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  • LOS ANGELES, June 3- The Los Angeles City Council gave a second nod of approval on Wednesday to a proposal to increase the minimum wage in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9, but the measure must still come back for another vote, officials said. But because the latest vote was not unanimous, the matter must come back for a final...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google co-founder Sergey Brin says he sees little reason to release the accident reports involving the Internet company's self-driving cars because he believes there's nothing new in documents withheld to protect the privacy of other motorists. Brin, who oversees Google's fleet of self-driving cars, outlined his rationale Wednesday...

  • Four districts— Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and St. Louis— reported moderate growth in manufacturing, while some other districts said growth was basically flat during the survey period. Kansas City described a sharp fall in activity in energy producers Oklahoma and New Mexico, while the Dallas district said that oilfield machinery sales were down significantly...

  • NEW YORK— American cities are enticed by the economic growth and services that "sharing economy" companies such as Airbnb, Uber and Lyft can offer, but officials are anxious about safety in a largely unregulated realm, a city advocacy group found in a study released Wednesday. Nearly three-quarters of city leaders said they want to see the "sharing" sector grow,...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 3- The last time Hillary Clinton ran for the White House in 2008, Aaron Levie was too busy building his start-up company to pay much attention to politics. The campaigns of various White House hopefuls are looking to reel in the younger Silicon Valley influencers like Levie who could help raise some money for their candidates and also bring...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Check out rental sites for San Francisco, especially the trendier parts: Well over $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom flat and nearly $5,000 for two bedrooms. Finding a place to live in the city has become so expensive and emotional that city supervisors considered a 45- day moratorium on luxury housing construction in the Mission District,...

  • LOS ANGELES— The City Council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020, but a second vote is required for final approval because the tally was not unanimous. Nonetheless, Council President Herb Wesson stressed to the cheering crowd that the outcome was all but certain. The increases would begin with a wage of $10.50 in...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 2- Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, gave conditional approval in May to Shell's resumption of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic, which...

  • Chinese economy faces more pain than gain this year Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, June 3- China's economic growth, already at its slowest in decades, will get worse before it gets better, as economists say it will take time before liberalizing reforms turn net positive, and Beijing needs to bite more such bullets for a sustainable turnaround. GDP growth slowed to 7.4 percent last year, its weakest since 1990, and Beijing is calling for...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 2- Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, gave conditional approval in May to Shell's resumption of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic, which...

  • St. Louis may be next city to raise minimum wage Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 3:57 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— St. Louis could be the next city to raise its minimum wage significantly, if Mayor Francis Slay has his way. A starting point for discussion is $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2020, Crane said, but details are still being ironed out. Last year, Seattle approved an increase that will eventually reach $15 an hour, the highest in the country.

  • *Sell-off in Europe bond market weighs on U.S. NEW YORK, June 2- U.S. long-dated Treasury debt yields rose to two-week highs on Tuesday, drawing support from a rise in European yields after news inflation in the euro zone was picking up and optimism about Friday's U.S. non-farm payrolls report. "The big decline in Bunds prices was a major catalyst behind the recent...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Check out rental sites for San Francisco, especially the trendier parts: Well over $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment and nearly $5,000 for two bedrooms. Finding a place to live in the city has become so expensive and emotional that city supervisors are considering a 45- day moratorium on luxury housing construction in the Mission...

  • NEW YORK— Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit, which filed for an initial public offering last month, said Tuesday that it now expects the offering to raise about $450 million. The company disclosed that it is planning an IPO of 29.9 million shares priced at $14 to $16 per share. Fitbit Inc. filed for an IPO worth up to $100 million on May 7.

  • Police met U.S. Airways flight 648, with 88 passengers and five crew on board, when it landed at Philadelphia International Airport due to a "possible security threat," said Victoria Lupica, a spokeswoman for U.S. Airways' parent company, American Airlines Group Inc. NBC and CNN reported that other U.S. commercial flights received bomb threats on Tuesday: a United...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Hey Siri, turn off the kitchen light. The first "smart" home gadgets that can be controlled by Apple's voice-activated digital assistant are going on sale this week, just days after rival tech giant Google announced it's building its own software for Internet-connected home appliances and other gadgets. HomeKit-certified products hitting the...

  • The College Board gave unprecedented access to the revamped SAT it plans to introduce next spring to Khan Academy, which has developed diagnostic quizzes and interactive practice tests that will be accessible to anyone with Internet access. Khan Academy, based in Mountain View, is known for its free web-based library of instructional videos and academic...

  • California farmers plan to avoid water-sucking crops Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 3:34 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Moving to meet voluntary water conservation targets, dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have submitted plans to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted amid the relentless California drought, officials said. California cities and businesses have also been ordered...

  • "This is a money-making crime," said Chief Joseph Fox, commander of the New York Police Department's Transit Bureau. In California, thieves removed copper from San Francisco's BART rail system in Oakland, San Francisco and San Mateo counties on a single weekend in 2011. In Washington state in 2013, a man clipped 70,000 pounds of copper wire from the light rail...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state's minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving California one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation. He says his plan would bring workers to the federal poverty level by...