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June 1, 2015 - 9:06pm
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate has approved a plan to again raise California's minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tied to the rate of inflation after that.

Senators on Monday approved the bill, SB3 by Sen. Mark Leno, on a 23-15 vote, with Republican lawmakers opposed.

The proposal by the San Francisco Democrat comes just two years after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving California one of the highest...

June 1, 2015 - 8:05pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says he has directed the Transportation Security Administration to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the country.

Johnson's directives come after the agency's inspector general briefed him on a report analyzing vulnerabilities in airport security — specifically, the ability to bring prohibited items through TSA checkpoints....

June 1, 2015 - 7:33pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman at the center of a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against an elite Silicon Valley venture capital firm is appealing a jury verdict against her.

Alan Exelrod, an attorney for plaintiff Ellen Pao, filed a 2-page notice of appeal on Monday in San Francisco Superior Court.

A jury in March found that defendant Kleiner Perkins did not discriminate or retaliate against Pao.

Pao's attorneys claimed she was...

June 1, 2015 - 7:08pm
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating a monkey breeding facility in southwest Florida after an animal welfare group said an undercover worker found sick and injured monkeys living in inhumane and unsanitary conditions.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a video Monday purporting to show conditions at Primate Products Inc. in Hendry County. PETA first gave the video exclusively to The Associated Press.

After meeting...

June 1, 2015 - 6:40pm
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PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix is suing the Federal Aviation Administration over flight path changes that have led to aircraft noise that's plaguing some historic city neighborhoods.

Mayor Greg Stanton said Monday that the city has tried to resolve the issue numerous times, but the FAA hasn't proposed any meaningful changes.

Stanton says Phoenix is "left with no choice but to sue."

Phoenix residents have sent hundreds of complaints to...

June 1, 2015 - 6:28pm
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DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling 1 million Mustang and GT sports cars because their driver's side air bags could potentially explode.

The air bags made by Takata Corp. can inflate with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

Ford recalled nearly 500,000 Mustangs and GTs for the problem in December. But facing government pressure, Takata agreed last week to expand the number of air bag inflators that need to be recalled to 33....

June 1, 2015 - 6:27pm
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups are renewing a challenge to a 2008 federal petroleum lease sale off Alaska's northwest shore where Royal Dutch Shell PLC hopes to drill this summer.

The Department of Interior in March concluded that it had sufficiently corrected its flawed environmental analysis preceding the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE') Sea sale.

The sale brought in $2.7 billion for the federal government. Shell spent $2.1 billion on high bids...

June 1, 2015 - 6:13pm
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta say they're changing their business models to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless drought in California.

Michael George, the state's delta watermaster, said Monday that roughly 120 farmers in the delta had filed their water-saving plans ahead of a midnight deadline. He expects more to come.

Delta farmers pitched the voluntary deal in exchange...

June 1, 2015 - 6:00pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated Roberta Jacobson, the top U.S. diplomat for Latin America, to be ambassador to Mexico.

Jacobson has been a career diplomat and serves as State's assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs. She has been a key participant in the Obama administration's negotiations to open relations with Cuba.

Obama is nominating Jacobson after his previous nominee, Maria Echaveste, withdrew from...

June 1, 2015 - 5:45pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last of three men convicted of starting a campfire that later destroyed five homes east of Los Angeles has been sentenced to probation, but he likely will be paying restitution the rest of his life.

U.S. District Court Judge George Wu sentenced 24-year-old Jonathan Jarrell to three years of probation Monday. Jarrell and two others convicted in the Colby fire also must pay $9.1 million in restitution to homeowners and agencies that fought the...

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