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Employer headaches over labor quality point to stronger U.S. wages

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 01:34

Photo illustration of U.S. dollar notes displayed in JohannesburgAmerica's employers say they are finding it harder to find high-quality workers, which could soon fuel a boost in wage growth and help convince the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates. The Labor Department's monthly jobs report due on Thursday will likely show June was another month of lackluster pay increases, a trend going back to the 2007-09 recession. Headaches over worker quality are already leading Garry Floeter's construction firm in Cookeville, Tennessee to offer more money to workers trained to install mechanical systems at hospitals and other commercial buildings.

Sister of slain woman charged with helping mom dump her body

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 01:33
CLEVELAND (AP) — The younger sister of a woman who authorities say was killed by their mother in March has been accused of helping dump the body in a field.

Visa joins MasterCard, AmEx in ending use for Backpage sex ads

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 01:17
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Visa Inc said on Wednesday it is joining MasterCard Inc and American Express Co in barring its credit cards from being used to pay for ads on following a request from a Chicago sheriff who said the site is used by sex traffickers. Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said that "escort" ads on and similar classified advertising sites make up the foundation of a sex-trafficking industry that preys on the young and vulnerable. Earlier this week, he asked both Visa and MasterCard to cut off any association with the "adult" section.

Gamblers' abuse claims test sovereignty of US tribal casinos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 01:11

FILE - In this June 29, 2006, file photo, a table game area is reflected on a ceiling mirror in Foxwoods Resort Casino on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation in Mashantucket, Conn. Lawsuits making their way through federal courts are testing the principle of sovereign immunity when it comes to abuse claims at tribal casinos. So-called “advantage players” are made to feel unwelcome, regularly being tossed and and blacklisted. But gamblers have limited options to press claims of mistreatment at Native American-owned properties, which generally are shielded from lawsuits in outside courts by laws recognizing tribes’ sovereignty (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki, File)MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — For gamblers skilled at counting cards, it can be especially risky to play at America's tribal casinos: Those who have gotten caught tell stories of seized winnings, wrongful detentions, or worse.

US, Cuba reach agreement to open embassies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 01:09

US, Cuba reach agreement to open embassiesThe United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other's capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries' historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities.

UN declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 01:06
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Wednesday declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in conflict-torn Yemen, where over 80 percent of the population need assistance. U.N. officials have said the Arab world's most impoverished country is now a step away from famine.

Mom accused of contaminating son's IV gets 6 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:58
CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman accused of deliberately making her 9-year-old son sick by contaminating his IV at a Cincinnati hospital pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of child endangering and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Police: 3 dead, 1 survivor after car bursts into flames on I-76

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:57

 3 dead, 1 survivorPennsylvania State Police now say three people were killed and a fourth person is undergoing surgery after a car crashed and burst into flames on the Schuylkill Expressway.

Wolf, GOP lawmakers to resume budget talks after veto

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:51

Wolf, GOP lawmakers to resume budget talks after vetoGov. Tom Wolf sought to restart budget talks with legislative leaders Wednesday, less than a day after he vetoed a $30.2 billion Republican-crafted spending plan that every Democrat voted against.

Amtrak, families want lawsuits from fatal crash consolidated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:47
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak has joined a bid to have the lawsuits filed over a deadly crash in Philadelphia consolidated before the same federal judge.

Person freed from vehicle in Hunting Park accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:44

Person freed from vehicle in Hunting Park accidentAt least one person had to be freed from a vehicle after an accident in Hunting Park.

AccuWeather: Warm and Humid, Spotty Storm Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:43

 Warm and Humid, Spotty Storm TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says our weather remains somewhat unsettled over the next few days.

Redskins' name hinders DC's efforts for stadium site lease

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service won't grant the District of Columbia a new lease for the site of the Washington Redskins' former stadium in part because Interior Secretary Sally Jewell opposes the team's name.

Storm damage impacts Amtrak, SEPTA service

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:24

Storm damage impacts Amtrak, SEPTA serviceAmtrak and SEPTA passengers faced delays Wednesday morning because of weather-related issues.

Multi-vehicle accident in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:19

Person freed from vehicle in Hunting Park accidentPhiladelphia police are investigating a multi-vehicle accident in Hunting Park.

New sports uniforms level the playing field for Muslim girls

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:17

In this June 16, 2015 photo, Zubeda Chaffe, left, waits to get back into basketball practice in her new Lady Warriors uniform in Minneapolis. The girls came up with their own culturally sensitive sportswear designs that cover their arms, legs, hair and neck preserving the modesty their religion requires. One is a bright red uniform for the Lady Warriors and the other is a teal-and-black uniform with stripes _ good for all sports including swimming. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers. The crowd claps and cheers as the young models strike poses with basketballs, lacrosse sticks and boxing gloves. Finally, the big reveal: the Lady Warriors community traveling basketball team takes the stage in their cardinal red uniforms.

2 men in custody after bank robbery in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:17

2 men in custody after bank robbery in FrankfordPolice have taken two men into custody after a bank robbery in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

Tennessee store owner posts sign telling gays to stay away

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:12
Jeff Amyx, who also is a Baptist minister, then swapped the sign on Tuesday at his Washburn, Tennessee, store to one that reads, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion," Knoxville television station WVLT reported. Amyx could not be reached immediately for comment on Wednesday at his Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies store.

Pom-pom pay: California bill gives cheerleaders minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:09

FILE- In this Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders cheerleaders hold pink pom-poms for breast cancer awareness before an NFL football game between the Raiders and the San Diego Chargers in Oakland, Calif. California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday, June 29, 2015, would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage if they work for professional sports teams based in California. AB202 says they would have to be paid for overtime and sick leave, the same as other employees. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage.

Tennessee store owner replaces 'No Gays Allowed' sign

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:07
RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee hardware store owner who put up a "No Gays Allowed" sign in response to the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage says he decided to take a "bold" stand for his beliefs.