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Turkish courts on Saturday released more than 800 enlisted conscripts who were under arrest as part of the investigation into the July 15 failed coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. According to the latest figures by Interior Minister Efkan Ala, more than 9,000 people, mostly in the military, have been put under arrest in the aftermath of the failed coup, which caused the deaths of more than 200 people. Indian authorities on Saturday tried to rescue thousands of people stranded in flooded villages after a week of heavy rains killed at least 52 people and uprooted tens of thousands of others from their homes in the states of Assam in the northeast and Bihar in the east. India’s army said Saturday that two rebels and two soldiers were killed in an overnight gunbattle close to the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, as a curfew continued to be enforced in parts of Indian-held Kashmir. The shooting erupted Friday night in Nowgam sector after Indian soldiers spotted the insurgents, who they believed infiltrated from the Pakistani side of Kashmir, said Col. Nitin N. Joshi, an army spokesman. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training insurgents fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with Pakistan, a charge Islamabad denies. The shooting, the second since the takeover of the station two weeks ago, further heightened tensions following clashes Friday night between riot police and opposition supporters that injured 75 people.
Author: Chronicle News Services
Posted: July 30, 2016, 10:18 pm
SAN DIEGO — Investigators viewed body-camera footage to learn how one San Diego police officer was killed and another seriously injured in a gunbattle during a traffic stop. Zimmerman didn’t say what the police body-camera footage showed and declined to comment on other aspects of the investigation, saying lots of ballistics, forensics and other evidence had to be processed. Jesse Gomez, 52, was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder after he was found in a ravine almost immediately after the shooting, suffering from a wound to the chest.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 30, 2016, 10:12 pm
LOCKHART, Texas — A hot-air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught fire and crashed in central Texas on Saturday, federal officials said, and local authorities said no one survived. Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in a statement that the balloon crashed into a pasture near Lockhart, about 30 miles south of Austin, after catching fire in the air. In a telephone interview, Lunsford said that officials were on their way to the site, and that the National Transportation Safety Board had been notified. Margaret Wylie, 66, who lives a quarter-mile from the crash site, saw the balloon explode into a fireball after it struck the ground on a neighbor’s property. A full NTSB investigative team was to arrive at the scene, he said, and the FBI has been asked to help look at the evidence, a normal request after major accidents. Sixteen deaths would rank the accident as one of the worst hot-air balloon crashes in history, surpassed only by a crash in Luxor, Egypt, that killed 19 people in February 2013.
Author: New York Times
Posted: July 30, 2016, 9:51 pm
MIAMI — There’s no official warning to stay clear of Florida, but the crowds that usually wander among the bold street murals in Miami’s trendy Wynwood arts district may be thinner after reports that mosquitoes in the area have spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time. Officials are trying to reassure tourists they’ll be safe when visiting Florida’s theme parks and urban arts districts. No mosquitoes in Miami or elsewhere in Florida have tested positive for Zika, but four Miami-area patients who contracted the disease did not get it by traveling to an outbreak country or from sex with an infected person. Gov. Rick Scott pinpointed the infections to Wynwood, and the state’s agriculture commissioner issued a mosquito declaration that triggers aggressive mosquito control efforts within a 200-yard radius of the homes of the patients with locally acquired cases.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 30, 2016, 9:36 pm
BEIRUT — Dozens of families and some opposition fighters started leaving besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday after the government opened safe corridors for civilians and fighters who want to leave, state media reported. The government closed the main road into rebel-held areas of Aleppo on July 17, effectively trapping the 300,000 people living there. Last week, Syrian President Bashar Assad offered an amnesty to rebels who lay down their arms and surrender to authorities in the next three months. Opposition activists denied reports that Aleppo residents were leaving rebel-held neighborhoods of the city, saying state media was attempting to falsely suggest that civilians were fleeing the area in large numbers. State news agency SANA said the civilians later boarded buses and were taken to shelters set up by the government on the western side of Aleppo. Usually surrendering fighters are questioned by government authorities and then sign a pledge promising not to take up arms against the Syrian state again. The Local Coordination Committees, a Syrian opposition monitoring group, denied that civilians and fighters were heading to government areas of the city.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 30, 2016, 9:33 pm

