Embattled mayor expected to resign today
As part of an agreement with city officials, Mayor Bob Filner was expected to resign today, ending weeks of political turmoil over allegations he sexually harassed more than a dozen women, the Los Angeles Times and New York Times reported Thursday. Filner's resignation would end his eight-month tenure as the city's first elected Democratic mayor in more than 20 years and force an expensive election for his replacement. A lawyer for the former aide whose lawsuit against Filner and the city brought the sexual harassment charges to public light said Thursday she had not agreed to any settlement and expected to move forward with the lawsuit.
Wildfire surges near Yosemite
A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park more than tripled in size Thursday, shutting down businesses and leading officials to evacuate a subdivision of 268 homes. The park remains open, but residents and visitors also are encouraged to evacuate another 1,300 or so homes and several popular camping areas. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency due to the now 84-square-mile fire, one of several blazes burning in or near the nation's national parks and one of 50 major uncontained fires burning across the West.
Poll: Racial equality a work in progress
Fewer than 1 in 3 black Americans and not even half of whites say the United States has made "a lot" of progress toward achieving racial equality in the half century since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I have a dream" speech calling for racial equality, a new poll shows. In the study, released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, blacks and whites generally agree that the two races get along well, but about 7 in 10 blacks and more than 1 in 4 whites also concur that blacks are treated unequally by the criminal justice system. A majority of blacks also say they are treated less fairly than whites in public schools and the workplace.
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Polio eradication effort has setback
The global effort to eradicate polio, which has been on the brink of extinction for years, is facing serious setbacks on two continents. The virus is surging in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, which had been largely free of cases for several years. And a new outbreak has begun in a part of Pakistan that a warlord declared off-limits to vaccinators 14 months ago. The new outbreaks may delay a recently announced $5.5 billion plan to eradicate polio by 2018.
Mexico: A mass grave has been found near Mexico City, authorities said Thursday, and they are investigating whether the victims are a group of young people kidnapped en masse from a bar in May, a crime that shocked the capital city.