Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | KALW

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Apr 12, 2016

 Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Yahoo: Why would Daily Mail or anyone else buy net firm? // BBC News

“Recently, there have been more stories about Yahoo shutting bits of its business than celebrating successes.

“The firm's own internet services are now valued to be worth a fraction of its stake in the e-commerce giant Alibaba.”

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BART agrees to 4-year deal with workers amid push for funding // SF Gate 

“BART and its three major unions secretly negotiated and agreed to a tentative four-year contract extension that prevents the possibility of a worker strike in the near-term, just as the transit agency is planning to head to the ballot this fall and ask voters for a massive $3.5 billion bond measure to help pay for rebuilding the aging system.

“The new labor deal was to be announced at a news conference Monday at BART headquarters, with representatives from management and the three major transit unions in attendance. Those unions include SEIU Local 1021, ATU Local 1555 and AFSCME Local 3993.”

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Brown signs California law boosting paid family-leave benefits // Los Angeles Times

“Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill expanding California’s pioneering family-leave law to help more low-income workers and provide better benefits.

“'It's a real pleasure to be able to sign another bill that helps ordinary Californians, working men and women,' Brown said.”

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Scientists Unveil New ‘Tree of Life’ // New York Times 

“A team of scientists unveiled a new tree of life on Monday, a diagram outlining the evolution of all living things. The researchers found that bacteria make up most of life’s branches. And they found that much of that diversity has been waiting in plain sight to be discovered, dwelling in river mud and meadow soils.

“'It is a momentous discovery — an entire continent of life-forms,' said Eugene V. Koonin of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, who was not involved in the study.”

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Police sweep homeless camp where resident was shot // San Francisco Chronicle

“The Shotwell Street homeless encampment where a man recently was shot and killed by San Francisco police was quiet Monday, after a weekend of sweeps to clear out the tents and force residents to leave.

“Black garbage bags sat where tents once stood at the base of trees. The colorful chalk art that decorated the sidewalk had faded from the rain. Near where 45-year-old Luis Gongora was gunned down Thursday, candles flickered at a makeshift memorial of flowers and signs."

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UC Berkeley sexual harassment scandal deepens amid campus protests // The Guardian

“A sexual harassment scandal at the prestigious University of California Berkeley expanded on Monday with the filing of multiple high-profile legal complaints and emotional protests on campus demanding that the administration stop protecting professors found guilty of misconduct against students.

“Graduate students Kathleen Gutierrez and Erin Bennett filed discrimination complaints with California’s department of fair employment and housing against the university and assistant professor Blake Wentworth, marking a significant development in a controversy that has roiled the renowned public university for months.”