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POSTED September 17, 2012 8:26 p.m.



Occupy SF celebrates first year with march, rally

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement in San Francisco say they plan to celebrate their first year with demonstrations.

Organizers say local Occupy groups on Monday are scheduled to occupy 10 banks across the city and then hold an evening rally honoring "foreclosure fighters" outside the Bank of America building in the Financial District, the site of previous protests, followed by a march.

Last year, hundreds of protesters camped out for weeks at Justin Herman Plaza across from the city's Ferry Building, a magnet for tourists and in the heart of the Financial District where nearby businesses were affected.

In Oakland, a metal fence now surrounds the City Hall lawn that was the hub of several violent clashes between demonstrators and police during fall Occupy-inspired protests that attracted international attention.

BART trains running after weekend blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — BART commuter trains are running after a weekend explosion briefly shut down a downtown San Francisco station.

The San Francisco Chronicle says Sunday's blast was caused by a brake overload on a Pittsburg-Bay Point train stopped at Civic Center station.

There was no smoke and no fire.

Bay Area Rapid Transit spokeswoman Alicia Trost says the Fire Department gave the all clear at about 2:30 p.m. and the station reopened an hour after the incident.

BART train schedules returned to normal a short time later.

Search suspended for missing man in Napa River

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they are suspending the search in the possible drowning of a San Francisco man in the Napa River.

Napa County Sheriff's Capt. Tracey Stuart said Monday that crews stopped searching for 26-year-old Jose Ernesto Magana who fell into the water while he was apparently fishing with his brother-in-law off of Brazos Bridge on the Green Island Road side early Sunday.

Stuart says search teams from the sheriff's office, the Coast Guard and the California Highway Patrol spent most of Sunday searching for Magana in the water, by helicopter and by land.

She said searchers eventually found a pair of tennis shoes that they believe belonged to the missing man.

Stuart says the search could resume if there are any new clues that could lead to a possible recovery.

Avid skydiver dies in BayArea landing accident

BYRON  (AP) — Contra Costa County authorities are investigating the death of a skydiver who slammed into the ground while attempting an advanced maneuver known as a "swooping.'

Napa County resident Donald Brown, 43, was pronounced dead minutes after he deployed his parachute above Byron Airport on Saturday night.

Friends of Brown's tell the newspaper he was an experienced skydiver, but may have misjudged his altitude and therefore had too little room to perform the risky landing move.

The US Parachute Association describes swooping, also known as canopy piloting, as a skydiving discipline that involves hurtling down at high speeds and then decelerating by turning horizontally just above the ground.


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