East Bay graduation rates rise slightly, while dropout rates decline

As high school students from the class of 2015 begin receiving their diplomas this month, they may help boost overall graduation rates for their schools and districts. Between 2013 and 2014, most districts improved their graduation rates and saw lower percentages of students dropping out of high school. 
USDA says chain has been improperly using inspection label for many years  
 
Startling new tools for diagnostic medicine: living biosensors made of bacteria that glow a particular color when they detect trouble. Scientists rewired the genetic circuitry inside bacterial cells so that the cells recognized tumors or abnormal glucose levels in urine, signaling diabetes.  
 
A 7-mile stretch of Southern California coastline where globs of oily goo washed ashore will remain closed until officials determine the water is safe for swimmers and surfers.  
 
It's been the best of times for auto dealers since the recession. Those that survived picked up business from those that didn't. They reorganized their operations to be leaner and more efficient. Auto sales soared 59 percent to 16.5 million last year from the 2010 low point.  
 
(Dana Ferguson/AP)
Dustin Diamond bar fight: Former TV star guilty of lesser charges

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- TV actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former "Saved by the Bell" actor of the most serious felony charge.