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California warehouse had many city visits before deadly fire: documents

Feb 08 2017

SAN FRANCISCO Officials from several Oakland, California agencies made dozens of visits to the warehouse where a fire killed 36 people last year, including police who responded to a rave there a year earlier, according to city documents released on Wednesday.

San Francisco to offer free community college to residents: mayor

Feb 08 2017

SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said on Tuesday the city would become the first in the United States to offer tuition-free community college to its residents, framing the move as a way of helping to narrow wealth inequality in the city.

Washington state pipeline disruption jury fails to reach verdict

Feb 01 2017

A jury weighing charges against an activist behind a coordinated protest that disrupted the flow of millions of barrels of crude oil into the United States failed to reach a verdict in a case in Washington state, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Florida nightclub gunman's widow knew of his plan: U.S. prosecutors

Feb 01 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. The widow of the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history knew he was planning an attack and concocted a cover story for him, federal prosecutors said in a California court on Wednesday.

Wife of Florida nightclub gunman seeks pretrial release

Jan 31 2017

SAN FRANCISCO The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, asked a California court on Tuesday to be released from custody pending trial, arguing she had no knowledge of his plans and was asleep as the attack unfolded.

Boy Scouts of America to begin accepting transgender boys

Jan 30 2017

The Boy Scouts of America said on Monday the group would begin accepting transgender boys, bucking its more than a century-old practice of using the gender stated on a birth certificate to determine eligibility.

More than $900,000 raised to rebuild fire-ravaged Texas mosque

Jan 30 2017

More than $900,000 has been raised in an online fundraiser for a south Texas mosque destroyed by fire over the weekend, exceeding the amount needed to rebuild the place of worship, according to the fundraising page on Monday.

U.S. public universities say immigration ban problems 'clear'

Jan 29 2017

SAN FRANCISCO U.S. universities in both Democratic and Republican-voting states said they were unnerved by President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, many warning students and staff to avoid travel abroad.

Prosecutors will not pursue Bridgegate charges against N. Jersey governor

Jan 27 2017

New Jersey prosecutors on Friday said they would not pursue criminal misconduct charges against Governor Chris Christie in connection with the "Bridgegate" scandal.

No charges for Los Angeles officers who killed unarmed black man

Jan 24 2017

Two Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man described by his lawyer as mentally challenged will face no criminal charges over the 2014 killing, the district attorney said on Tuesday, calling their actions "legally justified."

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