Bay Area News

A line of seven kids ranging from 2 to 3 feet tall sat on small pedal-less bikes on a platform Saturday morning on San Francisco’s Pier 35. A judge yelled, “Ready … set … go,” the gate fell, and the 2-year-olds strode their bikes down a ramp and through a winding lane of track over several wooden ramps and metal bump strips and eventually to the finish line. Winners of each heat went on to compete in higher brackets of competition in the next wave, and the pattern continued throughout the day, with several other age groups of competition. The day of racing marked the sixth annual Strider Cup World Championship, the top competition in the world of Strider bike races, where tykes — some still wearing diapers — navigate a 600-foot indoor and outdoor racetrack in hopes of both fun and becoming a world champion. “It’s serious racing,” Ryan McFarland, founder and chief executive officer of Strider, said with a smile. Strider was founded by McFarland in 2007 as a means of presenting a simple, no-pedal bike to children as young as 18 months in order to help them train more efficiently to ride normal two-wheel bikes. The Strider competitions were officially started a few years later, in 2011, growing out of fun McFarland had setting up tracks and helping his own kids learn how to bike-race. Mason took to the starting platform around 10:30 a.m. on a small red bike and in a helmet in the shape of flames. Eastin said his daughter was able to ride a pedal bike with no training wheels by the age of 3½, after just six months on the Strider.
Author: By Kevin Schultz
Posted: July 30, 2016, 9:57 pm
A fire raging in the Big Sur area for more than a week has grown to 52 square miles, officials said Saturday. On Thursday, officials lifted evacuation orders in the Carmel Highlands area, while Riley Ranch Road and Corona Road were reopened to traffic. The Palo Colorado Community and residents around Old Coast Road and Rocky Creek Road among others are still under evacuation orders. Robert Reagan III, a Friant (Fresno County) bulldozer operator working with a private contractor, died after rolling the heavy equipment in a remote area of the Soberanes Fire on Tuesday.
Author: By Hamed Aleaziz
Posted: July 30, 2016, 8:57 pm
Three missing people who were last seen on a personal watercraft near Rio Vista were found safe early Saturday, Coast Guard officials said. A 36-year-old man, 22-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl were all aboard a white watercraft that left the Brannan Island State Recreation Area in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta around 8 p.m. Friday and never returned, spurring crews to search the area, the Coast Guard said. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene shortly after the report and helped return the group to their family at the park, according to Sgt. Andrew Ashcraft, a department spokesman. The group ran out of gas and dealt with challenging conditions in the water before stopping in the area for the evening, he said.
Author: By Hamed Aleaziz
Posted: July 30, 2016, 8:41 pm

The United States Geological Survey reports that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.7 struck near Benicia and Vallejo on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

The earthquake struck at 5:35 a.m. at a depth of 7 miles.

Author: Jessica Mullins
Posted: July 30, 2016, 12:58 pm
Four relatives who died in a fiery plane crash at a Sierra airport were identified Friday as Tuolumne County residents, officials said. Commercial pilot Daniel Allan Kruetzenfeldt, 43, was flying the plane when it went down at Columbia Airport around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. All of the victims — the only people aboard the plane — were identified through dental records, officials said. The plane, a twin-engine Cessna 310, crashed under unknown circumstances east of the airport's north-south runway and caught fire, said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board launched investigations into the crash.
Author: By Jenna Lyons
Posted: July 30, 2016, 3:51 am


You may know Lisa Kudrow as the ditzy massage therapist Phoebe Buffay from "Friends," but the Emmy-winning actress has netted herself quite a few successes in her more than two decades in show business.

