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  • Hong Kong leader refuses to meet with protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader refused to meet with pro-democracy demonstrators by their midnight deadline Tuesday, despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in...

  • Weather service storm forecasts get more localized

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The next time some nasty storms are heading your way, the National Weather Service says it will have a better forecast of just how close they could come to you. The weather service on Tuesday started using a new high resolution computer model that officials say will...

  • SF supervisor pushes predictable work schedules

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco supervisor wants chain retail stores to give more predictable work schedules to their hourly employees, many of whom are struggling to juggle multiple jobs and family responsibilities. Supervisor David Chiu on Tuesday is expected to introduce legislation...

  • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Concerns about the impact of pot farming were raised by the...

  • Campbell: Some Entergy customers to see refund

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Customers of Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana can look forward to a refund on their power bills as the result of a victory by the Louisiana Public Service Commission in its long-running fight to equalize the costs of generation on the Entergy System....

  • Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man pulls air rifles

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the Ohio store where a 22-year-old man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman said Tuesday. Spokesman Brian Nick said the move last week at the Beavercreek location near Dayton was...

  • Sagebrush habitat fuels $1B in recreation spending

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Visitors to federal rangelands with significant tracts of sagebrush pumped about $1 billion into the economy in 11 Western states last year, according to a study released Tuesday by advocates of protecting sage grouse across the region. The study is the first of its kind to...

  • Montpelier gets boost in eliminating fossil fuels

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A long-term plan to eliminate the state capital city's dependence on fossil fuels is getting a boost from two new projects: one to install more solar panels at an insurance company and another to meet more heating needs with a new biomass heating facility. On Tuesday,...

  • Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job

    DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now, the state's highest court is considering whether workers' off-duty use of medical marijuana is protected under state law. Colorado's Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a case involving Brandon...

  • California expands prohibition on 'revenge porn'

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has approved two bills expanding a state ban on so-called revenge porn. The Democratic governor announced Tuesday that he signed SB1255 by Republican Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres and AB2643 by Democratic Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski of Fremont. Under...

  • Governor veto of funding plan wallops new cities

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to veto a $19 million funding plan dealt a hefty blow to four new Riverside County cities that were counting on the measure to make up for lost revenue. The recently created cities had hoped a bill sponsored by Democratic state...

  • Activist 'payday lending' video ad misleads consumers according to advertising ethicists

    An activist group that has been waging an aggressive advertising campaign against "shady tactics" of payday lenders may have misled consumers when it used the logo of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in an advocacy video without the agency's permission.

  • Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare

    Another federal judge has ruled to narrow subsidies to buy health insurance under Obamacare, making it more likely the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case championed by conservatives.

  • Index ranks Norway tops for well-being of elderly

    NEW YORK (AP) — A global index reflecting economic security, health and other factors — and not deducting for cold winters — ranks Norway and Sweden with the highest level of well-being for older people. Of the 96 nations in the index, Afghanistan ranked last. The Global AgeWatch Index,...

  • Algeria identifies some kidnappers of French hiker

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's justice minister said Tuesday that some of the members of the group that kidnapped and beheaded a French hiker have been identified. Tayeb Louh told state TV that the initial investigation has resulted in the identification of "certain members of the terrorist...



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