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University of California workers start 3-day strike over pay

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZAssociated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Thousands of custodians, security guards, gardeners and other service workers at University of California campuses started a three-day strike Monday to address pay inequalities and demand higher wages. Strikers gathered at sunrise on the 10 campuses throughout the state, wearing green …

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Jay-Z lawyers: SEC probe has become a ‘celebrity hunt’

By LARRY NEUMEISTERAssociated Press NEW YORK (AP) – Lawyers for Jay-Z told a judge that the Securities and Exchange Commission has gone on a “celebrity hunt” by demanding the rapper submit to unlimited questioning beginning Friday about a company to which he sold his apparel business more than a decade …

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From prison to politics: Chelsea Manning runs for US Senate

By DAVID McFADDENAssociated Press NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – Chelsea Manning is no longer living as a transgender woman in a male military prison, serving the lengthiest sentence ever for revealing U.S. government secrets. She’s free to grow out her hair, travel the world, and spend time with whomever she …

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Thousands join law enforcement in tribute to fallen deputy

By MARINA VILLENEUVEAssociated Press BANGOR, Maine (AP) – A grief-stricken son, fellow law enforcement officers, musicians from his old band and a flyover paid tribute Monday to a sheriff’s deputy who was killed in the line of duty. An estimated 3,600 people including hundreds of law enforcement officers saluted Somerset …

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Regulators agree to remove Steve Wynn from casino license

By BOB SALSBERGAssociated Press BOSTON (AP) – State casino regulators agreed on Monday to remove Steve Wynn’s name from the license his former company was issued to operate a $2.4 billion resort casino under construction near Boston. Wynn resigned as chairman and chief executive of Wynn Resorts in February after …

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Court says schools can be liable for suicides but clears MIT

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHERAssociated Press BOSTON (AP) – Schools can be held liable for student suicides in certain circumstances, Massachusetts’ highest court said Monday in a ruling that also cleared the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of responsibility for the death of a graduate student who killed himself on campus in …

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US abortion clinics face surge of trespassing and blockades

By DAVID CRARYAP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) – America’s abortion clinics experienced a major upsurge in trespassing, obstruction and blockades by anti-abortion activists in 2017, according to an annual survey by an industry group. The National Abortion Federation report chronicled a litany of actions that ranged from coordinated trespassing …

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Science Says: Hawaii volcano has oozed hot lava for decades

By SETH BORENSTEINAP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Scientists are seeing a slight decrease in pressure in the volcano that’s erupting in Hawaii, but it’s likely a temporary lull. U.S. Geological Survey volcano expert Charles Mandeville said Monday that scientists won’t know for certain if things have calmed down enough …

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Illinois seeks talks on keeping Asian carp from Great Lakes

By JOHN FLESHERAP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Illinois says it will work with federal officials and other states on a strategy for fortifying a Chicago-area lock and dam to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan. Gov. Bruce Rauner has sent letters to his counterparts in the …

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Nestle takes over sales of Starbucks in the grocery aisle

SEATTLE (AP) – Nestle is paying more than $7 billion to buy the rights to sell Starbucks coffee and tea in supermarkets and other stores outside its coffee shops. The deal comes with a huge price tag for Nestle, but it could pay off big for the Swiss company. Its …

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