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Bay Area Refinery To Pay $340,000 To Settle Air Quality Lawsuit

BENICIA (CBS SF) — A refinery in Benicia has agreed to pay $340,000 to settle a case alleging it violated air quality rules, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Friday. Valero [Read entire story]

Corrections, April 24

Committee tells state judges not to invest in pot, April 21, Business, C1 A story about ethics guidelines for judges that prohibit investments in marijuana businesses should have [Read entire story]

Our favorite smart thermostats

Nest Learning Thermostat The next-gen Nest Learning Thermostat has a larger display, a better resolution and a new far-field sensor for viewing time and temperature information from a distance. Nest is behind in the [Read entire story]

ICYMI: Ikea’s meatballs; NFL on 4/20; e-sports; Wiz Khalifa’s app

Ikea’s meatballs; NFL on 4/20; e-sports; Wiz Khalifa’s app Ikea’s meatballs and other food items have become so popular that the furniture company is considering whether it should add stand-alone cafes in city [Read entire story]

Hotels make battle plans as Airbnb poses threat

The short-term rental company became a Federal Trade Commission target over the summer after three senators asked for an investigation into how companies like Airbnb affect soaring housing costs. In a presentation in [Read entire story]

CalPERS, CalSTRS to vote against some Wells Fargo directors

The state’s two largest public pension systems each said Friday they are voting against nine of Wells Fargo’s 15 directors, all of whom are standing for re-election at the company’s annual meeting in Florida [Read entire story]

Rural electric drivers face ‘range anxiety’

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — Sunita Halasz has tips for “driving electric” along lonely roads in New York’s Adirondack Mountains: know the locations of charging stations, bring activities for the kids during three-hour [Read entire story]

Wells Fargo increases settlement to $142 million

Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to boost its payout in a class-action settlement over unauthorized accounts to $142 million, up from the $110 million it announced just three weeks ago, according to documents filed late [Read entire story]

Judge orders Volkswagen to pay $2.8 billion in emission scandal

DETROIT — A judge has ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a “massive fraud” [Read entire story]

Last lawsuit over PG&E San Bruno explosion close to settlement

The last remaining lawsuit over the lethal 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion moved close to resolution Friday when a judge gave preliminary approval to a $90 million settlement of claims by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. [Read entire story]

Pioneering Computer Scientist Harry Huskey Dies At 101

SANTA CRUZ (AP) — One of the last surviving members of the team that created the pioneering ENIAC computer in the 1940s has died. Harry Huskey was 101. The University of California-Santa Cruz says Huskey died April [Read entire story]

Theranos accused in court filing of misleading its board, investors

Theranos misled its directors and funders and used a shell company to "secretly" buy commercial lab equipment, according to a lawsuit filed by a former investor. The Wall Street Journal reported those accusations are [Read entire story]

Juicero CEO offers full refunds of $400 Kleiner Perkins-backed juicing gadget

The CEO of Juicero is offering full refunds of the $400 juicing machine to any dissatisfied customers after two Bloomberg reporters showed that the luxury gadget wasn't necessary to squeeze the company's proprietary [Read entire story]

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Power outage hits downtown S.F., affecting nearly 90,000 customers (video)

Power went out in parts of San Francisco a few minutes after 9 a.m. Friday. The power outage has affected much of downtown San Francisco, shutting down parts of Union Square, the Montgomery BART station, and buildings [Read entire story]

Judge allows Oakland coal terminal lawsuit to proceed, denying city’s request to dismiss it

A federal judge ruled this week that a lawsuit brought by the developer of a proposed coal export terminal can proceed against the City of Oakland, which had passed laws to block the project. The plaintiff, the Oakland [Read entire story]

Bebe Is Closing All 175 of Its Stores

Bebe Is Closing All 175 of Its Stores

Bebe expects to close all of its brick-and-mortar locations by the end of May, the clothing retailer said in a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The chain had previously said it...Photo Credit: [Read entire story]

Bay Area tech firms add paid time off to protest to laundry list of perks

Bay Area tech firms are adding a new perk to their long list of benefits — paid time off to protest. Facebook is one of several high-profile companies offering staffers the opportunity to make a difference. The Menlo [Read entire story]