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POSTED April 30, 2015 10:34 p.m.

SEA LION PUP SPOTTED ON SAN FRANCISCO SIDEWALK GETS RESCUED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A stranded sea lion pup has been spotted wandering a San Francisco sidewalk in a scene that marine rescuers warn could become commonplace as the ocean heats up.

Video from the Marine Mammal Center in nearby Sausalito shows the male sea lion nicknamed Rubbish hiding under a car Thursday and waddling away from rescuers. They eventually got a net around the pup, moved it into a crate and took it to the center.

A veterinarian there recognized Rubbish, who also was rescued in Santa Barbara in February. Then, he was treated for pneumonia and malnutrition.

 

JURY RULES CAL STATE STUDENTS NOT ENTITLED TO 2009 REFUNDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury in San Francisco has decided that about 200,000 students who were enrolled at California State University campuses in 2009 are not entitled to refunds from one of two fee increases the system’s governing board approved that year.

James Finberg, a lawyer for five students who filed a class action lawsuit for the reimbursements, said the state court jury ruled 9-3 on Thursday that it was not unreasonable for CSU trustees to have approved the pair of fee hikes two months apart.

The trustees voted in July 2009 to raise fall semester fees for undergraduates by 20 percent, or $672, on top of a $306 increase they adopted in May to help offset a steep drop in state funding.

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MAN SAYS HE PUNCHED A TRESPASSING BEAR ON SNOUT : MEADOW VISTA  (AP) — A Northern California man says he punched a trespassing bear on the snout to send the bruin fleeing from his property.

Carl Moore said he acted on his boxer instincts when the bear rose up on two legs and turned toward him and his two dogs outside his Meadow Vista home.

The 75-year-old says he boxed competitively in his youth and also waded into his fair share of fights as a bouncer.

The hard-to-believe encounter was witnessed by two friends and employees of Moore, who were inside his house when he encountered the bear on April 20.

They tell the newspaper the commotion from the two dogs drew their attention and that they watched how Moore landed his blow on the bruin.

 

SF SET TO INTRODUCE NATION’S HIGHEST MINIMUM WAGE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is getting ready to raise its minimum wage to $12.25 an hour, a rate that will have the city joining Oakland as the locales with the nation’s highest legally mandated pay for non-salaried workers.

San Francisco’s new minimum is set to go into effect on Friday. It was approved by voters as part of an initiative that will increase the minimum wage to $15 in 2018.

The National Employment Law Project estimates that 142,000 workers will receive the higher wages.

Oakland’s minimum went up to $12.25 in March, also a result of a voter-approved initiative.


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