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Wed January 18, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Wednesday, January 18

The Bay Bridge's upper deck is set to close for Presidents Day weekend, which could speed up the bridge’s timeline to completion by six months. The upper deck will be closed from 8pm on Friday, February 17 to 5am to Tuesday, February 21. The lower deck will remain open…

Less than a week after being sworn into office, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi faces misdemeanor charges of domestic violence battery, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness – all with the possibility of a year in jail if convicted. Despite calls to step down until the case is resolved, Mirkarimi is contesting the charges and refusing to resign…

That chill you feel isn’t just coming from City Hall – Bay Area region temperatures have hit a record low. The freezing temperatures mean a storm is headed for the area – the first since before Thanksgiving…

Jerry Yang is stepping down as the CEO of Yahoo, the tech company he co-founded in 1995. Yang blocked a takeover attempt by Microsoft in 2008 – much to the chagrin of shareholders who were hoping the move would resolve the company’s revenue slump. Yahoo's stock increased 4% in afterhours trading after the news broke, so some are optimistic that the company could still turn around…

Wikipedia, Craigslist, and many other websites have gone dark today to protest two bills (SOPA and PIPA) that they claim endanger the freedom of the internet and limit the ability of start-up websites to thrive. The bills’ backers, which include giants Time Warner and the Motion Picture Association of America, argue that the bills will help stop internet piracy, domestic and foreign. But site owners worry about the language that puts responsibility of a website user’s actions onto the website owner…

Governor Jerry Brown will give his State of the State speech to the Legislature this morning, then immediately hit the road for a two-day visit to Southern California. The governor is preparing for a November ballot initiative to raise taxes, and he’s banking on the electorate to push it through…

One million signatures have been collected to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker – twice as many as required. The Republican governor has been in a long-standing fight with the state’s unions after proposing to curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers. He’ll now face a new election in the late spring or early summer…

Here in California, utilities company PG&E could face even more fines after admitting that it misclassified over 300 miles of gas-transmission lines – almost twice the initial estimate. The pipeline is supposed to receive regular inspections because it runs through populated areas.

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