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  • Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. That's because more than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the hourly minimum, currently $7.25. Those exclusions run from some workers with...

  • Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama. Her approach reflects common...

  • Oklahoma's US Senate candidates speak on panel

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three of the top Republican contenders for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn are touting their conservative credentials in a town hall-style forum. Former state Sen. Randy Brogdon, two-term U.S. Rep. James Lankford, and former House...

  • Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — They're called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others. Younger girls often wear them as pants with little fuss. But as those same girls approach middle school, leggings have become a clothing...

  • Va. Tech pays US fines related to 2007 killings

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech has paid federal fines totaling $32,500 for failing to issue a timely alert when a gunman began his killing rampage on campus seven years ago Wednesday, leaving 33 people dead. The U.S. Department of Education said Tech has paid fines for two...

  • Ex-California city leader gets 12 years in prison

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. Robert Rizzo apologized during sentencing in Los Angeles County...

  • Clinton White House documents to be released

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents on Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration. The records will cover a wide range of topics, including former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's role in health care...

  • A look at 3 minority business mentoring programs

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A look at minority business mentoring programs, called accelerators, in three metropolitan areas. All the programs aim to help already established companies owned by minorities win contracts with large companies and organizations. The goal is for them to expand and hire more workers,...

  • Yellen: Fed stimulus still needed for job market

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges. In her first major speech on Fed policy, Yellen sought...

  • Bank of America posts loss, hurt by legal charges

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America said Wednesday that it swung to a loss in the first quarter, hurt by $6 billion in legal charges. A LOSS: The Charlotte, N.C., bank reported a loss applicable to common shareholders of $514 million, compared with a profit of $1.11 billion a...

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