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California signs law raising minimum wage to $10/hour by 2016

Business News<p>California has become the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour, although the increase will take place gradually until 2016 under a bill signed into law by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday.<p>The law raises minimum pay in the most …

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Asiana San Francisco crash: airline faces federal probe on passenger care

In the first investigation of its kind, federal transportation officials are reviewing whether Asiana Airlines failed to meet legal obligations to help the families of passengers after one of its planes crashed at San Francisco International Airport in July.<p>Three people died and dozens were injured …

AEG closing arguments: Michael Jackson made 'bad choices,' not us

The attorney for AEG Live told jurors Wednesday the concert promoter never hired the doctor who was treating Michael Jackson as he prepared for a comeback tour, never had a contract with him and had no idea the doctor was giving the singer the powerful anesthetic that killed him.<p>"Plaintiffs want …

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Senators Announce Bill That Ends NSA Phone Records Collection

Four U.S. Senators — Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky) — introduced legislation that would end the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.<p>"It will amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end dragnet domestic …

California Minimum Wage Increase Signed Into Law, Set To Be Nation's Highest

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Wednesday signed a bill approving a $2 minimum wage increase to be rolled out over the next three years. Unless another state passes a larger increase, the bump will make California's minimum wage the highest in the country.<p>The governor joined legislators, …

George Zimmerman’s wife: 'I have doubts but I also believe the evidence'

In the midst of divorce proceedings against husband George Zimmerman, Shellie Zimmerman said she has doubts about what really happened in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin last year, she told Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview.<p>"I'm conflicted on that,'' Shellie told Lauer on TODAY …

Declassified NSA files show agency spied on Muhammad Ali and MLK

The National Security Agency secretly tapped into the overseas phone calls of prominent critics of the Vietnam War, including Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali and two actively serving US senators, newly declassified material has revealed.<p>The NSA has been forced to disclose previously secret …

Obama Says Once Obamacare Works, 'They Will Not Call It Obamacare'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>President Obama is back on the campaign trail in an effort to bolster support for Obamacare — a need …

McDonald's goes global on nutritional offerings

Fast food giant will offer salads — not just fries — as sides in value meals in 2014.<p>Out: Fries with that?<p>In: Salad with that?<p>McDonald's on Thursday, in partnership with a nutrition-focused branch of the Clinton Foundation, revealed plans to begin offering side salads as substitutes for french …

Michael Jackson negligence case goes to jury

A jury will decide whether the promoter of the superstar's comeback tour was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray.<p>LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has started deliberations in a case claiming the promoter of Michael Jackson's comeback concerts was negligent in hiring the doctor who killed the …

McDonald's Says Bye-Bye To Sugary Sodas In Happy Meals

Fast-food giant McDonald's has made a commitment to stop marketing sodas as a beverage option in kids' Happy Meals.<p>Instead, the chain has committed to market and promote only milk, water and juice with the children's meals.<p>Now, if parents order a Coke or Sprite with their child's Happy Meal, they …

California prison hunger strike leader: 'If necessary we'll resume. This is war'

Todd Ashker enters the visitation cubicle and a metal door slides shut behind him. He places his hands into a slot so a guard on the other side can unlock the handcuffs. He rubs his wrists and sits on the fixed stool. Scars and tattoos cover his arms. The hair is grey and close cropped, the …

Amanda Knox, ex-lover face murder retrial in Italy

The retrial of Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend for the sexual abuse and murder of a British student in 2007 begins in Florence on Monday, amid fierce questioning of Italy's justice system.<p>Knox and Raffaele Sollecito spent four years behind bars for the murder of Meredith Kercher, who …

Nannies, maids in California to get overtime pay

Nannies and other domestic workers in California will be entitled to overtime pay under a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown, in a second major victory for lower-paid workers this week in the most populous U.S. state.<p>The law, which passed the legislature in the waning days of its session on …

Ku Klux Klan group gets Gettysburg battlefield permit

<b>A Maryland Ku Klux Klan group has been granted a permit to hold a rally at a renowned Civil War battlefield, US authorities have said.</b><p>The white supremacist group will hold the event on 5 October at the site of the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.<p>Park officials said US freedom of …

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Chinese police rescue 92 abducted children

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Women's Health Groups Sue Texas Over Its New Abortion Law

More than a dozen women's health care clinics have filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas, seeking to revoke parts of a controversial health law that puts new restrictions on clinics that provide abortions.<p>The law, House Bill 2, was signed by Gov. Rick Perry this summer after a contentious …

China’s plans to cut coal pollution will unleash another environmental catastrophe instead

Think China’s coal-fired power plants are dirty? You haven’t seen anything yet.<p>The country plans to build up to 40 massive projects to convert coal to synthetic natural gas (SNG), a process that would dramatically increase China’s greenhouse emissions, and emit huge volumes of toxins while …