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Amid clamor to increase prescribed burns, obstacles await

Jun. 22, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In the 1950s, when University of California forestry professor Harold Biswell experimented with prescribed burns in the state's pine forests, many people thought he was nuts. “Harry the Torch,” “Burn-Em-Up Biswell” and “Doctor Burnwell”...

UC will require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated

Jun. 15, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California is reversing course and will require all students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated against the coronavirus this fall. UC President Michael Drake “does plan to move forward with the vaccine mandate,” Regent Eloy...

Report: California encourages rebuilding in fire-prone areas

Jun. 11, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California state and local officials are encouraging rebuilding in areas destroyed by wildfires at a time when people should be redirected away from those areas if the state wants to reduce the economic and human impact of increasingly destructive wildfires, according...

Crime stats reported by some California colleges inaccurate

May. 27, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four California colleges and universities failed to accurately or completely report crime statistics as required by federal law, including Sonoma State University that did not include a sexual assault that had occurred on campus in 2019, according to a state audit whose...

AP Investigation: Myanmar’s junta using bodies to terrorize

May. 26, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

Two black pickups speed down an empty city street in Myanmar before coming to a sudden stop. Security forces standing in the back of the trucks begin firing at an oncoming motorbike carrying three young men. The bike swerves, crashing into a gate. More shots are fired as...

Grand jury indicts ex-UCLA doctor on 21 sexual abuse counts

May. 24, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A grand jury indicted a former gynecologist at the University of California, Los Angeles on 21 counts of sexual abuse offenses Monday in a case where he is accused of sexually assaulting seven women, court documents say. Dr. James Heaps faces multiple...

University of California drops SAT scores for admission

May. 14, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California won't consider SAT and ACT scores that are submitted with admission and scholarship applications under a settlement of a student lawsuit that was announced Friday. The 10-campus system, which has more than 280,000...

Public service in the US: Increasingly thankless, exhausting

May. 12, 2021 03:42 AM EDT

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — He scurries through his apartment, downing a quick mug of coffee, brushing his teeth, feeding his pet rabbit, Auggie, before leaving. Not so long ago, Bill Mathis would have headed to his high school classroom to discuss great literature like “To Kill a...

UCLA biomedical library gets $2M gift from alumna’s estate

May. 05, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of California, Los Angeles biomedical library received a $2 million donation from the estate of Irla “Lee” Zimmerman Oetzel, who earned three degrees from UCLA, including a doctorate in psychology in 1953, the school said. UCLA...

Scientist: Extent of DDT dumping in Pacific is 'staggering'

Apr. 27, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marine scientists say they have found what they believe to be more than 25,000 barrels that possibly contain DDT dumped off the Southern California coast near Catalina Island, where a massive underwater toxic waste site dating back to World War II has long been suspected. ...