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  • Louisville lawmakers approve minimum wage hike

    By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) - Louisville, Kentucky officials on Thursday approved an increase to the city's minimum wage, boosting it from the federal rate of $7.25 to $9 an hour by 2017, becoming the 12th city to approve a hike this year. The increase, which came after a series…

  • Hever Castle

    A Tudor manor of exquisite beauty, Hever Castle was once home to Anne Boleyn. You can even stay the night! 

  • Massive Los Angeles construction fire was arson, authorities say

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A construction fire that gutted an entire city block of downtown Los Angeles and caused up to $30 million in damages was an act of arson, authorities said on Thursday. Los Angeles Fire Department officials have previously said the blaze, one of the largest…

  • Colorado boy, 14, sentenced to 10 years for dad’s murder

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 14-year-old Colorado boy who admitted shooting his father dead and concealing the death by calling the man’s work for five days to say his dad was ill was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said. Kai Kelly, who was 13 at the time of the…

  • Washington governor pushes capital gains tax in face of budget gap

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday proposed a new tax on capital gains to try to close a projected budget shortfall of more than $2 billion, rolling back on a no-new-taxes campaign pledge. The proposal, which Inslee said would provide much-needed…

  • Uber's fight of California data-sharing rule highlights its bumpy road

    By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansion. The issue, which is being heard in a…

  • Exclusive: Creditor to oppose San Bernardino bankruptcy plan favoring Calpers - source

    By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A major capital markets creditor of bankrupt San Bernardino, California, will oppose any exit plan that is more favorable to Calpers, California's public pension fund, a source familiar with the creditor's strategy said on Thursday. The creditor intends to pursue…

  • Journalist sues over arrest at protest in Ferguson, Missouri

    By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - A Washington-based journalist has sued St. Louis County and one of its police lieutenants, saying his rights were violated when he was arrested while covering protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, court papers…

  • Neighboring states challenge Colorado pot laws in top U.S. court

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Nebraska and Oklahoma challenged neighboring Colorado's recreational marijuana laws in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday amid complaints its pot was seeping across their borders, and Colorado vowed to defend its laws. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said…

  • Pennsylvania couple plead not guilty in starvation death of disabled son

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania mother and father accused of letting their 9-year-old disabled son starve to death last summer entered pleas of not guilty on Thursday. Jarrod Tutko, 38, and Kimberly Tutko, 39, appeared in shackles for their arraignment in the Dauphin…

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  • Arizona sheriff to disband unit that targeted immigrants workers in raids

    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is disbanding a squad that targeted undocumented immigrants in workplace raid, his office said on Thursday, following a lawsuit by groups that accused the controversial lawman of infringing on the powers of the federal government. The move is the…

  • Fraternity closed at California university over anti-rape march harassment

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - (This story corrects headline, first paragraph to show that fraternity agreed to close but was not banned by university) A San Diego State University fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march has been closed,…

  • Detroit-area businessman guilty in murder-for-hire of his wife

    By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit jury on Thursday found a suburban businessman guilty of hiring his handyman to kill his wife. After a two-month trial, Robert Bashara, 57, was convicted of first-degree murder and four additional charges in the death of his wife, Jane, a…

  • Missouri attorney general sues cities over predatory traffic ticketing

    By Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a civil lawsuit on Thursday against 13 St. Louis suburbs for predatory traffic ticketing, saying the cities were depending on traffic fines for too much of their budgets. Black residents in some municipalities around St. Louis…

  • U.S. FCC declines to punish radio station for use of NFL Redskins team name

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday rejected a petition that asked regulators to punish a radio station for using on air the name of the National Football League's Washington team, Redskins, a word some consider a slur to Native Americans. Legal activist John…

  • U.S. to sue NY City over rights violations of teen Rikers inmates

    By Andrew Chung and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government will sue New York City over widespread violations of civil rights of teenage inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex, the Justice Department said on Thursday, raising the prospect of years of federal oversight of the…

  • New York Mayor de Blasio named PETA's Person of the Year

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was named 2014 Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for opposing horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan and advocating other animal-friendly causes, the group said on Thursday. De Blasio, a liberal who took office…

  • Obama to set up panel to boost trust between police and communities

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday will set up a task force to draw up recommendations to strengthen trust between law enforcement and local communities, following protests over several instances of police killings of unarmed people this year. "There is a sense of urgency,"…

  • Father of unlicensed driver in fatal crash denies having let her drive his SUV

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A man whose 15-year-old daughter, an unlicensed driver, crashed his SUV in an accident in Pennsylvania that killed three people denies having given her permission to drive the vehicle, his attorney said on Thursday. The father, Michael J. Ware, was charged…

  • Wisconsin girls in Slenderman case ruled competent to stand trial

    By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA, Wisc. (Reuters) - Two Wisconsin girls accused of luring a classmate into the woods and repeatedly stabbing her to please a fictional Internet character named Slenderman are competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Thursday. Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12 at…

  • Trial of Pennsylvania family accused of starving boy set for March

    By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The trial of three members of a western Pennsylvania family accused of beating and starving a seven-year-old boy nearly to death will begin on March 10, court officials said on Thursday. The boy's mother, Mary Rader, 28, his grandmother Deana Beighley, 48,…