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Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage

April 1, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push... more »»

McDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores

April 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. more »»

11 former Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

April 1, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S. more »»

California governor orders mandatory water restrictions

April 1, 2015

ECHO LAKE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. more »»

Search, social & shopping: Pinterest turns 5

April 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — In its five short years of life, Pinterest has become 'the' place where brides-to-be create wish boards of wedding china photos and do-it-yourself home renovators bookmark shiny... more »»

What happens next in marathon bomber's death penalty trial

April 1, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Now that the prosecution and defense have rested in the first phase of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial, there are a few steps left before jurors begin deliberating. more »»

Driver killed at NSA remembered as friendly, troubled loner

April 1, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) — The driver killed in a violent confrontation at a National Security Agency gate was a transgender sex worker in Baltimore, according to those who knew her, and she was remembered... more »»

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

April 1, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. more »»

Getty oil heir found dead wrote of serious health problem

April 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A court filing by Andrew Getty, the oil heir found dead in Los Angeles, says he had a serious health problem.

The 47-year-old Getty, whose grandfather J. more »»

SUV crashes into shed, killing sleeping man, pregnant woman

April 1, 2015

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — When a horrific boom ripped Cristian Carlos out of a deep sleep early Wednesday, he wasn't sure what to think.

"It was like a big explosion," he said. more »»

US gives threatened status to northern long-eared bat

April 1, 2015

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government said Wednesday that it is listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, giving new protections to a species that has been nearly wiped out in some areas... more »»

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

April 1, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Go. more »»

Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder Robert Schuller ailing

April 1, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert . more »»

States rewrite microbrew laws as demand for craft beer grows

April 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) — Four Peaks Brewing Co. more »»

Entrance fees rising in some national parks

April 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Be prepared to pay a bit more if you're headed to some national parks and recreation areas this summer. more »»

Engineers create boot-like device to make walking easier

April 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier — something scientists once thought couldn't be done. more »»

A look at microbrewery laws being considered nationwide

April 1, 2015

Lawmakers around the country have been taking up various bills that cater to the growing microbrewery industry. Here are some of the efforts:


Gov. more »»

Rocky first year for the new GED and other equivalency tests

April 1, 2015

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — The number of people taking high school equivalency exams in the U.S. more »»

Driver killed at NSA identified as transgender, friend says

April 1, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) — The driver killed in a violent confrontation at a National Security Agency gate identified as transgender and was a sex worker in Baltimore, according to a friend. more »»



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