sfgate.comBay to Breakers: SF’s running festival of costumesSome, as usual, were naked. Others decided it was a good idea to run the annual Bay to Breakers 12 kilometers Sunday as a unicorn, a gorilla, dinosaur, superhero or whatever else suited their only-in-San-Francisco fancy. And there were the outliers dressed as runners. But as runners filtered to the starting area, the bag on Jim Doxsee's head drew stares - not an easy feat in a crowd of an estimated 50,000. Doxsee, 55, of Pleasanton, wore a paper grocery bag that said "Trump is president so I'm ashamed" written on the back and front, with a cutout for his face.
sfgate.comABC says 'Roseanne' will concentrate on family, not politicsNEW YORK (AP) - Expect "Roseanne" to cool it on politics and concentrate on family stories when it returns for the second season of its revival next year. That was the word Tuesday from ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey as she introduced the network's plans for next year. The show's return exceeded all expectations this spring, with the support of Roseanne Barr's character for President Donald Trump attracting attention. Dungey noted that as the first season went on, the focus shifted from politics to family. "I think they're going to continue on the path that they were on toward the latter part of this season, which is away from politics and more focused on family," she said.
sfgate.comPeople who live in small towns and rural areas are happier than everyone else, researchers sayHeaven is wide open spaces - at least, it is for most people, according to a massive new data set of happiness in Canada. A team of happiness researchers at the Vancouver School of Economics and McGill University recently published a working paper on the geography of well-being in Canada. They compiled 400,000 responses to a pair of national Canadian surveys, allowing them to parse out distinctions in well-being at the level of more than 1,200 communities representing the country's entire geography.
sfgate.comSears is closing 40 stores in 24 states — here's the list (SHLD)Real Insight Marketplace Sears is closing at least 40 stores, including 31 Sears stores and nine Kmart stores. The closing stores span 24 states including Arizona, California, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, and Minnesota. Most of the stores will close in July and August. Sears has cut its store count in half in the last five years. Sears is quietly closing at least 40 stores in 24 states, in addition to the 166 stores that the company previously said it would close this year. Most of the stores on the new list will close in July and August. Sears has not publicly announced many of the store closings slated for this summer.
sfgate.com‘SNL': Baldwin’s Trump Celebrates the Anniversary of the Mueller Investigation with a ‘Sopranos’ ParodyAlec Baldwin returned for the series finale of "SNL" as Donald Trump, parodying the finale of "The Sopranos" to celebrate the first year of the Russia investigation. Baldwin's Trump started the sketch by entering a restaurant in New Jersey to meet friends - Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani, Ben Stiller as his former lawyer Michael Cohen, and Mikey Day as Donald Trump Jr. "So Rudy did you go on Fox News last night?" Trump asked as McKinnon's Giuliani sat down. Also Read: 'SNL' and Amy Schumer Honor Moms by Showing How Awful Childbirth Is (Video) "Like 20 times," Giuliani answered.
sfgate.comThe Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hoursVOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) - The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hawaii County civil defense officials are warning residents that lava may cross a highway in the coming hours. Officials say a flow is less than a mile (kilometer) away from Highway 137 in the Big Island's Puna district where lava has oozed out of fissures in the ground. At the flow's current speed Saturday afternoon, officials estimate it may cross the highway in the next several hours. Before Friday, lava was just spattering up and collecting at the edges of the fissures. On Friday afternoon, the flow ramped up. The flow crossed a road, isolating a handful of residents, including some who needed to be airlifted to safety.
sfgate.comWatch a coyote nonchalantly trot around Golden Gate ParkA coyote was out for a stroll on a path in Golden Gate Park on Saturday morning, and an SFGATE staffer on a walk with his baby caught some video. The coyote can be seen checking out passing cars and joggers and strolling on the path before making his way off into the grass.
sfgate.comHawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with oldPAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sending a flow toward the ocean Saturday. Since a first fissure opened up in a community on May 3, lava was mostly spattering up and collecting at the edges of the cracks in the ground. Two neighborhoods with nearly 2,000 people were forced to evacuate as lava claimed 40 structures. On Friday afternoon, the lava changed dramatically with one fissure ramping up and sending a flow across a road, destroying four more homes and isolating residents, some of whom had to be air-lifted to safety.
