12:55pm

Wed January 23, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Makrú

Makrú's new single, Ahí Atrás

Today's local music is by Makrú. This San Francisco group blends musical influences from throughout the Latin World. They sing in Spanish and English, about reality and fiction, hope and joy, respect and love.

They’re opening for LoCura this Saturday, January 26, at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Makrú – featuring our very own Martina Castro on vocals – show starts about 8pm.

12:53pm

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Panetta Lifts Ban On Women In Combat Roles

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 5:04 am

In a May 9, 2012 photo, Capt. Sara Rodriguez, 26, of the 101st Airborne Division, carries a litter of sandbags during the Expert Field Medical Badge training at Fort Campbell, Ky. Female soldiers are moving into new jobs in once all-male units as the U.S. Army breaks down formal barriers in recognition of what's already happened in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Kristin M. Hall AP

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has decided to lift a ban that prohibited women from serving in combat, a congressional source tells NPR's Tom Bowman. The move opens up thousands of front-line positions.

Panetta is expected to announce the decision along with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday.

Citing "senior defense officials," the AP adds:

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12:35pm

Wed January 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Put An End To Moratorium On Bird Flu Research

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 5:53 pm

Health workers in Nepal culled chickens and destroyed eggs following an outbreak of bird flu in Kathmandu in October 2012.
Prakash Mathema AFP/Getty Images

Controversial experiments on bird flu could resume within weeks because leading influenza researchers around the world have finally called a halt to an unusual moratorium that has lasted more than a year.

The voluntary pause in the research started back in January 2012. Scientists had genetically altered the bird flu virus H5N1, changing it in ways that allowed it to spread through the coughs and sneezes of ferrets — the lab stand-in for people.

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12:06pm

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Junior Seau's Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against NFL

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 3:40 pm

Junior Seau, seen here playing for the New England Patriots toward the end of his career, suffered from a degenerative brain disease, scientists say.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

The family of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL, the Associated Press is reporting.

According to the wire service, Seau's family accuses the NFL of "acts or omissions" that "hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head."

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11:31am

Wed January 23, 2013
Cops & Courts

Family presses for answers about death of Oakland teen in officer-involved shooting

Adam Blueford stands over the spot where his son, Alan, died on May 6, 2012 in an officer-involved shooting in Oakland.
Kyung-Jin Lee

One hundred and thirty-one people were murdered in Oakland last year – that’s the highest number since 2006. Other crime is up too, but the number of officers is down. So is police response time.

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10:54am

Wed January 23, 2013
It's All Politics

Don't Expect States To Cooperate

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 12:01 pm

States are moving further apart on hot-button issues such as abortion and health care — and many may resist laws set in Washington.
Frankljunior iStockphoto.com

Blue states and red states are moving further apart.

That's one of the clear lessons from the annual "State of the States" report, which the Pew Center on the States is rolling out in a string of assessments this week.

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10:47am

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

A Tennis Tale: Once Famous, 'Gorgeous Gussie' Dies In Obscurity

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 7:10 am

Gertrude Moran, "Gorgeous Gussie," playing at Wimbledon in 1949. Her attire, which included a bit of lace, shocked some.
George W. Hales Getty Images

10:42am

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

London Police Arrest Two In 'Muslim Patrol' Incidents

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 2:58 pm

A screen grab taken from a video posted on YouTube.
YouTube

Over the past week, London has been hit by a series of incidents in which a group of self-styled vigilantes have accosted Londoners for not adhering to what they say are Islamic standards.

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10:26am

Wed January 23, 2013
Arts & Culture

Bullseye Live at SF Sketchfest!

On Saturday, Jesse Thorn will record an episode of Bullseye live at The Punchline Comedy Club as part of the San Francisco Sketchfest

Guests on the show will be Boots Riley of The Coup and 99% Invisible’s Roman Mars.

It’s Bullseye live – this Saturday, January 26th at 4pm at The Punchline in San Francisco – information and tickets at S-F Sketchfest.com.

10:23am

Wed January 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Some Hospices Turn Away Patients Without Caregivers At Home

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 4:56 am

Some hospices require patients to have a caregiver at home. But for many families, that's just not an option.
Guven Demir iStockphoto

Choosing hospice care is never an easy decision. It's an admission that the end is near, that there will be no cure.

But even after a family has opted for this end-of-life care, some still face an unexpected hurdle: Twelve percent of hospices nationwide refuse to accept patients who don't have a caregiver at home to look after them, according to a recent survey of nearly 600 hospice providers published in Health Affairs.

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