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Powerball Jackpot: $390 million Wed., July 27, jackpot: TBA Super Lotto Jackpot: $19 million Mega Wed., July 27, jackpot: $20 million Saturday, July 23, draws Fantasy 5 Daily 3 (midday) Daily 3 (evening) Daily Derby race time: 1:49.07 First Hot Shot [...] [...] Friday, July 22, draw and payouts Mega Millions Jackpot: $7.5 million Mega Prize category winners Prize amount per winner 5 of 5 with Mega 4 of 5 with Mega 3 of 5 with Mega 2 of 5 with Mega 1 of 5 with Mega Mega Tuesday, July 26, jackpot: $15 million For lottery updates: www.calottery.com
Posted: July 24, 2016, 3:37 am
Authorities seized a dozen rifles and six handguns from the home of a suburban Detroit man who allegedly mentioned during a mental health group discussion that he wanted to kill police officers. In the Dallas attack, a gunman opened fire on officers, killing five and wounding nine others and two civilians before police killed him. 2 Boy dies in desert: A 12-year-old boy died after he was out hiking in north Phoenix amid triple-digit temperatures. Seventeen passengers suffered mostly minor injuries Saturday when a ferry struck a dock in New Jersey across from Manhattan. Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said the NY Waterway ferry made a hard landing and hit a pier around 7:30 p.m. Injured passengers were taken to local hospitals. Authorities believe they have found the remains of a missing Ohio college student whose bicycle was discovered in a cornfield last week. 6 Deadly lightning: A 14-year-old girl died and her stepmother was injured when lightning struck the personal watercraft they were riding on a Utah reservoir, authorities said. Brooklyn Reynolds and her stepmother, Jayleen Reynolds, were riding in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir when their watercraft was hit Friday.
Author: Chronicle News Services
Posted: July 24, 2016, 2:55 am
KABUL — At least 80 people were killed and another 231 wounded in the Afghan capital on Saturday, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed clothing among a large crowd of demonstrators, officials and witnesses said. In a statement issued by its news agency, Aamaq, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on a protest march by Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras. The militant group has been building a presence along Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan, mostly in Nangarhar province, for the past year. Footage on Afghan television and photographs posted on social media showed a scene of horror and carnage, with numerous bodies and body parts spread across Kabul’s Demazang Square.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 23, 2016, 10:57 pm
A heat wave spreading across the country is leaving few places to hide. By Friday afternoon, all but one of the Lower 48 states had hit 90 degrees somewhere, with only Washington around for cooler comfort. [...] the outlook for August, September and October is for above normal temperatures everywhere, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 23, 2016, 10:56 pm
CANBERRA, Australia — A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth with a bruising thud in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, officials said. Fedor Konyukhov landed 100 miles east of Northam, where he started his journey on July 12, about three hours after he flew over the same town on his return, flight coordinator John Wallington said. Konyukhov’s gondola — a carbon box 6 feet, 7 inches high, and 5 feet, 11 inches wide — bounced twice over 200 yards in an empty field and tipped on its side before the support crew grabbed it to prevent the deflating balloon from dragging it farther, crew member Steve Griffin said. The Swiss-based World Air Sports Federation did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation of the new record.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 23, 2016, 10:45 pm


Bay Area News

Firefighters were battling a blaze that has burned 6,500 acres in the northern Big Sur area of Monterey County as of Saturday evening, causing evacuations and threatening 1,000 homes, officials said. An evacuation center has been set up at Carmel Middle School for residents forced out of their homes in the Palo Colorado community. More than 300 crew members were on the scene of the Soberanes Fire, which was just 5 percent contained Saturday evening. On Friday, 70-mph wind gusts in the ridges blew the fire through containment lines crews had worked to build, officials said. Heavy smoke and falling ash from the fire drifted into surrounding areas, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued an advisory warning that air quality could reach unhealthy levels in some communities. The sanctuary hosts more than 400 animals including tigers, chimpanzees, lions and other exotic species.
Author: By Hamed Aleaziz
Posted: July 24, 2016, 2:17 am
The accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. on the 800 block of Embarcadero Road and involved a pedestrian in his 80s, according to Palo Alto police. Police and fire personnel responding to a call from the scene found the victim unconscious with major injuries. The car that struck the victim was driven by a man from East Palo Alto in his 20s who remained at the scene after the accident, police said.
Author: By John King
Posted: July 24, 2016, 1:30 am
Warriors star Draymond Green agreed to a plea deal in a Michigan assault case, dodging a jail sentence but receiving a $500 fine for allegedly slapping a man during a confrontation this month outside a bar. Prosecutors in East Lansing, Mich., agreed to reduce the misdemeanor assault charge against Green, 26, to a noise violation, which is a civil infraction, David Meyers, an assistant city attorney in East Lansing, said Friday. In addition to the $500 fine, Green, a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team, will pay a $60 jail restitution fee. “The plea agreement reached with Mr. Green is in accordance with our normal plea bargain procedures and guidelines for a case with similar circumstances, evidence and witness statements,” Meyers said in a statement. Green, a former Michigan State All-America basketball player, was arrested July 10 outside an East Lansing bar on suspicion of slapping former MSU football player Jermaine Edmondson, 22, during an early morning altercation. The beef between Green and Edmondson began July 8 when the Warriors’ forward bumped into Edmondson at Rick’s, a popular bar, according to the police report.
Author: By Bill Hutchinson
Posted: July 23, 2016, 8:52 pm

