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New York governor proposes Wage Board to raise minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:29

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media in Havana(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday he would create a so-called Wage Board, a move apparently designed to allow him to raise the minimum wage without the approval of state lawmakers. Cuomo in his January budget recommended raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour in New York City and $10.50 elsewhere in the state, only to see that proposal rejected by the state legislature. "On Thursday, I am directing the commissioner to impanel such a board, to examine the minimum wage in the fast-food industry," Cuomo said in the editorial. "The board will return in about three months with its recommendations, which do not require legislative approval." Cuomo said the Wage Board could "set fast-food workers on a path out of poverty" as well as ease the financial burden on taxpayers and create a new national standard.


Honolulu police use sex assault charge in prostitution sting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:28

An open sign hangs outside Orchid Relaxation in Honolulu, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The massage parlor was one of several local businesses that were targeted in a police prostitution sting over the weekend. Officers used an unusual tactic charging the women with sexual abuse, a more serious crime, according to legal experts and advocates for prostitutes. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)HONOLULU (AP) — About a dozen women arrested over the weekend in a Honolulu prostitution sting at massage parlors won't be charged with prostitution. Instead, they face the more severe charge of sex assault.


Prosecutor: I don’t believe Frank Clark punched or slapped girlfriend

NBA - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:24
Ohio prosecutor Lynne Gast-King elaborated on her investigation of Seahawks top draft pick Frank Clark, saying Wednesday, “I don’t think he punched her.” Her conclusions contradicted what the victim and her brother told police.
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Prosecutor: I don’t believe Frank Clark punched or slapped girlfriend

Seattle Seahawks - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:24
Ohio prosecutor Lynne Gast-King elaborated on her investigation of Seahawks top draft pick Frank Clark, saying Wednesday, “I don’t think he punched her.” Her conclusions contradicted what the victim and her brother told police.
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Prosecutor: I don’t believe Frank Clark punched or slapped girlfriend

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:24
Ohio prosecutor Lynne Gast-King elaborated on her investigation of Seahawks top draft pick Frank Clark, saying Wednesday, “I don’t think he punched her.” Her conclusions contradicted what the victim and her brother told police.

Liberia ready to declare itself free of Ebola

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:23

After 4,700 deaths and 10,000 infections, Liberia ready to declare Ebola gone

       

Exclusive: Hess-owned oil railcars involved in North Dakota derailment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:22

Smoke from the wreckage of several oil tanker cars that derailed in a field near HeimdalA BNSF train that derailed in central North Dakota on Wednesday was carrying railcars owned by Hess Corp, 10 of which caught fire and forced the evacuation of a nearby town, the oil producer told Reuters late Wednesday. Hess, the third-largest North Dakota oil producer, said BNSF is leading cleanup efforts but added it stands ready to assist. The New York-based company said it is "fully compliant" with new North Dakota crude-treatment standards that went into effect last month. The standards, designed to mitigate the incendiary effect of crude-by-rail disasters, require combustible elements be filtered out of crude oil.


Pentagon training and equipping Syrians to fight ISIL

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:14

Pentagon's training of anti-ISIL Syrians has begun

       

Los Angeles chief concerned after police kill homeless man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:10
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday he has yet to see evidence that would justify one of his officers fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man near Venice Beach.

White Pass - 5/6/2015 4:51:53 PM

White Pass Report - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:06
White Pass US12
5/6/2015 4:51:53 PM

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Satus Pass - 5/6/2015 4:59:24 PM

Satus Pass Report - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:06
Satus Pass US97
5/6/2015 4:59:24 PM

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Stevens Pass - 5/6/2015 4:49:53 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:06
Stevens Pass US2
5/6/2015 4:49:53 PM

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Blewett Pass - 5/6/2015 4:56:04 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:06
Blewett Pass US97
5/6/2015 4:56:04 PM

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Snoqualmie Pass - 5/6/2015 4:43:25 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:06
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
5/6/2015 4:43:25 PM

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Alabama bill would let ministers refuse same-sex marriages

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:01
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A bill working its way through the Alabama Legislature would allow probate judges and ministers to refuse to marry same-sex couples on religious grounds.

Hawaii enters national debate over future of ethanol in gas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:01

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, corn is delivered to the Green Plains ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa. Hawaii is poised to end a mandate that fuel for automobiles must be mixed with 10 percent ethanol, and it could become the second state to do so. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have put the state at the front of a national discussion over the future of ethanol in gasoline by passing a bill that puts an end to a requirement that the corn-based additive be mixed into fuel sold in the state.


Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

NBA - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:01
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, May 8-14, 2015.
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Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

Seattle Seahawks - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:01
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, May 8-14, 2015.
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Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:01
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, May 8-14, 2015.

California approves first statewide seawater desalination rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:58

An irrigation channel runs through a corn field in Los BanosBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California regulators on Wednesday adopted the first statewide rules for the permitting of seawater desalination projects that are expected to proliferate as drought-stricken communities increasingly turn to the ocean to supplement their drinking supplies. The action, which sets uniform standards for minimizing harm to marine life, was welcomed by developers of the state's two largest desalination projects as bringing much-needed certainty and clarity to the regulatory approval process. "It reaffirms that the Pacific Ocean is part of the drinking water resources for the state of California," Poseidon Water executive Scott Maloni told Reuters after the rule was enacted on a voice vote in Sacramento by the State Water Resources Control Board. Before Wednesday's action, developers and regulators of desalination plants had no specific guidance for meeting federal and state clean water standards, complicating review of the projects, state water board spokesman George Kostyrko said.