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New focus on human trafficking: County Probation Department commits officer to young victims   

Human trafficking’s youngest victims now have a dedicated champion in the county Probation Department. Beginning last Monday, the department committed one full-time officer to cases involving comme...

A place to call home: Human trafficking safe houses help residents transform from victim to self-sufficient survivor   

The name of the county’s first human trafficking safe house, “The Monarch,” represents clients’ transformation from abused victim to self-sufficient survivor. The moniker is also fitting for...

Union leader has love of language, teaching: Teeka James enjoys 17-year job at College of San Mateo, being an advocate   

A love of language, her students and teaching have kept Teeka James, union leader for the local community colleges, at College of San Mateo for 17 years. James is president of American Federation of ...

El Granada man charged with throwing an explosive at driveway   

An El Granada man is facing a possible life sentence as a third-striker after allegedly detonating a half-stick of dynamite on a driveway and dropping another explosive device that did not go off. Ad...

Sheriff’s Office launches sex offender notification website   

OffenderWatch, a new sex offender registration and public notification website, has been launched by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. San Mateo County will now be part of a nationwide network...

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over drone strikes   

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric. U...

Kerry: U.S. reconsiders role in Mideast peace talks   

CASABLANCA, Morocco — The Obama administration will reevaluate its role in foundering Middle East peace talks following actions by both Israel and the Palestinians that have brought the negotiations...

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In 1614, England’s King James I convened the second Parliament of his rule; the “Addled Parliament,” as it came to be known, lasted only two months. In 1621, the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth ...

Something unprecedented happened recently in Sacramento. National news organizations covered it, and pundits weighed in. The consensus is that the impact of this event could change the course of elect...

People who go to sea in small boats, to make their living fishing or for sport and recreation, always face the risks of an unpredictable ocean. In this age of limited budgets and expanding mission dem...

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Yarn bombers Lorna Watt and her sister Jill find a creative way to store supplies at their new studio space on Claremont Street in San Mateo.

Artists thrive on inspiration and creative collaboration, so when publicly available art studios opened in San Mateo last year, it’s no surprise they were quick to fill. What was once a warehouse, ...

El Camino wrestling coach Ray Reyes believes Christian Diokno made the right choice in giving up football. Actually, as Diokno describes it, it was basketball, not football, he was forgoing. “I th...

Burlingame had some big shoes to fill at shortstop this season. Graduating a pair of shortstops in Vince Arobio and Phil Caulfield — both of whom are now playing in college — the Panthers turned ...

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NEW YORK — A slump in Internet and other technology stocks pulled the broader market lower Friday, as traders turned on the same companies they flocked to earlier this year. Google, Netflix and othe...

WASHINGTON — Americans thinking about buying health insurance on their own later this year, or maybe switching to a different insurer, are probably out of luck. The policies are going off the market...

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To say that a movie feels like a dream is not automatically a positive statement. It all depends on the dream. Some dreams, for example, make sense, at least partly, and others are just baffling. Som...

ABC’s ‘This Week’ 8 a.m. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Rep. John Carter, R-Texas. NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ 8 a.m. Shaun McCutcheon, whose campaign finance case was decided last week by t...

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