Latest Northern California news, sports, business and entertainment


Claim filed for girl run over after plane crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parents of a teenage girl who was run over and killed by two emergency vehicles after an Asiana Airlines crash have filed a claim against the city of San Francisco, saying rescuers were reckless and poorly trained.

In a claim filed this week, attorneys for the parents of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan say firefighters who first saw the girl after the July 6 crash should have examined her and moved her somewhere safe.

An autopsy revealed Yuan was alive before the vehicles hit her. Firefighters told investigators they assumed she was dead and hurried on toward the damaged aircraft.

In all, 304 of the 307 people aboard the plane survived after the airliner slammed into a seawall at the end of a runway during final approach for landing.


Brown meets with drought task force, pledges help

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says he is meeting with his recently formed drought task force as California faces a serious water shortage, but says "governors can't make it rain."

Brown told reporters yesterday that he will work with farmers to take whatever steps he can to get more water to parched fields.

Reservoirs have dipped to historic lows after one of the driest calendar years on record. The first Sierra snow survey of the year recorded just 20 percent of average water content.

The Democratic governor is weighing an official drought declaration. He says he will do "everything that is humanly possible" to allow flexible use of the state's water.

Several communities already have imposed mandatory water reductions. This week, Mendocino County became the first to request state drought assistance.


Trial begins in slain photographer case

(Information in the following story is from: The Oakland Tribune,

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The murder trial is underway for two men charged in the shooting death of an ex-Oakland Tribune freelance photographer who was hit by a stray bullet.

The Tribune reports that attorneys for 37-year-old Donel Posten and 38-year-old Joe McNeely each said during opening arguments Wednesday that their clients opened fire in self-defense.

Alameda County prosecutors say 54-year-old Lionel "Ray" Fluker was a passerby who was caught in the crossfire when a bullet hit his forehead as he was driving home in East Oakland in April.

Investigators determined the bullet that killed Fluker came from the gun of McNeely, who was known as Anthony Lister at the time of his arrest.

Fluker took freelance photos for the Tribune from 1995 to 2007.


Google launches private ferry service for workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — How's this for an employee perk? Google workers commuting from San Francisco to the company's Silicon Valley campus can now make part of the trek on an 83-foot, Wi-Fi-equipped catamaran.

The popular search engine has launched a free ferry service from San Francisco's ferry terminal to the Port of Redwood City about 26 miles away, where employees can then hop a private bus to work.

Named the "Triumphant," the charter ferry can carry up to 150 passengers and runs twice each morning and evening, with voyages lasting about 47 minutes each way.

Google will reportedly pay about $50 each time it docks its ferry in San Francisco. A company spokesman says they're "trying to find alternate ways to get Googlers to work" that don't inconvenience San Francisco residents.