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Judges to eye past arrests as police texting probe expands

By Kristin J. Bender SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities have identified 3,000 arrests that could have been influenced and resulted in wrongful convictions as the result of bias by 14 San Francisco police officers being investigated for racist and homophobic text messages, the district attorney announced Thursday. District Attorney George Gascon also said he was adding […]

Study: Vaccination against measles may have other benefits

Alicia Chang LOS ANGELES — A new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years. It’s long been known that contracting measles weakens the immune system for weeks or months, putting people, especially children, at increased risk […]

California court sides with consumers in generic drug fight

By Sudhin Thanawala SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a win for consumers, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that settlement agreements between pharmaceutical companies that keep cheaper, generic drugs off the market may be illegal if they include excessive cash payments. Consumer advocates say such deals have become more common in the drug industry and […]

A’s/Giants roundup: Twins edge visiting Oakland

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario drove in two runs and Glen Perkins got four outs for his 10th save as Minnesota (16-13) won for the seventh time in eight games and moved three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2010 season — defeating the Oakland A’s, 6-5, on Monday. […]

Train hauling Bakken crude derails, catches fire

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A train that derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in rural North Dakota was hauling crude from the state’s oil patch, raising questions about whether new state standards intended to reduce the volatility of such shipments are sufficient. The six tank cars that exploded into flames were a model slated to […]

Colleges move to expand services for immigrant students

By Lisa Leff DAVIS (AP) — Miguel Davila had reasons to be skeptical when UC Davis dedicated a bright, clearly marked space on campus for students who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Being unauthorized to live and work in the country he has called home since he was 9 had forced the […]

U.S. gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

By Scott Smith FRESNO (AP) — A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds, said Steve Markofski, a spokesman for Yamaha […]

California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state’s ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation. The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules Tuesday that force cities to limit watering on public property, encourage homeowners to let […]

Pro baseball roundup: Giants blank Pads, win fifth straight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Joe Panik homered and San Francisco won its fifth consecutive game by beating San Diego, 6-0, on Tuesday. The Giants threw their third shutout in a row and second against the Padres, who came to town after scoring 26 runs in a three-game […]

Watering bans, conservation mandates on tap for regulators

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Residents and businesses across California would be forced to slash their water use under unprecedented drought restrictions regulators will take up Tuesday. The State Water Resources Control Board will consider emergency drought regulations to protect water supplies in the parched state at a two-day meeting. The proposed rules come in response to […]

Pro baseball roundup: Hudson pitches Giants past Angels

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford homered, Tim Hudson pitched into the ninth and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-4, on Saturday. Nori Aoki had two RBIs and Casey McGehee had three hits and drove in a run for the Giants, who won their fourth straight at home […]

Hundreds of families trapped, starving amid tightened siege by Shiite rebels in Yemen’s Aden

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Hundreds of families are trapped in their homes by weeks of fierce fighting in the center of the southern city of Aden, running short of supplies — their only lifeline coming from volunteers making dangerous runs across the city’s harbor in rickety boats bearing food and medicine. Their plight is just […]

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