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  • April 5- Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed a far-reaching law allowing people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples and protecting other actions considered discriminatory by gay rights activists. Mississippi is the latest state drawing national protest for a law seen as anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

  • NEW YORK, April 4- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into law a minimum wage increase that takes a two-tier approach, setting a higher $15 per hour minimum for New York City and its environs and a lower legal minimum for less-costly areas. California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday also signed into law a plan to raise the minimum wage from $10 to $15 an...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 4- California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill gradually raising the minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour by the year 2023, making the nation's most-populous state the first to boost pay to that level for the working poor. In New York on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will eventually raise the minimum wage in...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 4- California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday was expected to sign into a law a plan to raise the minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour by the year 2023, making the nation's most-populous state the first to boost pay to that level for the working poor. The bill marks the culmination of a deal Brown brokered with labor leaders and state Democratic...

  • April 1- A plan that would require New York state banks to adopt rigorous measures to prevent laundering and terrorist financing conflicts with U.S. laws and may hinder existing efforts, a bank trade group told regulators. The requirement, which could trigger criminal penalties for compliance officers who file false or incorrect certifications about their...

  • ALBANY, New York, March 31- Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached a deal on Thursday to raise New York state's minimum wage towards $15 per hour, but fell short of a uniform state-wide increase. The deal outlines a faster rise in New York City, but carves out a slow lane for small businesses and surrounding counties. In less prosperous areas...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- New York state's governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced late on Thursday an agreement on a 2016-17 state budget that includes a plan to increase minimum wage toward $15 per hour and introduce paid family leave.

  • ALBANY, New York, March 31- Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached a tentative deal on Thursday to raise New York state's minimum wage towards $15 per hour but fell short of a uniform state-wide increase, lawmakers said. Phil Steck, a Democratic Party Assembly member, said that under the terms of the deal the minimum wage would rise from its...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 31- A plan to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 passed both houses of the state legislature on Thursday, putting the state on track to become the first in the nation to commit to such a large pay hike for the working poor. A proposal to raise the minimum wage in parts of New York state to $15 was announced Thursday by Governor...

  • ALBANY, New York, March 31- Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached a tentative deal on Thursday to raise New York state's minimum wage towards $15 per hour but fell short of a uniform state-wide increase, lawmakers said. Phil Steck, a Democratic Party assembly member, said that under the terms of the deal the minimum wage would rise from its...

  • NEW YORK, March 29- Officials negotiating New York's budget are considering capping the minimum wage in less affluent regions so they can raise it to $15 per hour in wealthier areas like New York City, according to top-ranking lawmakers. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has made a $15 state-wide hourly minimum wage a priority and is trying to push it...

  • NEW YORK, March 24- The New York City metro area took a giant step toward revitalizing its crumbling capacity-strained transport hubs on Thursday as a major bistate agency authorized up to $22 billion of spending on air, rail, and bus infrastructure. Vice President Joe Biden likened to a third world country; $2.3 billion for Newark Airport; up to $15 billion for a...

  • NEW YORK, March 22- Major U.S. cities deployed police in large numbers, some with heavy weapons patrolling transit hubs, after at least 30 people were killed in attacks on a Brussels airport and subway, though officials said there was no evidence of specific threats to the United States. New York, Los Angeles and Chicago stepped up their security and major airlines...

  • NEW YORK, March 22- Police in major U.S. cities stepped up security on Tuesday after more than 30 people were killed in attacks in Belgium, although officials said there was no evidence of specific threats to the United States. Uniformed officers, some in tactical gear, patrolled airports and transit hubs in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as major airlines...

  • NEW YORK, March 7- A timeshare unit of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc agreed to pay $250,500 and improve its business practices to settle charges it made hundreds of unsolicited telemarketing sales calls to New Yorkers who had signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who announced the settlement on Monday, said Hilton Grand...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday urged federal regulators to block KeyCorp's plan to acquire First Niagara Financial Group Inc, saying the merger would impede retail banking competition and cost thousands of jobs upstate. The request, unusual for a sitting governor, came 3-1/ 2 months after Cleveland- based KeyCorp announced plans to...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- New York City's fiscal watchdog said the city faces much bigger budget deficits in coming years than the mayor has forecast and warned state lawmakers about treating the city like a "piggy bank." The state, like the city, is finalizing its budget and will soon make decisions affecting New York City. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has had a tense...

  • Feb 10- Entergy Corp said on Wednesday it found elevated levels of tritium, a weak radioactive isotope of hydrogen, in groundwater samples at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York state. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who wants Indian Point shut because he does not believe the population around the plant- including New York City- could be evacuated if...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- New York City's fiscal watchdog said the city faces much bigger budget deficits in coming years than the mayor has forecast and warned state lawmakers about treating the city like a "piggy bank." The state, like the city, is finalizing its budget and will soon make decisions that will affect New York City. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has had a...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will back in his annual keynote address on Wednesday a $2.5 billion plan to create a light rail service linking the growing outer boroughs of the city that are poorly served by existing public transport networks. The 16- mile track would run from Astoria in Queens, tracing a line along the East River and New York's...