MALCOLM X GRANDSON-SERVICES
Mourners gather to remember Malcolm X's grandson
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds gathered in Oakland Friday to remember the late grandson of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X.
More than 200 people attended a traditional Islamic service for the 28-year-old Malcolm Shabazz, who authorities say was beaten to death last week over a $1,200 bar bill in Mexico City.
The service featured plenty of prayer, songs, spoken word and tears. Many among the procession of speakers said while they initially connected with Shabazz because of his famous grandfather, they learned to appreciate a man they called "Young Malcolm" as a leader in his own right.
Despite troubles early in life, from setting a blaze in his grandmother's apartment that resulted in the death of Malcolm X's widow, to stints in juvenile hall and prison, mourners said Shabazz was seeking redemption. They say he had plans to write a memoir and another book denouncing youth violence.
AMERICA'S CUP-CAPSIZED BOAT
Italians to race in America's Cup but want changes
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The owner of the Italian entry in the America's Cup sailing races says his boat will compete this summer, but he's seeking new safety measures after the death of a sailor on another crew during a training run last week.
Luna Rossa owner Patrizio Bertelli announced at a news conference Thursday at his team's Alameda, Calif., headquarters that he wants races canceled if winds on the San Francisco Bay are deemed too dangerous.
Luna Rossa's entry was thrown into doubt after Artemis Racing's boat capsized May 9 and killed Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who was trapped beneath the wreckage. Bertelli told European media last week that he was concerned with the safety of the high-tech boats specially built for the America's Cup, sailing's most prestigious event.
Racing begins July 4 on San Francisco Bay.
Calif freeway reopens after fatal shooting
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A freeway has reopened early Friday after a shooting left two men dead.
The shooting occurred shortly after 10:30 p.m. Thursday on northbound Interstate Highway 880. The California Highway Patrol had been diverting traffic after closing the northbound lanes for several hours.
Authorities say a gunman opened fire on a two men driving home on the freeway in downtown Oakland after watching the Golden State Warriors playoff game.
The Oakland Tribune reports 1 of the men was hit by a van after he was ejected from the white 2010 Porsche Panamera when the car hit the center divider.
No arrests have been made and the cause of the shooting is under investigation. Both deaths have been deemed homicides.
OAKLAND PORT-LONGSHOREMAN DEATH
Longshoreman dies after truck plunges in SF Bay
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A Port of Oakland longshoreman died after his truck plunged into the San Francisco Bay.
The Coast Guard said a white pickup truck went into the water near Berth 30 shortly after 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Oakland Police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson says a team of divers found the truck submerged in about 50 feet of water.
Divers attached cable lines from a crane to pull the vehicle out and the longshoreman was pronounced dead at the scene.
His name has not been released.
Port officials said that all work at the port would be suspended for 24 hours following the fatal accident.
6 arrested, officer injured at SF State dorm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One police officer was injured and six people arrested after San Francisco State University campus officers tried to clear intruders from a school dormitory.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that students in the dorm on Thursday complained about a drunken man outside Mary Ward Hall.
Campus police arrested the man on suspicion of being drunk in public then found that five more non-students - three men and two women - were inside the residence hall.
Ellen Griffin, a campus spokeswoman, said the brouhaha broke out when police tried to arrest the intruders, injuring one police officer.
The five were arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, trespassing, conspiracy and other charges.
Griffin did not know the status of the injured officer.
CANADA LURING TECHIES
Canada trying to lure Silicon Valley tech workers
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The Canadian government is trying to lure Silicon Valley tech workers who are frustrated by U.S. visa policies, just as Congress wrestles with a long-sought overhaul of America's immigration system.
Canada's minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism arrived in the San Francisco Bay area Friday for a 4-day visit aimed at snapping up talent for his country's high-tech economy by offering startup entrepreneurs a new visa.
The San Jose Mercury News reported earlier that a billboard sporting a giant red maple leaf went up off Highway 101 on the road to Silicon Valley, part of a Canadian ad campaign encouraging tech workers to head north.
The new "startup visa" will grant permanent residency to entrepreneurs who can start a business in Canada and raise enough venture capital.
Yahoo CEO to announce 'something special' in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) - Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is promising to unveil "something special" Monday in New York as she tries to attract more traffic and advertising to the Internet company.
The Sunnyvale, Calif., company gave no further details Friday other than that Mayer will be discussing a product. Reporters are being invited to attend the 5 p.m. event at a lounge located in New York's Times Square.
Mayer has been emphasizing the need for better mobile applications and more video since she became Yahoo's CEO 10 months ago after helping to build Google into the Internet's most powerful company during a 13-year career working there.
Yahoo Inc. has won over investors under Mayer, even though the company's revenue is still barely growing. Yahoo's stock price has risen 69% under Mayer's leadership.
State Senate OKs new compact with gambling tribe
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate has approved a revised agreement with a Sacramento-area Indian tribe that owns a struggling casino east of the state capital.
Gov. Jerry Brown negotiated the new compact last fall with the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. The tribe owns the Red Hawk Casino, which officially opened in December 2008 just as a national recession began.
Sen. Ted Gaines, a Republican from Rocklin, said his bill will let the tribe restructure and refinance its debt while retaining about 1,400 jobs in El Dorado County.
AB1267 would let the tribe reduce its payments for several years before requiring that it eventually pay the state 15% of the casino's net winnings.
The bill passed unanimously and without debate Thursday, and now goes to the Assembly.
Mayor: Deal to sell Kings has been signed
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Friday that the deal to sell the Kings to a group led by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive has been signed.
Johnson helped assemble the new ownership group in a bid to keep the Kings in California's capital city, a feat that was accomplished earlier in the week when NBA owners rejected a bid to move the franchise to Seattle.
The NBA is expected to officially approve the sale next week.
Giants minor league coach Victor Torres dies
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants say former minor league coach Victor Torres has died. He was 61.
Torres, a hitting coach and instructor in the club's player development department the past six years, died Wednesday in Florida, the team said Friday. No other details were provided.
The Giants said Torres would be deeply missed. General manager Brian Sabean says "Victor was a tremendous person who proved to be a great asset to the organization with his ability to communicate and mentor our young hitters."
Most recently, Torres was hitting coach for the rookie Arizona Giants in 2012, a position he held for five seasons beginning in 2007. Torres had been in professional baseball since 1994 and previously ran his own baseball academy in Puerto Rico and Florida from 1973-1989.
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