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San Francisco firefighter unaware she ran over crash survivor

Oct 18, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — The firefighter who ran over and killed a survivor of the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco was unaware she was responsible for the girl's death at the time of the incident. San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe...

Can school ban U.S. flag display on Mexican Heritage Day? Appeals court to decide

Oct 17, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Thursday wrestled with the novel question of whether it was offensive for Northern California high school students to display the American flag during a school day dedicated to celebrating Mexican...

For-profit college company sued by California

Oct 10, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — California's attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing a for-profit college company of misrepresenting job placement rates, false advertising and other deceptive practices to lure low-income residents to take out student...

9th Circuit Court deciding if gay juror can be taken off case

Sep 18, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court gave little indication over whether lawyers can boot prospective jurors from a case solely based on sexual orientation. During an hour of arguments in San Francisco on Wednesday, a panel of three 9th U.S. Circuit...

9th Circuit Court upholds 1st ban on gay-to-straight therapy

Aug 29, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the nation's first-of-its-kind law in California prohibiting health practitioners from offering psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

Opponents want California court to stop gay weddings

Jul 12, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — Opponents of same-sex marriage on Friday demanded that the California Supreme Court immediately halt same-sex marriages recently resumed in the nation's largest state after a 9-year legal battle. ProtectMarriage, the group that...

Female military members sue to serve in combat

Nov 27, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Four female service members filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat, hoping the move will add pressure to drop the policy just as officials are gauging the effect that lifting the...

Death penalty ruling throws some cases into question

Jul 16, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court on Monday tossed out the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering rock guitarist Dave Navarro's mother and her friend nearly 30 years ago — a ruling that could affect the cases of Scott Peterson...

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