California bill reignites affirmative action fight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal that could reinstate such affirmative action has sparked a backlash that forged a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and created opportunity for conservatives.
The debate is unfolding in the nation's most populous and most ethnically diverse state as an unrelated U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholds voters' rights to decide whether racial considerations should factor into university selections.
The California proposal could have allowed voters to decide whether to rescind their state's campus affirmative action ban, but unexpected pushback from families of Asian descent who mobilized through Chinese-language media, staged rallies and organized letter-writing campaigns has all but killed the measure.
CALIFORNIA BUS CRASH
FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a teenager who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash is suing the bus company and FedEx.
Attorney A. King Aminpour says the negligence suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles seeks $100 million.
Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Bonilla, of Los Angeles, was on a bus taking students to tour a university April 10 when it was struck by a FedEx truck on a freeway in Orland.
Five teens and five adults died, including both drivers.
Some witnesses say the FedEx truck was on fire before the crash. The lawsuit alleges FedEx trucks have a history of catching fire.
Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. declined to discuss the litigation but says it's cooperating with investigators.
A call seeking comment from the bus owner, Silverado Stages, wasn't immediately returned.
GOP candidate releases education policy overview
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is releasing his proposals to fix California schools, which include getting rid of the state's complex education code and sending state funding directly to schools rather than districts.
The former U.S. Treasury official also wants to expand the number of charter schools allowed in California, a common Republican aspiration.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has received widespread praise for restructuring the state's school financing system to send more money to schools with the highest proportion of low-income students, English-learners and foster children.
But Kashkari says Brown's fixes are merely tinkering in a school system that is failing minority students. Yet he offers few details on how he would execute his ideas or ensure that schools are accountable in their spending, teaching and testing practices.
SAN FRANCISCO FIRE
Crews knock down 3-alarm blaze in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco fire officials say a three-alarm blaze has been knocked down after destroying one house, damaging two others and leaving one firefighter with minor burns.
Sylvia Rivera, a fire spokeswoman, says crews responded to a fire at a duplex around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the city's Duboce Triangle neighborhood.
Rivera says firefighters asked for a second alarm when the roof collapsed and called for a third alarm as flames began spreading to a second building by 2 p.m. A third building was damaged as flames spread due to heavy winds.
The fire was under control by 3 p.m.
Deputy Fire Chief Mark Gonzales says one firefighter was taken to a local hospital with minor hand burns from melting tar that fell through a roof.
No other injuries were reported.
Stowaway teen is resting at Honolulu hospital
HONOLULU (AP) - A teenager who stowed away in the wheel well of an airplane for a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii is resting at a Honolulu hospital.
Hawaii's Department of Human Services said in a statement Tuesday that child welfare services officials are continuing to work to ensure his safe return home.
The department didn't indicate when the 15-year-old would be going back to California.
American Medical Response air and ground ambulances flew him from Maui to Oahu and drove him to a Honolulu hospital Sunday evening.
American Medical Response Maui operations manager Curt Morimoto says the child was in very stable condition.
Officials say the boy was knocked out most of the 5 1/2-hour flight and didn't regain consciousness until an hour after the Hawaiian Airlines plane landed.
LINKEDIN-SAN FRANCISCO EXPANSION
LinkedIn to anchor new San Francisco high-rise
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says the professional networking site LinkedIn will expand its presence in the city by anchoring a high-rise office building under construction.
Lee announced Tuesday that LinkedIn has signed a lease to occupy the entire 26-story structure scheduled to be completed in the city's South of Market neighborhood by 2016.
City officials say the nearly 450,000 square feet of office space could accommodate some 2,500 employees.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Mountain View-based LinkedIn Corp. currently occupies 135,000 square feet in a downtown San Francisco tower and plans to occupy another 87,000 square feet near downtown.
Earlier this month, Salesforce.com signed a $560 million, 15-year lease to occupy a 61-story skyscraper in San Francisco that's expected to be the tallest building on the West Coast when it's completed in 2017.
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