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OAKLAND — It took months of tortured talks, two strikes and the deaths of two workers for San Francisco's transit rail workers and their employer to finally agree on a contract that got trains running again Tuesday. The saga left commuters fuming and both sides bruised. A state lawmaker is considering introducing a bill that would ban public transit strikes, an idea seemingly anathema to a Democrat-controlled Legislature friendly to unions but perhaps a possibility because of the anger over the strike. By Lisa Leff And Justin Pritchard. SENT: 970 words, photos.
— NTSB INVESTIGATION-BART ACCIDENT
LA PUNTE, Calif. — A Southern California preacher who was briefly detained after protesting outside an Iranian prison was expected back home Wednesday, his daughter said. Eddie Romero surrendered peacefully to guards at Evin Prison in Tehran on Monday after repeatedly shouting "Let my people go" in Farsi to protest the imprisonment of four Christian converts and a human rights advocate, Sarah Yetter said. By Raquel Maria Dillon. SENT: 475 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. is refreshing its iPad lineup in hopes of reclaiming lost ground in the tablet market and slashing the prices of its Mac computers to intensify the pressure on the beleaguered makers of PCs running Microsoft's Windows. Tuesday's unveiling of Apple's latest products primes the company for a holiday shopping season onslaught aimed at a list of rivals that includes Google Inc., Samsung Electronics, Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. A thinner, lighter and faster-running tablet computer called the iPad Air highlighted the event in San Francisco. Apple Inc. also showed off a souped-up iPad Mini that boasts a faster microprocessor, a high-definition display screen and a higher price than its predecessor. By Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 950 words, photos.
— APPLE EVENT-GLANCE
— BUS STRIKE — Governor Jerry Brown is seeking a 60-day cooling off period in a labor dispute between a major San Francisco bay area bus system and its drivers.
— CALIFORNIA PRISONS-ASSAULT — An inmate at a Sacramento-area prison has been sentenced to life behind bars for the second time, this time for attacking a doctor and cutting off part of a fellow prisoner's ear lobe.
— PIPELINE-SHUTDOWN — Pacific Gas and Electric is reconnecting a Northern California natural-gas pipeline that it was ordered to seal off for safety reasons after concerns surfaced in an e-mail from an engineer.
— FATAL HIT AND RUN — A San Francisco city gardener was charged Tuesday with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run after fatally driving over a woman as she lay with her baby in the grass of a city park.
— MISSING DIVER — A diver is missing off the Northern California coast. The Coast Guard says the unidentified man was reported missing to them a little before 5 p.m. on Monday. He was about 200 feet off shore near Salt Point State Park in Sonoma County. The park is in Jenner about 90 miles north of San Francisco.
LOS ANGELES — A former assistant city manager of the corruption-plagued city of Bell is going on trial without the architect of a scheme that prosecutors say was intended to make both of them rich. Disgraced former city manager Robert Rizzo has entered no contest pleas to dozens of counts of fraud, misappropriation of public funds and other charges in a plea deal. He has agreed to testify against Angela Spaccia, his former assistant, at her trial. Opening statements are set to begin Wednesday. By Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch. SENT: 650 words. Upcoming: Will be updated from opening statements, photos planned.
LOS ANGELES — A 14-foot oarfish that washed ashore in Southern California last week was ready to become a mommy. The serpent-like fish — one of two discovered along the coast last week — was dissected Monday and marine biologists found that the healthy female was ripe to spawn, H.J. Walker of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said. By Science Writer Alicia Chang. SENT: 570 words, photos.
— FREIGHT TRAINS COLLIDE — Authorities say two freight trains full of fruit and vegetables have collided in the California desert, leaving 20 cars derailed but no injuries. With photos.
— LAX EXPLOSION — The second worker charged with setting a series of dry-ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport has pleaded not guilty. With photos.
— UCLA STADIUM — A judge has refused to overturn his ruling that UCLA must give up its baseball stadium that is leased on land from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
— MORENO VALLEY INVESTIGATION — The FBI has subpoenaed a broad range of records from the Riverside County city of Moreno Valley, where officials have been targeted in a corruption probe.
— PRISON STABBING — A prison guard is recovering after he was stabbed by an inmate at a Central California prison.
— HOSPITAL COMPUTERS STOLEN — Police have issued an arrest warrant for a transient they say stole two laptop computers from a Southern California hospital chain containing Social Security numbers and other personal information on more than 700,000 patients.
— MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR ARREST — A former top administrator at California's lone military boarding school has been charged with sexually abusing students.
— SCHOOLYARD DEATH — A former top administrator at California's lone military boarding school has been charged with sexually abusing students.
NEW YORK — Marriage is coming after the baby carriage for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Kardashian's publicist, Ina Treciokas, confirmed Tuesday that the couple are engaged. E! News first reported that West proposed to Kardashian Monday — her 33rd birthday — in front of family and friends at the AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 260 words, photos, video.
SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum is staying put with the San Francisco Giants just as he hoped, reaching agreement Tuesday on a $35 million, two-year contract through the 2015 season. The deal is pending a physical, which had yet to be scheduled. Lincecum has a full no-trade clause in the new deal. General manager Brian Sabean said when the season ended that among his top priorities was bringing back the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, who also indicated he cherishes familiarity and wanted stay with the only club he has known. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 540 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have agreed to a $28 million, four-year contract with Cuban prospect Alexander Guerrero, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made Tuesday. The deal calls for a $10 million signing bonus payable upon approval of the contract by Major League Baseball. By Sports Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 330 words.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Every basketball fan in the country and around the globe saw the potential of the Golden State Warriors last season when Stephen Curry stayed healthy and got hot in the playoffs. One swish after another, the performances transformed the franchise from lovable losers with a faithful following to an up-and-coming team that could contend for a Western Conference title — and maybe even more. By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 750 words. photos.
LOS ANGELES —Kobe Bryant has spent half of his life in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, and he's not comfortable sitting on the sideline while his teammates play without him. Yet Bryant's health is just one concern surrounding the Lakers as they begin a season of profound transition. Dwight Howard's decision to take less money to sign with Houston last July removed a cornerstone of the Lakers' rebuilding plan and put their short-term future into flux. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers has got a deep, talented roster to work with on the Los Angeles Clippers. Now it's up to him to shape the group into a championship threat, something that has eluded the franchise during its entire existence. The Clippers shed their spendthrift reputation to lure Rivers from Boston to coach Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the rest of a team that won 56 games last season. They ponied up to re-sign Paul to a $107 million deal as soon as free agency opened. It's all part of a plan to parlay the team's minor playoff success the last two years into a sustained run toward the Clippers' first NBA title. . By Beth Harris. SENT: 660 words, photos.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Here's a statement that seemed unlikely just a few months ago: the Sacramento Kings are about to begin the 2013-14 season. Just the fact that California's capital still has an NBA team might make this season a success already. The city won its fight to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle in May, and the franchise finally appears to be on firm footing again. By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 760 words, photos.
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