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Bill attacks growing corporate wage gap via new corporate tax penalties

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California effort to lead a national debate over the growing wage gap between CEOs and average workers took its first step in the state Legislature on Thursday with support from Democratic lawmakers, organized labor and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

April 24, 2014 | | Nation


SoCal boy, 13, arrested with gun at school

GARDEN GROVE (AP) - Police say a 13-year-old boy is being held in an Orange County juvenile hall after taking handgun and a loaded magazine to school.

April 24, 2014 | | Nation


Postal workers protest Staples program

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Postal workers in cities big and small protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees.

April 24, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla’s Musk paid $70,000 during 2013

FREMONT (AP) - Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was paid just under $70,000 in 2013. But he could be in line for much, much more.

April 24, 2014 | | Nation


US proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes.

April 24, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon launches grocery service for Prime members

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is taking aim at grocery stores and discounters like Wal-Mart with a grocery service that lets its Prime loyalty club members fill up to a 45-pound box with groceries and get it shipped for a flat rate of $5.99.

April 24, 2014 | | Nation


Google, Apple settle workers lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.

April 24, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon 1st quarter net income jumps

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon's first-quarter profit rose 18 percent as shoppers continued to flock to the online mega retailer to buy goods.

April 24, 2014 | | Nation


Tentative deal reached in TSA breast-milk suit

PHOENIX (AP) - A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security Administration.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Man kills 2 with wheelchair armrest

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


4th grader sells pot in Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - School officials in northern Colorado are asking parents to take care with their newly legal recreational marijuana, after fourth graders were caught dealing the drug on an elementary school campus.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


School bus driver accused of bullying

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A school bus driver has been placed on leave while the Olympia School District investigates accusations that he bullied a developmentally disabled 14-year-old girl.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Carry rights expanded in Georgia

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Homeowner: 2 teens shot were ‘vermin’

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Jurors listened Wednesday as a man called two teenagers who broke into his central Minnesota home "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after fatally shooting them.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Early release for inmates jailed for 10 years?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release - and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


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Teacher obsessed with pupil, 11

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An elementary school teacher who resigned this month was obsessed with one of her 11-year-old students, encrypting her phone number on the girl's math homework, exchanging thousands of text messages with her and even talking of running away with her, authorities said Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Waffle taco is dead; biscuit taco to replace

NEW YORK (AP) - The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


Mom arrested after 2 kids found dead in freezer

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit mother was arrested Tuesday after the frozen bodies of a boy and girl were found in a deep freezer in the family's home, police said.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


Officer charged with killing unarmed driver lying facedown

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


Nude neighbor exposes law’s limit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man who has continually irritated his neighbors by standing naked in the front door of his home has exposed a state law that local prosecutors want to change.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


NYC introduces new juice rules for day cares

NEW YORK (AP) - Children under 2 will not be allowed juice at New York City-licensed day cares and all other children will be limited to 4 ounces of juice a day, under new rules adopted by the city's Board of Health.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


Appeals court sets hearing on Obama action

HOUSTON (AP) - A court hearing has been set for April 17 on whether a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action should be lifted, a federal appeals court announced Tuesday.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


Christie: Liberty comes from God not government

WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent much of a town hall-style meeting Tuesday in his state talking up what he believes makes a winning candidate and espousing the principle that rights and liberties come from God, not government.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


Tax time means overhaul subsidy repayments

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Half of the U.S. households eligible for help buying insurance last year under the health care overhaul will likely have to repay some of that aid this tax season, thanks to the tricky task of predicting future income.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


Federal workers owe more than $3.5B in unpaid taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes last year, a $200 million increase over the previous year, the IRS said Tuesday.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


Are you willing to pay to watch video clips online?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting on it.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


89-year-old Utah man feels lucky to survive 400-sting bee attack

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - An 89-year-old Utah man says he feels lucky to be alive after being stung nearly 400 times during a bee attack at a baseball game.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


89-year-old Utah man feels lucky to survive 400-sting bee attack

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - An 89-year-old Utah man says he feels lucky to be alive after being stung nearly 400 times during a bee attack at a baseball game.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Comic Marty Allen marks 93rd birthday with stand-up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On his 93rd birthday, comedian Marty Allen could easily rest on his laughs.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


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