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California city plans $16 minimum wage by 2019, highest in U.S

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:57

David Coulombe, who works as a consumables sales floor associate at Walmart, participates in a march and rally for $15 minimum wage in BostonEmmeryville, a small city in the San Francisco Bay Area, has given initial approval to the nation's highest minimum wage by setting baseline pay at $16 an hour in 2019, with gradual increases leading up to that level. The 5-0 vote on Tuesday by the city council in Emmeryville, a community of about 10,000 residents, follows moves by several major U.S. cities to sharply raise their minimum wages. The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since 2009. It would take effect on July 1, when the minimum wage would rise to $14.44 an hour for businesses with at least 55 workers and $12.25 for smaller companies, city documents show.

Colwyn Borough classified as 'distressed,' will enter Act 47 program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:48

Colwyn Borough classified as 'distressed,' will enter Act 47 programThe state says the Delaware County borough of Colwyn has been classified as distressed under a Pennsylvania program for financially struggling municipalities.

Wisconsin gunman's girlfriend: He suffered from depression

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:46

Stacey Peterson and Jim Omsberg pause at a memorial in the pavilion on the re-opened Trestle Trail, on the east side of the trail near Fritse Park, Tuesday May 5, 2015 in the Town of Menasha, Wis. A shooting spree that resulted in four fatalities and one person injured occurred on the Fox Cities Trestle Trail bridge in Menasha Sunday night May 3, 2015 in Menasha, Wis. (Wm.Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP) NO SALESMENASHA, Wis. (AP) — An eastern Wisconsin man who randomly shot and killed three people and wounded another before taking his own life was irrational and suffered from depression, his girlfriend said.

Missouri woman pleads guilty in relatives' poisoning deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:42

This undated photo provided by the Greene County Sheriff's Office shows Diane Staudte. Rachel Staudte has admitted that she plotted with her mother, Diane, to fatally poison her brother and father using antifreeze, and that she attempted to kill her sister the same way. Diane's trial is scheduled for November and prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty. (Greene County Sheriff's Office via AP)SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman has admitted that she plotted with her mother to fatally poison her brother and father using antifreeze, and that she attempted to kill her sister the same way.

Tornadoes hit southwest of Oklahoma City, airport evacuated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:35
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A series of tornadoes, including a major twister, touched down southwest of Oklahoma City on Wednesday as a storm system brought severe weather to several Great Plains states, officials said. Passengers, visitors and employees at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City were evacuated to a pedestrian tunnel for about 30 minutes as the storms moved through the area, the airport said on its Twitter feed. Several roads were closed because of debris, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for an area stretching from central Texas to central Nebraska, where millions of people live.

Arizona boarding kennel owners re-charged in deaths of 21 dogs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:30
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The owners of a suburban Phoenix dog boarding facility have been re-indicted on animal cruelty and fraud charges stemming from the deaths in June of 21 dogs at their kennel while they were on a trip to Florida, prosecutors said on Wednesday. A grand jury indicted Jesse Todd Hughes, 32, and Maleisa Hughes, 45, on 21 felony and seven misdemeanor abuse charges each in the deaths at the Green Acre facility, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said the Hughes left the facility in the care of Austin and Logan Flake, the son and daughter-in-law of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake. The grand jury's decision reinstates the charges against the Hughes.

Jury again doesn't reach verdict in Jamaican lottery scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:25
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal jury in North Dakota has again not reached a decision in the case of a man accused in a Jamaican lottery scam.

Records: Idaho man acknowledged killing police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:24

50 p.m. at Kootenai Health, Sgt. Christie Wood said in a statement.(Coeur d’Alene Police Department via AP)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man told investigators he used a 9mm Glock handgun hidden in his coat pocket to shoot and kill a police officer because he feared the officer would find the weapon, according to court documents released Wednesday.

Police union sues over cellphone searches after rowdy party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:20
NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation of a rowdy graduation party involving rookie Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers unconstitutionally relied on searches of their private cellphones, the union for officers claimed in a lawsuit Wednesday.

Jim Wright early casualty of rising US House partisanship

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:20

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 1987 file photo, then-House Speaker Jim Wright of Texas, left, and then-House Minority Leader Robert Michel of Ill. speak to reporters outside the White House in Washington. Wright, a veteran Texas congressman who was the first House speaker in history to driven out of office in midterm, has died. He was 92. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)DALLAS (AP) — As a member of what he called "the people's house" for more than a generation, Texas Democrat Jim Wright was known for his rich oratorical skills in the U.S. House. He never relied on them more than the day in 1989, when he told those who had elected him speaker about two years earlier that he was prepared to resign after being accused of violating ethics rules dozens of times.

Official: 'Significant' brine spill enters North Dakota lake

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:17
A 63,000-gallon saltwater spill that leaked from an underground pipeline entered a lake via a tributary in northwest North Dakota, a state Department of Health official said Wednesday. He said the spill will not affect any drinking water in the area.

Texas gay discrimination bill opens complex father-son split

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:12

In this April 16, 2015 photo, attorney Beau Miller poses in a conference room before an interview in Houston. Miller's father, Republican state lawmaker Rep. Rick Miller, has introduced a bill that would roll back local nondiscrimination ordinances passed by Texas’ largest cities, that has drawn the ire of his son, an outspoken gay rights activist. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON (AP) — Beau Miller and Patrick Summers have been partners for four years, but last December was the first time they spent Christmas at Miller's parents' home.

California Governor Brown tells critics of water project: 'Shut up'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:11
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday delivered a spirited defense of his controversial proposals to shore up California's water system, which is straining under years of drought and population growth. Brown's impassioned argument in favor of mandatory conservation, desalination and water recycling plants, and a massive project to funnel water from the Sacramento River came a day after regulators imposed steep cutbacks in water use as part of the state's first-ever mandatory conservation plan. "I have to deal with these problems I've been given," Brown told a meeting of the Association of California Water Agencies. I wish we didn't have any problems." California is entering the fourth year of a devastating drought that has killed 12.5 million trees, caused farmers to fallow a half-million acres of land and left mountains bereft of snow that melts to replenish streams and reservoirs.

Baltimore mayor seeks federal civil-rights probe of police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:09
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor is asking federal investigators to look into whether the city's police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing.

Grandmother donates kidney to 21-month-old granddaughter

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

Grandmother donates kidney to 21-month-old granddaughterA 54-year-old grandmother donated her kidney to save the life of her 21-month-old granddaughter.

Reaction to death of former US House Speaker Jim Wright

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:07
DALLAS (AP) — Reaction to the death of Jim Wright, former U.S. House speaker and longtime Texas Democratic congressman:

Schools around Alaska received threatening calls

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:01
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday were investigating threatening phone calls to at least eight schools in Alaska in the past 10 days that prompted brief campus lockdowns and students being kept in classes.

Grand jury probe sought for Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:55
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A civil rights group asked Wednesday for a grand jury investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office after a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man during a sting operation last month.

Recent examples of arrests in 'homegrown terrorism' cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:51
This week's attempted attack on a cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, raised concerns about the threat of terrorist activity by individuals in the U.S. inspired by the propaganda of the Islamic State group and other extremist organizations. Some other recent cases: