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U.S. appeals court hears arguments on revised travel ban

Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department and the state of Hawai’i argued before a federal appeals court May 15 about whether the panel should consider President Trump’s campaign comments when deciding on the constitutionality of his revised travel ban. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the arguments in Seattle […]

Mass killer pleads no contest to seven counts of murder

OAKLAND, Calif. — One Goh pleaded no contest May 2 to seven counts of first-degree murder and three counts of premeditated murder for killing seven people in a shooting rampage at Oikos University in Oakland five years ago. Goh, 48, also pleaded no contest to the special circumstance allegations of committing a murder during a […]

U.N. panel calls for revising Japan-S. Korea ‘comfort women’ deal

GENEVA — The U.N. Committee against Torture called on Japan and South Korea to revise their 2015 deal to settle the long-standing row over women who were forced into wartime Japanese military brothels. The agreement should be modified to “ensure that the surviving victims of sexual slavery during World War II are provided with redress, […]

Calif. Civil Liberties projects announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program announced in a statement May 2 that 29 California groups will receive funding for projects to remember the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans, as well as “present-day civil liberty issues.” The State Library has awarded more than $922,000 has been awarded by the State Library […]

Palo Alto: Data analysis company agrees to $1.6M settlement of bias allegations

PALO ALTO, Calif. — A Palo Alto-based data analysis company has agreed to pay more than $1.6 million to settle a U.S. Department of Labor charge that it discriminated against Asian applicants for software engineering jobs. Palantir Technologies Inc. provides software and data analysis services for government agencies and private industry. It received $340 million […]

Massive crowd gathers to celebrate workers’ immigrants’ rights

Chanting, “We want justice for our people,” waving signs and cheering, more than 1,000 people gathered peacefully in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood May 1 in honor of May Day and in support of immigrant rights. A broad coalition of groups joined in the tenth annual observance of International Workers Day by Oakland Sin Fronteras, a labor […]

Harvard student hopes to empower youth through political leadership

At 19 years old, Nadya Okamoto has already founded an international organization that supports women’s menstruation health and a nonpartisan civic engagement platform for youth in the United States. A freshman at Harvard, she is interested in focusing on government and women and gender studies. Her latest foray is running for Cambridge City Council in […]

Breast cancer rates among Asian Americans on rise

Unlike other ethnic groups, Asian Americans experienced an increase in breast cancer rates over the last 15 years, according to researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). Breast cancer incidents remained stable or declined in most U.S. populations over the same period. In the first study to break down statistics by Asian American […]

‘There are no do-overs’ – Advocates sound alarm on 2020 Census

With the 2020 Census three years out, civil rights groups and census experts are sounding the alarm that pending actions by the Trump administration and Congress could severely hamper an accurate count of all communities. “Congress’ failure over the past few years to pay for rigorous 2020 Census planning, and now the Trump Administration’s insufficient […]

Massive outage in S.F. caused by fire at PG&E substation

A massive power outage in San Francisco was caused by a fire at a PG&E substation, a PG&E official said at a press conference April 21. “I’d like to extend our apologies to our customers,” said Barry Anderson, vice president of electric distribution for PG&E. “The outage was caused by a catastrophic failure in one […]

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