sfgate.comFrom cryotherapy to 'soul salons': The most San Francisco self-care trends"Self-care" is a buzzword that's taken off in recent years. Waking up early to jog a mile? Self-care. Spending $30 on a hot yoga class? Self-care. Getting deluxe nachos with barbacoa, guacamole and sour cream delivered to your doorstep? Well, that's self-care, too. The definition reaches far and wide, just like a yogi stretched in an impressive Warrior II, and it means different things to different people. Oxford Dictionary defines "self-care" as "taking action to preserve or improve one's own health." Such actions are obviously open to interpretation, and can range from saying "no" to deep-cleaning your kitchen to taking a bubble bath.
sfgate.comChinese bombers are extremely active, and the Pentagon thinks they're training for strikes against US targetsChinese bombers are increasingly active and flying farther from China's shores, according to a Department of Defense report released Thursday. The Pentagon suspects that China might be training for strikes against US targets as well as sending a message to other regional actors that Chinese capabilities are improving. The US is watching Chinese activities carefully as China's power grows in what the Pentagon argues is an era of renewed "great power competition." Chinese bombers are much more active and operating farther from Chinese shores at an increased frequency, and the Pentagon thinks they are likely training for strikes on US targets, according to the 2018 China Military Power Report.
sfgate.comColombian city urges a break from sex to fight heat waveBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Health officials in one Colombian coastal city have a controversial recommendation for residents trying to stay cool during an intense heat wave: Take a break from sex. Santa Marta city health secretary Julio Salas sparked a mix of laughter and disbelief this week when he urged residents of the Caribbean tourist mecca to refrain from sex during the day as part of a list of recommendations, such as staying hydrated and wearing loose clothing to prevent overheating. Sex is considered only a moderate physical activity, as much of a strain on the heart as walking up two flights of stairs, according to the American Heart Association.
sfgate.comA 16-year-old managed to hack Apple, steal a whole bunch of secure files, and access customer accountsGetty An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking Apple, stealing 90 gigabytes of secure files, and accessing customer accounts. The 16-year-old broke into Apple's mainframe several times over the course of a year, according to The Age, and stored hacking instructions on his laptop under a folder named "hacky hack hack." Apple identified and reported the hack to the FBI. It said "at no point during this incident" was personal user data compromised. An Australian teenager managed to hack Apple, steal 90 gigabytes of secure files, and access customer accounts, a court has heard, according to The Age.
sfgate.comAretha Franklin 'worked for me,' claims Trump. Did she?Aretha Franklin hadn't ventured far from her adopted hometown of Detroit for three years. But in the final weeks of 1988, the "Queen of Soul" boarded a custom-made bus, foregoing more traditional modes of transport, and set off for Atlantic City. On short notice, and with little fanfare, she had been booked to perform at Trump's Castle, a casino opened three years earlier by Donald Trump in the garish Xanadu of sun and slot machines on the Jersey Shore. "We've got twenty-two people with us on the bus, plus all of the new exquisite, lavish gowns I'm wearing in the show," she said, according to a 1989 biography by Mark Bego, "Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul.
sfgate.comMulti-car crash near Caldecott Tunnel causes severe traffic in OaklandA multi-vehicle accident caused a "severe traffic alert" Friday morning in the westbound lanes of Highway 24 east of Broadway in Oakland, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The left and center lanes were blocked as of 8:45 a.m., with no estimated time to reopen the roadway. California Highway Patrol officials advised motorists to expect delays and to use alternate routes. Megan Cassidy is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @meganrcassidy
sfgate.comMusk tells newspaper he's cracking under stress of Tesla jobWhat do you do when your CEO confesses that he's cracking under the stress of his job? That's the question that the nine board members of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. must answer after Elon Musk, the company's impulsive leader, admitted to The New York Times that work is rattling his nerves in what he described as the most "difficult and painful year of my career." The newspaper reported that during an hour-long telephone interview on Thursday, Musk alternated between laughter and tears, acknowledging that he was working up to 120 hours a week and sometimes takes Ambien to get to sleep.
