Latest Northern California news, sports, business and entertainment


Hospital won't aid transfer of girl on ventilator

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California hospital is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit a 13-year-old declared brain dead after tonsil surgery with the breathing and feeding tubes that would allow her to be safely transferred to another facility.

Lawyer Douglas Straus said Tuesday that Children's Hospital Oakland would not permit the procedures on its premises because Jahi McMath is legally dead in the view of the doctors who have examined her.

But Straus reiterated in a letter to the lawyer representing McMath's mother that the hospital would release the girl's body as soon as her family provided a detailed plan about accomplishing the move.

Meanwhile, a state appeals court judge on Tuesday refused to order the hospital to insert the tubes, saying the issue has to go first to a lower court judge.


HP confirms higher layoffs expected

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Personal computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. has confirmed that it expects layoffs at the upper end of a range that it outlined earlier this year, with 5,000 more workers than originally planned expected to lose jobs by October 2014.

The company said in a securities filing Monday that "continued market and business pressures" were behind the move. The cuts add to 29,000 positions it planned to cut in a May 2012 restructuring plan.

Hewlett-Packard said in March that its estimated cutbacks could vary by as much as 15 percent from its original estimate. At an October meeting with analysts, Chief Financial Officer Cathie Lesjak said the company planned to end up "near the high end" of that range.

HP shares rose 10 cents to $28.17 in midday trading Tuesday.


SF police fire at suspect during high-speed chase

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police in San Francisco say one officer was injured and a man is in custody after officers opened fire on the suspect during a wild high-speed chase across the city.

Police say the incident began shortly before 9 p.m. Monday in the Bayview District when officers attempted to pull over a man they suspected had a weapon in a rental car with Nevada license plates.

A chase ensued through the city before ending near Golden Gate Park.

Deputy Chief Lyn Tomioka says police shot at the suspect after he hit an officer on foot. The officer suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital and released.

The suspect, who tried to run away, was arrested and taken to the hospital after suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.


West Sacramento company recalls cashew cheese

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California company is voluntarily recalling all flavors of its cashew cheese because it might be contaminated by salmonella.

The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento said the affected cheese includes all those with expiration dates until April 19, 2014. It was sold in 8-ounce round containers at natural food stores and farmers markets in the Sacramento Valley, San Francisco Bay Area and Reno, the company said Tuesday.

The Cultured Kitchen said the recall was initiated after it was suspected that raw materials used to make the cashew cheese could have been contaminated "with a specific strain of salmonella found almost exclusively in Southeast Asia, where the company's cashews are sourced."

The listed flavors are herb, smoked cheddar, pepper jack, habanero cilantro lime, pesto, basil pesto and white cheddar.

Consumers who purchased the affected products are advised to return them to their place of purchase or throw them away.


Consultant to find new Oakland police chief quits

(Information in the following story is from: San Francisco Chronicle,

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A consultant hired to find a new Oakland police chief has stepped aside citing that city officials were meddling in the selection process.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bob Murray resigned last week after city officials had informal conversations with potential candidates.

Murray would not say on Monday who had held the conversations or provide other details.

Sean Maher, a spokesman for Mayor Jean Quan's office, confirms that staffers in her office spoke with "a couple" of possible applicants. He says the conversations were insubstantial and happened before the application process closed on Dec. 6.

Maher says 32 people have applied for the position.

Quan announced plans this summer to hire the city's fourth permanent police chief since 2009 after Chief Howard Jordan abruptly resigned in May.

Interim Chief Sean Whent says he's interested in having the job permanently.


San Francisco resolves restaurant surcharge case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than three dozen San Francisco restaurants have resolved allegations that they exploited a city program by keeping customer surcharges that were meant for employee health care.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports city prosecutors wrapped up its yearlong investigation Monday that resulted in the collection of more than $2 million in missing funds. More than 50 restaurants worked with authorities to be compliant with an amnesty program rather than be sued. Thirty-eight paid to make up their shortfalls, while another 17 were cleared of wrongdoing.

City businesses are required to set aside an allotted amount for uninsured workers. But audits found that only about one-third of the money collected by restaurants was spent on workers' health care.

Authorities say 4,000 restaurant workers will be eligible for disbursements.