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Fast facts: Same-sex marriageupdated: Thu May 31 2012 15:24:00

Same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and six states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and New York. Civil unions are legal in New Jersey, Illinois, Delaware, Rhode Island and Hawaii.

Super moon over San Franciscoupdated: Sun May 06 2012 14:44:00

A view of the super moon seen from San Francisco.

San Francisco Bay ferry service suspended in anticipation of protest updated: Mon Apr 30 2012 21:35:00

Ferry service between San Francisco and points north will be suspended Tuesday morning in anticipation of an expected protest, a regional transportation agency said.

Air, sea search on for missing sailors after yacht race accidentupdated: Sun Apr 15 2012 19:35:00

Coast Guard and Air National Guard crews spent a second day in search of four sailors from a yacht that ran aground off San Francisco over the weekend, the services said Sunday.

Man charged with murder after 5 found dead in San Franciscoupdated: Sun Mar 25 2012 23:10:00

A San Francisco man was arrested and charged with murder Sunday, two days after five people were found dead in a residence in that northern California city, police said.

San Francisco mayor suspends sheriffupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 22:46:00

San Francisco's mayor said Tuesday he was suspending the city's sheriff, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to falsely imprisoning his wife.

S.F. sheriff charged with domestic abuseupdated: Sat Jan 14 2012 07:03:00

San Francisco's new sheriff is facing misdemeanor charges over an alleged domestic abuse incident on New Year's Eve, authorities said.

San Francisco Occupiers offered new site after clash with policeupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 20:18:00

San Francisco authorities offered Friday to move Occupy campers to another site, a day after the most recent round of violent clashes left a police officer injured, officials said.

Happy Meal toys no longer free in San Franciscoupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 13:09:00

Goodbye, free plastic toys inside Happy Meals -- at least in one major California city.

Iconic Yahoo billboard coming down after 12 yearsupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 13:36:00

Since 1999, it has greeted visitors to San Francisco while standing as a symbol of the Bay Area's status as a tech hub: A Yahoo billboard, retro-styled to look like a 1960s-era motel sign, with the tag line, "A nice place to stay on the Internet."

San Francisco cell phone warning law fails science, judge saysupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 08:54:00

Even a watered-down version of the law couldn't pass muster: San Francisco's ordinance requiring retail outlets to inform consumers about the (alleged) effects of cell phone radiation has been blocked by a federal judge.

Small quake hits outside San Franciscoupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 19:54:00

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck outside San Francisco on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Service said.

Minor earthquake rattles San Franciscoupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 18:18:00

A 3.9-magnitude earthquake struck near San Francisco Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

CNNMoney: Why San Francisco is tech's utopiaupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 06:29:00

If Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg didn't live near San Francisco, would he have ever worked with Sean Parker?

Secrets to avoiding flight delaysupdated: Fri Oct 07 2011 14:20:00

You're all packed and ready to go, but when you get to the airport, you find that your airplane isn't: Your flight is delayed.

Going wild for food in San Franciscoupdated: Wed Sep 28 2011 10:41:00

It's been a long time since the Bay Area's cuisine was defined by sourdough and Rice-A-Roni. Ever since Alice Waters' renowned restaurant Chez Panisse opened in Berkeley and ushered in the local food revolution, the region has become home to a growing tribe of foodies, locavores, chef groupies and ecstatic eaters that I call "foodhemians."

New bike lights make cyclists stand out updated: Sat Sep 24 2011 15:08:00

Riding a bicycle around the city at night can be a perilous pastime with traditional bike lights providing a rather dim reminder of a cyclist's presence on the roads.

Watch out for flight changes, tight connectionsupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 11:50:00

You would think that when you bought a ticket for a flight, you'd get the itinerary you paid for. That isn't always the case, especially if you book far in advance.

Bay Area transit board agrees to make policy on cell-phone blackoutsupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 17:13:00

San Francisco's transit system board agreed Wednesday to put together a formal policy on when cell-phone service can be cut off to commuters, in response to widespread complaints and recent protests.

