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Chinese dams blamed for exacerbating Southeast Asian drought

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- As China opened one of its six dams on the upper Mekong River last month to help parched Southeast Asian countries down river cope with a record drought, it was hailed as benevolent water diplomacy. But to critics of hydroelectric dams built on the Mekong over the concerns of governments and activists, it was the self-serving act of a country that, along with hydropower-exporting Laos, has helped worsen ... Full Story

NY state reaches deal to raise minimum wage toward $15 an hour

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

ALBANY, New York, (Reuters) - Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached a deal on Thursday to raise New York state's minimum wage towards $15 per hour, but fell short of a uniform state-wide increase. The deal outlines a faster rise in New York City, ... Full Story

US applications for jobless aid rise, but still near lows

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications still stayed near historic lows that point to a stable job market.THE NUMBERS: Applications for jobless aid rose 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 276,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The less-volat ... Full Story

Struggling steel industry sparks crisis in UK

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

Prime Minister David Cameron held a crisis meeting at 10 Downing St., and said the government would do "everything it can" to keep steelmaking in Britain.But, he said, "this is a difficult situation. There's no guarantee of success.""This industry is in difficulty rig ... Full Story

Obama gives second chance to 61 convicted drug offenders

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama commuted prison sentences for 61 non-violent drug offenders on Wednesday and the White House said he hopes to issue more pardons and commutations during his remaining months in office. Obama has pushed to reform t ... Full Story

FBI's secret method of unlocking iPhone may never reach Apple

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI may be allowed to withhold information about how it broke into an iPhone belonging to a gunman in the December San Bernardino shootings, despite a U.S. government policy of disclosing technology security flaws discovered by federal agencies. ... Full Story

New York mulls two-tier minimum wage in push for $15/hour

Tuesday March 29, 2016    4:40 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Officials negotiating New York's budget are considering capping the minimum wage in less affluent regions so they can raise it to $15 per hour in wealthier areas like New York City, according to top-ranking lawmakers. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has made a $15 state-wide hourly min ... Full Story

In war on Zika mosquitoes, Puerto Rico starting at 'square one'

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

SAN JUAN (Reuters) - The United States faces its first real challenge with the Zika virus on the island territory of Puerto Rico, a part of the nation that is perhaps least prepared to cope with what is expected to be its worst outbreak. Zika is spreading rapidly in Puerto Rico and is expected to peak in late summer and early fall. By year's end, public health officials estimate, hundreds of thousands of people will have been infected. It is the only part of the country that is experiencing a ... Full Story

Overpass collapse just latest construction accident in India

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

What followed was more or less routine in this country of 1.3 billion.The chief minister of West Bengal state blamed the private builders and the previous government that had commissioned the project. Other officials shot back by accusing her of playing politics. And the builders expressed surpris ... Full Story

Officials: US mulls new rules on dollars to help Iran

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration may soon tell foreign governments and banks they can start using the dollar in some instances to facilitate business with Iran, officials told The Associated Press, describing an arcane tweak to U.S. financial rules that could prove significant for ... Full Story

Forecasters warn of tornado threat after 7 hurt in Oklahoma

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Forecasters warned of possible tornadoes as thunderstorms rolled across parts of the South on Thursday, a day after at least seven people were injured when severe storms spawned multiple tornado touchdowns in northeastern Oklahoma. Hail and damaging winds were moving across the lower Mississippi River Valley, and the National Weather Service said the heavy rain may produce flash flooding in some areas. The weather service's Storm Prediction Center said the greatest threat of tornadoes and large hail was in northern Mississippi and Alabama, along with parts of Tennessee and southern Kentucky. Forecasters say more than 8 million people will be at an "enhanced" risk of severe weather in ... Full Story

Woman found murdered in bathtub inside Delaware County apartment

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

Police say a 36-year-old woman was apparently beaten and strangled to death inside her apartment in Secane, Pennsylvania. ... Full Story

Apple could use Brooklyn case to pursue details about FBI iPhone hack: source

Tuesday March 29, 2016    9:33 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If the U.S. Department of Justice asks a New York court to force Apple Inc to unlock an iPhone, the technology company could push the government to reveal how it accessed the phone which belonged to a shooter in San Bernardino, a source familiar with the situation ... Full Story

North Carolina transgender bathroom law faces federal court test

Tuesday March 29, 2016    12:30 AM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people barred under a new North Carolina law from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity filed a federal lawsuit on Monday, arguing the measure was discriminatory and threatened their personal safety. Nor ... Full Story

New taxidermy class a hit at Michigan high school

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

Not many, though, stuff and mount the critters afterward.A Michigan high school is teaching students to do just that.Croswell-Lexington High offered a taxidermy course for the first time this school year. So far, it's been a hit.Sixty students enrolled in the first two sections, and about a dozen had to be turned away, said Ryan Cayce, the principal at the school about 80 miles north of Detroit in a community near Lake Huron that long has ... Full Story

Affordable Model 3 is Tesla's biggest test yet

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

Tesla unveiled the Model 3 on Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio. It doesn't go on sale until late 2017, but in the first 24 hours that order banks were open, Tesla said it had more than 115,000 reservations. Long lines at Tesla stores, reminiscent of the crowds at Apple stores for ... Full Story

Ice wall at Fukushima plant switched on, but will it work?

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

TOKYO (AP) The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant switched on a giant refrigeration system on Thursday to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around its damaged reactors. Radioactive water has been flowing from the reactors, and other methods have failed to full ... Full Story

Judge schedules Rod Blagojevich's resentencing for June 30

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

CHICAGO (AP) A federal judge says former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be resentenced for his corruption convictions on June 30.U.S. District Judge James Zagel on Wednesday granted a request from federal prosecutors to schedule the resentencing for the 59-year-old Democrat. Prosecutors earlie ... Full Story

PHL subcontracted workers to strike Wednesday night

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

Subcontracted workers at the Philadelphia International Airport are joining employees at nine other airports in eight different cities for a strike set to begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday. ... Full Story

Parents of kids in SEPTA video 'ashamed,' 'angry'

Tuesday March 29, 2016    9:31 PM

The parents of young children seen in an online video hitting and spitting on a SEPTA train spoke to Action News Tuesday night. ... Full Story

North Carolina transgender bathroom law faces federal court test

Tuesday March 29, 2016    12:30 AM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people barred under a new North Carolina law from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity filed a federal lawsuit on Monday, arguing the measure was discriminatory and threatened their personal safety. Nor ... Full Story
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