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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania company that publishes business newsletters will pay about $1.75 million to thousands of employees who had to clock out while going on short breaks, including for the bathroom. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a federal judge has given the U.S. Department...
Today is Monday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2016. There are 362 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 4, 1896, Utah was admitted as the 45th state. On this date: In 1821, the first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In...
Protesters march on Court Avenue in support of an Oregon ranching family facing jail time for arson in Burns, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Family members were convicted of the arsons three years ago and served time. But a judge ruled their terms were too short under federal law and ordered them back to prison for about four years each. Les Zaitz/The Oregonian via AP
BURNS, Ore. (AP) — People in this rural eastern Oregon town are used to worrying about friction between the federal government and locals, but the armed takeover of a nearby national wildlife refuge is raising concerns to a new high. Keith Landon, a longtime resident of Burns and employee at the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, who carved out her own considerable success with R&B hits like “Our Love” and “This Will Be” before triumphantly intertwining their legacies to make his “Unforgettable” their signature hit through technological...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Federal accident investigators are considering launching another search of the wreckage of a freighter that sank in October in an attempt to locate the ship’s “black box.” Tom Roth-Roffy, the lead investigator for National Transportation Safety Board, told The...
Director/producer George Lucas poses for a portrait in Las Vegas. Dining across the street from Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles the night "Star Wars" came out in 1977, Lucas watched in astonishment as lines spiraled down the block. The movie would set a new opening weekend record. More than 40 weeks later "Star Wars" was still no. 1. The new 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens," remains number 1 after three weeks.AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” marched confidently into the new year, raking in an additional $88.3 million over the New Year’s weekend and topping the box office for a third week, according to studio estimates Sunday. In addition to setting a new high mark in New Year’s box...
BOSTON (AP) — America’s marquee marathon is ready for its close-up. “Boston,” the first feature-length documentary film about the Boston Marathon, is in the works. Its creators say the movie will go well beyond the 2013 bombings to retrace the iconic footrace’s first steps in 1897. “Over the...
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Society of Film Critics has voted “Spotlight” the best picture of 2015. Society members who gathered Sunday at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York also awarded the film the prize for best screenplay. The movie chronicles The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer...
ROWLAND HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) — A man shot and killed his wife and two others in his home on New Year’s Eve before his son wrestled the gun away and fatally shot him in a chain of events apparently set off by a dispute over a washing machine, authorities said Friday. The two other victims killed...
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered. After more than a decade of wrangling, Congress repealed a labeling law last month that required retailers to include the animal’s country of origin on packages of red meat. It’s a major...

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