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BART to San Jose set for federal OK
SAN JOSE (AP) — The plan to extend Bay Area Rapid Transit train service to San Jose appears set to clear a major hurdle.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that federal transportation officials will recommend to Congress on Tuesday that more than $900 million in federal aid be set aside for BART.
That's the amount of federal money that local officials were seeking for the $2.3 billion project to extend BART service from Fremont to San Jose.
Congress would have 60 days to review the recommendation, but it is not expected to object.
A voter-approved one-eighth-cent sales tax would be used to cover the costs of running trains on the line, which could open as soon as 2016.
Suspect arrested after flirting with cop
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say a man wanted on suspicion of rape was arrested after approaching a uniformed female officer on patrol and flirting with her.
The unidentified 26-year-old man was taken into custody over the weekend on a no-bail warrant for rape issued in Hayward.
Capt. Paul Chignell said the arrest came after the man tried to strike up a conversation with the female officer.
The officer was inside a parked police cruiser.
Chignell said the suspect asked the officer if she was married. The officer said she wasn't available, but asked for the man's name.
A subsequent record check turned up the warrant, and the suspect was arrested.
Torture claim added against wife in killing case
REDWOOD CITY (AP) — A woman accused of pouring boiling water on her sleeping ex-husband is facing a murder charge with the special allegation of torture.
Prosecutors added the torture allegation Monday against 40-year-old Jesusa Ursonal Tatad of Daly City.
Prosecutors say she poured boiling water on her ex-husband, 36-year-old Ronie Tatad, as he slept on Nov. 26. The couple was divorced but still living together.
Prosecutors say she then clubbed him with a baseball bat when he jumped up and ran for the bathroom.
Authorities say she apparently thought her ex-husband was seeing another woman. Ronie Tatad died less than two weeks after the attack.
More than 50 suspected arsons in Marin town
NOVATO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities suspect more than 50 small arson fires have been set around the California city of Novato since the weekend.
Fire officials previously reported 26 blazes but said Tuesday that the number now stands at 56.
The blazes have mostly burned grass and brush ranging in size from a dinner plate to a quarter acre. They've damaged a commercial trash bin, a power pole and a fence in the city 20 miles north of San Francisco.