CNNMoney: What I learned raising $1 million for my startupupdated: Mon Aug 22 2011 06:14:00

Jessica Mah is the founder and CEO of InDinero, a San Francisco startup that makes Web-based financial tracking tools for small businesses. A version of this article first appeared in her blog, Jessica Mah Meets World.

CNNMoney: Want a minion? There's an app for thatupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 09:09:00

Dread disposing of the kitty litter? Too lazy to write a love letter? A new wave of startups lets you outsource such chores to strangers.

Airbnb apologizes: 'We have really screwed things up'updated: Mon Aug 01 2011 18:35:00

Vacation rental site Airbnb apologized Monday in the wake of recent highly publicized rental horror stories and announced new property protections and safety measures for site users.

San Francisco judge removes circumcision ban from ballotupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 11:21:00

San Francisco residents will not be voting on whether male circumcisions should be banned in the city this fall.

San Francisco passes cell phone radiation law, but what's the risk?updated: Thu Jul 28 2011 19:05:00

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a new ordinance requiring cell phone retailers to display and distribute a state-produced fact sheet that explains radio frequency emissions from cell phones and how consumers can minimize their exposure.

San Francisco tries again on cell phone radiation warning lawupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 17:08:00

San Francisco is once again moving forward with its controversial plan to warn consumers about potential health risks related to cell phone use.

San Francisco police arrest Picasso thief suspectupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 14:31:00

San Francisco police have arrested a suspect who they say stole a $200,000 Picasso piece Tuesday from the Weinstein Gallery, according to a police statement.

San Francisco's anti-circumcision initiative faces court challengeupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 12:45:00

The Anti-Defamation League and a number of individuals have filed a lawsuit challenging a San Francisco ballot initiative that would criminalize the circumcision of males under age 18.

Circumcision: Who makes the call to cut?updated: Wed Jun 15 2011 09:48:00

CNN's LZ Granderson looks at a ballot initative in San Francisco that would ban circumcision on boys younger than 18.

Parents, not government, should decide on circumcisionupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 12:04:00

Just so I'm clear, the state of California is broke, right?

Official: Unruly passenger appears to have 'mental issues'updated: Mon May 09 2011 21:43:00

The unruly passenger who had to be restrained aboard an American Airlines flight to San Francisco appears to have "mental issues," a law enforcement source said Monday.

San Francisco backtracks on cell phone radiation billupdated: Mon May 09 2011 07:58:00

The City of San Francisco's controversial cell phone radiation disclosure bill has been put on "indefinite hold," and a "watered-down version" will probably be enacted instead.

San Fran moniker a rookie mistakeupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 13:05:00

The Bay Area isn't just where your computers and favorite websites are designed.

2010: City bans fast food toysupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 10:42:00

San Francisco opts to ban toys in fast food meals that are above 600 calories. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

CNNMoney: 10 most romantic citiesupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 16:17:00

It could have something to do with the heat, but residents of Phoenix, Ariz., shelled out more dough in the days leading up to Valentine's Day than any other city nationwide.

People.com: American Idol's Gold Rush in San Franciscoupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 12:54:00

Talented singers with troubling back stories are uncovered on the audition tour's last stop

The joys of frequent flier programsupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 09:57:00

It is not one of life's greatest questions, but it's one any frequent flier will ask themselves at some point -- how far am I prepared to go to earn extra miles?

San Francisco to host America's Cup in 2013updated: Fri Dec 31 2010 22:05:00

The 34th America's Cup, scheduled to take place in 2013, will be held in San Francisco, race organizers announced Friday.

San Francisco airport defends security in wake of pilot's videosupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 10:44:00

The leadership of San Francisco's airport fired back Saturday at critics who had rallied around a commercial pilot who had posted videos online showing what he described as shortcomings in security.

San Francisco takes on Happy Mealsupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 12:42:00

In November, Dr. Phil McGraw took on the controversy regarding a ban targeting McDonald's Happy Meals in San Francisco.

San Francisco overrides mayoral veto, bans Happy Meals with toysupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 06:18:00

The San Francisco, California, Board of Supervisors banned most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys Tuesday. Despite objections and ridicule from opponents, the vote overrode the mayor's veto and officially approved the ban.

