US elementary school does away with gendered bathrooms

Though many schools in the United States have made gender-neutral bathrooms available, few have done away with separate facilities for boys and girls (AFP Photo/Arno Burgi)

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Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco bid to decriminalize prostitution

Carol Leigh, a long-time sex worker and advocate for decriminalizing prostitution, poses for a photograph in her office in San Francisco, California July 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Carol Leigh, a long-time sex worker and advocate for decriminalizing prostitution, poses for a photograph in her office in San Francisco, California July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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University of California pledged 5 Million dollars to aid students living in US illegally

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, addresses a Commonwealth Club gathering on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in San Francisco. Napolitano, who formerly served as Homeland Security Secretary, took the reins of the 10-campus system in September.    (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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BART strike avoided for Monday, but possible shutdown now looms for Tuesday

Stan Green, of Martinez, pickets outside Caltrans headquarters as talks continue between Bay Area Rapid Transit management representatives and union workers to avoid a midnight strike deadline, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Stan Green, of Martinez, pickets outside Caltrans headquarters as talks continue between Bay Area Rapid Transit management representatives and union workers to avoid a midnight strike deadline, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

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Scientists begin mapping the genetic blueprint of babies for hundreds of diseases amid raging ethical debate

By Associated Press

PUBLISHED: 12:03 EST, 7 October 2013

This healthy baby girl, Amelia Sloan, became a pioneer for gene mapping shortly after her birth.

Amelia is part of a large research project outside the U.S. capital that is decoding the DNA of hundreds of infants.

New parents in a few other cities soon can start signing up for smaller studies to explore what’s called genome sequencing – fully mapping someone’s genes to look for health risks and should become a part of newborn care.

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Baby Amelia: Holly Sloan interacts with her baby Amelia at their home in Warrenton, Virginia

Baby Amelia: Holly Sloan interacts with her baby Amelia at their home in Warrenton, Virginia (Amelia is part of a large genetic project in the U.S)

However, it’s full of ethical challenges.

Should parents be told only about childhood threats? Or would they also want to learn if their babies carried a key gene for, say, breast cancer after they’re grown?

Could knowing about future risks alter how a family treats an otherwise healthy youngster? And how accurate is this technology. Could it raise too many false alarms?

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Open double decker tour bus on Fire in San Francisco

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Aug 10, 2013

Double decker sightseeing busses are known as a tourism attraction on its own in many cities. In San Francisco, California, USA five tourists were injured, one seriously, when their double-decker tour bus with an open top drove into a low-hanging phone wire Friday afternoon in San Francisco’s Richmond District, authorities and bus company officials said Monday.

The bus, run by Big Bus Tours, was traveling north on 12th Avenue toward the Golden Gate Bridge when it hit the wire between Anza and Balboa streets around 3:15 p.m., said Big Bus general manager Andrew Smith.

“The wire hit the bus’ front windshield, popped up over the windshield, came back down and struck some people at the back of the bus,” said police Officer Tracy Turner, a department spokeswoman.

A 67-year-old woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries to her face and head that were originally classified as life-threatening, Turner said. Smith said the woman left the hospital that night and took another bus tour with the company before flying home.

The other injured passengers – two men, 47 and 65, and two women, 61 and 69 – suffered cuts and bruises on their faces or hands, Turner said.

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Two killed, many injured as South Korean airliner crashes, burns in San Francisco

Search and rescue officials surround an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport in California on July 6, 2013. REUTERS-Jed Jacobsohn

(Reuters) – An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 with more than 300 people on board crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday after a flight from Seoul and burst into flames, and initial reports said two people were killed and over 70 injured.

 

Pictures taken immediately after the crash showed passengers streaming off the plane. TV footage from the air later showed the badly damaged fuselage of the Boeing 777 blackened by fire and the plane’s tail broken off.

 

The airline said the plane had carried 291 passengers and 16 crew members.

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