Author: Alyssa Pereira
Posted: July 30, 2016, 11:00 am
If your sister has shouldered the responsibility of caring for your dying father by herself, thinking you are too busy working to help, then she would have every reason to be very angry. All you need to do is say no to her invitation if the activity isn’t your cup of tea. [...] surely, you can find a tactful way to ask any drop-in visitor to make plans with you ahead of time instead of dropping in. It may be the attitude you’re projecting that’s keeping you from meeting men on those dating sites. Everyone I have talked to has told me to pick the style and color dress I prefer. If I show up in a dress that isn’t green, I’m pretty sure it will create a scene and I’ll be asked to leave. Do I cave and wear what she asked of me, or wear what I want and face the wrath of Bridezilla? Tell her that while you have no objection to wearing something green, you do not intend to wear anything strapless — and if she really means that if you don’t comply, you won’t be welcome at the wedding, you will not be there. Let’s hope it brings her to her senses because if it doesn’t, I doubt you’ll be seeing much of her and your son anyway.
Author: By Jeanne Phillips
Posted: July 30, 2016, 7:01 am

ARIES. (March 19 - April 18): It's one thing to date outside the box and quite another to mate outside the box. If you're just into playing with fire, then put down the matchbox now before things get too incendiary.

Author: Christopher Renstrom
Posted: July 30, 2016, 5:01 am
“Scenes From 68 Years”: Golden Thread Productions’ New Threads Staged Reading Series closes with Hannah Khalil’s play about daily life in the Palestinian territories. 7 p.m. Rhino in the Castro: “The Bat”: Theatre Rhinoceros’ monthly staged reading series presents a 1920s murder mystery by Avery Hopwood and Mary Roberts Reinhart; director Jack Sharrar has adjusted the show to bring out its gay subtext. 7 p.m. GLBT Historical Society, S.F.
Author: Chronicle Staff Report
Posted: July 29, 2016, 10:14 pm
Ellen Griesedieck and her American Mural Project were awarded a $1 million matching state grant to help transform two old mill buildings in Winsted, one of Connecticut’s first mill towns, into a visitors center and gallery space to house a 3-D mural 120 feet long and 10 feet wide. Since Griesedieck envisioned the project 15 years ago, she has held workshops with 10,000 students across the country and gotten support from both little- and well-known names, including Paul Newman, Muhammad Ali and tennis pro Andre Agassi. The large-scale piece, she hopes, will cultivate a better appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship of a cattle rancher, marble quarry worker or newspaper printing press operator — all jobs she shadowed over the years, armed with her camera. “You need only look at Mass MoCA and see what they did and how people laughed at them,” said Griesedieck, who is well aware that the challenge grant supported by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has attracted some criticism as the state contends with a budget deficit. Republican Sen. Clark Chapin, of New Milford predicted that it will bring countless visitors to the region, and state Rep. Jay Case, a Winchester Republican, said it will complement the already thriving arts community in northwest Connecticut.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 29, 2016, 6:57 pm

