The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by business groups to a trendsetting Seattle law that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, leaving in place a lower court's decision to uphold the ordinance. The law, which took effect in April 2015, requires businesses in Seattle with more than 500 employees nationwide to raise their minimum wage to $15 by 2018. Seattle was the first major U.S. city to commit to such a high basic wage amid pressure from unions and workers' rights groups.
Volkswagen AG and United Auto Workers union officials will meet later this month in an effort to overcome a labor dispute at the VW plant in Tennessee. Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and Karlheinz Blessing, human resources representative on the VW Board of Management, will meet in Germany in a bid to come to terms over the dispute, a UAW spokesman said on Monday. Late last year, a majority of the maintenance, or skilled trades, workers at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted to be represented by the union.
U.S. Carnival cruise ship Adonia arrives at the Havana bay, the first cruise liner to sail between the United States and Cuba since Cuba’s 1959 revolution, Cuba, May 2, 2016. HAVANA (Reuters) - Hundreds of tourists and a handful of emotional Cuban-Americans arrived on the first U.S. cruise ship to sail to Havana in more than 50 years on Monday, spilling onto the cobbled streets of the old city where they were warmly greeted by residents. It was another first for the two countries since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced a historic rapprochement in December 2014, and comes weeks after Obama’s visit to the Caribbean island.
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Financially strapped Atlantic City scraped together enough money to make a $1.8 million bond payment Monday morning, narrowly avoiding becoming the first New Jersey municipality to default on its debt in 78 years.
A solar-powered airplane midway through an attempt to circle the globe departed northern California on Monday on the next leg of its history-making journey, a relatively short 16-hour flight to Arizona, the project team said. The spindly, single-seat experimental aircraft dubbed Solar Impulse took off just after 5 a.m. local time from San Francisco on a flight that will take the plane over the Mojave Desert before its planned arrival in Phoenix shortly before 9:30 p.m. Occupying the plane's tiny cockpit for Monday's trip was Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, a co-founder of the project.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die argued Monday that his trial should be moved because pretrial publicity has made it impossible to find an impartial jury.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The "Grim Sleeper" trial was nearly over Monday after months of testimony about a serial killer targeting black women during the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic on the south side of Los Angeles.
#039;s report released Tuesday showed new details of vicious violence in the shooting deaths of eight members of a rural southern Ohio family, finding most victims were shot three to nine times each and some of them were bruised. Meanwhile, the hunt for whoever is responsible continued to expand, with more than 200 law enforcement officials involved. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)" align="left" title="Ohio State Attorney General Mike DeWine, left, speaks to the media alongside Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader during a news conference, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Waverly, Ohio. A coroner's report released Tuesday showed new details of vicious violence in the shooting deaths of eight members of a rural southern Ohio family, finding most victims were shot three to nine times each and some of them were bruised. Meanwhile, the hunt for whoever is responsible continued to expand, with more than 200 law enforcement officials involved. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)" border="0" />COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general says authorities have no new information to indicate whether there's an ongoing threat to relatives of eight family members slain in southern Ohio.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. military is beginning testing on the world's largest unmanned ship — a self-driving 132-foot surface vessel designed to travel thousands of miles out at sea without a single crew member on board.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky's effort to get his child molestation convictions thrown out ran into tough questioning Monday from a judge who voiced doubt about defense lawyers are entitled to question witnesses — including some of the former Penn State assistant football coach's victims.
#039;s "This Free Life" campaign, the FDA's latest anti-smoking campaign, which takes aim at young adults in the LGBT community, who officials say are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their peers. (Food and Drug Administration via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT" align="left" title="This image provided by the Food and Drug Administration shows a poster from the agency's "This Free Life" campaign, the FDA's latest anti-smoking campaign, which takes aim at young adults in the LGBT community, who officials say are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their peers. (Food and Drug Administration via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT" border="0" />WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's latest anti-smoking campaign takes aim at young adults in the LGBT community, who officials say are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their peers.
#039;s vice president and nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi addresses media during a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, May 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)" align="left" title="Iran's vice president and nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi addresses media during a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, May 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)" border="0" />PRAGUE (AP) — With sanctions lifted, the head of Iran's nuclear program came to talk business with Czech leaders.
China's largest commercial property company, Dalian Wanda, and a Chicago real estate developer on Monday announced they will build a $900 million skyscraper, the largest-ever real estate investment by a Chinese company in Chicago. Builders will break ground this summer on the Vista Tower, a 95-story condominium and hotel complex that will be Chicago's third-largest skyscraper, the two companies and Chicago city officials said in a statement. Last week, affiliates of Chicago-based Magellan Development Group and Beijing-based Wanda Group completed a land purchase for the building, which will have 406 residential units, the 200-room Wanda Vista luxury hotel and approximately 9,000 square feet of retail space.
MILAN (AP) — Sergio Marchionne took full control of super sports carmaker Ferrari NV, adding the CEO title on Monday to that of chairman as he positions the carmaker in the luxury goods space and seeks to regain Formula 1 glory.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a man in South Florida for planning an attack against the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement on Monday. The U.S. Attorney's office in the Southern District of Florida said a man was taken into custody on Friday in a "national security-related arrest," but there is no current threat to public safety. The suspect, whose identity has not yet been publicly disclosed, will appear before a magistrate judge in Miami at 2:00 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), said Sarah Schall, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney.
#039;s state-appointed transition manager Steven Rhodes says 45,628 of approximately 46,000 students were forced to miss classes Monday as 1,562 teachers called in sick. Detroit's schools are expected to be out of cash starting July 1. (Daniel Mears/The Detroit News via AP)" align="left" title="Members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers march down Grand Blvd., during a rally in front of the Detroit Public Schools offices in Detroit, Monday, May 2, 2016. The district's state-appointed transition manager Steven Rhodes says 45,628 of approximately 46,000 students were forced to miss classes Monday as 1,562 teachers called in sick. Detroit's schools are expected to be out of cash starting July 1. (Daniel Mears/The Detroit News via AP)" border="0" />DETROIT (AP) — Nearly all of Detroit's public schools were closed Monday and more than 45,000 students missed classes after about half the district's teachers called out sick to protest the possibility that some of them won't get paid over the summer if the struggling district runs out of cash.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said a lower court judge erred in imposing a preliminary injunction in January 2015 against Arpaio's and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's enforcement of Arizona's identity theft laws. Since 2008, Arpaio's workplace raids had led to the arrests of more than 700 undocumented workers for identity theft.