'Intactivists' to San Francisco: Ban circumcisionupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 12:40:00

In the California city that banned Happy Meal toys,outlawed sitting on sidewalks during daylight hours and fined residents for not sorting garbage into recycling, compost and trash, Lloyd Schofield wants to add a new law to the books in San Francisco: A ban on all male circumcisions.

Mayor vetoes San Francisco ban on Happy Meals with toysupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 20:33:00

San Francisco, California, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Friday the city's ban on most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys.

San Francisco bans Happy Meals with toysupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 19:45:00

The San Francisco, California, Board of Supervisors on Tuesday banned most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys, as they're now served.

Ban on low-nutrition kid-toy meals draws nearer in San Franciscoupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 10:18:00

San Francisco city officials are readying to ban most of McDonald's Happy Meals in current form because they offer toys to entice kids to buy meals not meeting nutritional criteria.

CNNMoney: Your city for lessupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 11:15:00

With restaurants, salons and yoga studios from coast to coast using the services of flash-sale websites to offer deep discounts to customers, paying full price seems downright silly.

Man climbs San Francisco skyscraperupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 02:06:00

Dan Goodwin scales San Francisco's Millennium Tower and is arrested when he reaches the top.

Flight returns to San Francisco after engine problemsupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 10:50:00

A Qantas Airlines flight bound for Sydney, Australia, from San Francisco, California, was forced to return to San Francisco early Tuesday after experiencing problems with one of the plane's engines, the airline said.

Car crashes into bus shelter in San Francisco, hurting 4 peopleupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 15:44:00

A vehicle crashed into a bus shelter in San Francisco on Tuesday, the fire department said.

San Francisco plane threat deemed non-credibleupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 22:33:00

A security threat to an American Airlines plane in San Francisco Thursday was deemed "non-credible," according to the San Francisco Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

Passengers react to security threatupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 22:33:00

Passengers on American flight 24 talk to the media after their plane was grounded due to a security threat.

AT&T is just bad for the wrong people in the wrong placesupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 10:49:00

Here's the truth about AT&T's wireless network: On the whole, despite what you've heard, it's not actually that bad. It's just bad for the wrong people in the wrong places -- mostly tech- and media-types in New York and San Francisco, California.

Gap founders' modern art collection on display in San Franciscoupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 07:12:00

Better known for affordable denim than modern art, Gap founders Don and Doris Fisher amassed a collection of over 1,000 works by artists like Andy Warhol over 35 years.

San Francisco to warn consumers about cell radiation levelsupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 18:05:00

San Francisco, California, likely will become the first U.S. city to require cell phone companies to disclose how much radiation their gadgets emit.

Nominees for 'Oscars of the food world'updated: Mon Mar 22 2010 17:43:00

The James Beard Foundation Awards are often referred to as the "Oscars of the food world," but the honorees are more frequently photographed in chefs' whites and clogs than tuxes and red carpet couture, and they're hounded for hot dish from diners rather than the staff of TMZ.

Romantic spots and activities for Valentine's Day datesupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 12:05:00

When you're in a relationship -- and have been for quite some time -- you and your love bird are bound to have gone on all the usual dates many, many times over.

High court rules against video of same-sex marriage trialupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 21:48:00

The Supreme Court has again indefinitely blocked plans to disseminate video of an important federal court case involving same-sex marriage in California.

Tuberculosis patient flies despite being on banned listupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 00:05:00

A person infected with an active case of tuberculosis flew aboard a commercial passenger jet last week, despite the person's presence on a "do-not-board" list maintained by federal health authorities, officials said Tuesday.

City slickers take up guns for 'Hunting Club 2.0'updated: Tue Dec 29 2009 10:25:00

It was at a barbeque in San Francisco's Mission District that Nick Zigelbaum asked Nick Chaset the question that led to a lot of shooting.

When it comes to making data sexy, you can't be too graphicupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 03:29:00

The good news: data from governments and other organizations is increasingly open and online. The bad news: it's rather dull.

