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NASA solar observatory probes mysteries of sun's surface

NASA solar observatory probes mysteries of sun's surface

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A solar observatory has shown the region between the surface of the sun and its atmosphere to be a more violent place than previously understood, NASA says.
American freed by N. Korea says he was kept comfortable in hotel

American freed by N. Korea says he was kept comfortable in hotel

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Merrill Newman, the California man just freed from North Korea, said Sunday the apology he read while held in the Communist country was "not my English."
Korean War vet detained by North Korea lands in California

Korean War vet detained by North Korea lands in California

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old U.S. military veteran of the Korean War, held for weeks by North Korea, landed Saturday in San Francisco after being released.

U,S. urges No. Korea to release 85-year-old Korean War veteran

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Security Council urged North Korea Saturday to release Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old U.S. military veteran of the Korean War

HHS awards HealthCare.gov contract to HP, replacing Verizon

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. IT giant Hewlett-Packard Co. will take over the troubled HealthCare.gov website from Verizon Communications, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

North Korea confirms detention of U.S. citizen

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Pyongyang has confirmed to Swedish diplomats that an 85-year-old American man is being detained in North Korea, the U.S. State Department said.
U.S. citizen detained in North Korea for three weeks

U.S. citizen detained in North Korea for three weeks

SAN RAMON, Calif., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. citizen was removed from a plane in North Korea and has been detained for three weeks, the Bay Area Newsgroup of San Ramon, Calif., reported Wednesday.
Emergency alert sent out about pancake breakfast

Emergency alert sent out about pancake breakfast

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A California fire chief said using an automated emergency notification system to promote a charity pancake breakfast was not a misuse of resources.
Mark Zuckerberg buys neighboring homes

Mark Zuckerberg buys neighboring homes

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has purchased the four homes adjacent to his California residence and leased them back to the resident families.

Remember the ad-free days of the Internet? So do AdTrap inventors

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A device that nabs online ads before they hit Internet-connected devices was born from waxing about the Internet's infancy, AdTrap's California inventors say.

Alleged bribe complicates San Jose, Calif., rape case

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A woman involved in a San Jose, Calif., rape trial was arrested on suspicion of offering the victim $30,000 not to testify, court records said.
President Obama backs Cory Booker for U.S. Senate

President Obama backs Cory Booker for U.S. Senate

NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- President Obama released a statement Wednesday backing Cory Booker's candidacy in New Jersey's special election for the U.S. Senate.

Streaking unusual at start of school year in California high school

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The principal at Palo Alto (Calif.) High School said an increase in streakers in the beginning of the school year is unusual and distracting to students.

Autistic kids' brain organization differ in math skills, study shows

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Autistic children with average IQ have superior math skills compared with non-autistic children in the same IQ range, a Stanford University study concluded.
Stanford to retire John Elway's number in November

Stanford to retire John Elway's number in November

STANFORD, Calif., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Stanford University said Tuesday it would retire the No. 7 jersey worn by star quarterback John Elway at its Nov. 7 game against Oregon.
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Snow dusts the mountain tops above Silicon Valley as cold temperatures and overnight precipitation pushed the snow line within sight of a house in Palo Alto (L) and the dirigible hanger (R) at Moffett Field, California on February 14, 2009. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt)
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Palo Alto (pronounced /ˌpæloʊˈæltoʊ/, from Spanish: palo: "stick" (or "branch") and alto: "high") is a California charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, USA. It is named after a tree called El Palo Alto. The city includes portions of Stanford University and is headquarters to a number of Silicon Valley high-technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, VMware and Facebook. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 58,598 residents.

Earliest recorded history stems from 1769, when Gaspar de Portolà noted an Ohlone settlement. This remains an area of known Indian mounds. A plaque is erected at Middlefield Road and Embarcadero Road to commemorate this area.

The city got its name from a tall tree, El Palo Alto, by the banks of the San Francisquito Creek bordering Menlo Park. You can still find half of this tree (the other half was destroyed when the creek flooded) along the foot bridge on Alma Street. A plaque recounts the story of a 63 man, 200 horse expedition from San Diego to Monterey from November 7–11, 1769. The group overshot and reached the San Francisco Bay instead. Thinking the bay was too wide to cross, the group decided to turn around near 'el palo alto.'

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