Business and Technology News

The carpeted, light-filled interior has a sensible flow and inviting public rooms. A French oven highlights the turnkey home’s classical kitchen offering white cabinetry, a casual dining area and access to the one-car garage. The living and dining rooms are linked by an arched entryway and corner windows welcome sunlight into the living room, while the dining room benefits from picture windows of its own and a classical chandelier. A deep, level backyard with a clothesline, established trees and flowering shrubs provides ample opportunity for personalization.
Posted: July 30, 2016, 3:50 am
Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 The Bose is very comfortable and delivers clean, well-balanced sound. The headphones stay securely in your ears, and an integrated in-line remote works well for making cell-phone calls. The headphones also come with a nice, compact carrying case. If you’re looking for a pair of clean-sounding, really comfortable noise-isolating headphones that stay in your ears, the Bose SoundTrue Ultra should be on your short list. Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 The Focal Sphear is lightweight, comfortable and stays in your ears, and sounds impressive for the price, with full bass and pleasantly crisp treble. There’s an in-line one-button remote and microphone for cell phone use and a carry case is included. The Focal Sphear is a relatively affordable audiophile-grade headphone that’s easy to listen to for long stretches. Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 The terrific-sounding 1More Triple Driver is attractively designed, with nicely finished aluminum ear pieces and a Kevlar-reinforced cable. Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 The Beyerdynamic features impressive sound for the money, with meaty, tight bass. A nice carrying case is included. No in-line remote or microphone for making cell phone calls; treble clarity is lacking. While the Beyerdynamic has some small downsides, it’s a bona fide audiophile headphone at an invitingly affordable price. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit
Author: Cnet
Posted: July 30, 2016, 1:24 am
Figures released last week confirmed that the eurozone, which is made up of 19 countries from Ireland to the west to Cyprus in the east, suffered a sizable slowdown in the second quarter despite a number of stimulus measures that the European Central Bank has thrown at it. In its first estimate for the April-June period, Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, said growth across the single-currency bloc eased to a quarterly rate of 0.3 percent from the previous quarter’s 0.6 percent. The sharp drop in oil prices has reversed slightly, meaning that the boon to households and businesses has largely played out. “The weakening in economic growth, together with the downward revisions in expectations for the outlook are setting the scene for more stimulus measures,” said Danae Kyriakopoulou, managing economist at the Center for Economics and Business Research in London. The core rate, which strips out volatile items such as food, alcohol, energy and tobacco, held steady at 0.9 percent. Deflation can weigh on economic activity, because people delay spending in anticipation of lower prices and businesses grow reluctant to invest and hire.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 30, 2016, 1:10 am
The chain, known for burritos — and, well, customers getting sick — announced it will open a burger spot called Tasty Made this fall in Lancaster, Ohio. Co-CEO Steve Ells said early fast-food burger chains had “focused menus,” and Chipotle wanted to create a restaurant around that model. Billionaire Sumner Redstone and Viacom are likely to end up in court this fall — maybe in a couple of states, over accusations that his mental health has declined so much that he’s being influenced by his daughter, Shari Redstone, upsetting years of estate and succession planning. “My focus is whether a 90-year-old man in a rapidly declining state of health had the mental capacity” to take the actions attributed to him.
Author: Chronicle Staff and News Services
Posted: July 30, 2016, 12:27 am
Sitting at the edge of what will soon be Eagle Plaza, this Victorian duplex offers upper and lower units. The listing’s one-car garage and unwarranted bonus area will be delivered vacant at the time of purchase. Visit www.eagleplaza to learn more. Listing agent: Tremain Wellbeloved, Pacific Union Real Estate, (415) 269-1667, trim.wellbeloved@ 365-367 12th St., $1.049 million Beds: 5 (Total) Baths: 2 (Total) Square footage: 1,902 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Posted: July 30, 2016, 12:14 am

