Wed, Dec 15, 2010 -- 8:33 AM

Batts Asks Feds To Check Shooting ... San Jose Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

Oakland Police Chief Asks Feds To Investigate Shooting
Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts has asked federal officials to investigate a police shooting in November of an unarmed man in East Oakland. The announcement comes amid intense criticism of the department.

San Jose Passes Ban on Plastic Shopping Bags
San Jose has passed a ban on single-use, plastic shopping bags. The Mercury News reports, city councilmembers approved the ban ten-to-one after studying the measure for two years. Starting in 2012, retailers in San Jose may not give you a plastic bag to carry your items out, but they may charge you a few cents for a paper bag if you did not bring bags of your own.

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