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  • Los Angeles becomes latest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is the latest and biggest city to endorse a hike in the minimum wage, adding to a string of successes for unions and advocates …


  • Rome’s mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

    ROME (AP) — Rome’s mayor has registered 16 gay marriages entered abroad in open defiance of Italy’s Interior Ministry. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently …


  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in …


  • Dutch tell rebels: Train full of bodies must leave

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Dutch forensic investigators told armed separatists guarding train cars full of bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet on Monday that the train must be allowed …


  • 63 abducted females escape extremists in Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — More than 60 Nigerian girls and women abducted by Islamic extremists two weeks ago have managed to escape, officials said Monday, though more than 200 girls …


  • Kurds seize disputed oil hub amid Iraq chaos

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — After a decades-long dispute between Arabs and Kurds over the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, it took just an hour and a half for its …


  • At Wal-Mart, Obama touts steps on solar power

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Calling it the right thing to do for America’s bottom line, President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday by companies, local governments and his own administration …


  • Thousands of Muslims stuck in C. African Republic

    BODA, Central African Republic (AP) — There is only one neighborhood in Boda where Muslims are safe from the bullets and machetes of Christian militia fighters. Many who ventured out …


  • Ukraine’s Tymoshenko rallies protesters in Kiev

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Hours after her release from prison, former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko appeared before an ecstatic throng at the protester encampment in Ukraine’s …


  • Francis turns on charm in first meeting with press

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered intimate insights Saturday into the moments after his election, telling journalists that he was immediately inspired to take the name of St. Francis …


  • Vatican blasts ‘false’ pre-conclave reporting

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican lashed out Saturday at the media for what it said has been a run of defamatory and false reports before the conclave to elect …


  • Super Bowl outage traced to faulty protective device

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The failure of a device meant to protect the power supply to the Superdome caused the Super Bowl blackout, the stadium’s power company said Friday as …


  • FBI: Ala. man was in ‘firefight’ with SWAT agents

    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama man who held a 5-year-old boy captive for nearly a week engaged in a firefight with SWAT agents storming his underground bunker before …


  • FBI: Officers stormed bunker when child in danger

    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Officers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the …


  • Scott plays up modest background, downplays race

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — To U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, keeping his modest upbringing in the front of his mind has helped guide his swift ascent in South Carolina’s business and …


  • Michigan Senate OKs new emergency manager bill

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature cleared the way Thursday for GOP Gov. Rick Snyder to sign a replacement for an emergency manager law struck down by voters, …


  • Smartphones can soon be used to ‘e-hail’ NYC taxis

    NEW YORK (AP) — Raising your arm and yelling “taxi!” is the old-fashioned way to nab a New York City cab. Soon, all you’ll need is a smartphone app. New …


  • Indy to replace entire fleet with electric, hybrid

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis wants to become the first major city to replace its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in a move the mayor says is designed …


  • Pot legalized in Colo. with gov’s proclamation

    DENVER (AP) — Marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado Monday, when the governor took a purposely low-key procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state …


  • DC lottery contract is subject of federal probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal grand jury is investigating the awarding of the $38 million contract to run the District of Columbia lottery, a process that raises further questions about …


  • Bus driver not guilty of manslaughter in NY crash

    NEW YORK (AP) — A tour bus driver who prosecutors said was all but asleep at the wheel was acquitted Friday of manslaughter and negligent homicide in a crash last …


  • NYC settles suit by abused foster kids for $9.7M

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will pay $9.7 million to settle a lawsuit by 10 disabled people who were fraudulently adopted by a woman and claimed they were …


  • Mayor: LA port strike to go to federal mediation

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — As cargo ships idled in the harbor or headed elsewhere, negotiators prepared Tuesday to return to the bargaining table with a federal mediator to try to …


  • Murder-suicide involving Chiefs’ player stuns team

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It began like any other Saturday for the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL season, their general manager and coach at work early to put …


  • Derailment in NJ sends chemical tankers into creek

    PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) — A freight train derailed Friday on an old southern New Jersey railroad bridge that has had problems before, toppling two tanker cars partially into a creek …


  • Menard to fly Wis. workers in to staff ND store

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Home improvement retailer Menard Inc. says it will hire workers from its home base in Wisconsin and fly them to North Dakota to staff a store …


  • Menard to fly Wis. workers in to staff ND store

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Home improvement retailer Menard Inc. says it will hire workers from its home base in Wisconsin and fly them to North Dakota to staff a store …


  • Residents battle high water in South Dakota town

    WAUBAY, S.D. (AP) — Standing along a South Dakota waterfront shored up with boulders, Kevin Jens peered at the placid lake and reminisced about a road that led to a …


  • Mass. natural gas explosion damaged 42 buildings

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday. A strip …


  • San Francisco sheds part of free-spirited past

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity. Casting aside complaints that forcing people …


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