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San Francisco 49ers player Chris Borland is retiring from the NFL after a single season to avoid potential brain injuries. Some see this as the beginning of the end of football's popularity.

Police departments around the county are under pressure to diversify. In Oakland, Calif., officials say police-community relations also might improve by increasing the number of cops who live there.

General Motors and Volkswagen are closing plants there and laying off workers. Economic problems have led to an estimated 35 percent drop in the once-booming Russian car market.

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley is retiring after 10 terms. "I sought this job ... mainly to help build a bridge between the African-American and the white community," he says.

Cuban baseball has been struggling. A lack of money means facilities are in disrepair. Defections mean some of the best players have left. But new relations with the U.S. may mean new opportunities.

The plane, an Airbus A320 run by a subsidiary of the German airline Lufthansa, went down with 150 people aboard. French President Francois Hollande voiced fears that there would be no survivors.

Only about half of Medicare patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's are told of the diagnosis by their doctor, a study finds. That compares to 90 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer.

A conviction can be fatal for a big company. So in some cases prosecutors have been holding off punishing firms that have broken the law. In return, the companies vow to clean up their act.

Even with the warm outflow from nearby power plants, the San Gabriel River's an odd new habitat choice. Volunteers and researchers are working to study and track the population that's popped up there.

Cancer treatment for kids has changed dramatically since the 1960s. Back then, doctors experimented with approaches that seemed promising but were also potentially toxic. Some survivors look back.

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