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2007-05-24 07:00:00

RIO VISTA, Calif. - Scientists hope recordings of orcas attacking a mother whale and her calf will persuade a pair of ailing humpbacks meandering in a freshwater river to head back toward the ocean. The tactic is just the latest that increasingly concerned marine biologists have come up with to coax the two lost, injured whales back to the ocean. They have spent more than a week in freshwater, which they are not physically equipped to inhabit. "I wouldn't say there's a lot of optimism right...

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2007-05-23 21:10:00

RIO VISTA, Calif. -- Hope dimmed Wednesday for two lost, wounded whales as scientists spotted the humpbacks wildly slapping their tails on the water in possible distress as they lingered far from their ocean home. Deep cuts on the mother whale and calf, likely caused by a run-in with a boat, were worsening after more than a week in fresh water that the pair are not physically well-equipped to inhabit, biologists said. "I wouldn't say there's a lot of optimism right now," said Brian...

2007-05-23 10:00:00

RIO VISTA, Calif. (AP) - Two wounded, lost whales circled near a Sacramento River bridge as boat crews banged metal pipes to try to herd them toward the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. The whales, lost since more than a week ago, spent a second day Tuesday circling near the bridge about 70 miles from the Pacific. Both whales were apparently wounded during a run-in with a boat's propeller. "The wounds appear to have worsened over time and their skin has changed from smooth and shiny to...

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2007-05-22 08:08:30

RIO VISTA, Calif. -- Two wayward whales were swimming in circles near the Rio Vista Bridge, frustrating attempts to get them back to the safety of the Pacific Ocean. "They're wild animals and they're going to do what they want," Coast Guard Petty Officer Brian Leshak said late Monday night. The humpbacks, nicknamed Delta and Dawn, have traveled 90 miles inland toward the state capital since taking a wrong turn more than a week ago. Wildlife officials were hopeful they would return to the open...

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2007-05-19 08:39:17

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Marine scientists trying to lure two injured whales out of a river prepared Friday for Plan B: Herding the animals by boat while banging pipes underwater. In the meantime, a marine mammal rescue crew aboard a Coast Guard cutter stuck with the original strategy of playing recorded sounds of other humpbacks feeding. The mother whale and calf are stranded at the Port of Sacramento, having hit a dead-end after traveling 90 miles through San Francisco Bay and up the...

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2007-05-18 07:25:00

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Scientists were working on a plan to help two injured humpback whales return to the Pacific Ocean after a failed attempt to lure them out of a shipping channel using recorded underwater sounds. Early Friday, the mother and her calf remained at the Port of Sacramento, where they hit a dead-end after traveling 90 miles through the San Francisco Bay and up the Sacramento River. The use of the humpback whale recordings on Thursday was scientists' first attempt to direct...

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2007-04-30 06:00:25

OAKLAND, California - San Francisco Bay area residents faced nightmarish commutes Monday after one of the region's most traveled sections of freeway melted and collapsed following a fiery crash. An elevated section of highway that carries motorists from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to a number of freeways was destroyed early Sunday after heat from an overturned gasoline truck caused part of one overpass to crumple onto another. "I've never seen anything like it," said Officer Trent...

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2006-11-28 15:00:00

By MARCUS WOHLSEN SAN FRANCISCO - Tourists flock to Fisherman's Wharf for the seafood and the stunning views of San Francisco Bay, but for many visitors, the real stars are the dozens of playful, whiskered sea lions that lounge by the water's edge, gulping down fish. Now a series of sea-lion attacks on people in recent months has led experts to warn that the animals are not as cute and cuddly as they appear. "People should understand these animals are out there not to attack people or...

2006-08-23 07:10:00

By Jim Christie OAKLAND, California -- Father Mark Wiesner has grown accustomed to wishing parishioners bon voyage as they flee the San Francisco area's high housing costs for California's Central Valley, where developers are increasingly transforming farms and ranches into a new suburbia. "So many young couples I marry have to go to Modesto or Tracy to start their married lives," said Wiesner, a Catholic priest in Oakland on the San Francisco Bay. "They simply can't afford to stay here in...

2006-05-04 15:40:01

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Every few weeks, someone climbs over the railing of San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge and jumps to their death at one of the highest-profile suicide sites in the world. Local media rarely report the deaths, and few people have seen the dramatic suicides -- until now. Filmmaker Eric Steel's new film "The Bridge," which shows six suicides, premiered recently at New York's Tribeca and San Francisco's film festivals. Steel, 42, set up...