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Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:36

In this June 26, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, June 29. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.


Baby dies after pregnant woman shot in West Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:31

Baby dies after pregnant woman shot in West Oak LanePolice are looking for two suspects after a shooting in West Oak Lane that left a pregnant woman and a man wounded and claimed the life of the woman's unborn child.


UCC church to divest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:30
NEW YORK (AP) — The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, in a sign of the growing momentum of a U.S. protest movement against Israeli policy.

4th set of triplets delivered at California hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:28
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors at a Central California hospital have delivered a fourth set of triplets in the last four weeks.

4th set of triplets delivered at California hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:28
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors at a Central California hospital have delivered a fourth set of triplets in the last four weeks.

Christie says he's running in 2016 to 'change the world'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:23

Christie says he's running in 2016 to 'change the world'New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prepared Tuesday to launch his 2016 campaign for president, telling his most loyal supporters that he's ready to begin what he called a "noble" effort to "lead our country and to change the world."


Obama seeks overtime rules revamp that could help 5 million workers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:18

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after signing the Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act and Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015 during ceremony at White House in WashingtonUnder the proposal, the maximum income a salaried worker could earn and still be eligible for mandatory overtime pay would rise to $50,440 from $23,660, the first significant change in four decades. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said millions of workers would earn an estimated $1.3 billion in additional wages annually. Others would work less hours for the same amount of money, and many businesses would create new part-time positions to fill the gap, he said.


All lanes reopened after dump truck overturns on Pa. Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:18

All lanes reopened after dump truck overturns on Pa. TurnpikeAll lanes and ramps from I-276 westbound to I-476 northbound and southbound have reopened, nearly five hours after a dump truck overturned, trapping the driver in the wreckage.


Florida cracks down on people posing pets as service animals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:10
People who try to sneak their pets into restaurants, airplanes and other public places by claiming they are specially trained service animals could face 60 days in jail under a Florida law taking effect on Wednesday.    "I love my cat," Florida state Representative Jimmy Smith, a Republican who sponsored the legislation, said on Tuesday. Pet owners can easily obtain service animal vests and registration documents, even for untrained pets, by sending as little as $75 to otherwise legitimate training facilities.

Florida cracks down on people posing pets as service animals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:10
People who try to sneak their pets into restaurants, airplanes and other public places by claiming they are specially trained service animals could face 60 days in jail under a Florida law taking effect on Wednesday.    "I love my cat," Florida state Representative Jimmy Smith, a Republican who sponsored the legislation, said on Tuesday. Pet owners can easily obtain service animal vests and registration documents, even for untrained pets, by sending as little as $75 to otherwise legitimate training facilities.

US church to divest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:09
NEW YORK (AP) — The United Church of Christ has voted to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

US church to divest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:09
NEW YORK (AP) — The United Church of Christ has voted to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

AP source: Prison boss, 11 others put on leave in aftermath of killers' escape 3 weeks ago

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:04
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — AP source: Prison boss, 11 others put on leave in aftermath of killers' escape 3 weeks ago.

AP source: Prison boss, 11 others put on leave in aftermath of killers' escape 3 weeks ago

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:04
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — AP source: Prison boss, 11 others put on leave in aftermath of killers' escape 3 weeks ago.

Search underway for man near Jersey shore inlet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:59

Search underway for man near Jersey shore inletRescuers are searching for a man who was in distress in the ocean near Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood.


Embattled rebel flag reassessed at Georgia's Stone Mountain

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:55
ATLANTA (AP) — At Georgia's iconic Stone Mountain — where the Confederacy is enshrined in a giant bas-relief sculpture, the Ku Klux Klan once held notorious cross-burnings and rebel battle flags still wave prominently — officials are considering what to do about those flags.

Texas grandmother survives for two days after crashing car into ravine

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:53
A 75-year-old Texas woman who crashed her car into a rural ravine and fractured her spine survived for two days by drinking three cans of soda and water she collected with a rag, police said on Tuesday. Wanda Mobley was driving to Oklahoma when her car went off the road on Friday near Seymour, Texas, about 160 miles northwest of Dallas, according to the Baylor County Sheriff's Office. A relative searching for her on Sunday saw a highway sign that had been hit by a car and found Mobley's vehicle in a ravine about 150 yards from the road, the office said.

Supreme Court takes up major case on public sector union fees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:34

File photo of the U.S. flag flying in front of the Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that could weaken public sector unions, a challenge by 10 nonunion public school teachers who say California's requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights. The case comes as some Republican politicians, most notably Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, have taken aim at public and private sector unions, which generally align themselves with Democrats. In 2011, Walker signed a law that limited collective bargaining rights for state workers.


Maine inn's essay contest did not violate law, state police say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:17
The owner of the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant, located east of the White Mountains near the New Hampshire border, attracted national attention in March when she said she was retiring and planned to give away the property to the winner of an essay contest. The catch was that owner Janice Sage planned to charge $125 per entry to the contest and aimed for some 7,500 applicants - enough to raise more than $900,000, covering the cost of the property and providing $20,000 in seed money for the new owner. After naming the winners in June, Prince and Rose Adams of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Sage came under public criticism that the contest had been unfair and that the winning couple were chosen because they had prior inn-keeping experience, according to local media reports.

Justices take up dispute over union fees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 22:45

In this 2013 photo provided by Center for Individual Rights, Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran Orange County, Calif., school teacher, poses for a portrait. _ The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. (Greg Schneider/Courtesy of the Center for Individual Rights via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.