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Police make arrests during Bay Area transit protest
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco transit commute went smoothly for the first Monday in two weeks as demonstrators — acknowledging that disruptive protests of the two previous Monday nights have angered commuters — stayed away from train platforms, where protests have been barred for safety reasons.
About 75 protesters gathered above the Bay Area Rapid Transit system’s Civic Center station shortly after 5 p.m. and marched on the sidewalks down San Francisco’s Market Street. The busy downtown corridor runs over the BART tracks and the protesters briefly gathered in front of three other BART stations to chant slogans and yell at police.
Two protesters were arrested in BART’s Embarcadero station, outside the fare gates and a floor above the platform.
Tropical Storm Katia gathers momentum
MIAMI — Tropical Storm Katia continues to gain strength as it moves west-northwest across the Atlantic.
Katia has maximum sustained winds late Tuesday afternoon of 60 mph, a 20 mph increase over Tuesday morning. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says continued strengthening is forecast and Katia could become a hurricane by Wednesday.
Katia is centered about 750 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and is moving at 20 mph. Hurricane specialist Michael Brennan said Tuesday morning that Katia could affect the Caribbean, but that it was too early to tell if it would hit the U.S.
The storm’s name replaces Katrina in the rotating storm roster because of the catastrophic damage from the 2005 storm.
State ordered to resume Planned Parenthood funding
WICHITA, Kan. — A federal judge ordered Kansas to immediately resume funding a Planned Parenthood chapter on the same quarterly schedule that existed before a new state law stripped it of all federal funding for nonabortion services.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten on Tuesday rejected the state’s request that it pay Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri monthly and only for services provided.
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