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San Francisco transit vehicles involved in crashes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twenty people were taken to hospitals Friday after two separate crashes involving San Francisco transit vehicles just minutes apart.

Fire officials say crews were called to the Japantown neighborhood at 1:29 p.m. Friday when a bus collided with a dump truck. Twenty people were assessed at the scene, 12 of whom were taken to hospitals. One of those injuries was considered serious, five moderate and six minor.

Crews were called to a light-rail crash in the Bayview neighborhood seven minutes later. Eight people were taken to hospitals with minor and moderate injuries after a light-rail train collided with a big rig.

Eleven people were assessed at the scene, but declined to be taken to a hospital.

It was not immediately clear what led to both crashes. Police will be heading up that investigation.


North Korea holds California man called shy, smart

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - One of the three Americans detained in North Korea and charged with "anti-state" crimes is a California man raised in Bakersfield by parents who were petroleum engineers.

Matthew Todd Miller told the Associated Press in an interview Friday that he was in good health and treated well. It is unknown if he spoke to on his own or if his comments were coerced.

Miller told the AP Television News crew he expects to go to trial soon and sent to prison. He also said he asked for help from the U.S. government "but have received no reply."

Miller is the youngest of Bill and K.C. Miller's four sons. A handwritten note on the front door of his family home in Bakersfield asked for privacy.

Neighbor Carol Stewart said Matthew Miller first traveled to South Korea about four years ago to visit a brother stationed there with the U.S. Air Force. In a July 1 interview Stewart said Miller found work teaching English and learned Korean.


Report disputes mom's claim in school altercation

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A report commissioned by school officials disputes a Northern California mom's claim that she did not put her hands on a boy she accused of bullying her daughter.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reported Chris Reynolds, a private investigator hired by the Piner-Olivet school district in Santa Rosa, says Delia Garcia-Bratcher touched the boy's neck, leaving four imprints that were later photographed by school officials. Two students standing nearby witnessed the attack, but no adults did.

Garcia-Bratcher has said she went to her daughter's school on May 16 and confronted the 12-year-old boy, but did not touch him. A private investigator's report commissioned by her attorney, Ben Adams, cites a 10-year-old student saying he watched the boy choke himself after the confrontation.

Prosecutors are still deciding whether to charge Garcia-Bratcher and have twice asked a judge for more time to consider the case.


Microsoft sues Samsung in royalty dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft said Friday it is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalties for patents behind the Android operating system.

The two companies came to a deal in September 2011 to cross-license each other's patent portfolios. Samsung wound up paying Microsoft royalties on a series of patents.

Analyst Rick Sherlund of Nomura Securities has estimated royalties on its Android patents bring Microsoft nearly $2 billion a year.

Microsoft says more than 25 companies are licensing the patents, including Samsung, Acer and ZTE, covering roughly 80 percent of the Android-based smartphones sold in the U.S.

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