California will increase the amount of money new parents can receive through the state's paid family leave program under a bill signed on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The measure, passed last month by the state legislature, will increase the amount paid to new parents or people caring for a sick family member to as much as 70 percent of their regular income for the poorest workers, up from 55 percent, beginning in 2018. The law aims to help more people take family leave, especially poorer Californians who could not afford to stop work if they got only 55 percent of their regular income, according to the bill's author Jimmy Gomez, a Democratic assembly member.
NEW YORK (AP) — Al-Jazeera America, which couldn't attract an audience to another cable news network in the United States, signs off Tuesday night following a three-hour live farewell designed to highlight its work since a 2013 launch.
By Mark Weinraub CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago City Council's Finance Committee on Monday approved payments totaling $6.45 million to settle cases involving two black men who died while in police custody. The settlements come as the third-biggest U.S. city's police department faces a federal investigation and racism accusations over the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired his police commissioner in 2015 after protests following the release of a video showing a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old McDonald 16 times.
A Wisconsin school district said on Monday it would discipline several students who taunted an opposing team's fans and minority players with chants of "Trump, build a wall" and "Trump" during a high school soccer game. The incident occurred on Thursday during a girls' varsity soccer game between Elkhorn Area High School and Beloit Memorial in southeastern Wisconsin, said Jason Tadlock, the administrator of the Elkhorn Area School District, in a statement posted on the district's Facebook page. During the game, three elementary school students who were sitting near Beloit fans said: "Trump, build a wall," and two high school students chanted: "Trump" four or five times, Tadlock said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials said Monday as they urged more money for mosquito control and to develop vaccines and treatments.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that he has proposed keeping secret the identities of pharmacies that supply lethal-injection drugs for executions, instead of changing the law to force inmates to die in the electric chair if there are no available drugs.
Canadian singer Bryan Adams has canceled a show in Mississippi to protest a new state law that will let people with religious objections deny services to same-sex couples, the second major concert scrapped in the U.S. South over discrimination concerns. On Friday, U.S. rock star Bruce Springsteen called off a weekend concert in North Carolina to show his opposition to a new law there barring transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. The cancellations come as a number of U.S. states consider legislation seen as restricting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.