The last three cases concern regulation of Texas abortion clinics, the public corruption conviction of former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and a federal law that seeks to keep guns out of the hands of people convicted of domestic violence.
President Obama has nominated federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to take Scalia’s place, but Garland has not received a hearing or a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Texas abortion clinics are challenging a state law and regulations that already have cut the number of abortion providers in half, to roughly 20.
The justices seemed likely to side with McDonnell, who is challenging his conviction for accepting gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement.
Two men from Maine are challenging their convictions for possessing guns under a federal law that is intended to keep guns out of the hands of people who have previously been convicted of domestic violence.
Posted: June 27, 2016, 12:02 am
SEATTLE — Two companies proposing to build what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail marine terminal along the Columbia River in Washington see it as an opportunity to link domestic crude oil from central states to a West Coast port.
Critics, however, see an environmental and safety catastrophe waiting to happen, especially after a train carrying volatile Bakken crude oil derailed and burned on June 3 in Mosier, Ore., just 70 miles upriver from the project site in Vancouver, Wash.
The battle over the Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy terminal — which would handle about 360,000 barrels of crude oil a day — unfolds Monday when the parties make their case for and against the terminal before a state energy panel.
Vancouver Energy is expected to argue that the terminal is needed to meet fuel needs; that it satisfies the council’s criteria; that risks of oil spills or accidents at the facility are remote; and it adds economic benefits to the region.
In a separate brief, the state-appointed attorney who represents the public’s interest in protecting the environment writes that oil trains moving across the state and close to or on the Columbia River “presents a continuing risk of significant environmental impacts and harm.”
Posted: June 26, 2016, 11:52 pm
BAGHDAD — A senior Iraqi commander said the city of Fallujah was “fully liberated” from Islamic State militants Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation.
Iraqi troops entered the northwestern al-Julan neighborhood, the last area of Fallujah to remain under Islamic State control, said the head of the counterterrorism forces in the operation, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 11:44 pm
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Mr. Cunningham would be remembered for his trademark blue jacket and traveling by bicycle with a small camera bag strapped to his waist, “but most of all we will remember the vivid, vivacious New York he captured in his photos.”
Mr. Cunningham began publishing a regular series of photographs in the Times in 1978 after a chance photograph of Greta Garbo got the attention of the storied paper.
In 2014, the New-York Historical Society featured a series of photographs Mr. Cunningham took long before his images of street fashion became a regular newspaper feature.
Taken between 1968 and 1976, he worked on a whimsical photo essay of models in period costumes posing against historic sites of the same vintage.
Astride his bike, he searched secondhand shops for antique clothing and looked for architectural sites across the city to create the perfect tableaux, many of which featured his muse and fellow photographer, Editta Sherman.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 11:39 pm
WASHINGTON — Republicans are sprinting to shape up Donald Trump’s presidential campaign before the party’s national convention in three weeks, even as leading members of the party carry a deep antipathy or outright opposition to his claim on the GOP nomination.
What Manafort described as a “new phase” for the campaign — a shift from the primaries to the general election — was a forced reshuffling of an effort hobbled for weeks by infighting, Trump’s statements about a judge’s ethnicity and a massive fundraising deficit to Clinton’s cash-raising Goliath.
A few hundred delegates to the Republican National Convention are pushing to change the rules and make it possible for them to vote for someone other than Trump.
On the matter of staffing, there’s evidence the Trump campaign is having trouble attracting some political veterans who are reluctant to sign on to such a late-starting and tumultuous campaign.
With just three weeks to go until the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the Trump campaign and the RNC are laboring to set up staff in what Manafort said were 16 states in which the campaign aims to compete heavily.
