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KPCC DIGEST PM (Sep. 10)—Syria consequences, Dow dumps BOA, state believes in 'Trust Act,' new iPhones revealed

The L.A. County Fair sky ride at dusk.
The L.A. County Fair sky ride at dusk.
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1. Syria deal must be in binding UN resolution, Kerry says (KPCC)

Secretary of State John Kerry says a proposed Russian deal with Syria to give up its chemical weapons stockpiles must be enshrined in a binding U.N. Security Council resolution that sets consequences for Syrian non-compliance.

Kerry said Tuesday that Russian suggestions that the U.N. endorsement come in the form of a non-binding statement from the rotating president of the Security Council would be unacceptable to the Obama administration.

2. Apple reveals two new iPhones (KPCC)

Apple revealed plans to release two new iPhones — the less expensive 5C and the high-end 5S.

The 5C is made from a hard-coated polycarbonate with a 4-inch Retina display, improved camera, A6 chip, and comes in five colors. The 5S has a 64-bit A7 chip, fingerprint sensor, significantly upgraded camera, and comes in three colors with iOS 7 already installed.

3. California clears way for revised 'Trust Act' (KPCC)

The state Assembly has voted to approve an amended version of the Trust Act. The bill, which aims to limit deportations, now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown who has until Oct. 13 to sign it.

A previous version of the bill, which barred state and local police from holding undocumented immigrants for deportation if they had no serious criminal record, was vetoed last fall by Brown who said the legislation failed to clearly define what constituted a serious crime.

4. Dow average adds Goldman Sachs, dumps Bank of America (KPCC)

The Dow Jones industrial average is swapping Bank of America for Goldman Sachs and also replacing Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa in a six-company shake up of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market.

S&P Dow Jones Indices says it will replace HP with Visa and Alcoa with sneaker maker Nike in the first three-for-three change to the index since April 8, 2004. The changes will become effective at the start of trading Sept. 23.

5. US faces crisis in cancer care (KPCC)

The country is on the brink of a cancer treatment crisis, as an undermanned workforce of oncologists faces a projected explosion in the number of cancer patients over the next 15 years, according to a new report.

The study predicts  the number of new cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. — 1.6 million — will increase 45 percent by the year 2030 to 2.3 million.


6. Fresh & Easy stores sold: Tesco finds buyer for 150 US markets (KPCC)

Tesco, Britain's largest retailer by sales, has agreed to sell 150 of its money-losing Fresh & Easy stores in the U.S. to the investment firm Yucaipa Companies.

The company said Tuesday that the deal does not include 50 further stores, which will be closed in the coming weeks. Nonetheless, Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke said more than 4,000 jobs will be protected by the sale.

7. The underground market of unwanted adopted children (KPCC)

"The Child Exchange," a five-part investigative report by Reuters, has uncovered a harrowing story about the underground brokering of adopted children in America.

The practice of "private re-homing" — placing unwanted adopted children in new homes  — is often started online, and offers little in the way of background checks.

8. Bay Area wildfire sees big jump in containment (KPCC)

Fire officials say crews made considerable progress against a wildfire in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park, more than doubling containment and reducing the number of threatened homes.

The "Morgan Fire" in Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County was 45 percent contained early Tuesday, up from 20 percent the previous night. It had burned a little over 5 square miles.