Photo gallery: NY ferry accident

The ferry from New Jersey made a hard landing at the dock as it pulled up to lower Manhattan during Wednesday morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said…

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Ferry strikes NYC dock, at least 50 injured

At least 50 people were injured, two critically, when a commuter ferry struck a dock in New York City’s financial district during Wednesday morning’s rush hour…

2012 was hottest year on record

Government meteorologists say 2012 was by far the hottest year on record in the United States…

Taiwan opposition: “China downgrading our identity”

Taiwan’s opposition has warned that Chinese authorities are seeking to make Taiwanese entertainers identify with the mainland by influencing their choice of language…

US agency investigating after tanker hits bridge

Federal transportation authorities say they are investigating the crash of an empty tanker that struck a tower in the middle of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge…

Suspect arrested in Bayview attempted murder by arson

Police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder and arson Monday night in Oakland after he allegedly threw a flammable liquid on a woman and set her on fire Sunday afternoon in San Francisco’s Bayview district…

Scuffles at protest against government policy of euthanising stray dogs

Protesters from animal protection groups clashed with police in Taipei on Friday over the government’s policy of euthanising stray dogs…

Traders dry shark fins, away from public view

Shark fin traders in Hong Kong have laid out thousands of fins on rooftops in what appears to be a move to escape public scrutiny of their industry…

2013 new laws for state drivers

Texting while driving, red-light cameras and party buses are among the targets of new driving-related laws that took effect in California today…

Court upholds conviction of Chinese bankers

An appeals court is upholding the 2009 conviction of two former Bank of China managers and their wives for racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy to transport stolen money…

Google settles on patents, other antitrust claims

Google agrees to license certain patents to mobile phone rivals and stop a practice of including snippets from other websites in its search results…

B of A customers offered free admission to some local museums

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Some of the Bay Area’s most popular museums will be free to Bank of America customers this weekend…

Fairfield: prostitution crackdown nets 36 arrests

Fairfield police arrested dozens of people over the holiday weekend on suspicion of engaging in prostitution…

One fatal crash, 208 DUI arrests over new year’s weekend

The California Highway Patrol is reporting that it made the same number of DUI arrests in the Bay Area over the holiday compared to the same period last year while fatal collisions were down…

Second spare the air day called for Wednesday

A second Spare the Air Day has been called for today, banning the burning of wood and solid fuel, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District…

SF: Work resumes on Central Subway near Union Square

Work will resume on San Francisco’s Central Subway project today on Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary streets…

Congress sends Obama bill to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’

Legislation to block the “fiscal cliff” is headed to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature…

Revelers in NYC’s Times Square welcome in 2013

Hundreds of thousands of revelers crowded into New York City’s Times Square to watch the crystal-covered ball make its annual descent…

Senate approves fiscal cliff deal

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a fiscal cliff deal early Tuesday…

AP source: Obama not making new ‘cliff’ offer

A person familiar with the details says President Barack Obama is not making a new ‘fiscal cliff’ offer at his high-stakes meeting with congressional leaders at the White House…

Will retailers rebound after weak holiday season?

As signs emerge that holiday retail sales this year grew at the weakest pace since 2008, investors are dumping retail stocks…

SF: Man breaks in and touches woman’s buttocks

San Francisco police are seeking a man who allegedly broke into a Chinatown home and touched a woman’s buttocks while she slept early Thursday morning…

Oakland: three people killed in separate incidents overnight

Three people were killed in two separate incidents in Oakland overnight, police said…

Oakland: mayor and police chief announce crime-fighting proposals

Looking for fresh ideas to solve Oakland’s growing crime problem, Mayor Jean Quan and Police Chief Howard Jordan announced today that they’re turning to two crime-fighting experts for help…

Video: Times Square New Year’s eve ball installed

Preparations are underway for the famous New Year’s Eve ball drop at New York’s Times Square…

US consumer confidence falls on fiscal cliff fears

U.S. consumer confidence tumbled in December, driven lower by fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week…

Obama returns as US fiscal deadline days away

President Barack Obama was cutting short his holiday and returning to Washington on Thursday as no deal appeared in sight to avoid the year-end “fiscal cliff” of higher taxes and deep spending cuts…

US new home sales jump to highest in 2 years

Americans bought new homes last month at the fastest pace in more than two and a half years, adding to other recent evidence that the housing market is steadily recovering…

Attorney: Settlement reached in Toyota recall case

A plaintiffs’ attorney says Toyota Motor Corp. has reached a settlement in a case involving hundreds of lawsuits over accelerations problems…

Starbucks cups to come with a political message

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Starbucks is using its coffee cups to jump into the political fray in Washington…