On Sunday, Manafort sought to calm the angst, describing a partnership between Trump’s campaign operation and the Republican National Committee that goes beyond the RNC’s traditional role of raising money for the GOP nominee.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 11:29 pm
Marine biologists at the California Academy of Sciences have joined a new international effort to rescue endangered coral reefs from the consequences of widespread human destruction and a warming climate. Teams of research divers from the academy will set off this summer on expeditions to the Caribbean and Mexico, where they will seed two of the region’s major reefs with millions of coral larvae born from the organisms’ sperm and egg cells. Recent record-shattering El Niños have raised Pacific Ocean temperatures and caused a new worldwide episode of coral bleaching that is turning the organisms dead white. Shepherd’s group has joined with leaders of an international research and conservation group called Secore International — Sexual Coral Reproduction — whose founder and president, Dirk Petersen, led the original research into a unique method of in vitro fertilization of coral organisms. Five years ago, Petersen and researchers diving at the Caribbean Marine Biological Institute in Curacao, collected coral sperm and egg cells in the water while the corals were spawning, and reared the coral larvae in the laboratory. “This is now actually a five-year plan, and eventually it could become a global restoration project for corals everywhere,” Petersen said during a recent visit to San Francisco, where he and Shepherd completed working on details of the academy team’s role this summer. [...] our people will be putting boots on the ground for a rescue experiment that’s unique — not just for proving out a new technique to restore coral reefs, but for making the technique better.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 9:52 pm
A man who organized the Rafting Gone Wild event Saturday evaded park rangers by jumping into the American River and floating away. Rangers were trying to cite Sammy Diaz for an not having a permit for the event when he ran from them and jumped from the American River Bridge. He floated down the river as people cheered from shore.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 9:23 pm
Saturday's Dyke March brought tens of thousands of people and piles of garbage to Dolores Park in San Francisco's Mission District.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 5:48 pm
Sad you couldn't make it to Pride this year? Keep up-to-date with live coverage from the San Francisco Pride parade and festivities.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 2:15 pm
Inspectors turn up heat on Pride Festival’s Porno Dogs Aunt Betty’s phallic corn dogs nearly got shut down at the Pride Festival in San Francisco Saturday, but the shape of the dog had nothing to do with it. Aunt Betty, whose real name is Betty Brett, is a caterer from Sonoma who, when she works the street fairs of Sonoma, sells regular corn dogs instead of anatomically correct ones. Aunt Betty was whipping up a fresh batch of what she calls Porno Dogs when three inspectors from the San Francisco Fire Department happened by, with clipboards. The head inspector, who was not identified, told Brett that the umbrella was in violation, that her propane tank was also in violation for being under-pressured and her propane tank hose was in violation as well, for being too short. “I could shut you down,” the inspector said, writing down a lot of things on her clipboard about the dangers of unsafely prepared phallic hot dogs. You get more to eat with a Porno Dog than a regular one, which costs $6, but 10 bucks was perhaps too much to charge for an impulse item like a Porno Dog, Brett said. [...] she said she did not expect as big a crowd this year, because of the extra security precautions in the aftermath of the Orlando tragedy.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 5:12 am
Mars (Mr. Aggression) swaggers forward in determined Scorpio, just as the sun and Mercury swing into Cancer.
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble.
When faced by this planetary combo, your best course is to hang loose.
The Martian’s current sojourn in sizzling Scorpio should prove advantageous.
Taurus (April 19-May 19) Mars stomps and snorts in your one-on-one sector, while the sun and Mercury continue to provide a power base.
Share outrageous dreams with your partner now and they can come true.
Gemini (May 20-June 19) Far be it from Minerva to preach to the choir, yet surely you know that what you do telegraphs who you are.
Cancer (June 20-July 21) Behind that veiled, otherworldly facade, you Moonchildren are secret sensualists.
Mars’ dominance in your playhouse could blow your cover.
Let someone else see to the small stuff, you say (frequently.) However, the time has come to play the party card, a path to the lifestyle you crave.
Do your digs provide the backdrop you need?
21 Mars, in his heavy-handed manner, hypes communications, demanding that you take chances, learn something new, do something outrageous.
People and their money can be so finicky.
Fortunately, that Libra grace and charm ensures that you’re a past master/mistress at wheeling and dealing.
Mars in your sign is a potent reminder of what a hottie you really are.
Yes, you’re brave, a true risk taker.
17 That independent manner of yours coupled with a quirky sense of humor can be threatening to co-workers.
Pisces (Feb. 18-March 18) You long for faraway places, new ideas and voices.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 7:01 am
STARCAST: Mars (Mr. Aggression) swaggers forward in determined Scorpio just as the sun and Mercury swing into Cancer. Those water signs! So much emotion, all that drama! Bubble, bubble, boil and trouble. When faced by this planetary combo, your best course is to hang loose. Live in the moment and try to enjoy it.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 5:01 am
Looking back, it's easy to see why the film endures so powerfully. The universality of childhood adventures (or misadventures), the struggles of growing up and a cast that Hollywood execs must have congratulated themselves on for decades.
