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Pharoah Sanders, Influential Jazz Saxophonist, Dies at 81
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Pharoah Sanders, Influential Jazz Saxophonist, Dies at 81

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pharoah Sanders, the influential tenor saxophonist revered in the jazz world for the spirituality of his work, has died, his record label announced. He was 81.Sanders, also known for his extensive work alongside John Coltrane in the 1960s, died in Los Angeles early Saturday, said the tweet from Luaka Bop, the label that released his 2021 album, “Promises.” It did not specify a cause. A phone message to Luaka Bop in New York was not immediately returned.“We are devastated to share that Pharoah Sanders has passed away. He died peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends in Los Angeles earlier this morning. Always and forever the most beautiful human being, may he rest in peace,” said the label's message on Twitter, accompanied by a heart emoji.The saxophonist's b...
Pension Funds Pressure Credit Card Companies Over Gun Sales
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Pension Funds Pressure Credit Card Companies Over Gun Sales

By KEN SWEET, Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Payment processor Visa Inc. said late Saturday that it plans to start separately categorizing sales at gun shops.It’s a major win for gun control advocates who say it will help better track suspicious surges of gun sales that could be a prelude to a mass shooting. But gun rights advocates have argued that step would unfairly segregate legal gun sales when most sales do not lead to mass shootings.Visa said it would adopt the International Organization for Standardization’s new merchant code for gun sales, which was announced on Friday. Until Friday, gun store sales were considered “general merchandise.”Visa’s adoption is significant as the largest payment network, and will likely add pressure for Mastercard and American Express to adopt the c...
California Fires Destroy Structures, Force Residents to Flee
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California Fires Destroy Structures, Force Residents to Flee

MICHIGAN BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — California's latest major wildfire destroyed structures and cars as it burned out of control in the Sierra Nevada, while fires also forced people to flee their homes in the southern part of the state.Evacuation orders and warnings were in place Thursday in Placer and El Dorado counties after the Mosquito Fire grew to nearly 6.5 square miles (16.8 square km) with zero containment.Several structures and at least 10 cars were burned near the Gold Rush-era community of Michigan Bluff about an hour northwest of Sacramento.In Southern California, the deadly Fairview Fire grew to more than 15 square miles (39 square km) as it sent up a huge smoke plume near the city of Hemet in Riverside County, southeast of Los Angeles. It was just 5% contained and evacuation ord...
California and the West Broil in Record Heat Wave
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California and the West Broil in Record Heat Wave

By ADAM BEAM, Associated PressSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A record-setting heat wave made life miserable in much of the West on Tuesday, with California stretching into its second week of excessive heat that taxed the state's power supply and threatened power shortages that could prompt blackouts while people were desperately trying to stay cool.The California Independent System Operator, the entity that oversees the state's electrical grid, said there could be “rotating power outages" Tuesday evening when demand for power could reach an all-time high.Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom urged residents to conserve, warning in a video message that “the risk for outages is real and it’s immediate.”“This heat wave is on track to be both the hottest and the longest on record for the state and many p...
Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis
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Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Walgreens can be held responsible for contributing to San Francisco's opioid crisis for over-dispensing highly addictive drugs for years without proper oversight and failing to identify and report suspicious orders as required by law.San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu said the pharmacy chain “continually violated what they were required to do under the federal Controlled Substances Act,” failing to track opioid prescriptions, preventing pharmacists from vetting prescriptions and “nor did they see the many red flags of physicians and others who were dramatically over-prescribing.”“Pharmacists were pressured to fill, fill, fill," he said, “and as a result, Walgreens filled our streets with op...
Scientists Expand Study on Air Quality Impact on Health
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Scientists Expand Study on Air Quality Impact on Health

By SHERAZ SADIQ, Oregon Public BroadcastingScientists at the Oregon Institute of Technology were recently awarded a $1 million grant from the federal government that could result in research that improves health outcomes in Southern Oregon due to wildfire smoke.Since 2019, a team of Oregon Tech scientists has been studying the capacity of hospitals in the Rogue Valley to handle patients arriving with respiratory problems during wildfires when air quality plummets due to wildfires.“If it’s in what we call ‘the purple,’ which is the really bad air quality, the likelihood that a hospital is going to exceed their capacity goes up to about 70 percent,” Kyle Chapman, an associate professor of sociology and population health at the Oregon Institute of Technology, told Oregon Public Broadcastin...
Ex-California Policeman Charged With On-Duty Sex Assaults
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Ex-California Policeman Charged With On-Duty Sex Assaults

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A former Fresno-area police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting four women while on duty, federal prosecutors said Friday.A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charges J. Deshawn Torrence with depriving the women of their constitutional rights under the color of law, according to the U.S. attorney's office.It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney to speak on his behalf.Torrence was a police officer in the Fresno suburb of Sanger when he allegedly assaulted the women between August 2017 and June 2021, prosecutors said.Torrence, 38, of Corcoran, “engaged in various forms of nonconsensual sexual conduct, ranging from directing a victim to remove her clothing without a legitimate law enforcement purpose to committing aggravated sex...
Police Officer Acquitted of False Report on Traffic Stop
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Police Officer Acquitted of False Report on Traffic Stop

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Southern California police officer has been acquitted of filing a false report about a traffic stop that said a driver had consented to a vehicle search that allegedly turned up drugs.A jury deliberated for about four hours before finding Dillon Avila not guilty, the Orange County Register reported Wednesday.Prosecutors said Avila and his then-partner with the Anaheim Police Department stopped a driver in April 2018 and searched his vehicle, even though the driver didn’t consent. Drugs were found and the driver was charged, but body-worn camera footage later showed the driver didn’t agree to the search, the district attorney’s office said.Prosecutors dismissed the charges against the driver in 2020.Defense attorneys argued that it was unclear who wrote ...
1 Dead in Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in California
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1 Dead in Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in California

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A Legionnaires' disease outbreak in California's wine country has caused one death and nearly a dozen hospitalizations since mid-July, and public health officials have found one possible source of the bacteria that causes the illness, authorities said Wednesday.High levels of Legionella bacteria were found in a water sample taken from a cooling tower at Embassy Suites Napa Valley, although none of those who were sickened had visited or stayed at the hotel, according to a Napa County statement.“The cooling tower has since been taken offline, which mitigates any ongoing risk to public health," the statement said.County and state public health investigators have been working with hotel staff to “remediate the source of exposure” but “we must continue to investigate othe...
Elon Musk’s Tech Allies Miffed About Twitter Subpoenas
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Elon Musk’s Tech Allies Miffed About Twitter Subpoenas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk’s wealthy high tech allies don’t seem too happy about receiving subpoenas from Twitter as part of the company’s legal battle with the Tesla CEO.San Francisco-based Twitter is suing Musk in Delaware in an attempt to get him to complete his $44 billion acquisition of the social media company, a deal Musk is trying to get out of. According to a report from The Washington Post, Twitter’s legal team on Monday asked for information about a host of tech investors and entrepreneurs connected to Musk in a wide-ranging subpoena. Twitter declined to comment.According to the Post, the subpoena includes “extensive requests for communications, including 'checklists, timelines, presentations, decks, organizational calls, meetings, notes, recordings' related to the deal’s...