SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of restaurant servers, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers in the state will soon make $7.50 an hour before tips, a big raise for them and a significant increase in labor costs for business owners.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Democrat Ted Strickland plans to jump into the U.S. Senate race against Republican Rob Portman, adding a formidable contender with statewide name recognition to the 2016 contest, a Democrat with knowledge of Strickland's plans said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara didn't mince words after bringing bribery charges against then-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, saying the powerful lawmaker practiced "the greedy art of secret self-reward." Now Silver's lawyers say the prosecutor's rhetoric went so far that the case should be thrown out.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lawyer for a former junior partner suing a venture capital firm in a Silicon Valley sex bias suit contended Tuesday that his client was passed over for promotions because she was a woman and then fired after she complained.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Florida developer agreed to buy Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel for $82 million on Tuesday, a week after a bankruptcy judge declared his former deal to buy it at a higher price dead.
The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years could spread if talks over improved safety conditions do not resume soon, United Steelworkers union (USW) International President Leo Gerard said on Tuesday. Union members work at more than 200 oil terminals, pipelines, refineries and chemical plants in the U.S. [ID:nL1N0VX1JM] The USW has said it is seeking to retain safety provisions from previous contracts and tighten fatigue standards for workers, as well as win back daily maintenance jobs now done by non-union contractors. Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc [RDSa.L], is the lead oil company negotiator.
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Fire Chief Jack Johnson was standing outside a home under renovation near the Jersey shore in the neighborhood where residents had reported a strong smell of natural gas Tuesday morning.
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will easily take first place in Tuesday's municipal election, but polls show he may miss the 50 percent mark needed to avoid a run-off in the race to lead the financially challenged, third-largest U.S. city. Emanuel, 55, a former chief of staff to President Barack Obama seeking a second term as mayor, has already spent millions of dollars in the non-partisan race against four challengers, and a second round will mean six more weeks of expensive campaigning. Emanuel is close to the mark, getting 48.3 percent of the vote in a recent Ogden & Fry poll. His nearest opponent is Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia at 26.5 percent, followed by businessman Willie Wilson with 15.2 percent.
By Luciana Lopez Trenton, NJ (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie struck a deal with the state's teachers on a "road map" for pension reform while warning of a dire future if other unions do not make similar commitments to cut the cost of workers' retirement benefits. The tentative agreement between Christie, a Republican weighing a bid for the White House in 2016, and the New Jersey Education Association marked a dramatic turn in a long-bitter relationship.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz three decades ago was prompted by police on details of the case before he confessed to the crimes, a police detective testified on Tuesday. Pedro Hernandez, who is charged in the disappearance of the New York boy, did not know the time or date when the child vanished in 1979, New York Police Detective David Ramirez testified in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Hernandez confessed in 2012 to luring Patz into a Manhattan deli where he worked with a promise of a soda, strangling him, stuffing him in a bag and dumping him in an alley, police say. Hernandez' defense attorneys say the confession was coerced and that he is mentally ill and suffers hallucinations.