Posted: June 25, 2016, 11:01 am
The last few years she has been showing increasing signs of confusion and forgetfulness.
On the most recent trip she picked up other people’s coats and insisted they were hers.
If your good friend has a spouse, children or siblings, they should be notified about what you have observed.
If she has no one, then someone at Social Services or Adult Protective Services should be contacted before your friend gets herself into serious trouble by forgetting to pay her bills, or getting lost while driving her car.
Because you are having trouble accepting that your former friend is a “lost cause,” view it as his having taken a different path than you have chosen.
If he respects your feelings, he will stick to subjects the two of you have in common and quit “expounding.”
If he is only “sampling” to see if there are enough articles in the magazine that he thinks it’s worth buying, I wouldn’t call it theft.
Using your yardstick, judging from the number of people I have seen at checkout counters with their noses buried in the tabloids, that would make us a nation of thieves.
Posted: June 25, 2016, 7:01 am
ARIES. (March 19 - April 18): You're full of electrifying ideas and luckily you're surrounded by people who can help you transfer them from the drawing board to reality.
Posted: June 25, 2016, 5:01 am
Goldman announced last week that it would no longer conduct first-round face-to-face interviews on elite college campuses, and instead would interview students remotely on video.
By using technology, Goldman is hoping that it can screen for young bankers who are a better fit for the firm and thus more likely to stay longer instead of defecting to a private-equity fund or startup after a few years, which has become the norm.
“Leveraging technology will enable you to get to more places,” said Edith Cooper, the global head of human capital management at Goldman Sachs, during a conversation with reporters.
[...] it has not been easy to find the talent best suited to the demands of banking.
Posted: June 25, 2016, 12:09 am
The P series has outstanding picture quality that competes well against the highest-end TVs.
The Google Cast system offers more apps and frequent updates than many dedicated smart-TV systems.
Using the tablet for settings and streaming apps is often more of a hassle than traditional onscreen menus.
No built-in tuner, so you can’t watch over-the-air antenna broadcasts unless you attach a separate tuner.
No HDR10 compatibility until a promised software upgrade arrives.
Forget the “free tablet;” the real story with Vizio’s excellent P series TV is top-notch picture quality and future-ready features at an affordable price.
The M series is one of the least-expensive 4K TVs you can buy.
Color accuracy and some aspects of video processing are solid, and input lag for gaming is among the lowest we’ve tested.
Competing 4K TVs offer better video processing and more accurate color prior to picture-setting calibration.
The M series sits at the sweet spot between price and picture, and just happens to be 4K, too.
The OLED TV’s picture quality is better than that of any LCD or plasma TV we’ve seen, with perfect black levels and exceedingly bright whites.
The TV looks striking, with an insane 0.25-inch depth on most of its body.
If you have the money and want a 55-inch or 65-inch TV today, you should buy the LG.
The UNJU7100 series is the company’s least-expensive TV with true local dimming, leading to very good picture quality with relatively deep blacks.
The redesigned Smart TV system and remote are simpler than ever to use, its cutting-edge connectivity and other features can be upgraded in the future, and its design is strikingly beautiful.
The Samsung delivers the same high level of picture quality as some more expensive models, and beats most competitors for style and features.
Posted: June 24, 2016, 11:56 pm
Top tweets (take your pick)
Imagine the Brooklyn Nets stumbling drunk
How big was the vote? #BrexitVote was hotter than #TakeYourDogToWorkDay.
Trying to sort out the impacts of the British vote, San Francisco’s Quid used software to analyze 1,578 news stories published in English globally between Wednesday and Friday, looking for words like “future” and “forward.”
(“Cluster” is also part of a phrase the world is using to describe Britain’s action, but that’s beside the point.) Besides obvious topics like the immediate financial risks and the impacts on law and business, smaller impacts included the pound hitting a 31-year low, and the responses of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and, of course, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.
The Daily Briefing is compiled from San Francisco Chronicle staff and news services.
Posted: June 24, 2016, 11:38 pm
Brexit, Elon Musk and the Warriors
Tesla CEO Elon Musk started a push to acquire SolarCity, where he is chairman, and that may have sent the folks at Seeking Alpha over the edge.
