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News Minute: Here is the latest Northern California news from The Associated Press

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - A research firm says San Francisco Bay area home prices have surged to a new six-year high amid lackluster sales. DataQuick says the median sales price for new and existing houses and condominiums reached $579,000 in March, up 7 percent from $540,000 the previous month and up 23 percent from $470,000 in March 2013.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There's not a lot that's free in San Francisco, but street parking will soon be free in the city on Sundays. The change approve by the city's transportation agency is part of a plan by Mayor Ed Lee to seek voter approval for a $500 million transportation bond issue and an increase in vehicle license fees. The San Francisco Chronicle says free Sunday parking will cost the city $11 million a year.

CERES, Calif. (AP) - Police in Northern California have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop. Ceres police tell the Modesto Bee that 26-year-old Jacob Medina Cervantes, the shop's owner, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday morning after coming to the police station voluntarily to talk to detectives.

ALCATRAZ ISLAND, Calif. (AP) - Biologists are flocking to Alcatraz Island to get a glimpse of a seabird that was previously unknown on the West Coast. The sleek white bird - known as a northern gannet - is native to the Atlantic Ocean. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that scientists believe the bird flew across the Arctic Sea in 2012 when ice coverage was low.

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