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The federal judge overseeing PG&E’s criminal probation for a 2016 pipeline safety conviction is suggesting he may restrict the bonuses the company awards its managers and allow incentives only when the utility meets its state-mandated wildfire safety goals.

President Trump will go on abusing his office and imperiling elections unless the Senate removes him, House Democrats argued on Friday as they wrapped their opening presentation in Trump's impeachment trial.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., warned in some of his strongest language yet that what he called Trump's venality and moral bankruptcy would only grow worse if Congress allows him to remain president after what Democrats say he's committed.

On Sunday, San Francisco’s Clay Theatre will close its doors to moviegoers after more than a century in business.

The impending closure of this single-screen independent movie theater in Pacific Heights, known for its arthouse screenings and midnight movies, has been a cause for sorrow for many in the Bay Area — including filmmaker John Waters.

One of the Clay’s claims to San Francisco cinema history was a midnight premiere of Waters’ “Pink Flamingos” in 1972.

On Sunday, San Francisco’s Clay Theatre will close its doors to moviegoers after more than a century in business.

The impending closure of this single-screen independent movie theater in Pacific Heights, known for its arthouse screenings and midnight movies, has been a cause for sorrow for many in the Bay Area — including filmmaker John Waters.

One of the Clay’s claims to San Francisco cinema history was a midnight premiere of Waters’ “Pink Flamingos” in 1972.

Scott Zollinger was well on his way to building a new barn on his property in Marion County and putting enough solar panels on top of it to offset the cost of electricity for his family’s home.

The design plans were drafted. The first payment was made on the solar panels. Zollinger had even applied and been approved for about $30,000 in state and federal tax credits on the $59,000 solar project.

Then he got a report from his utility, Portland General Electric, on the impact his project would have on the electric grid.

Shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump, Margaux Kelly was looking for an antidote to the anger she felt about the president’s attitudes towards women.

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“My colleague and I came up with the idea of adding art pieces to the civic art collection,” said Kelly, who at the time was a young aide to then-San Francisco city supervisor Mark Farrell. “We wanted to help add additional female representation in the public realm.”

In the voyage to the final frontier there is a wave of ridicule being directed toward President Trump who unveiled the U.S. Space Force logo on Friday afternoon.

"After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!" Trump tweeted.

California has long lured dreamers. People looking to reinvent themselves. To find a better future for their children. To have a home with a palm tree in the front yard.

But we know that dream is also increasingly out of reach for many people. And some are beginning to question whether the California Dream is worth it, or whether it’s even still alive.

California has long lured dreamers. People looking to reinvent themselves. To find a better future for their children. To have a home with a palm tree in the front yard.

But we know that dream is also increasingly out of reach for many people. And some are beginning to question whether the California Dream is worth it, or whether it’s even still alive.

The Great Cabernet Sauvignon Spill of 2020

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Nearly 100,000 gallons of wine – cabernet sauvignon to be specific – spilled from a tank at Rodney Strong Vineyards on Wednesday and flowed into the Russian River.

Impeachment Trial UpdateToday marks the third and final day for House Democrats to present their opening arguments to the Senate to press their case that President Trump should be removed from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., argued that rejecting witnesses such as White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton would further add to the obstruction charges. Trump’s legal team is set to begin Saturday morning.

Impeachment Trial UpdateToday marks the third and final day for House Democrats to present their opening arguments to the Senate to press their case that President Trump should be removed from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., argued that rejecting witnesses such as White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton would further add to the obstruction charges. Trump’s legal team is set to begin Saturday morning.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have played down the idea of trying to amend the Constitution to prevent future walkouts of the kind staged by Republicans during last year’s legislative session. 

But a top labor leader says public employee unions are planning to file a proposed ballot initiative that would threaten legislators who walk out with being tossed from office.

What would you name NASA’s next Mars rover?

Last year, the space agency posed this question to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, along with a homework assignment: Write an essay to convince 4,700 contest judges that their name choice rises above all others.

Young people submitted more than 28,000 essays after the competition opened in August.

The public's view of President Trump's impeachment trial is limited. In an era of ubiquitous cameras, no photographs are allowed in the Senate chamber. The only video comes from a set of cameras operated by government employees that's used by the television networks. There aren't many camera angles.

To give the public a closer view, news outlets are employing a low-tech solution.

With the State Department facing continued questions over the treatment of Marie Yovanovitch before she was recalled as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would not say on Friday whether he owed the career diplomat an apology.

"I've defended every single person on this team," Pompeo said in an interview with NPR. "I've done what's right for every single person on this team."

Two papers published Friday in the journal the Lancet offer some of the first rigorous analyses of patients who contracted a novel coronavirus that has broken out in China and spread to other countries. Among their discoveries: The virus does not only affect people with other, underlying health conditions, and people who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus.

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Eight U.S. troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) arrived in the U.S. on Friday, according to Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.

 

The Portland Police Bureau has reached a significant milestone in its six-year-old settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

On Friday, the bureau announced that the DOJ had found the police force to be in “substantial compliance” with the 2014 agreement intended to reform how the force responded to people with “actual or perceived mental illness.”

More than 97,000 gallons of red wine spilled from a tank at the Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg and eventually leaked into the Russian River, an accident officials said could hurt water quality in the 110-mile tributary flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

Oregonians might be on the verge of passing historic campaign finance policy this year. The Oregon Senate? Not so much.

In a further sign that Senate leaders are in no rush to move to limit campaign contributions, Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, is not bringing back the chamber’s Campaign Finance Committee for the 2020 legislative session.

Saying that California is violating a federal law, the Trump administration on Friday threatened the state with a potential loss of federal health care funds over its requirement that insurance plans cover abortions.

Saying that California is violating a federal law, the Trump administration on Friday threatened the state with a potential loss of federal health care funds over its requirement that insurance plans cover abortions.

NCAA leaders said at their convention in Anaheim yesterday that they’re inching toward new rules to allow college athletes nationwide to earn money. But a patchwork of state laws threatens the effort.

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Starting today, U.S. immigration officers have new powers to block pregnant mothers from entering the country. The Trump Administration says it wants to bar foreigners looking to claim birthright citizenship for a child.

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Every year, monarch butterflies from across the Western United States flutter their way to the coast of California for the winter. Now, scientists say the migration is under threat from habitat loss and a changing climate.

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