August 1, 2015

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Not a lot of data yet, but anecdotal evidence sees success in $15 wage in Seattle

SEATTLE — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don’t have to tip at Ivar’s Salmon House on Seattle’s Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule. It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as much as 60 percent Read More…

University of Cincinnati police officer pleads not guilty in traffic stop shooting

CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing appeared at his arraignment wearing a striped jail suit, with his hands cuffed behind him. He was indicted Wednesday in Read More…

10 things to know, Thursday, July 30

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Breakthrough seen with Flight 370 mystery Debris found in the Indian Ocean is a wing part unique to the Boeing 777, a discovery that may explain what happened to a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that went missing Read More…

At long last, has Flight 370 been found?

SYDNEY — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation’s most perplexing and expensive mysteries. Air safety investigators Read More…

“Olympic fever” might not be a metaphor: Water in Rio poses health risk

RIO DE JANEIRO — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America’s first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro. An Associated Press investigation found dangerously high Read More…

Health care co-ops awash in red ink, lacking money and enrollments

WASHINGTON — Nonprofit co-ops, the health care law’s public-spirited alternative to mega-insurers, are awash in red ink and many have fallen short of sign-up goals, a government audit has found. Under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 — the one Read More…

Officials critical of policeman indicted in Cincinnati shooting

CINCINNATI — This time, some of the sharpest criticism of a police officer after the slaying of an unarmed black man came from top law enforcement and city officials. The indictment Wednesday of a University of Cincinnati police officer on a charge of murder in the traffic stop shooting was applauded by officials in a Read More…

Taliban: Peace talks? What peace talks?

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the Kabul government for almost 14 years, said on Thursday they are “not aware” of a new round of peace talks due the following day in Pakistan — a statement indicating the group may be pulling out of the negotiations. The apparent rejection Read More…

Minnesota hunter now hunted after lion kill

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known, protected lion while on a hunt in Zimbabwe has advised his patients to seek care elsewhere since becoming a target of outrage from across the world. Walter James Palmer remained secluded in the face of protests Wednesday at his suburban Minneapolis clinic and intense Read More…

New Israeli documentary focuses on struggles of gay Palestinians

TEL AVIV, Israel — During last summer’s Gaza war, Khader Abu Seif was living with his then Israeli boyfriend in Tel Aviv, wondering whether Hamas rockets could reach them from the coastal strip. He thought yet again of the dichotomy of his life as a gay Arab Israeli citizen considered an outcast by the Palestinian Read More…