Many of his photos show the day-to-day sights of living in this city that are still valid today. From construction workers to cable cars on Powell or managing to get in a parked car on a steep street, you can find it all in Lyon's work.

Author: Tomikka Anderson
Posted: July 23, 2016, 11:00 am
A woman in her 40s was struck and killed by an Amtrak train after trespassing on tracks in San Leandro Friday evening, officials said. Train 543, a Capital Corridor train that travels between Sacramento and San Jose, hit the woman on tracks near Washington Avenue around 6 p.m., said Amtrak spokeswoman Chelsea Kopta. Washington Avenue between Halcyon Drive and 143rd Street was to remain closed until the coroner arrived, said Lt. Ted Henderson, a San Leandro Police Department spokesman.
Author: By Jenna Lyons
Posted: July 23, 2016, 3:50 am

Entertainment

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Uranus (the rules are made to be broken planet) does a quick trine to Mercury on Friday before doubling back to retrograde in Aries. Talk about conflict, talk about upheaval, talk about a game changer. This week you think about the changes you made this year and decide whether they're really working. If not, it's not too late to make adjustments. In other news: Mercury moves from Leo to a far more compatible Virgo. At last! Details matter, analysis pays off!

Posted: July 24, 2016, 5:01 am
Gregory Wait leads sing-along performances of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and the Fauré Requiem. 7:30 p.m. “Stories From ‘I Want to Show You More’ by Jamie Quatro”: Word for Word, true to its name, stages works of literature that aren’t plays, but verbatim; they make narration dramatic. For this staged reading, Delia MacDougall directs stories from Jamie Quatro’s celebrated debut collection. 7 p.m.
Author: Chronicle Staff Report
Posted: July 23, 2016, 11:34 pm

Kiosk Fest — Book vendors on Market Street Booksellers, publishers and printing presses will be among the pop-up vendors doing business out of the 30 kiosks from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24. Readings, live music and a scavenger hunt are also scheduled.

Author: By John McMurtrie
Posted: July 23, 2016, 4:14 pm

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the soulful singer Amy Winehouse's death. On July 23, 2011, the songstress was found dead in her London apartment at the young age of 27, after a long battle with addiction and substance abuse.

Author: Tomikka Anderson
Posted: July 23, 2016, 11:00 am
Dad’s rough horseplay looks a lot like abuse Dear Abby: I am a grandmother and great-grandmother who is concerned about the behavior of my grandson toward his 7-year-old daughter, “Beth,” and her 9-year-old cousin, “Mandy.” When Mandy recently visited me, she told me her uncle crept up behind her, put his hand over her mouth and then held her nose so she couldn’t breathe. If she can’t manage that, then any child in the home should be living elsewhere. Dear Abby: I’m the father of three beautiful, healthy children, with another due very soon. While you might request a second medical opinion, I strongly advise against dragging your mother into this disagreement because if you do, it will cause resentment not only against you, but also your mother. If I give the couple money as a wedding gift, whose name should go on the check first, the bride’s or the groom’s? If your granddaughter and her fiance intend to have separate checking accounts, put her name on the check. [...] if they will be opening a joint account after the wedding, it would make sense to put both of their names on it, and the order in which you list the names is whichever you prefer.
Author: By Jeanne Phillips
Posted: July 23, 2016, 7:01 am

