A.M. Splash: Apple Plans US Manufacturing; Oyster Co. Lawyers Linked to Koch Bros; Calif No-Drill Zone Planned; McAfee Arrested

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook announces plans to manufacture Mac computers in USA (NBC News)
    Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year, making the comments during an exclusive interview with Brian Williams airing tonight at 10pm/9c on NBC’s “Rock Center.” Mac fans will have to wait to see which Mac line it will be because Apple, widely known for its secrecy, left it vague. “We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States,” Cook told Williams. This announcement comes a week after recent rumors in the blogosphere sparked by iMacs inscribed in the back with “Assembled in USA.”

  • Drakes Bay Oyster Company Turns to Koch Brothers-Linked Group (East Bay Express)
    Drakes Bay Oyster Company, which has portrayed itself as a progressive and environmentally sustainable business and has been supported heavily by Democratic US Senator Dianne Feinstein, has joined forces with a secretive group that has ties to the ultra-conservative Koch Brothers and the Republican Party. The secretive group, which calls itself Cause of Action, is leading the legal fight for the oyster company against the Obama administration’s decision late last week to close the oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore and create the first marine wilderness on the West Coast.

  • Guatemalan police arrest software guru McAfee (Associated Press)
    Software company founder John McAfee was arrested by Guatemalan police for entering the country illegally, ending his bizarre weekslong journey as a blogging fugitive claiming to be persecuted by authorities in Belize. The fate of the anti-virus guru remained unclear Thursday as Guatemalan authorities awaited word from their Foreign Ministry as to what they would do with McAfee and whether they intended to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow ex-pat.

  • New no-drilling ocean preserve off Sonoma coast pushed by California Democratic lawmakers
  • (SJ Mercury News)

    California lawmakers are quietly mounting a campaign to persuade President Barack Obama to protect a 50-mile stretch of California coast along Sonoma and Mendocino counties by the end of this month — a move that would permanently ban offshore oil drilling there and create California’s largest ocean preserve in 20 years. The group, led by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-San Rafael, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, is asking Obama to sign an executive order establishing a new offshore national monument extending from Bodega Bay near the Marin County-Sonoma County border north to Point Arena in Mendocino County.

  • California students score fifth from bottom in national vocabulary tests
  • (SJ Mercury News)

    California lags behind nearly all other states in students’ vocabulary– a critical part of reading — although some minority groups improved in two years, according to results of national standardized tests released Thursday. Overall, California fourth graders in 2011 scored below all states except in Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico and the District of Columbia. But Asian, African-American and Latino fourth-grade scores improved, compared with 2009, the only other time that vocabulary was tested and scored separately from reading. California eighth graders also scored fifth from the bottom, just above Hawaii, Mississippi, Louisiana and the District of Columbia.

  • Photography collector Gordon Bennett dies (SF Chronicle)
    Gordon Bennett, a Marin County flea market shopper who ended up with a photography collection worth millions, has died at 79, at an assisted living facility in Oakwood, Ga. Mr. Bennett, who lived in Kentfield for many years, succumbed to his sixth heart attack on Nov. 25, according to Joyce Branch, his first cousin.

  • KPIX anchor Dana King will leave her post to pursue art career (Contra Costa Times)
    Dana King, an award-winning Bay Area television fixture for 15 years, announced Wednesday that she is stepping down from her anchor post at KPIX (CBS 5) to pursue her art career. King’s final night on the news desk will be Friday. “I’ve kind of been living my life in two worlds,” said King, who a few years ago, began working toward earning a master’s degree in classical sculpture from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. “I’m certainly proud of my achievements in journalism, but I also have this passion for my art. I guess it just came down to which world I wanted to be in at this point in my life.”

  • Oyster farm’s closure could lead to higher prices (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
    The pending closure of the largest oyster farm on the Marin County coast could lead to higher prices for shellfish and force grocery stores and restaurants to seek new suppliers. Five remaining Point Reyes-area oyster farms are poised to capitalize on the looming departure of Drakes Bay Oyster Co., which was ordered last week to close within 90 days.

  • Next Oakland dog park vote: Dec. 18 (SF Chronicle)
    Those waiting to see if Oakland officials will approve a dog park in the Grand Lake neighborhood of Oakland will have to wait a little longer. The City Council on Tuesday failed to approve or deny the controversial dog park, delaying a decade-old quest for at least another two weeks.

  • Outside Lands deal OKd by budget panel (SF Chronicle)
    It’s looking like the beat will go on for Outside Lands, as the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee unanimously recommended Wednesday that the full board approve an eight-year permit extension for the popular music festival in Golden Gate Park. Committee members Carmen Chu, John Avalos and Jane Kim backed Supervisor Eric Mar’s resolution to approve the agreement, which would increase the revenue paid to the city by more than a half-million dollars starting next year. Terms for the extension would also increase capacity of the event from 65,000 per day to 75,000.

  • S.F. crab boats idled by price dispute
  • (SF Chronicle)

    More than a hundred crab fishing boats went on strike and stayed in harbor Wednesday in a dispute over prices that has caused a shortage of Dungeness crab in the Bay Area. The trouble started Sunday when crab boat skippers heard that fish brokers were planning to cut the prices they pay for fresh crab from $3 per pound to as low as $1.80.

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