'Pot Yoga' Comes to San Francisco

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Pot yoga has come to San Francisco, where students are encouraged to take a puff before assuming various postures to increase their level of relaxation and flexibility.

Historically, cannabis has been linked to really early use with yoga in ancient Shiva cults," said Dee Dussault, 34, a 20-year yogi and instructor of Ganja Yoga in San Francisco, which launched this October. "Back then, they weren't smoking it, but drinking it in a milk beverage and burning it as an incense. But if you're burning incense, you're essentially hotboxing the temple as a result."

At Ganja Yoga, students are responsible for their own high: Those who possess medical marijuana cards can participate in a 15-minute smoking session before class, at which point everyone will form a circle, state their name and share their inspiration for attending.

"A lot of students are consuming it before yoga anyway," said Dussault. "So a big benefit that I am hearing is the community aspect. The first thing they want to do after consuming cannabis is lay down and stretch. And, depending upon the dosage and strain, it really encourages people to relax."

Described as primarily a meditative or a mental practice, Dussault focuses on slow-moving Hatha yoga poses that promote joint mobility and are approachable for different body types. The classes -- which are held on Wednesdays at Merchants of Reality studio in the Bay Area -- average around 16 students at a time and are typically divided equally between female and male practitioners, she said.

"Far more men attend Ganja Yoga classes than any of the others I teach," said Dussault, who also leads sessions of Clothing-Free Yoga, Tantra and Sexual Awakening Yoga, among others.

The class has proved so popular, in fact, that there is talk of adding additional times to the studio schedule.

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Man Indicted on Charges in Tennessee-California Drug Ring

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A Tennessee man has been indicted on charges for his alleged involvement in a drug operation that spanned from Memphis, Tenn. to California.

Sullivan Ly was indicted on money laundering and drug-related charges.

According to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, Ly was arrested on June 16 after making a $7,000 deposit at one Tennessee bank and while allegedly on the way to make another $7,000 deposit at another nearby bank.

It was at the second bank where Ly, 26, was arrested.

Investigators believe the money he was about to deposit there would have been immediately withdrawn in California by accomplices in a marijuana operation.

Authorities executed a search warrant at the suspect's home in Cordova, Tenn., and allegedly seized weapons, ammunition, USPS shipping labels, a notebook with a drug ledger, bags of marijuana, a scale and $822 in cash found throughout the house.

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San Jose Police Make Arrest in Sexual Assault of Two Women

(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Police have arrested a 26-year-old man in the sexual assault of two women in San Jose on Wednesday.

Kenneth Bridges has been arrested.

Police said two women -- ages 63 and 54 -- were sexually assaulted in the incident that occurred on the 1600 block of Stokes Street.

Bridges was taken into custody at the scene.

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Bank Robber At-Large

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Police are investigating a bank robbery on Tuesday in the Taraval District.

The San Francisco Police Department says the suspect handed a demand note to the teller at a bank on the 1800 block of Irving Street.

The teller complied, and the suspect then fled the bank.

No arrests have been reported.

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Man Robbed at 10 UN Plaza

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Two people are at-large after a robbery late Tuesday night in the Tenderloin District.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, the 20-year-old victim was at 10 UN Plaza walking to the BART station when two people approached him from behind.

One suspect punched him in the face several times while the other suspect stole his phone.

The suspects fled on foot.

The victim was not seriously injured. No arrests were made.

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49ers Cut Ray McDonald as Police Investigate Sexual Assault

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday that they have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald.

This, after authorities said they were investigating McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault.

"This is about a pattern of poor behavior," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday. "We expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions."

San Jose Police said an area hospital notified them late Tuesday night that a woman was seeking treatment and that detectives had searched McDonald's San Jose home.

"The victim alleged she was possibly sexually assaulted a day prior," Randol said. "Based on preliminary investigation, detectives secured a search warrant and served it at the alleged suspect's residence in San Jose."

No arrests have been made, nor have charges been filed.

"While this organization has a strong belief in due process and has demonstrated that over time, Ray has demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making that has led to multiple distractions for this organization and this football team that can no longer be tolerated," Baalke said.

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Man Robbed at Gunpoint at Traffic Light in Mission District

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Police are investigating after a man was robbed at gunpoint at a traffic light in San Francisco's Mission District early Wednesday morning.

The robbery happened around 3:45 a.m. in the area of 17th and Harrison Streets. Police said a 45-year-old man was in a vehicle stopped at a red light, when a gunman approached the vehicle, opened the passenger-side door and robbed the driver of a cellphone and a radio. The robber then fled on foot.

The victim was not injured. There were no arrests.

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Police Investigating Tuesday Night Stabbing

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Authorities are investigating a stabbing Tuesday night in the Mission District.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, the victim was stabbed in the chest while at 24th Street and Osage Alley.

The victim is in the hospital in life-threatening condition.

The suspect fled the scene. No arrests have been reported.

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Police Investigating Wednesday Morning Car Fires

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Authorities are investigating three car fires Wednesday morning.

The San Francisco Police Department says the fires were reported near 17th Street and Church Street, Liberty Street and Rayburn Street, and on the unit block of Rayburn Street.

The cases remain under investigation.

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Man Sustains Eye Injury During Cell Phone Robbery

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- An 18-year-old suffered an eye injury after he was assaulted during a robbery in Visitacion Valley.

San Francisco Police say two suspects approached the victim around 6 p.m. on Saturday near the intersection of Visitacion Avenue and Schwerin Street. They then punched him in the face. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and fled the scene on foot.

The victim, who was wearing glasses, sustained an eye injury after his glasses shattered, police said.

Police say the victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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