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Daily News Roundup for Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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A Shell Oil (Royal Dutch Shell) gas station near the interchange of California State Route 46 and Interstate 5 near Lost Hills, California

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Why California gasoline is so expensive // San Diego Tribune

"Although oil markets are bankrupting producers and draining government coffers from Moscow to Riyadh, plummeting costs are filling the pockets of ordinary consumers this year, right?"

"Um, wrong, at least in California, where state government helps the refining industry keep gasoline prices aloft for months at a time."

"On Monday, at $2.55 a gallon, the average cost of gasoline was 11 cents higher than it was a year ago in the Golden State, the federal Energy Information Administration reports."

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Yahoo to cut 15 percent of workforce, will consider a sale // SF Gate

"Yahoo said Tuesday it will make deep cuts to its business, including laying off 15 percent of its global workforce, nearly 1,600 people, and closing five offices. The company also said for the first time it would consider selling its Internet properties."

"'Today we’re announcing a strategic plan that we strongly believe will enable us to accelerate Yahoo’s transformation,' Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said in a statement."

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Quake early warning system gets $3.6 million, but it's still a long way from goal // LA Times

"With officials still struggling to find money to create an earthquake early warning system for the West Coast, a private foundation, Intel Corp. and an arm of Amazon.com Inc. said they will pitch in money or other support, officials said at a White House summit Tuesday."

"But there’s still not enough funding to build out the $38-million system that could provide seconds or minutes of warning before the worst shaking from an earthquake arrives. Despite an infusion of $8 million from Congress and President Obama in the current budget, there is still a long way to go before full funding can be provided to get the system operational in as little as two years."

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Drivers with Uber, Official Super Bowl Partner, Plan Super Bowl Strike // SF Weekly

"Super Bowl 50 arrives bearing gifts for San Francisco. Hometown hero Uber, for example, is an official partner of the Big Game — which, according to Super Bowl Host Committee spokesman Nathan Ballard, means that Uber drivers can use taxi stands when ferrying passengers to and from the various events in Super Bowl City, U.S.A., including the parties in San Francisco and the game itself at Levi's Stadium."

"That's a nice perk for Uber drivers, some of whom are organizing to make sure no driver takes advantage of it."

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In Oakland, Building Boys Into Men // NY Times

"Kevin Jennings begins his class on cultural identity for African-American boys with a daily affirmation: 'I am focused. I am ready to learn. Let’s turn up!'”

"The subject is how society sees black men, and the lens is the Matrix, a metaphor borrowed from the sci-fi film. Students identify the negative cultural stereotypes and expectations for black men and boys — what the Matrix wants you to think — that wreak havoc on a youngster’s self-image."

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49ers reverse field, Girl Scouts will get Levi's Stadium sleepover // San Jose Mercury News

"The 49ers, who had canceled a dream Girl Scouts sleepover at Levi's Stadium to host a more lucrative concert at the venue, reversed field Wednesday and put a cherry on top."

"The team announced it was rescheduling the Girl Scouts event and footing the bill after this newspaper reported the cancellation Wednesday, triggering a public outcry."

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