Love on the rocks: Penguins celebrating Valentine’s Day
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Penguins are looking for love with big red hearts at a San Francisco aquarium.
In what has become an annual Valentine’s Day tradition, biologists handed out red felt hearts to the 14 African penguins at the California Academy of Sciences on Tuesday.
The animals grabbed the hearts in their beaks and waddled around their rocky enclosure toward their nests.
Spokeswoman Kelly Mendez said it is often the male penguin who retrieves the heart and carries it back to his mate. The penguins use the felt for material in their nests, which helps reinforce the couples’ bonds.
The activity is part of the academy’s captive breeding program to help increase the African penguin population, which is endangered in the wild.
▶SAN FRANCISCO SETTLES LAWSUIT BY FIRE
FIGHTER IN PLANE CRASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco firefighter who says she was wrongly singled out for driving over a teen thrown from the wreckage of a 2013 airliner crash will receive $250,000 from the city to settle her lawsuit.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the settlement in a Tuesday vote.
Elyse Duckett alleged she was being made a scapegoat for larger failures in the rescue efforts after the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport.
The teen and two other people died, and nearly 200 passengers and crew were injured when the flight from South Korea slammed into a seawall at the end of a runway during its final approach.
Duckett said in her complaint that another rescue vehicle initially struck the body of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, but only Duckett’s name was released as responsible for running over the girl.
John Cote, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office, said the settlement was reasonable given the facts, claims and inherent uncertainty of litigation.
Duckett is no longer employed by the San Francisco Fire Department.
▶CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS PLAN EL SALVADOR
TRIP: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Four Democratic California lawmakers are traveling to El Salvador during a period of heightened tensions between the U.S. and the Central American nation.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and three other Democratic Assembly members leave Wednesday for four days.
Rendon says the delegation wants to discuss protecting the rights of Salvadoran immigrants living in the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration announced last month that it was ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants, forcing nearly 200,000 to leave the country or face deportation in 2019.