sfgate.comSearch for Cal student who plunged off Oregon waterfall enters 6th daySearchers looking for a missing UC Berkeley law student who fell off a cliff into a waterfall in Oregon said they are facing especially difficult factors due to the location where the accident occurred. Brian Lewinstein, 23, is presumed dead after he crossed a safety fence at Toketee Falls, in Douglas County, last Sunday in an attempt to snap a photograph and fell into the roiling water below. The 113-foot high waterfall, on the North Umpqua River 58 miles east of Roseburg, cascades 28 feet to a small pool and then plunges 85 feet to a large pool. Rescuers believe Lewinstein fell into the upper pool and may have been carried over the second fall.
sfgate.comCalifornia's 20-pound invasive nutria problem could be worse than previously imaginedIn the spring, the Department of Fish and Wildlife began to warn the public about the dangers of nutria, the destructive rat-like mammal currently burrowing into central California's wetlands. But in the past few months, only 200 nutria have been exterminated, 100 of which were found in a pond on a single private farm in central California. And as the agency prepares for an intensive survey of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, officials say they have no idea what the actual numbers will look like.
sfgate.com'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies in Detroit at 76NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died from pancreatic cancer. She was 76. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. A professional singer and pianist by her late teens, a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time.
sfgate.comThe Latest: Pentagon puts off military parade until 2019WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the Veterans Day military parade (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The Defense Department says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump won't happen in 2018. Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday that the military and the White House "have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019." Manning says the Pentagon had "originally targeted November 10, 2018," for the Washington event, intended "to honor America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I." U.S.
sfgate.comDear Abby: Woman’s old sweetheart still can’t win her dad’s approvalDear Abby: I'm dating my grammar school and high school sweetheart, "Gary." We've known each other since I was 6. (I'm 33 now.) In high school we dated for nine months and were in love, but he told lies to my dad, so Dad ordered him to stay away. Now, 16 years later, after being only friends all this time, we finally both became single and got back together. Gary is and always has been the love of my life, as I am his. He would do anything for me. He says he wants to marry me and have kids, and he's never said that to any other woman. Since we broke up at 16, Gary has done some bad things (drugs, prison). Because of it, my dad hates him.
sfgate.com'Most ancient' solid cheese found in dug up Egyptian jarCAIRO (AP) - For thousands of years beneath Egypt's desert sands a solidified whitish substance sat in a broken jar. Scientists now say it's "probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found." Archaeologists came across the finding while cleaning the sands around a 19th dynasty tomb at the vast Saqqara necropolis of the ancient city of Memphis. The tomb of Ptahmes, the mayor of ancient Memphis, was initially discovered in 1885 but had been swallowed by shifting sands until its rediscovery in 2010.
sfgate.comVery fat cat who likes to stand on back feet like a person goes viral, seeks homeBruno is a "chatty" 25-pound cat who likes to stand on his back feet like a round, furry little egg-shaped man. He's got a lot of specific preferences ("Yes, I know I am EXTRA" the animal shelter's post advertising him declares). He will demand to be pet while he is eating. He's got some extra toes. And he has captured the internet's heart, which is good, because he's looking for a new home. Bruno is one of the adoptable pets on offer at Wright Way Rescue in Morton Grove, Illinois. He's also got some behavioral quirks (who among us doesn't?!), in addition to standing up like a person when he wants to be fed.
sfgate.comCalifornia wildfires: Hot weather could refuel Mendocino ComplexProgress made over the last few days in fighting the largest wildfire in California history could be lost this weekend, as the weather seems unlikely to continue to cooperate. The Mendocino Complex, made up of the River and Ranch fires, grew to 329,800 acres overnight but was 76 percent contained as of Friday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. "Overnight, firefighters were able to reinforce containment lines, tying together pre-existing containment barriers, especially north of the Snow Mountain wilderness," officials said.