The Warriors’ loss had a ripple effect on segments of the Bay Area economy, from those who make and sell books and T-shirts to those who count on Internet clicks, and we all love — and spend our money on — winners.
The Daily Briefing is compiled from San Francisco Chronicle staff and news services.
Posted: June 24, 2016, 11:20 pm
In this fire sale, the asset is Bashneft, the oil company once owned by Vladimir Yevtushenkov, who was prosecuted and put under house arrest.
Early in his tenure, President Vladimir Putin pursued a policy of controlling the commanding heights of the economy with a nationalization push that elbowed Russian and foreign owners out of strategic industries.
[...] he is inviting investors back, as Russia faces the economic fallout from a second year of Western sanctions and low commodity prices.
The political about-face, part of the seemingly endless cycle in Russia between nationalization and privatization, adds to investors’ worries about being blindsided.
“Any buyer today should understand the risks,” Aleksandr Abramov, a professor of finance at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, said of the latest planned resale of 51 percent of Bashneft.
[...] investors are willing to pay only about half as much for a Russian company as they would for a Brazilian business with the same earnings potential, according to Renaissance Capital, a Moscow investment bank.
Russia’s mighty oil, mining and industrial holdings looked like a good deal in the early 1990s during the transition from communism to capitalism.
The government tried to create a society of stockholders out of the Soviet ashes by giving everyone vouchers representing shares in state-owned businesses.
Three years later, police arrested Mikhail Khodorkovsky, then Russia’s richest man as owner of the Yukos oil company, bought in the sale under Yeltsin.
The primary pumping asset became Rosneft, the state oil company.
In 2006, Russian regulators forced the Western oil giant Shell to sell a 25 percent share in its valuable Sakhalin Island field after threatening to shut it down for environmental violations.
In the years after, Yevtushenkov steadily picked up shares through a holding company called Sistema, in deals that were certain to have been approved by Kremlin, according to oil analysts.
Along with Bashneft, the government plans to offer shares in Sovcomflot, a shipping company; Alrosa, a diamond miner; VTB, a state bank; and the national energy giant, Rosneft.
Russian oil companies, one run by a former chief executive of Rosneft, have announced plans to bid for Bashneft.
Executives and government officials in India and China have said the countries’ energy giants are potentially interested in buying shares in Rosneft.
Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis make it difficult for Russia to hold bond sales, a common method for governments to cover budget shortfalls.
At a meeting of presidential economic advisers last month, Aleksei Kudrin, a former minister of economy, suggested that the Kremlin spur growth by easing international tensions, as another option along with privatization.
Posted: June 24, 2016, 11:11 pm
The temporary paralysis set in late in the NBA draft’s second round Thursday night.
After deciding against entering the 2015 draft so he could become the first person in his family to graduate from college, Wallace, 22, entered Thursday as somewhat of a mystery.
Hisrecord at Berkeley — a 2014-15 first-team All Pac-12 selection, Wallace is the only Cal player ranked among the program’s top 10 in scoring, assists and steals — had helped earn him workouts with 13 NBA teams.
Wallace wasn’t invited to the NBA draft combine in Chicago last month, a slight that significantly worsened his odds.
Because his contract isn’t guaranteed, Wallace might need to impress during summer-league play next month to stick with Utah for training camp in October.
Of the eight previous former Cal players drafted in the second round, four — Sean Marks, Francisco Elson, Jamal Sampson and Leon Powe — played at least five NBA seasons.
The Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas provides the best contemporary blueprint of a point guard parlaying a late draft slot into a noteworthy NBA career.
Posted: June 27, 2016, 12:05 am
Despite Coco Crisp’s grand slam, A’s fall at Anaheim
ANAHEIM — Seldom is Oakland’s bullpen the problem this season, but Sunday at Angel Stadium, the relievers ruined the A’s shot at a tidy four-game sweep.
Coco Crisp’s grand slam and a solid outing by Sonny Gray put Oakland in an excellent position for the sweep, with a four-run lead going into the seventh, but Fernando Rodriguez allowed a two-run homer by Mike Trout and John Axford surrendered two more runs in the eighth.
[...] Trout and Albert Pujols opened the ninth with singles off Liam Hendriks, with one out, Johnny Giavotella walked to load the bases and Jefry Marte’s sacrifice fly gave the Angels a 7-6 walkoff win.