Business and Technology News

According to the trade group, sales of organic food and nonfood products in the United States climbed to $44.3 billion in 2015 from $40.4 billion in 2014, which represents the industry’s largest dollar gain ever; $39.7 billion of last year’s total sales were for organic food. According to the trade group, Millennial consumers, particularly in urban centers, are responsible for much of that growth. Authenticity is “the biggest key for consumers,” said Sarah Masoni, product and process development manager at the Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University. Organic Valley introduced its new website in April, with the goal of telling farmers’ stories and, in doing so, personalizing people’s consumption of organic products. The group was careful to make the website mobile-friendly, a vital quality since people often employ their phones to do research and share information as they shop for food. The site features a tool to help people identify local stores that carry Organic Valley dairy products, as well as stories about farmers across the United States who belong to the cooperative, and more than a dozen recipes for dishes that contain Organic Valley products, with new ones added twice a year. About 40 percent of the dairy produced by the cooperative is sold as bulk milk and other ingredients to manufacturers like Stonyfield, while dairy products made by Organic Valley and carrying its brand are sold by retailers including Whole Foods Market, Costco, Walmart and Target, as well as by conventional grocery, convenience and specialty food stores. The cooperative, which for many years invited retailers and others in the food industry to visit its members’ farms, began offering free “farm discovery tours” to the public in 2014. The hope, according to Karen Zuckerman, chief creative officer of the agency HZDG, which worked with Organic Valley on its marketing strategy, is that they will share their experiences on the farm with their many followers, who will then investigate organic farming for themselves. “Our hope is by building the movement, our business will grow with it,” said Lewis Goldstein, vice president for brand marketing at Organic Valley, which is spending $500,000 to $1 million on the new website and social media programs. Stephen Zagor, dean of culinary business and industry studies at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, praised Organic Valley’s new website for allowing people to “touch, taste and feel in an emotional way the Organic Valley brand.”
Author: New York Times
Posted: July 23, 2016, 12:50 am
In a week when Donald Trump said “I am your voice” and his wife sounded an awful lot like Michelle Obama, we also saw: told Entertainment Weekly about her new comedy “Take My Wife,” which soon will stream on the Seeso channel. Saudi Arabia’s top clerics renewed a religious edict, or fatwa, that warns against playing Pokémon — including the new and popular app “Pokémon Go.” The kingdom’s Arab News reported on Wednesday that Sheikh Saleh al-Fozan, a member of the ultraconservative council of senior clerics, said the current version of the game is the same as the old one. When the USA Olympic men’s basketball team posed for a photo, you couldn’t really see the feet of the Warriors’ Klay Thompson — or Harrison Barnes or Kyle Lowry.
Author: Chronicle Staff and News Services
Posted: July 22, 2016, 11:30 pm
Home prices have hit record highs in some major U.S. metropolitan areas, and house-flippers are behaving like it’s 2005: [...] residential real estate isn’t in a speculative bubble, industry observers contend. “The havoc during the last cycle was the result of building too many homes and of speculation fueled by loose credit,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Realtor.com. To illustrate his point, Smoke compiled an index based on six factors he deemed crucial to the housing boom and bust of the mid-2000s, including price appreciation, the prevalence of house-flipping, and share of buyers who used mortgage financing. [...] the share of U.S. households that rent is near 50-year highs, helping to drive up rental prices and giving investors across the country incentive to snatch up for-sale homes. “We could have a housing cost-induced economic slowdown because people can’t make the housing market work,” Smoke said. In one scenario sketched out by Smoke, faster economic growth would lead to higher interest rates, leading banks to lend more easily to home buyers. Right now, builders are starting new homes at a modest clip despite significant demand, probably because the cost of building them outweighs the prices they command. The current housing market isn’t without some pockets of speculation, said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at RealtyTrac.
Author: By Patrick Clark
Posted: July 22, 2016, 11:00 pm
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos on Thursday passed Warren Buffett to become the third-richest person in the world, thanks to a rough day for Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway — and the fact that Buffett donated $2.8 billion to charities this month. [...] the margin is close and depends on the fluctuations of their key stocks, so Bezos might want to celebrate with bargain-price Champagne for the moment. Microsoft’s Bill Gates remains the world’s richest person, and can drink whatever he wants. ESPN reported that the sale was for the new Warrior’s Oklahoma City Thunder jersey, and only available at the city’s Academy Sports+Outdoors store. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index squeaked to another record Friday at 2,175.03, barely ahead of the record it set Wednesday, way back when Jeff Bezos was only the fourth-richest person in the world.
Author: Chronicle Staff and News Services
Posted: July 22, 2016, 10:53 pm

A prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist whose work centered on scientific and technological advances died on an Oregon river after being thrown from a kayak and getting trapped underwater, officials said Friday. Mark R. Templeton, 57, of Los Altos, a managing director of the venture capital firm Scientific Ventures and co-founder and former president of Artisan Components, drowned Sunday after his inflatable kayak overturned on the Rogue River’s Class 3 Wildcat Rapids, according to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. Templeton, who was traveling with a group of friends as a part of a guided tour, was on a single-person raft that overturned, throwing him into the water. Members of the kayaking tour notified emergency personnel of the incident after making it farther down the river. Rescue crews attempted a recovery mission by floating down from the Grave Creek boat landing, about 5 miles upriver from the rapids, and found Templeton lodged about 2 feet down in the water. Templeton had worked for eight years at Scientific Ventures, an investment and advisory firm specializing in the application of science and technology toward new business concepts and models.

Author: By Kevin Schultz
Posted: July 22, 2016, 10:43 pm

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Top-seeded Venus Williams ran all over the court to extend long points and overcame her inconsistent serve before a dominant tiebreaker, holding off gutsy fellow American Alison Riske 6-1, 7-6 (2) on Saturday night to reach the Bank of the West final at Stanford. Leading 5-4 in the second set with a chance to close it out, Williams squandered a pair of match points with three straight double-faults. Williams advances to Sunday’s title match against third-seeded Johanna Konta, who beat second seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-2 to reach her first career final. Williams has said during the tournament that her strong run to the Wimbledon semifinals fueled her to get back on the court at every chance. Ivo Karlovic’s big serve carried him to a second consecutive final at age 37, as he earned a 6-4, 6-4 victory over fifth-seeded American Steve Johnson in Washington. The 6-foot-11 Karlovic, a Croatian seeded 13th at the hard-court tournament, saved all five break points he faced in the semifinals. Paolo Lorenzi of Italy became the oldest first-time winner of an ATP event after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-3, 6-4 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. The 123rd-ranked Basilashvili was the first Georgian player to appear in an ATP final.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 24, 2016, 5:25 am
On Saturday, the team’s top minor-league catching prospect, Bruce Maxwell, was called up, and he will be in the lineup Sunday, catching Jesse Hahn. “I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet,” Maxwell said, minutes after arriving in the A’s clubhouse. Maxwell, the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week last week, was hitting .643 with five homers and 16 RBIs over his past eight games with Triple-A Nashville. “Unreal — every time you look up, he’s 4-for-5, 5-for-5, hitting a home run every game,” Hahn said. Overall, Maxwell was hitting .321 with 12 doubles, a career-high 10 home runs, 41 RBIs and a .539 slugging percentage. There’s times I’ll yank a pitch and his hands are so good, he’ll make it look like that’s what we were trying to do. The thing that separates him is even on days he’s catching, he’s out there doing whatever we need before the game, stretching with the pitchers, catching flat-grounds — a lot of times, starting catchers don’t do that. Maxwell told The Chronicle during spring training that he had decided to make baseball his priority last season. Usually, Triple-A Nashville manager Steve Scarsone tries to punk his players a bit when they get their first call-up — make them think they’re in trouble, then break the good news instead. Maxwell, though, was listening to a voice mail on his cell phone detailing his travel itinerary to Oakland when he walked into Scarsone’s office. The A’s placed catcher Stephen Vogt on the family medical leave list because of a family emergency. Manager Bob Melvin, who did not provide specifics, said Vogt will miss three days. Reliever Fernando Rodriguez (shoulder) was placed on the 60-day disabled list in order to get Maxwell onto the 40-man roster. Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Rich Hill will throw a bullpen session Sunday, but with a covering on his left middle finger, left raw after a blister tore off. Josh Phegley (knee) took batting practice but cannot crouch to catch yet.
Author: By Susan Slusser
Posted: July 24, 2016, 5:16 am
