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  • Los Angeles closes in on approving $15 minimum wage

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The City Council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020, but a second vote is required for final approval because…

  • Google founder defends accident records of self-driving cars

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google co-founder Sergey Brin says the Internet company isn’t releasing the accident reports involving its self-driving cars to protect the privacy of the other motorists in the crashes. Brin’s explanation…

  • Postal Service takes steps to fire gyrocopter pilot

    RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) — A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America’s most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol says his employer, the United States Postal Service, is taking steps to…

  • $4 million fire-prevention grant ignites passions in Oakland

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — City officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the…

  • Streaming service Tidal to offer discounts to students

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z’s struggling streaming service Tidal is watering down its prices for students. Tidal announced Wednesday it would offer its $9.99 service for $4.99 to those with a “valid .edu email…

  • US officials warn of encrypted communications by extremists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed concern Wednesday about the growing use of encrypted communication and private messaging by supporters of the Islamic State, saying the technology was complicating efforts to monitor terror…

  • Drink mas? Taco Bell to serve alcohol at Chicago location

    NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell says it will serve beer, wine and “mixed alcohol freezes” at a new location set to open in Chicago this summer. The chain, owned by Yum Brands Inc., says…

  • Analysis: NSA bill barely touches the agency’s vast powers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The surveillance law enacted this week stands as the most significant curb on the government’s investigative authorities since the 1970s. But it’s practically inconsequential in the universe of the National Security Agency’s…

  • United apologizes after Muslim chaplain’s soda complaint

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Shuttle America flight attendant “will no longer serve United customers” following an investigation into a Muslim chaplain’s complaint of discriminatory treatment during a flight, an airline spokesman said Wednesday. In an…

  • Orange would cut Israel link if not for risk of penalties

    CAIRO (AP) — French telecoms giant Orange SA would end its relationship with an Israeli operator that pays to use its name “tomorrow” if it could, but to do so would be a “huge risk”…

  • Top NY regulator issues final rules for bitcoin licenses

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York state’s chief financial regulator has issued final rules for companies dealing in bitcoin, adding more oversight to the virtual currency that has widened in popularity and moved into the commercial…

  • AP News Guide to case against former Speaker Dennis Hastert

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will appear in federal court next week on charges that he evaded banking regulations as part of a plan to pay $3.5 million to a person…

  • Dollar higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading. It’s worth 1.25 Canadian dollars, up from late Tuesday. And the dollar is trading at 15.53 Mexican…

  • California’s largest lake threatened by urban water transfer

    SALTON CITY, Calif. (AP) — Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California’s largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on desolate shores. Flocks of eared grebes and shoreline birds…

  • The Latest: Beckham says FIFA scandal is infuriating

    1925 GMT (3:25 p.m. EDT) David Beckham says he has found it infuriating watching the FIFA scandal escalate over the last week and that it is time for soccer’s governing body to change. The former…