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Daily news roundup for Thursday, January 14, 2016

San Francisco Police Car, Manoel Netto, used under CC license, cropped and resized

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

SF supervisors call for federal investigation into Woods shooting // SF Examiner

"Reacting to last month’s fatal police shooting of Mario Woods, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed called Tuesday for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the shooting and the San Francisco Police Department’s use-of-force policies.

"Breed introduced a resolution, with the support of Supervisor Malia Cohen, requesting the Department of Justice “undertake an independent investigation.” The shooting of Mario Woods “raised serious questions about the actions of the officers involved, as well as SFPD’s training and use of force protocols and its treatment of African Americans,” the resolution says."


FBI's new approach to crack down on Super Bowl sex trafficking // CBS News

"The FBI will take a new approach in its efforts to crack down on sex trafficking during the Super Bowl, reaching out to women and girls selling sex in the run-up to the game to give them a way out and get them to turn against their traffickers.

"Victims' advocates and local law enforcement officials say the FBI's efforts are laudable, but they warn that victims are often too fearful to help prosecute their traffickers."


Twitter sued over ISIS attacks // San Jose Mercury

"In an unusual legal assault on a social media powerhouse, the family of a Florida man killed in Jordan in a November terrorist attack has sued Twitter for allegedly smoothing the way for ISIS to use the San Francisco-based online network as a tool in spreading its international terrorism campaign.

"'For years, Twitter has knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use its social network as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits,' the lawsuit, filed on behalf of Fields' family, states. 'Without Twitter, the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible.'"


Policy changes could limit room confinement for youth offenders in SF // SF Examiner

"The head of the Juvenile Probation Department is anticipating upcoming revisions to department policy that will limit the amount of time youth inmates can be isolated in room confinement in San Francisco, Chief Allen Nance said on Tuesday.

"While some have criticized juvenile detention centers across the nation for using solitary confinement, while referring to it with euphemisms like “room confinement,” Nance said the department will always have a need to confine youths to rooms for the safety of the offender and others at juvenile hall.

"Nance said the anticipated policy revisions will ensure the department can “do that in a way that is thoughtful and strategic,” as well as limited."


Lawsuit: PG&E Brass Ordered Documents Destroyed After San Bruno // SF Weekly

"Officials with Pacific Gas and Electric Company — whose gas main blew up in San Bruno in September 2010, killing eight people and destroying a neighborhood — ordered documents destroyed after the explosion, according to a claim made in a lawsuit.

"PG&E will stand trial in March in federal court on an obstruction of justice charge and for allegedly violating pipeline safety regulations."


California winner in $1.5 billion Powerball drawing // Sacramento Bee

"Winning numbers in tonight’s drawing: 8, 27, 34, 4, 19, Powerball 10. The California Lottery reports that a jackpot winning ticket was sold in Chino Hills. Additional winners from other states are still possible.

"In addition, 12 California tickets matched five of six numbers in tonight's draw. Cities that sold tickets that matched five of six numbers: Vacaville, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Chula Vista, Nipton, Santa Monica, Tustin, Pacoima, Cloverdale, Redlands, Gardena and Irwindale."