Sports calendar, July 24-25 Baseball Giants at N.Y. Yankees CSNBA (680) Hall of Fame induction ceremony MLBNet L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis ESPN (1050) Minors: Inland Empire at San Jose CHN Basketball Women’s Pro-Am: Palo Alto TNT, at Kezar Pavilion Women’s Pro-Am: Mission Rec vs. San Francisco, at Kezar Pavilion Exhibition: China at United States NBATV Cycling Tour de France, Stage 21 NBCSN Golf Senior British Open GolfCh. LPGA: International Crown Channel: 11 Channel: 3 Channel: 8 PGA: Canadian Open GolfCh. LPGA: International Crown GolfCh. PGA: Canadian Open Channel: 5 Channel: 13 Channel: 46 American Century Championship Channel: 11 Channel: 3 Channel: 8 Utah Championship GolfCh. Motor sports Hungarian Grand Prix NBCSN NASCAR Sprint Cup: NHRA: Mopar Mile-High Nationals Channel: 2 Channel: 40 Soccer MLS: N.Y. Red Bulls Channel: 2 Channel: 40 MLS: Seattle at Sporting KC ESPN International Champions Cup: Internazionale ESPN Tennis ATP Citi Open, men’s and women’s finals TennisCh. Bank of the West Classic final, Baseball Detroit at Boston ESPN Minors: Cincinnati at Giants CSNBA (680) Basketball Women’s exhibition: Select team vs. United States NBATV Pro-Am: South Bay vs East Bay, at Kezar Pavilion Soccer International Champions Cup: Manchester City vs.
Posted: July 24, 2016, 5:00 am
Smolinski clobbered a two-run homer off Rays closer Alex Colome with one out in the ninth and Healy, called up after the All-Star break, smacked his first career walk-off homer with two outs. “Two really loud sounds with two younger players getting an opportunity to play every day,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. Colome had converted his past 21 save opportunities, but with Khris Davis on after a walk, Smolinski was looking for a first-pitch fastball. Graveman put together another strong start, scattering nine hits in a career-high nine innings, the A’s first complete game of the season. Right fielder Josh Reddick was scratched two hours before game time because of back soreness; Melvin said Reddick had a little bit of a knot in his back after Friday’s 13-inning game and couldn’t get loose. Tampa Bay starter Drew Smyly entered the night with a 2-11 record and a 5.64 ERA, but with the exception of a weird run in the first, he held Oakland in check for six innings. Jed Lowrie singled with one out in the first, Danny Valencia walked and Davis appeared to strike out swinging — but home-plate umpire Kerwin Danley called him back, saying he’d fouled the pitch. Davis looked incredulous, then whacked an RBI single.
Author: By Susan Slusser
Posted: July 24, 2016, 4:48 am
The WNBA is withdrawing its fines for teams and players that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warm-up shirts before and during games. WNBA president Lisa Borders said in a statement Saturday that the league was rescinding penalties given to the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and their players for wearing the shirts — which was a uniform violation. Each team was fined $5,000 and players were each given a $500 penalty because WNBA rules state that uniforms may not be altered in any way. Baltimore standouts Terrell Suggs (Achilles tendon), Steve Smith (Achilles tendon) and Elvis Dumervil (foot surgery) are among six Ravens who will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list. American fighter Terence Crawford (21-0) kept himself in contention for a Nov. 5 bout with Manny Pacquiao, scoring a unanimous 12-round decision over Ukraine’s Viktor Postol (28-1) in Las Vegas to win the WBC and WBO super lightweight belts. On the undercard, Mexico’s Oscar Valdez (20-0) won the WBO featherweight title with a second-round knockout of Argentina’s Matias Adrian Rueda (26-1) in a scheduled 12-round bout. Sunderland says it has hired former Manchester United coach David Moyes as manager, a day after Sam Allardyce left the English Premier League club to take charge of England’s national team. In MLS, Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes scored in the opening 11 minutes as the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy beat Portland 2-1 to snap the Timbers’ nine-game undefeated streak.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 24, 2016, 4:13 am
Things to do in San Francisco
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WELCOME to The Taxi Drivers Guide To San Francisco .com a tool and soon to be published travel guide to the city by the bay. I have been a San Francisco taxicab driver for the past 24 years and would like to share my experiences, travel tips and things to do in San Francisco. The goal of this website is to save the reader time, and money and make their visit memorable and safe.

Things to do in San Francisco I recommend as a taxidriver are as follows:     Alcatraz Island   the most famous fomer Federal Prison in history:  This prison housed Al  CoponeMachine Gun Kelley, and the “Bird Man of Alcatraz“.   Haight Ashbury the ground zero area for the start of the 1960’s counterculture movement .   The area now known as The Haight was where Charles Manson recruited his followers.  The 1960’s greats such as Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Starship and many others formed in this historical area of San Francisco.    The Golden Gate BridgeGolden Gate Park and the Painted Ladies are a must see.   The cable car system in San Francisco is affordable, safe, and fun video yourself and send a picture home to your friends and stop off in Chinatown for some great Asian Food.

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