Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law
Mon, 02 May 2016 20:48:17 -0400
The Seattle law's supporters hailed the court's action, which left intact a lower court ruling backing the measure, as a defeat for "the big business lobby" that has taken aim at minimum wage hikes. The International Franchise Association and the businesses that challenged the measure did not target the actual wage hike. Instead, they argued that it was unfair for Seattle to exclude local franchises of big companies like McDonald's and Burger King from the small companies that the law gives three extra years to pay employees at least $15 per hour.
Solar-powered plane lands in Arizona on round-the-world flight
Tue, 03 May 2016 01:12:56 -0400
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A solar-powered airplane midway through a historic bid to circle the globe completed the tenth leg of its journey on Monday, landing in Arizona after a 16-hour flight from California, the project team said. The Swiss team flying the aircraft in a campaign to build support for clean energy technologies hopes eventually to complete its circumnavigation in Abu Dhabi, where the journey began in March 2015. The spindly, single-seat experimental aircraft, dubbed Solar Impulse 2, arrived in Phoenix shortly before 9 p.m., following a flight from San Francisco that took it over the Mojave Desert.
Seattle city council rejects street closing plan for proposed arena
Tue, 03 May 2016 03:28:17 -0400
Seattle's city council on Monday narrowly rejected a proposal that would pave the way for a new sports arena, dimming the hopes for the NBA to return to the city after the beloved SuperSonics moved away in 2008. The council voted 4-5 against a plan that involved closing a city street and selling land to billionaire Chris Hansen, who hopes to build an 19,000-seat arena that could attract NHL and NBA franchises to Seattle, according to city officials. "Todayâs City Council vote was disappointing but we donât believe it is the end of the road in our quest to bring the NBA and NHL back to Seattle," the Seattle hedge fund manager said in a statement.
Solar plane arrives in Arizona on latest leg of global trip
Tue, 03 May 2016 04:37:53 -0400
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) â An airplane powered only by sunlight has arrived in a Phoenix suburb after completing the latest leg of its global trip.
Deputy shoots man who was waving gun in South Carolina
Tue, 03 May 2016 04:22:31 -0400
TAYLORS, S.C. (AP) â The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating after a deputy shot a man authorities say was waving a gun in Greenville County.
Anti-abortion activist goes to trial over letter to doctor
Tue, 03 May 2016 03:54:32 -0400
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) â A Kansas anti-abortion activist faces trial in federal court this week over a letter she sent to a Wichita physician saying someone might place an explosive under the doctor's car.
Move over drones, driverless cars _ unmanned ship up next
Tue, 03 May 2016 03:53:23 -0400
SAN DIEGO (AP) â It's not only drones and driverless cars that may become the norm someday â ocean-faring ships might also run without captains or crews.
Judge agrees to move trial for dad in toddler hot SUV death
Tue, 03 May 2016 03:41:41 -0400
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) â Acknowledging the intense and extensive media coverage of the case of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die, the judge decided it would be wise to move the trial away from the county where the boy died.
Uber, China's Alipay expand cooperation to foreign markets
Tue, 03 May 2016 03:41:06 -0400
BEIJING (AP) â Ride-hailing service Uber and the payment service of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group are expanding a partnership to allow Chinese travelers to summon and pay for a car in any country where Uber operates.
INSIDE WASHINGTON: Ag groups seek exemption from scrutiny
Tue, 03 May 2016 03:24:10 -0400
NEW YORK (AP) â Congress is pushing the Agriculture Department to exempt the groups behind promotional campaigns like "The Incredible, Edible Egg" and "Pork, the Other White Meat" from public scrutiny of their internal operations despite recent controversy.