July 23, 2014
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On Tuesday, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted, 6-4, to propose a tax on soft drinks, energy drinks, and other high-calorie beverages on the November ballot. This fall, then, San Francisco voters will decide whether to tax their sugary drinks at two cents an ounce, with the money going toward health and exercise programs for teens and children. The measure will only pass if two-thirds of voters approve it.

City lawmakers say they are proposing the soda tax because sugar consumption has been tied to rising obesity and diabetes rates, especially among black and Latino youths. At NBC Bay Area, Sam Brock and Kinsey Kiriakos argue that tying the tax to calories, not fluid ounces, would be more likely to cut sugar consumption and improve public health.

The American Beverage Association is already gearing up for a big fight. If San Francisco — or Berkeley, whose voters will consider a similar penny-an-ounce tax — approves the measure, it will be the nation's first soft drink tax based on public health concerns. Peter Weber

July 24, 2016

Four people died Sunday afternoon after a Dallas Cowboys bus and passenger van collided in northwestern Arizona.

The accident occurred on U.S. 93, roughly 28 miles north of Kingman, and officials say the van was making an illegal left turn onto the road when it collided with the bus. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said no one on the bus was injured, and the dead were passengers in the van; KTNV reports two of the victims were adults and two were teenagers. No players were on the bus when the accident took place, but four staff members, including the team mascot, have bumps and bruises, WFAA says. Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2016
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The two newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, were inducted on Sunday afternoon.

Griffey, an outfielder who started and ended his career with the Mariners, and Piazza, a Mets catcher, both spoke during a ceremony at the hall of fame in Cooperstown, New York. Griffey, a 13-time All Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, told the crowd he is "damn proud to be a Seattle Mariner," and there are "two misconceptions about me — I didn't work hard and everything I did I made look easy. Just because I made it look easy doesn't mean that it was. You don't become a Hall of Famer by not working, but working day in and day out." He thanked his parents, especially his mother, who is "the only woman I know that lives in one house and runs five others."

Piazza, a 12-time All-Star and recipient of 10 Silver Slugger Awards, also shared his gratitude for his mother and father, and remarked on the home run he hit in the first sporting event played in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. "To witness the darkest evil of the human heart…will be forever burned in my soul," he said. "But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character, and eventual healing." Griffey was the first pick of the 1987 amateur draft and the highest draft pick ever inducted into the Hall of Fame, while Piazza, the 62nd-round pick in 1988, is the lowest. Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2016
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On Monday, Verizon will announce it has agreed to buy Yahoo for about $5 billion, sources with knowledge of the deal have told Bloomberg.

The deal includes Yahoo real estate assets, but the company will keep its stakes in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Yahoo Japan Corp., with a combined market value of close to $40 billion, the sources told Bloomberg. If the deal goes through, it will double the size of Verizon's digital advertising, and will likely end the tenure of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. "The deal speaks to a clear strategy shift at Verizon," analyst Craig Moffett told Bloomberg Sunday. "They are trying to monetize wireless in an entirely new way. Instead of charging customers for traffic, they are returning to charging advertisers for eyeballs." A spokesman for Verizon and spokeswoman for Yahoo declined to comment on the report. Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2016
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President Obama's older half-brother, Malik Obama, is on the Trump Train.

"I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart," he told The New York Post. "'Make America Great Again' is a great slogan. I would like to meet him." Malik Obama now lives in the rural Kenyan village of Kogelo, but is still registered to vote in Maryland, where he worked as an accountant for several years. He said he plans to return to Maryland in November to vote for Trump, who he believes is "providing something new and something fresh."

The 58-year-old said he's been a Democrat his entire life, but was "disappointed" by his brother's tenure, upset by FBI Director James Comey recommending not prosecuting Hillary Clinton over her use of a private server while secretary of state, and bothered by same-sex marriage. "I feel like a Republican now because they don't stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me," he said. Trump was quick to tout the endorsement, tweeting that Malik Obama was "probably treated badly by president — like everybody else!"

Malik Obama, who has called the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi one of his best friends, didn't meet his brother until 1985, and now runs a charity named after their father, which he says raises money to help their family village. He also is said to have at least three wives, including a woman he married in 2011 when she was a teenager, but would not reveal how many children he has. In 2013, he lost his bid to become governor of the southwestern Kenyan county of Siaya. "I don't think politics is my thing," he told The Post. "Honestly, I'll be happy when my brother is out of office, and I will finally be out of the limelight and be able to live like a human being." Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2016

Police say 12 people were injured after a man who earlier had been turned away from a music festival blew himself up outside a bar in Ansbach, Germany, late Sunday.

The Bavarian interior minister said the man was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum, and it's unclear if he "planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others." Of the 12 victims, three sustained serious injuries, The Associated Press reports. Last week, a gunman opened fire in Munich, killing nine, and an ax-wielding attacker injured several people on a train in Wuerzburg.

This is a developing story and has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2016
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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced on Sunday that she will step down after leaked emails seem to show the committee's bias against Sen. Bernie Sanders. In one email, the DNC's chief financial officer, Brad Marshall, suggested attacking Sanders for his religious beliefs and painting him as an atheist. Marshall apologized on Saturday, but on Sunday, Sanders said the emails were "outrageous" and called for Wasserman Schultz to resign. "I mean there's no question to my mind and I think no question to any objective observer's mind that the DNC was supporting Hillary Clinton, and was at opposition to our campaign," Sanders said.

The leaked emails, and the resignation, come one day before the start of the Democratic National Convention and at a time when the Democratic Party is showing signs of division after a tense primary season between Sanders and Clinton. Wasserman Schultz will step down at the end of the convention. In a statement following the announcement, Clinton called Wasserman Schultz a "fighter" and thanked her for her service. Jessica Hullinger

July 24, 2016
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In a surprising move, Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire media executive and the former mayor of New York City, will endorse Hillary Clinton for president, The New York Times reports. Bloomberg left the Democratic Party in 2000 to become a registered Republican. Earlier this year, he was considering his own presidential run as an independent. While Bloomberg disagrees with Clinton on a variety of subjects, including gun control and immigration, the Times reports he is dismayed at the thought of a Donald Trump presidency, and believes Clinton to be a "far better choice," said Howard Wolfson, a Bloomberg adviser.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg will make his case for Clinton on stage at the Democratic National Convention, alongside other convention headliners like President Barack Obama, and Clinton's VP pick, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). The hope, it seems, is that Bloomberg's endorsement will speak to undecided moderates. "As the nation's leading independent and a pragmatic business leader, Mike has supported candidates from both sides of the aisle," Wolfson told the Times. Jessica Hullinger

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