KOREAN WAR SOLDIER'S REMAINS RETURNED TO BAY AREA: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier from San Francisco is set to be buried more than 60 years after his death at a Korean War prison camp, a newspaper reported.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Steinberg will be buried on Thursday with full military honors in the same plot as his brothers at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. His remains were returned to his family in the San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday.
GRANT'S DAD CAN SUE OFFICER WHO KILLED SON: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says Oscar Grant's father can sue the Northern California transit officer who shot and killed his son on a train platform.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected former officer Johannes Mehserle's claim that he was acting in his official capacity when he killed the younger Grant during a 2009 New Year's Day melee captured on video by several bystanders.
Violent demonstrations ensued after the videos showing the white officer shooting the unarmed black man were viewed by millions online.
The appeals court said it's up to a jury to determine whether Mehserle was justified in shooting Grant in the back as he lay face down on the train platform.
Mehserle served 11 months in prison after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
The appeals court's decision affirmed a lower court ruling.
OAKLAND TO CONSIDER ONE-STOP SURVEILLANCE HUB: OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland officials are considering a one-stop surveillance center for police and firefighters that some say could threaten privacy unless there are proper safeguards.
The City Council on Tuesday will be asked to approve $2 million to fund the Domain Awareness Center. It would provide a central hub where police and firefighters could monitor mapping systems, gunfire sensors and surveillance feeds from cameras placed on streets, at schools, the Oakland port and potentially the Oakland Coliseum. Feeds also could come from private cameras.
Authorities say the hub would help in earthquakes and other emergencies but privacy advocates say the data stockpile lacks privacy protections and could lead to abuse, such as targeting of political protesters.