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April 15, 2015 - 11:03am
1 week 5 days ago

SEATTLE (AP) — For some companies, Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law isn't doing enough to help workers.

The CEO of Gravity Payments, a Seattle-based company that processes credit-card payments, told his employees this week that he was taking a pay cut so they would earn a base wage of $70,000.

Seattle television station KING reports (http://is.gd/zAcR2p ) that the announcement surprised everyone at a company meeting.

CEO Dan...

April 15, 2015 - 11:02am
1 week 5 days ago

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has a long legal road ahead, even after being convicted of a 2013 murder charge.

Hernandez is charged in a 2012 double killing in Boston, accused in the drive-by shooting of two men he felt disrespected him at a nightclub. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder in that case.

Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the 2013 shooting of...

April 15, 2015 - 10:39am
1 week 5 days ago

Key dates in the case of Aaron Hernandez:

— June 8, 2010: Hernandez, a standout tight end drafted from the University of Florida, signs a four-year contract with the New England Patriots.

— Jan. 1, 2012: He sets a career best with 138 receiving yards in a win over Buffalo.

— July 16, 2012: Two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, are shot to death in their car as they wait at a red light in Boston's South End neighborhood....

April 15, 2015 - 10:39am
1 week 5 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A rogue ex-police officer testifying against drug squad colleagues in a federal corruption trial in Philadelphia admits he committed "thousands" of crimes during his career.

Former city officer Jeffrey Walker says his squad routinely lied in court after planting drugs in suspects' cars or stealing their bundles of cash.

Walker acknowledged Wednesday that his lies led to any number of unjust convictions. He says he didn't consider...

April 15, 2015 - 10:35am
1 week 5 days ago

1:35 P.M.

The family of the man killed by former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has thanked people from around the world who sent cards and flowers and reached out on social media.

Odin Lloyd's sister, Olivia Thibou, said Wednesday that prosecutors in the murder trial were her "dream team."

The family spoke shortly after Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in Lloyd's 2013 shooting death and sentenced to life without parole...

April 15, 2015 - 10:35am
1 week 5 days ago

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon will drive a blue and white Penn State car for a June race at Pennsylvania's Pocono Raceway.

The four-time Sprint Cup Series winner unveiled the design Tuesday at Penn State. He drove a replica of the repainted Chevrolet SS around campus and attended a rally with the marching band and cheerleaders.

Gordon says the special paint scheme is part of a partnership between the university and one of his...

April 15, 2015 - 10:18am
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government audit says misguided policies, unreasonable workloads and poor leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department are to blame for mismanagement of disability and pension claims in Philadelphia.

The VA inspector general's blistering 78-page report, which was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, takes aim at the department's handling and payment of compensation claims.

It concludes the Philadelphia regional office...

April 15, 2015 - 10:00am
1 week 5 days ago

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their prospects for a strong spring home-selling season.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose this month to 56, up four points from March.

Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.

Builders' outlook for sales of single-family homes over the next six months climbed to its highest level...

April 15, 2015 - 9:59am
1 week 5 days ago

ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A suspended New Jersey teacher says her third-grade class asked about writing "get well" letters to a sick inmate convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer.

Marylin Zuniga told the Orange school board on Tuesday night she made a mistake and had learned from it. She said she was prepared to resign if the panel decides to fire her.

The letters were delivered to Mumia Abu-Jamal in prison following his hospitalization last...

April 15, 2015 - 9:58am
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says his forces intend to liberate the western Anbar province and secure the strategic town of Beiji before taking aim at the northern city of Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State fighters since last June.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (HY'-dahr ahl ah-BAH'-dee) discussed the military campaign in an interview Wednesday with a small group of American reporters a day after he met with President Barack Obama....

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