SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The two men charged in the deaths of 36 people in an Oakland warehouse fire are scheduled to appear in court for the first time since a judge scuttled their plea deal. Judge James Cramer said he couldn't accept a plea bargain citing Derick Almena's lack of remorse. Cramer said he believed Max Harris was truly remorseful, but the plea bargain was a package deal so both were rejected. A trial date could be scheduled soon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police have arrested an Uber driver who is accused of picking up a woman in San Francisco while off duty and sexually assaulting her. Kevin Barillas-Saballas was charged Thursday with sexual assault, sexual battery, kidnapping, imprisonment and criminal threats. Uber said it immediately removed the driver from its app once the company learned of the alleged attack. Barillas-Saballas was being held on $270,000 bail. It could not immediately be determined if he has an attorney.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner at a major corporate law firm to head the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco. The White House made the announcement about David Anderson on Thursday.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - A deputy in Northern California fired several beanbag rounds into a back car window to free a trapped bear that had likely been searching for snacks. El Dorado County Sheriff's spokesman Anthony Prencipe said Thursday that officers were called after the bear was seen rummaging through a Honda Civic in Tahoma/South Lake Tahoe. Prencipe said it's safer to open a vehicle remotely rather than get close to a scared bear. The sheriff's office posted on Facebook that bears can open doors.
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