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  • Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd week

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to the courts to try to put an end to a teachers strike that’s entering its second week and has left …


  • Weighing offer, Chicago teachers remain on strike

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, insisting they need more time before deciding whether to end an acrimonious standoff …


  • Israeli PM makes case on Iran to US voters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case on Iran directly to U.S. voters Sunday, telling the American public in televised interviews that the White House must …


  • Israeli PM makes takes case on Iran to US voters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a direct appeal to American voters on Sunday to elect a president willing to draw a “red line” with Iran, comparing …


  • Wis. AG aims to enforce union law during appeals

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s attorney general said Saturday he would seek court permission to keep enforcing a state law that effectively ended collective bargaining for public employees while his …


  • Judge strikes down Wis. law limiting union rights

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge has struck down nearly all of the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public …


  • Judge strikes down Wis. law limiting union rights

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge on Friday struck down nearly all of the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most …


  • On Bourbon Street, party but don’t preach at night

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bare breasts, drunken revelry and almost anything else is tolerated along Bourbon Street, but after dark, the city is saying street preachers are forbidden. Two weeks …


  • More progress reported in Chicago strike talks

    CHICAGO (AP) — More than 350,000 public school students spent a fifth day out of class Friday as bargaining to end the city’s teachers strike dragged on ahead of a …


  • NYC big-soda crackdown plan goes to vote Thursday

    NEW YORK (AP) — One of New York City’s most ambitious efforts to prod residents to live healthier appears poised to pass as a health panel takes up a plan …


  • Portland, Ore., approves adding fluoride to water

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council approved a plan Wednesday to add fluoride to Portland’s water, meaning Oregon’s biggest city is no longer the largest holdout in the U.S. …


  • Indian capital to ban use of all plastic bags

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The government of India’s capital is hoping that a strict ban on plastic bags will help the environment. An engineer with Delhi’s government says that starting …


  • Intense systems of thunderstorm soak Southwest

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Wild summer thunderstorms slammed parts of the Southwest, stranding residents in Navajo Nation in their homes in northern Arizona and leaving an already squalid mobile …


  • Wounded flood hospitals in Syria’s largest city

    ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — It had been a calm day in Aleppo’s Shifa Hospital, said Dr. Osman al-Haj Osman, his face etched with exhaustion from just three hours of sleep. …


  • In Portland, fluoride debate is ideological clash

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It’s a dental story told so often it borders on cliche. When someone moves to Portland from another state — and that’s most people you meet …


  • In liberal Portland, fluoride issue resurfaces

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland is the largest city in the United States that has yet to approve fluoridation to combat tooth decay. That is expected to change when the …


  • Chicago teachers strike for first time in 25 years

    CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time in a quarter-century, thousands of Chicago teachers walked off the job Monday, escalating a bitter contract dispute over evaluations, job security and other …


  • Emanuel vows to end strike, get kids back in class

    CHICAGO (AP) — City officials vowed to keep hundreds of thousands of students safe when striking teachers hit the picket lines Monday and school district and teachers union leaders resumed …


  • Chicago mayor: Teacher strike ‘unnecessary’

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the strike called by the Chicago Teachers Union is “unnecessary” and unfair to the city’s school children. The mayor spoke shortly after …


  • Chicago teachers to strike after talks fail

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union announced Sunday night that it will go on strike Monday morning for the first time in 25 years after contract talks with the …


  • Tough task for those compensating ill 9/11 workers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sheila Birnbaum is known in legal circles across New York as the “queen of torts” for her prowess in sorting out complicated cases. But she may …


  • Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch hospitalized for anemia

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (KAHCH) has been hospitalized for treatment of anemia. George Arzt, a spokesman for the Democratic ex-mayor, says Koch was …


  • In southern La., residents blame levees for floods

    LAPLACE, La. (AP) — At the urging of residents who have long felt forgotten in the shadow of more densely populated New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers says it …


  • Weight loss groups back NYC’s sugary drinks plan

    NEW YORK (AP) — The city’s planned crackdown on super-sized sugary drinks got prominent backing Tuesday from Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and other diet companies, who added their influence to …


  • Charlotte mayor rising as Dems’ convention begins

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Anthony Foxx had been mayor for barely a year when he got the news: Charlotte was chosen to host the Democratic National Convention. He had spent …


  • As Isaac pushes north, Gulf Coast slowly recovers

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac pushed their way up the Mississippi valley on Saturday, spinning off severe thunderstorms and at least four tornadoes, some on …


  • LA mayor hits Republican efforts to woo Latinos

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Democratic mayor of Los Angeles says Republican efforts to use Latino speakers at the GOP national convention to win over Hispanic voters won’t work. Antonio …


  • New Orleans’ post-Katrina gentrification is touchy

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, the city finds itself at a delicate moment in its rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina struck seven years ago. Private …


  • China AIDS patients topple gate of gov’t office

    BEIJING (AP) — About 300 AIDS patients and their relatives tore down the main gate of a government office in central China during a protest Monday over unmet demands for …


  • Mexico scrambles to cope with egg shortage

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government is battling an egg shortage and hoarding that have caused prices to spike in a country with the highest per-capita egg consumption on …