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Nike co-founder Knight will step down as chairman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:57

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, Nike Chairman Phil Knight walks near the field before the NCAA college football playoff championship game between Ohio State and Oregon in Arlington, Texas. Knight plans to step down and says he wants Nike President and CEO Mark Parker to succeed him. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Nike Chairman Phil Knight, who turned a business selling shoes out of the back of his car into the world's most valuable sports brand, has announced plans to step down as company chairman.


Los Angeles seeks job training exemption to new minimum wage law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:55
The Los Angeles City Council, which weeks ago approved a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, on Tuesday asked its legal staff to carve out an exemption to the ordinance for job training programs. In voting to approve the measure, city council members instructed the city attorney to put together an ordinance allowing employers of job training programs to pay workers below the minimum wage for the first 18 months of their training. "This is an important measure that will ensure everyone has the opportunity to get the training they need to enter the workforce and lead productive lives,” Council member Paul Krekorian said.

Los Angeles seeks job training exemption to new minimum wage law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:55
The Los Angeles City Council, which weeks ago approved a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, on Tuesday asked its legal staff to carve out an exemption to the ordinance for job training programs. In voting to approve the measure, city council members instructed the city attorney to put together an ordinance allowing employers of job training programs to pay workers below the minimum wage for the first 18 months of their training. "This is an important measure that will ensure everyone has the opportunity to get the training they need to enter the workforce and lead productive lives,” Council member Paul Krekorian said.

Illinois Democrats seek temporary budget to keep government open

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:54

Madigan, speaker of the Illinois Representatives, listens to the State of the State address in SpringfieldBy Fiona Ortiz SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) - The financially troubled state of Illinois edged closer on Tuesday to a government shutdown as Democratic lawmakers and the Republican governor failed to resolve a budget impasse ahead of a midnight deadline. Veteran House Speaker Michael Madigan said he would present an emergency one-month budget on Wednesday to keep essential services operating, but Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, in office since January, has signaled he would not accept such a measure. "This is another opportunity to not shut down the government," Madigan told reporters.


Illinois Democrats seek temporary budget to keep government open

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:54

Madigan, speaker of the Illinois Representatives, listens to the State of the State address in SpringfieldBy Fiona Ortiz SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) - The financially troubled state of Illinois edged closer on Tuesday to a government shutdown as Democratic lawmakers and the Republican governor failed to resolve a budget impasse ahead of a midnight deadline. Veteran House Speaker Michael Madigan said he would present an emergency one-month budget on Wednesday to keep essential services operating, but Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, in office since January, has signaled he would not accept such a measure. "This is another opportunity to not shut down the government," Madigan told reporters.


Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:51

FILE - In this June 16, 2015 file photo, real estate mogul Donald Trump delivers remarks during his announcement that he will run for president of the United States, in New York. Ora TV, a television company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 said it will scrap a project it was developing with Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns.


Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:51

FILE - In this June 16, 2015 file photo, real estate mogul Donald Trump delivers remarks during his announcement that he will run for president of the United States, in New York. Ora TV, a television company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 said it will scrap a project it was developing with Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns.


Escapee Says He Was Almost Caught Twice, Practiced Escape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:50
David Sweat, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility with Richard Matt, was hiding in a hunting tree stand when an officer walked past him, according to the DA.

U.S. Republican Christie launches 2016 bid, promises straight talk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:49

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Christie stands with wife Mary Pat as he announces campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Livingston, New JerseyBy Luciana Lopez LIVINGSTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launched an uphill run for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with his trademark brashness, offering up his blunt talk and willingness to tackle tough issues as the cure for Washington dysfunction. Christie, once seen as a leading 2016 White House contender but now viewed as a long shot, said his dose of New Jersey straight talk could help span the partisan divide to solve difficult political problems. "I mean what I say and I say what I mean, and that's what America needs right now," Christie told friends, family and supporters at the campaign launch at his old high school in suburban Livingston, New Jersey.


1 civilian, 3 firefighters treated for unknown fumes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:42

1 civilian, 3 firefighters treated for unknown fumesOne civilian and at least three firefighters were treated for exposure to unknown fumes in Newark, Delaware.


Hawaii OKs traditional burials involving burned corpses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:38

Ken Ordenstein, owner of Ken Ordenstein Funerals, left, and Leialoha "Rocky" Kaluhiwa, vice president of the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, right, react outside Hawaii Gov. David Ige's office after he signed a bill on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Honolulu. The bill ensures that Native Hawaiians and others can practice an ancient tradition in which a corpse is cleansed by fire and the bones are held as sacred in a cloth before being buried. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)HONOLULU (AP) — The governor of Hawaii signed a bill on Tuesday ensuring that Native Hawaiians can practice an ancient tradition in which a corpse is cleansed by fire and the bones are held as sacred in a natural cloth before being buried or interred.


Pete Mackanin will remain Phillies' manager for rest of season

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:36
The Philadelphia Phillies say Pete Mackanin will stay as their manager for the rest of the season, general manager Ruben Amaro announced Tuesday.

Pete Mackanin will remain Phillies' manager for rest of season

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:36
The Philadelphia Phillies say Pete Mackanin will stay as their manager for the rest of the season, general manager Ruben Amaro announced Tuesday.

FBI investigating new fiber cable attack in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:36
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was investigating the incident, which appeared to be the latest in a string of fiber cable cuts in the San Francisco Bay area over the last year, according to special agent Greg Wuthrich of the Bureau's San Francisco division. The cut took place in Livermore, a city about 40 miles east of San Francisco, Wuthrich said. Wave Broadband said the fiber cables were physically severed beginning at 4:20 a.m. local time (1220 GMT).

Girl Scouts refuse $100,000 anti-transgender donation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:34
SEATTLE (AP) — The Girl Scouts of Western Washington said it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls.

Economists say Puerto Rico needs right to bankruptcy option

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:31

A man plays his guitar while he begs for money in front of a closed down business in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, June 29, 2015. International economists released a critical report on Puerto Rico's economy Monday on the heels of the governor's warning that the island can't pay its $72 billion public debt. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's financial future hung in limbo Tuesday as economists and officials warned that the U.S. territory could head down Greece's path if it is not allowed to declare bankruptcy as it struggles with $72 billion in public debt.


What's next for California's contentious vaccine law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:24

Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, is thanked by Leah Russin, holding her son Leo, 21 months, after Pank's measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated in response to a measles outbreak in Disneyland last year, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Sacramento,Calif. The bill, SB277, gives California one of the toughest vaccination laws in the country. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.


Escapee Says He Was Almost Caught Twice: DA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:24
David Sweat, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility with Richard Matt, was hiding in a hunting tree stand when an officer walked past him, according to the DA.

Escapee Says He Was Almost Caught Twice: DA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:24
David Sweat, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility with Richard Matt, was hiding in a hunting tree stand when an officer walked past him, according to the DA.

King of Prussia Mall offers preview of new expansion corridor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:24

King of Prussia Mall offers preview of new expansion corridorThe King of Prussia Mall is in the midst of a massive expansion and officials say the project is nearly halfway complete.