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Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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

 

Teen girl killed, 3 others hurt in downtown Oakland shooting// SF Gate

"A broad-daylight shooting in downtown Oakland on Tuesday killed a teen girl and injured three others as multiple gunshots rang out during the evening commute. 

Police described a chaotic scene at 13th and Franklin streets, where the shooting occurred. Witnesses reported two gunmen on foot who hit victims along half of a city block, said Lt. Carlos Gonzalez. Windows of businesses in the area were blown out by the gunfire.

The surviving victims, male and female ranging in age from mid-teens to early 20s, were all reportedly in stable condition, police said.

Witnesses said the 16-year-old girl who died had been shot in the neck."

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 Clinton wins D.C. primary, has 'positive' meeting with Sanders// Reuters 

"Hillary Clinton formally concluded the U.S. Democratic presidential race on Tuesday with a win in the District of Columbia primary, then turned her focus to uniting the party during a 90-minute private meeting with defeated rival Bernie Sanders.

Clinton, who secured enough delegates to clinch the nomination last week, met with Sanders in a downtown Washington hotel as the sometimes bitter primary combatants searched for common ground ahead of the Nov. 8 election against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Sanders has resisted pressure to bow out and endorse Clinton in a show of party unity, choosing to continue his campaign as leverage to win concessions from Clinton on his policy agenda and reforms to the Democratic Party nominating process.'"

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Wednesday's Police Commission Meeting To Discuss Changes To SFPD Use Of Force Policy // Hoodline

"Tomorrow night, the Police Commission will meet at Grattan Elementary School in Cole Valley to discuss proposed updates to the SFPD's use of force policy.

Last December, Commission president Suzy Loftus asked the department to draft changes to the rules that determine when it's appropriate for an officer to use reasonable force to subdue suspects who resist arrest or threaten the safety of others.

Last week, the Commission was scheduled to hear comments on the proposed changes at a meeting at City College, but adjourned 'prior to having a chance to hearing from everyone,' said Loftus in a statement. After calling for a policy update last year, she directed SFPD to meet with community groups to solicit input and recommendations."

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San Jose agrees to $100 million pollution cleanup program to reduce trash, sewage spills // San Jose Mercury 

"Settling a major lawsuit from environmentalists, San Jose city officials on Tuesday agreed to spend more than $100 million over the next decade and beyond to reduce tons of trash that flows into creeks and San Francisco Bay, repair miles of leaking underground sewage pipes and clean stormwater contaminated with harmful bacteria.

The agreement -- a Silicon Valley environmental milestone -- comes a year after Baykeeper, a conservation group based in Oakland, sued the city, claiming it was violating the federal Clean Water Act by not doing enough to clean up trash, sewage spills and other pollution in its two major waterways: Coyote Creek and the Guadalupe River."

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 Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft// New York Times

"In the latest and perhaps decisive battle over the role of women in the military, Congress is embroiled in an increasingly intense debate over whether they should have to register for the draft when they turn 18.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft. The shift, while fiercely opposed by some conservative lawmakers and interest groups, had surprisingly broad support among Republican leaders and women in both parties.

The United States has not used the draft since 1973 during the Vietnam War. But the impact of such a shift, reflecting the evolving role of women in the armed services, would likely be profound."

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Court upholds Obama-backed net neutrality rules // Politico 

"A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a White House-supported effort to make internet service providers treat all web traffic equally, delivering a major defeat to cable and telephone companies.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 vote, affirmed the FCC's latest net neutrality rules, which consumer groups and President Barack Obama have backed as essential to prevent broadband providers from blocking or degrading internet traffic. The telecom industry and Republicans have heavily criticized the rules as burdensome and unnecessary regulation, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz once labeling it 'Obamacare for the Internet.’ 

AT&T immediately announced it would appeal the ruling, saying it's always expected the issue to be decided by the Supreme Court. Several industry trade groups are expected to join the effort."

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