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photos: day 2 of women’s marches around the world

women's marches continued this weekend throughout the u.s. and abroad, including las vegas, chicago, london, paris and berlin.





california may buck congress with its own health insurance requirement

state lawmakers say they will present a package of health-related proposals in the coming weeks, before a feb. 16 deadline for new bill introductions. details are still developing, but officials and health care advocates say discussions focus on ways to maintain the exchange’s high enrollment and help still more californians obtain insurance.





sports: on air highlights

monday tvradio college men’s basketball north carolina at virginia tech 4 p.m. espn iowa state at texas 4 p.m. espnu maryland at indiana 4 p.m. fs1 holy cross at american 4 p.m. cbssn nebraska at ohio state 5 p.m. bigten west virginia at tcu 6 p.m. espn kansas state at baylor 6 p.m. espnu michigan […]





steve kerr cites securing home-court advantage as “probably the number-one goal”

the warriors had varying opinions on the importance of holding home-court advantage in the playoffs.





will millennials kill costco and sam’s club?

by abha bhattarai | washington post there’s a costco to one side of gwendolyn hammer’s house and a sam’s club to the other. but when the 28-year-old needs 12-packs of paper towels, or 36 rolls of toilet paper, she heads online instead. once a month she uses her smartphone to place a bulk order on boxed.com, […]





shutdown day 2: updated list of bay area parks open and closed

several iconic parks are completely closed, including muir woods in marin county, san francisco's fort point national historic site and other places primarily made up of buildings that can be locked.





kurtenbach: derek carr is going to be a pro bowler and that’s the best reason yet to blow up the nfl’s all-star game

carr had a season that was anything but "all-star" but he'll fit right in with the league's mediocre end-of-season event





fatal accident on highway 1 in half moon bay

no further information is available at this time.





tales of a chief white house photographer: 1.9 million shots of obama in triumph and tragedy

from the passing of the affordable care act to devastation over sandy hook, pete souza captured the turning points of a presidency.





photos: is that sheep smiling for the camera?

(click here if you are having trouble viewing this gallery on a mobile device) with their small size and reliability, remote motion-sensing cameras are helping researchers from across the united states keep an eye on wildlife behavior in the backcountry, such as fighting or migration patterns. here’s a sample of wildlife photos captured throughout the […]





patriots’ tom brady throwing without glove in afc title game

new england patriots quarterback tom brady wore black tape over the inside part of his injured right hand -- but no glove -- at the start of sunday's afc championship.





is san jose winning its war on illegal dumping?

illegal dumping is a daunting problem in san jose's low-income neighborhoods. the city has rolled out an ambitious program to clean up streets and parks -- but struggles to keep ahead of the ongoing problem.





optimism in iraq fuels revived interest in classic cars

a small community of vintage and classic car aficionados are hoping to rekindle their passion now that the war against the islamic state group is over. for many, the cars remind them of happier times.





federal shutdown enters day 2 amid blame game on both sides

president donald trump's budget director is holding out hope that feuding democrats and republicans in congress can reach a short-term spending agreement before the start of the workweek monday.





stormy daniels, star of the latest trump sideshow, takes her act to a strip club

year two of the trump presidency began here overnight much like year one had ended: with his alleged ex-mistress smashing people's faces into her bare chest at a strip club between an airport and a cemetery.





quick healthy cooking: lentil soup with sausage and arugula pesto

a delicious, healthy lentil-sausage soup that fits your new year's resolutions? here you go -- and it's topped with a bright arugula pesto, too.





popular school fundraiser is just ‘junk-food marketing to kids,’ experts say

for years, schoolkids and their parents have clipped the labels from cookie bags and cracker boxes. through the programs, schools can get cash and supplies. but critics say they are designed to sell junk food to children too young to make good health decisions.





shutdown day 2: updated list of bay area parks open and closed

several iconic parks are completely closed, including muir woods in marin county, san francisco's fort point national historic site and other places primarily made up of buildings that can be locked. other parks are open, such as pt. reyes national seashore, marin's rodeo beach and yosemite and pacifica's rugged mori point -- but only the roads, trails and scenic overlooks. visitor centers and bathrooms are closed.





the latest: ryan: democrats should vote for short-term bill

washington (ap) — the latest on the government shutdown (all times local):





opinion: how san jose can build housing our children can afford

first, we need to expand high-density zoning along our caltrain, light rail, and bart transit centers, particularly downtown