SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Police in California say a 13-year-old boy who was killed by sheriff's deputies raised a pellet gun that looked like a high-powered rifle before sheriff's deputies opened fire. Santa Rosa police said yesterday that the deputies were on patrol Tuesday when they spotted Andy Lopez with the gun and repeatedly asked him to lower it. Instead, he raised it in their direction. After shooting the teen, the Sonoma County deputies found that the gun was a replica that looked similar to a real AK-47 assault rifle.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bay Area Rapid Transit officials have stopped a practice of making employees responsible for their own safety after two BART workers were killed Saturday in an accident at the Walnut Creek station. BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost confirmed last night that BART is suspending the practice, called simple approval, in what she called an abundance of caution until federal investigators are able to complete their inquiry into the accident.
ORINDA, Calif. (AP) — A fire erupted under a commuter train in the East Bay during the evening commute, sending smoke throughout a Bay Area Rapid Transit station and forcing train passengers to evacuate. No one was injured, and train traffic was continuing through the Orinda station. KTVU reports that the fire began about 6 p.m. Commuters driving by the station soon began posting pictures of the fire online.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Yahoo's latest acquisition will bring image-recognition technology to its Flickr service for sharing photos. The Internet company is getting the new tools and expertise through its purchase of a startup called LookFlow. Financial terms of the deal announced yesterday weren't disclosed. Yahoo is picking up five LookFlow engineers in the deal.