Developer Phil Tagami testifies in Oakland coal ban trial

SAN FRANCISCO — The question over whether Oakland had enough evidence to ban the handling and shipment of coal within city limits was put under a microscope Tuesday, at the start of a federal trial brought on by a prominent developer’s lawsuit. The 2016 ordinance unanimously approved by the Oakland City Council directly put a stop to developer Phil Tagami’s plan to import trainloads of coal from Utah to be stored in Oakland and then loaded on ships bound for Asia. Tagami, the developer of the Fox Theater and Rotunda Building, sued in December 2016 claiming the council’s ban violated federal commerce laws and breached a 2013 development agreement. Last… Read More

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Doctor: Trump did ‘exceedingly well’ on cognitive test

By Jenna Johnson and Lenny Bernstein | Washington Post WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump requested that his first formal medical exam include a cognitive test and “did exceedingly well,” receiving a score of 30 out of 30, the top White House doctor announced on Tuesday afternoon. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, who has been the lead White House doctor since 2013, said that he has interacted with the president several times a day for the past year and saw no need for a cognitive test. Jackson said that the president is “very sharp” in their conversations and does not repeat himself. He added that he has seen no evidence… Read More

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Mom of malnourished children ‘perplexed’ by police visit

By Amy Taxin | Associated Press PERRIS — The mother of 13 malnourished children and young adults who were held in filthy conditions, some chained to furniture, was “perplexed” when deputies arrived at the family’s Southern California home, a sheriff’s official said Tuesday. The deputies had been summoned by a 17-year-old daughter who jumped out a window and called 911. Riverside County sheriff’s Capt. Greg Fellows described the reaction of the mother, Louise Anna Turpin, 49, without elaborating. He said he did not know how the father, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, reacted. The situation at the home in Perris, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles, was discovered when the… Read More

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VA says it won’t study medical marijuana’s effect on veterans

By Katie Zezima | Washington Post The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will not conduct research into whether medical marijuana could help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, as veterans groups are pushing for the use of the drug as an alternative to opioids and anti-depressants. In a letter to U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said VA’s ability to research medical marijuana is hampered by the fact that the drug is illegal federally. Shulkin’s letter came in response to an inquiry by 10 Democrats on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The letter asked Shulkin to commit the VA to… Read More

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Watch how the flu became an epidemic

The spread of illness in what has become a miserable flu season is shown in weekly maps from the Centers for Disease Control. As of the centers’ most recent report, for the week ending Jan. 6, all states except Hawaii had widespread flu activity. The maps in the video above show the geographic spread of the flu as reported by state epidemiologists since the first week of October. It does not measure the severity of influenza activity. Related Articles This flu epidemic did something never recorded before Flu tips: How to protect yourself and others, identify symptoms and more Flu deaths rise, patients pack Bay Area emergency rooms San Jose… Read More

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Women who breastfeed less likely to develop type 2 diabetes

The benefits of breastfeeding are already known to lower a mother’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. But mounting evidence now shows nursing a baby with a mother’s own breast milk can reduce her chances of developing diabetes, too. A long-term national study released Tuesday by Kaiser Permanente’s research division indicates that breastfeeding for six months or longer cuts the risk of developing type 2 diabetes nearly in half for women throughout their childbearing years. The report was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. “We found a very strong association between breastfeeding duration and lower risk of developing diabetes, even after accounting for all possible confounding risk factors,” lead author… Read More

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