Katy Murphy, [email protected]Read the original story w/Photo

    May 18, 2016 | Inside Bay Area

    UC Berkeley law student Paul Monge has been nominated to serve as the 2017-18 student representative on the UC Board of Regents, an appointment the board is scheduled to consider in July, the university announced Wednesday. Monge, the oldest of eight children and a first in his family to attend college, served as student-body president at UC Santa Barbara and graduated in 2011 with a dual degree in sociology and global studies, according to the university.

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  6. University of California panel adopts expanded student-athlete protectionsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 12, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    A policy that would nearly triple the number of University of California student-athletes guaranteed continued financial aid in the event of a career-ending sports injury received unanimous approval Wednesday from a committee of the university's governing board. The proposal came from a working group of UC athletic directors tasked with making recommendations for improving the academic and emotional well-being of students who participate in college sports at the highest levels.

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  7. By Katy Murphy, [email protected]Read the original story w/Photo

    May 10, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    Students and open-government advocates are crying foul about the University of California regents' plan to close a meeting to the public Wednesday to discuss sexual harassment and violence on campus, an issue that has roiled the university in recent months. Critics say it appears the public university is twisting the state's open meeting law to shield itself from embarrassment over the growing scandal. 1 comment

  8. Popular SoCal Chinese herbalist's family of 3 killed, man arrestedRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 28, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    This Thursday, March 24, 2016 photo shows a home on Greenhill Way in unincorporated county territory between Santa Barbara and Goleta, Calif., where deputies discovered the remains of three people on Wednesday. Post-mortem examinations will be conducted to determine how the three died.

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  9. Danville: Husband and wife found dead in possible murder-suicideRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 23, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    Police are investigating the deaths of husband and wife found inside a home Monday night as a possible murder-suicide. A neighbor called police at 6:15 p.m. to report exhaust fumes coming from a closed garage at a home on Cross Bridge Place.

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  10. Good Neighbors by Faith Barnidge: Worldwide connection to conservationRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 17, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    "There is much we can learn about conservation and nature from other cultures and conservationists from around the world," said Ted Clement, executive director of Save Mount Diablo. Clement brings his world view to the organization thanks to previous experiences and friendships made during his work with as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.

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  11. Restaurant review: Bird Dog in Palo AltoRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 16, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    Chef and owner Robbie Wilson is photographed out side his restaurant Bird Dog in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. The menu focuses on applying French technique and Japanese minimalism to seasonal ingredients.

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  12. San Ramon man arrested, linked by DNA as suspect in 2014 UC Santa Barbara gang rapeRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 12, 2016 | Inside Bay Area

    A DNA sample led police to arrest a San Ramon man at a Hayward court Wednesday in connection with a 2014 gang rape at UC Santa Barbara. Daniel Jiang Chen, 21, was arrested by UCSB police at the Hayward Hall of Justice, where he was appearing in court for on a felony drug charge, police said.

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  13. Santa Clara University: Student may have meningococcal meningitisRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 1, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    A Santa Clara University student is ill with what officials suspect is a case of meningococcal meningitis, university officials confirmed on Monday. University spokeswoman Deepa Arora said school administrators have alerted faculty, staff, students and parents of students, as well as the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health.

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  14. The Habit Burger Grill opens in Campbell Jan. 20Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 16, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    The Habit Burger Grill will have three days of free food for a limited number of guests on Jan. 16 and 17 as a kick off to its grand opening on Jan. 20. The Irvine-based burger restaurant will officially open its doors for business after months of construction on Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. The Campbell location is more than 2,500 square feet and can accommodate 57 guests. It is located at 2000 S. Bascom Ave. The Habit will host additional pre-opening events on Jan. 16, 17 and 19. On Jan. 16 the restaurant will host Free Burger Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m. The first 250 guests on Jan. 17 and 19 will receive a free "charburger," fries and regular drink from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of Free Habit Day.

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  15. Dungeness crab advisory lifted in parts of California coastRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 4, 2016 | Inside Bay Area

    Officials said Thursday that a health advisory is being lifted along the coasts of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith updated the advisory Thursday after recent tests showed levels of domoic acid have declined to low or undetectable levels in crabs caught in those areas.

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  16. New year, new lawsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 31, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    Along with new laws raising the minimum wage, protecting electronic privacy and requiring schoolchildren to get vaccinations, hundreds of other bills are taking effect on Jan. 1. Here are some of them: Female workers in California get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under a law supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation. The legislation places the burden of proof on an employer to show a man's higher pay for similar work is based on factors other than gender.

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  17. Las Vegas: Woman deliberately drove into sidewalk crowds, police sayRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    The packed sidewalks on the Las Vegas Strip became a scene of horror as a woman deliberately plowed her car into groups of partyers and tourists, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, authorities said. The woman in her 20s, who has not been identified, struck pedestrians as she drove onto the walkway in front of the Paris and Planet Hollywood casino-hotels on Sunday evening, police said.

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  18. Vegas Strip hit-runRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    The packed sidewalks on the Las Vegas Strip became a scene of horror as a woman deliberately plowed her car into groups of partyers and tourists, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, authorities said. The woman in her 20s, who has not been identified, struck pedestrians as she drove onto the walkway in front of the Paris and Planet Hollywood casino-hotels on Sunday evening, police said.

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  19. Livermore: Spingtown Golf Course conversion to open space wantedRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 17, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    A group of residents are pushing for the hotly-debated Springtown Golf Course to be transformed into open space and potentially even a park, a possibility city officials say is on the table but far from coming to fruition. Stacey Swanson, a member of the recently formed North Livermore Alliance, said she and her neighbors think it's time to abandon the idea of reviving the golf course and instead focus on preserving the 90-acre parcel as a space for jogging, walking and other recreation.

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  20. Biotoxin found in Dungeness crab, season imperiledRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 3, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    The California Department of Public Health issued an advisory Tuesday warning consumers not to eat Dungeness or rock crab caught in California because of a potentially fatal biotoxin, as chances grew that the state's lucrative recreational and commercial Dungeness crab seasons could be delayed. State health officials announced that testing of crab from the Oregon border to Santa Barbara revealed elevated levels of domoic acid, a compound produced by harmful algae blooms that have proliferated this year in the Pacific Ocean, a phenomenon state officials attributed in part to warm ocean temperatures linked to El Nino.

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