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September 25, 2015 - 12:02am
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MIAMI (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio wants employers to get a tax credit if they offer employees paid family leave.

The Florida senator will introduce his plan Friday when he speaks in Washington at an annual gathering of social conservatives, the Values Voter Summit.

Under his proposal, Rubio would give businesses a 25 percent tax credit for providing at least four weeks of paid family leave. It would be limited to 12 weeks of...

September 25, 2015 - 12:00am
1 week 4 days ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are poised to restore rules requiring a 10 percent cut in carbon emissions on fuels sold in the state by 2020.

The rules further strengthen California's toughest-in-the-nation emissions standards. Oil producers warn they could drive up costs at the gas pump.

Environmentalists and some business groups are hailing Friday's anticipated vote by state air regulators as key to reducing greenhouse gas...

September 24, 2015 - 11:34pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is paying a visit to the children's animated series "Doc McStuffins."

In the episode, the cartoon Mrs. Obama invites Doc and other kids who are making a difference in their communities to the White House to be honored.

Doc receives special recognition when the first lady appoints her the official toy doctor for the White House.

Disney Junior's "Doc McStuffins" is about a 6-year-old...

September 24, 2015 - 11:28pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A driver who killed an Italian honeymooner and injured 17 pedestrians on a crowded Venice Beach boardwalk has been sentenced to 42 years to life in prison.

Nathan Campbell's sentence Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court came after a judge said his apology fell short of taking responsibility for his crimes.

Campbell was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of newlywed Alice Gruppioni and dozens of other charges....

September 24, 2015 - 11:04pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. administration officials say China will announce plans Friday to launch a national system to limit greenhouse gases and force industries to purchase pollution credits.

The officials say Beijing plans to put the system known as cap-and-trade into place in 2017 as part of measures aimed to address climate change in cooperation with the U.S. and others.

A statement to be released following Friday's summit between President Barack...

September 24, 2015 - 10:29pm
1 week 4 days ago

LUKE, Md. (AP) — According to the Maryland Department of the Environment, 10,000 gallons of latex used for paper coating spilled from the Verso paper mill into the North Branch of the Potomac River during a four-hour period.

The Cumberland Times-News reports ( ) that the latex spilled as it was unloaded from a rail car Wednesday, and the spill was discharged through a collection system to the UPRC plant.

MDE spokesman Jay...

September 24, 2015 - 10:22pm
1 week 4 days ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the deaths of walruses found in northwest Alaska.

The carcasses were photographed last week on a beach near Point Lay, the same site where 35,000 animals gathered Sept. 2.

The cause of death has not been confirmed, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a release it appear the walrus died of natural causes. It did not provide a number of carcasses that were found....

September 24, 2015 - 8:39pm
1 week 4 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former "Scandal" actor Columbus Short is avoiding jail time after pleading no contest to punching a man at a Los Angeles restaurant last year.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Short entered the plea Thursday to a felony count of assault likely to cause great bodily injury. Short was sentenced to three years' probation and two months of community labor, and he must take 26 anger-management classes.

Short also...

September 24, 2015 - 8:37pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has spoken to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (TSEE'-prahs) and congratulated him on his party's success in recent elections.

The White House says the leaders spoke by phone Thursday. During the call, Obama said he looked forward to working with the new Greek government as it works to implement economic reforms.

Greece's new coalition government formally assumed its duties Wednesday, pledging to enforce...

September 24, 2015 - 8:10pm
1 week 4 days ago

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Charges have been dropped against two of six people arrested after a disturbance aboard a Southwest Airlines flight that led to an unscheduled landing in Amarillo, Texas.

A federal criminal complaint had accused the six of interfering with a flight crew and aiding and abetting others aboard the Aug. 31 flight from San Diego to Chicago, prompting the unscheduled landing.

However, a federal magistrate in Amarillo granted a...

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