Cable breaks from San Francisco bridgeupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 23:08:00

A piece of steel and cable fell from the San Francisco Bay Bridge onto the roadway Tuesday, causing an apparently minor two-car accident but backing up traffic for miles, the California Highway Patrol said.

SI.com: Ex-Preds co-owner gets 8 years in jail for fraudupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 15:58:00

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced a Silicon Valley financier to more than 8 years in prison for bilking banks and investors out of millions of dollars in an attempt to buy a pro hockey team and finance a lavish lifestyle.

Free parking for all? Smart parking meters hackedupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 08:51:00

Scofflaws could hack the smart cards that access electronic parking meters in large cities around the United States, researchers are finding.

The best eco advertsupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 03:28:00

If sex still sells, so increasingly does "green". But as consumers we're becoming increasingly savvy to bold-faced greenwashing, so advertisers are being more creative when using environmental themes in their campaigns.

Trains collide in San Franciscoupdated: Sun Jul 19 2009 11:53:00

Dozens of people are injured after a pair of trains collide near a rail station in San Francisco on Saturday.

Educating junior foodies in San Franciscoupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 12:14:00

Have your kids ever seen a cranberry bean?

FSB: Forget green roofs - this whole building livesupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 10:15:00

There aren't many cutting-edge urban architecture firms in Carmel Valley, Calif., a placid expanse of gnarled oak trees and steep, grassy hills about 120 miles south of San Francisco. But this is where you'll find Rana Creek, a 14-year-old, $6.5 million company that converts city buildings into countryscapes.

My valet got a parking ticket -- now what?updated: Fri Feb 20 2009 10:35:00

Kay Pratt's rental car gets a ticket when she stays in a San Francisco hotel. Problem is, the car was under the care of the property's valet services. Now she wants the $85 ticket refunded, but the hotel is stringing her along. Is she stuck with the ticket.?

The Presidio: San Francisco's most scenic spotupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 15:09:00

Until recently, only soldiers could take full advantage of this place. They got to wander the bluffs above the Pacific, with unforgettable views of rugged cliffs, hidden beaches and a sea-green bay rimmed by mountains.

FSB: Fly the friendly skies - in a zeppelinupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 08:32:00

There's a new way to fly the friendly skies over San Francisco: the Airship Ventures Zeppelin NT.

Got unhappy STD news? Break it with an e-cardupdated: Tue Oct 21 2008 15:57:00

Breaking up over e-mail is a social no-no.

Time.com: Calif. Gay Couples Rush Pre-Vote Nuptialsupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 18:05:00

Gay couples from around California and the nation are feverishly tying the knot ahead of Election Day to avoid missing out if voters approve a ballot initiative aimed at banning same-sex marriage

Kid-friendly exploration in San Franciscoupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 17:04:00

Adults and kids are hunched over mounds of multicolored clay, fashioning little clay people and assorted creatures that will star in kid-produced animated shorts.

Time.com: Court: Copyrights Apply for Free Softwareupdated: Thu Aug 14 2008 19:30:00

In a crucial win for the free software movement, a federal appeals court has ruled that even software developers who give away the programming code for their works can sue for copyright infringement if someone misappropriates that material

Commentary: Don't confuse immigrant victims with villainsupdated: Tue Aug 05 2008 16:12:00

Last week, I wrote about what appears to be a ghastly hate crime in the small town of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, where teenagers allegedly beat to death a 25-year-old illegal immigrant named Luis Ramirez after spewing racial slurs and telling him to go back to Mexico.

Time.com: San Francisco's Sanctuary Dilemmaupdated: Sat Jul 26 2008 11:00:00

In the wake of a horrific triple homicide, a debate over whether a city law is sheltering violent criminals from deportation

Landmark same-sex rulingupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:12:00

CNN's Kelli Arena looks at the ramifications of the California ruling to strike down the state ban on same-sex marriage.

California ban on same-sex marriage struck downupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:12:00

The California Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, saying sexual orientation, like race or gender, "does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights."

