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POSTED March 14, 2012 8:26 p.m.

Rain, wind batter Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A late winter storm has brought heavy rain and winds to Central and NBorthern California, flooding roads, downing trees and causing isolated power outages. And more rain is on the way over the next couple of days and the weekend, forecasters say, spelling good news for what has been an unusually dry winter.

Marin and the mountains of Sonoma and Santa Cruz counties have been among the heaviest hit areas so far, with rainfall totals in the 24-hour period starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday as high as 6 inches, said Steve Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"This is fairly normal," Anderson said. "But it will probably seem highly unusual because we haven't seen this type of rain this year. It's been so dry."

In Sonoma County, state Route 12 was shut down because of flooding on Wednesday morning. The California Highway Patrol reported that several vehicles became stuck there.

Elsewhere in Sonoma, downed trees closed parts of several rural roads, and three homes — two in Monte Rio and one in Healdsburg — were damaged when trees came down on them. Nobody was injured.

Teen shot after argument on SF Muni bus

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say a 17-year-old boy was shot multiple times as he stepped off a city bus in a suspected gang-related attack.

The shooting occurred around 1:30 p.m. Monday in Visitacion Valley after the boy apparently got into an argument with a man on the 9-San Bruno bus.

Police spokesman Carlos Manfredi says the man shot the teen three or four times in the chest as the teen stepped down from the bus through the rear doors.

The suspect, who has not been identified, then ran away.

The boy was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Santa Clara approves budget for 49ers stadium

SANTA CLARA . (AP) — Santa Clara has taken another step towards building a new stadium for the 49ers.

The City Council approved the lease, budget and overall terms of the project on Tuesday in a 6-1 vote.

The final price tag is almost $1.2 billion — up from the original projection of $937 million. But city officials now expect the cost to taxpayers to be lower.

The 40-year lease deal calls on the 49ers to pay the city about $30 million per year. That figure, however, would rise if the stadium authority had trouble meeting its loan obligations

The City Council is scheduled to meet again on Thursday to consider additional documents for the stadium. Those documents include a non-relocation agreement that would tie the 49ers to Santa Clara.

Contra Costa fire officials ask for $90 parcel tax

MARTINEZ  (AP) — Contra Costa County fire officials say they would have to close six of the district's 28 fire stations and would lose dozens of firefighters if voters do not approve a $90-per-year-parcel tax in November.

Fire Chief Daryl Louder delivered that message to county supervisors on Tuesday, warning of longer response times and reduced capacity if the tax does not go through.

 

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