“We just wasted a good effort by Sonny, a big day at the plate for Coco- a lot of good things wasted,” said Axford, who has given up six runs in his past six games.
Crisp, 36, scored six runs in the series and drove in six more.
After scoring four runs Saturday, he walked in his first at-bat Sunday and in his third AB, he stepped up with two outs and the bases loaded and walloped the first pitch from Hector Santiago, a curveball, over the wall in left center, his first grand slam since July 5, 2007 and the third of his career.
Seven of Crisp’s past nine hits are for extra bases.
Marcus Semien followed Crisp’s grand slam off left-hander with a solo shot, Semien’s 14th homer of the year, and Gray snapped into form after allowing two runs in the first inning and he was on track to record his first win since April 22 until the bullpen faltered.
Gray gave up three hits in the first inning, including an RBI single by C.J. Cron, and Giavotella added a sacrifice fly.
Gray went six innings and allowed six hits and a walk and struck out three.
Axford allowed a double by Giavotella and an RBI single by Marte and a game-tying single up the middle by Andrelton Simmons in the eighth.
Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Posted: June 27, 2016, 12:02 am
Thousands of blood and urine tests will need to be shipped abroad if the lab remains closed, another major embarrassment to Games organizers who have faced problems from the Zika virus, to budget cuts to slow ticket sales.
Four years after falling less than a half-point short of making the team in women’s synchro 3-meter and less than 18 months after beginning full-fledged Olympic training, the Texan led from start to finish in the individual 3-meter final in Indianapolis and landed one of the two spots on the American team with a score of 1,003.65.
U.S. Olympic rowers will be given a new, high-tech training suit with anti-microbial features designed to protect them against water pollution in Rio.
Athletics apparel maker Boathouse Sports says the seamless one-piece suit is knitted with an anti-microbial finish.
The Philadelphia-based company said the training suit is so close-fitting it feels “like a second skin” and even features a “double-layered bottom construction” that allows rowers to skip underwear.
Grainger is the defending champion in the discipline, having won gold with Anna Watkins in the London Olympics in 2012 to make her Britain’s most decorated female Olympian.
Posted: June 27, 2016, 12:01 am
The Giants beat the Phillies 8-7 Sunday on Conor Gillaspie’s walk-off double in the ninth against Severino Gonzalez and took the series, but by the skin of their teeth after blowing leads Sunday of 5-1, 6-5 and 7-6.
A game that seemed to be all Giants turned when Johnny Cueto threw what appeared to be a retaliatory pitch into Maikel Franco’s back in the fifth inning.
The game was tied 7-7 in the ninth when Ramiro Pena hit a flyball toward the right-field corner that seemed to hang in the air for a day.
Angel Pagan broke a 6-6 tie in the seventh with a two-out RBI double high off the bricks in right-center, his fourth hit, which scored Gregor Blanco after a walk.
Cueto was dominating the Phillies and had a 5-1 lead until he hit Phillies cleanup hitter Franco with two outs in the fourth after Phillies starter Aaron Nola hit Posey, Pena and Gillaspie, the latter with the bases loaded.
Given Cueto’s pinpoint control, the bases being empty with two outs and Franco hitting in the same spot in the order as Posey, Cueto’s act seemed to be the Giants’ way of saying, “Hey, Phillies, if your boy has no idea where it’s going, get him out of there before he hurts someone.”
The Phillies tied it 5-5 on Asche’s two-run single after a walk to Franco that Cueto disputed.
Odubel Herrera’s leadoff homer in the seventh quickly negated Brandon Crawford’s RBI single in the sixth.
The four-run rally began when Denard Span bunted for a single, which is what a leadoff hitter should do when he is mired in a long slump.
Nola produced the inning’s fourth run by hitting Pena in the back to load the bases, then Gillaspie on the foot, forcing home the Giants’ fifth run.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 11:54 pm
7:15 p.m. Channel: 11
Mengden (0-3) vs.
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Graveman (3-6) vs.
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Peavy (4-6) vs.
Heston hurt: Starter Chris Heston left Triple-A Sacramento’s game at Las Vegas on Sunday after apparently injuring his side hitting a grounder and reaching on an error. Jean Machi pinch-ran and stole second base.
— Henry Schulman
Posted: June 26, 2016, 11:48 pm