Time.com: Gay Calif. Couples Rush to Altarupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 10:00:00

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples are securing marriage licenses on Tuesday, the first full day same-sex nuptials will be legal throughout California

Time.com: Calif. Overturns Gay Marriage Banupdated: Thu May 15 2008 10:00:00

The California Supreme Court has overturned a ban on gay marriage, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry

A Chinese torch bearerupdated: Thu May 01 2008 11:21:00

CNN's Thelma Gutierrez profiles a Chinese-American woman who will carry the Olympic torch in San Francisco.

Gas prices changing livesupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 20:54:00

Gas in California is already at $4/gallon. Has it changed the way people live? CNN's Chris Lawrence checks it out.

How close is too close to an ex?updated: Wed Apr 16 2008 09:17:00

Relationships are tricky enough with just two people involved so imagine how delicate the balancing act becomes when your ex is still in the mix.

Torch relay in San Francisco draws massive protestupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 22:52:00

Thousands of protesters demonstrated against China's human rights record and its crackdown in Tibet after the Olympic flame arrived in San Francisco Tuesday.

San Francisco Olympic protestsupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 22:52:00

The Olympic flame arrives in San Francisco, California, amid protests and tight security. CNN's Dan Simon reports.

Olympic protesters on bridgeupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 08:03:00

Activists protesting the Olympic Games in China climb the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (No audio)

FSB: Sick-leave mandates make businesses queasyupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 09:21:00

Washington, D.C., is moving forward with a bill that would make it the second city in the U.S. to require all businesses, including those with fewer than 10 employees, to provide paid sick leave for their staff.

Time.com: Bay Area Spill Fouls Coastlineupdated: Fri Nov 09 2007 11:00:00

An oil spill fouled miles of coastline Thursday, sending environmentalists scrambling to save tarred marine life

Business 2.0: Computersupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 12:51:00

What if you could embed newspapers - and their ads - right into the tables where people sip their lattes? That's the idea behind TableTouch, a San Francisco startup that sells a coffee table with a built-in, Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen and software that lets you browse the latest news stories with your fingers.

FSB: Eco-conscious San Franciscoupdated: Fri Sep 28 2007 07:38:00

San Francisco is so environmentally minded that even its Moscone convention center - where a major wireless show (wirelessit.com) convenes this month - is partially solar-powered. Some of the city's indie hot spots also embrace sustainability and local resources.

50,000 mark Summer of Love anniversaryupdated: Mon Sep 03 2007 00:11:00

Even the closing of the Bay Bridge could not keep thousands of nostalgic flower children away from San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

'Mild' quake shakes San Franciscoupdated: Fri Jul 20 2007 04:02:00

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook the San Francisco area Friday at 4:42 a.m. PT (7:42 a.m. ET), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Quake shakes San Franciscoupdated: Fri Jul 20 2007 04:02:00

Quake shakes San Francisco

Money Magazine: Where we'll live tomorrowupdated: Thu Jul 19 2007 04:52:00

An increasingly trendy theory holds that the ticket to attracting and retaining the educated and upwardly mobile is a big dose of urban cool: Think open-air cafés where well-heeled retired boomers and twentysomething professionals gather after the theater to sip Pinot Grigio while looking out at a skyline defined by the latest creation of a world-renowned starchitect.

Flavors of Ferry Plaza entice foodies, celebrity chefs updated: Thu May 31 2007 10:10:00

Even before it opens at 8 a.m., a devoted group of epicurean pilgrims is already arriving, wheeling knee-high cooler bags toward the produce stands that assemble every Saturday in downtown San Francisco's Ferry Plaza.

San Francisco exports compassion in 5-gallon bucketsupdated: Fri Apr 27 2007 17:16:00

The highest-volume product brought to most municipal waste collection centers during spring cleanup is paint.

Fortune: Saving the world - one plastic bag at a timeupdated: Wed Mar 14 2007 15:37:00

Paper or plastic?

Norovirus sickens hundreds aboard QE2updated: Wed Jan 24 2007 18:03:00

A highly contagious form of stomach flu sickened hundreds of passengers during a worldwide voyage on the famed Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship in what health officials called an unusually large outbreak.

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