sfgate.comThe Latest: Justify crosses finish line 1st at PreaknessBALTIMORE (AP) - The Latest on Saturday's 143rd running of the Preakness (all times local): 7 p.m. Justify has finished first at the Preakness, galloping to victory in a thick fog and on a sloppy track at Pimlico to keep alive his bid to capture the Triple Crown. With jockey Mike Smith in the saddle, Justify held off seven challengers to remain unbeaten and apparently giving trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying seventh Preakness victory. Bravazo finished second and Tenfold took third in the 1 3/16-mile race. It's the sixth time in six tries that Baffert has won the Preakness after winning the Kentucky Derby. His seven Preakness victories matches the record set by R.W. Walden in the 1800s.
sfgate.comHawaii’s ‘last princess’ fights for control of her fortuneHONOLULU - Every day, tourists flock to a downtown Honolulu palace for a glimpse of the way Hawaii's royal family lived, marveling at its gilded furniture, lavish throne room and grand staircase made from prized koa wood. But few know Iolani Palace - America's only royal residence - has relied in part on the generosity of a descendant of that family while the relic of the monarchy's rule now serves as a museum. Multimillionaire heiress Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawananakoa, considered by many to be Hawaii's last princess, has paid the palace's electric bills for the past six years.
sfgate.com1 dead, 1 injured in cougar attack in Washington stateNORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - One person is dead and another has been injured in a cougar attack in Washington state. King County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott said Saturday the two people were on a mountain bike ride in North Bend when the attack occurred. Abbott says the cougar ran into the woods and officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Game are trying to track it. North Bend is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Seattle. The injured victim was transported to a hospital there with unspecified injuries. Abbott says the body of the other victim has not yet been removed from the site. No further details were immediately available.
sfgate.comThe Latest: 20 priests among dead in Havana plane crashHAVANA (AP) - The Latest on the crash in Cuba of a passenger jet with 110 people on board (all times local): 2:52 p.m. The Cuban Council of Churches says 20 priests from an evangelical church are among the dead in the Havana plane crash. "On that plane were 10 couples of pastors. 20 people. All of the Nazarene Church in the eastern region," confirmed Maite Quesada, a member of the council. The group spent several days at a meeting in the capital and were returning to their homes and places of worship in the province of Holguin. The plane crash Friday killed 107 people. ___ 2:30 p.m.
sfgate.comFirst lady returns to White House after kidney treatmentWASHINGTON (AP) - Melania Trump returned to the White House in "high spirits" on Saturday following a weeklong hospitalization for kidney treatment, a lengthy stay that raised questions about whether the first lady's condition may have been more complicated than first revealed. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, has declined to release additional details, citing Mrs. Trump's right to privacy. "The First Lady returned home to the White House this morning," Grisham said in an emailed statement. "She is resting comfortably and remains in high spirits. Our office has received thousands of calls and emails wishing Mrs. Trump well, and we thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out." Mrs.
sfgate.comGuess who's coming to Windsor? Royal ceremony weds culturesBURLINGTON, New Jersey (AP) - With a gospel choir, black cellist and bishop, Oprah, Serena and Idris Elba in the audience and an African-American mother-of-the-bride, Saturday's wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle was a blend of the solemn and the soulful. Guess who's coming to Windsor? The ceremony married the pomp and circumstance of Britain's most sacred institution with elements of black culture, drawing viewers not normally drawn to the spectacle of the monarchy. "This was black history," said Joy Widgeon, who attended a house party in Burlington, New Jersey, with her 6- and 8-year-old daughters in tow. "African-Americans were front and center at the royal wedding.
sfgate.comFastest climber of 7 summits returns safely from EverestKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - The Australian climber who became the fastest to scale the highest peaks on all seven continents returned safely from Mount Everest on Saturday. Steve Plain said he has no immediate plans for any new adventures and is looking forward to spending time with his family. Plain, 36, scaled Mount Everest earlier in the week, completing his mission to scale the seven summits in 117 days. He flew to Kathmandu from Everest on Saturday. "Go home and enjoy a bit of R and R at the moment, which I am looking forward to," Plain told reporters when asked about his plans. "It has been long a time on the road." Plain, from Perth, began his mission by climbing Mount Vinson in Antarctica on Jan. 16.