Love on the rocks: Pen­guins cel­e­brat­ing Valen­tine’s Day

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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.

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