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Hunter Pence was activated from the disabled list and is batting fifth and playing right field. Span has a sore left quadriceps after tumbling at first base in the eighth inning Friday, and Crawford has a bruised hand, the result of a swing in a Friday at-bat. Infielder Ramiro Pena was designated for assignment, clearing a roster spot for Pence. More infield moves are coming with Ehire Adrianza expected to join the Giants for their series opener in Philadelphia on Tuesday, and Duffy seems close, too. Span was at third base Friday when the Nationals got three outs on one eighth-inning play. With the bases loaded, Crawford lined to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who tagged first to double off Buster Posey and lobbed the ball to third baseman Anthony Rendon to triple off Span, who had broken to the plate. Span said he thought Zimmerman short-hopped the low liner and also thought the first baseman was moving over to tag Crawford, which is why Span took off for home. Giants lineup: SS Nunez, LF Pagan, 3B Gillaspie, C Posey, RF Pence, 1B Belt, 2B Panik, CF Blanco, RH Peavy.
Author: By John Shea
Posted: July 30, 2016, 10:27 pm
CLEVELAND - After a nice rookie season with Oakland, Billy Burns struggled much of this season before being sent to Triple-A Nashville earlier this month, and Saturday, the A’s parted ways with the fast outfielder. Oakland dealt Burns, 26, to the Royals for 27-year-old Triple-A outfielder Brett Eibner. Burns hit a team-high .294 in 125 games last season, the second best mark in Oakland history by a rookie and an Oakland record for a switch hitter, and he made several spectacular leaping catchers in center field. Burns also did not show much improvement in the outfield; he was asked to play more shallow than he had last year and didn’t appear as comfortable going back on balls more often and two misplays cost the team in a series against the Giants. Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters in Kansas City that when the team acquired Ben Zobrist from Oakland last July, Zobrist told him to grab Burns if the Royals ever got a chance. Eibner, a second-round pick in 2010, hit .231 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 10 games over two stints with the Royals and was batting .288 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs in 50 games with Triple-A Omaha. In parts of three Triple-A seasons, Eibner has hit .280 with 37 homers in 227 games. Eibner was assigned to Triple-A Nashville, while Burns is reporting to Kansas City’s Omaha club.
Author: By Susan Slusser
Posted: July 30, 2016, 10:23 pm
The 49ers have gained a prominent right tackle … and lost a prominent nose tackle. Williams, 26, had offseason ankle surgery, which caused the 49ers to amend his agreed-on five-year contract extension to a one-year, $1 million deal that was loaded with incentives after he was examined by team doctors. Williams, one of four defensive captains in 2015, started 16 games last year after he finished 2013 and 2014 sidelined with left-leg fractures that forced him to miss 21 of 32 games. Dorsey, who sustained a torn ACL on Nov. 22, is expected to be placed on an injured list before the 49ers have their first training-camp practice Sunday morning. [...] Davis, 26, returns after sitting out last year to let his brain and body heal after an injury plagued 2014 season that included a concussion, along with hamstring and ankle injuries that limited him to seven starts. During his time off, Davis took a shot at left tackle Joe Staley on social media during the 2015 season and followed up by blasting the team’s front office in late April. At Rutgers, he was disciplined for reporting overweight, being late to a team function and an unspecified violation of team rules. [...] after he left the NFL, a former 49ers teammate told The Chronicle he wasn’t surprised by his exit because he didn’t think Davis had a passion for football. Said wide receiver Torrey Smith, who signed with the 49ers last year, crossed paths with Davis when the Ravens beat the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
Author: By Eric Branch
Posted: July 30, 2016, 9:59 pm
KNBR Conversation with Washington manager Dusty Baker An edited transcript of an interview with Washington manager Dusty Baker: Your generation sought refuge in rock ’n’ roll, and I’m wondering if you see that with hip-hop today? Or are the hip-hop artists not doing a good job of talking about social justice? [...] my dad was a straitlaced man, didn’t drink or do anything, and I’m like, “You understand this music?” Back then, people thought if you smoked a joint, the next thing you were going to do is smoke heroin or something. Just the other day, I was talking to our batting coach, Rick Schu, and Creedence Clearwater came on and then the Canned Heat came on, and it was great just talking about those records and our memories of where we heard those records and how we felt listening to them. The guys put on music before the game and they get a chance to put their song on, so some put on country music, other guys put on rock, and you can kind of tell where their heads are by the music they put on. [...] like I said, music is a big part of my life. Gary Matthews and Michelle were really good friends in Chicago, so he would invite the president over and he would come to spring training to watch the Cubs but mostly the White Sox.
Posted: July 30, 2016, 9:48 pm
Wide receiver Torrey Smith and quarterback Blaine Gabbert organized an at least one informal, modestly attended practice at San Jose State earlier this week before the 49ers reported for training camp today. Smith said about six other teammates, presumably wide receivers, attended. Kaepernick was in Vail, Colo., during the week and received medical clearance to participate in training camp after undergoing surgeries to his thumb, shoulder and knee since late November. Smith and Jerome Simpson are the only 49ers wide receivers who have more than 36 career receptions. Anquan Boldin, 35, who led the team in receptions and receiving yards the past three seasons, signed with the Lions this week.
Author: By Eric Branch
Posted: July 30, 2016, 9:34 pm
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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