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  • SEATTLE— An official with the state Department of Natural Resources says Seattle activists protesting Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic did some environmental damage to a popular dive park. KIRO radio reports activists left behind material used to anchor their protest barge when they sent kayaks out last weekend to protest the Shell oil rig in...

  • LOS ANGELES— The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year contract. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union voted 82 percent in favor of the deal, according to spokesman...

  • LOS ANGELES/ BOSTON, May 21- McDonald's Corp shareholders defied executives at its annual meeting on Thursday, approving a proposal to make it easier to nominate directors to the board of the fast-food chain and taking its new CEO to task over wages, advertising and its food. McDonald's Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook, who took the helm on March 1, is fighting on...

  • HOUSTON, May 21- A judge on Thursday denied Royal Dutch Shell's appeal of a ruling that a proposed oil-by-rail project at its Washington state refinery must undergo a full environmental review, just two weeks after a crude train derailment caused a fire in North Dakota. Shell had appealed a February ruling from a Skagit County Office of Land Use Hearings...

  • Instead, researchers from the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice found those costs are sometimes covered by other county agencies or general funds, adding to the true costs of incarceration. The New York City Department of Correction, which runs the nation's second-largest jail system with about 11,000 average daily inmates, has a $1.1 billion budget.

  • CHICAGO, May 20- Thousands of McDonald's workers seeking a minimum wage of $15 per hour swarmed the fast-food giant's headquarters for the first of two days of protests to coincide with the fast-food chain's annual meeting on Thursday. Companies such as McDonald's Corp and Wal-Mart Stores Inc are raising starting pay and cities like Seattle and Chicago are...

  • Two shops in Tacoma and two in Everett sold marijuana to people under the legal age of 21 during checks conducted Friday through Monday, the Liquor Control Board announced. The Tacoma shops that failed were Mary Mart and Emerald Leaves; the Everett stores were Green City Collective and Purple Haze. None of the cited stores returned messages from The Associated...

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, May 20- Russell Investment Management and China's Ping An Insurance Group said they have terminated their investment joint venture after four years, the latest sign of friction between foreign fund managers and their Chinese partners. "Going forward, Russell Investments and Ping An Group have mutually agreed to change the ownership...

  • LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles is the latest and biggest city to endorse a hike in the minimum wage, adding to a string of successes for unions and advocates for the poor who have made it a primary objective as American wages stagnate. But even those who backed the City Council's vote for a $15- an-hour wage by 2020— more than double the current federal minimum requirement—...

  • SEATTLE, May 20- Microsoft's plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren't interested. Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Fast-food workers raised their voices across New York on Wednesday to demand a $15- an-hour minimum wage, calling on Gov. On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council endorsed a plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. Seattle and San Francisco have approved a series of increases to take their minimum wages to $15 within a few years.

  • How far a $15 minimum wage goes in 6 US cities Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:01 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The minimum wage in Los Angeles could increase to $15 an hour by 2020 under a plan given initial approval by the City Council. That's a 67 percent increase from the current minimum wage of $9 and would amount to annual pay of about $31,200. Figures are based on annual costs for one adult unless otherwise specified and were calculated by the Department...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 19- The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to increase the minimum wage in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9, in a victory for labor and community groups that have pushed for similar pay hikes in several U.S. municipalities. The council's 14-1 vote on the measure, which must come back before the panel...

  • LOS ANGELES— The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated. If enacted, Los Angeles would join Seattle and San Francisco as some of the largest cities in the nation with phased-in minimum wage laws that eventually require...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday made an impassioned plea to Congress to pass fast-track legislation needed for a 12- nation Pacific trade agreement, saying that failure to do so would benefit U.S. rivals. Prospects for sealing the Trans-Pacific Partnership cleared a crucial test in the U.S. Senate last Thursday, when the chamber resoundingly agreed...

  • SEATTLE— Seattle officials told Secretary of State John Kerry he'd be better off avoiding the city to deliver a major trade speech because of ongoing protests over Arctic drilling that have drawn hundreds of activists on land and sea. Port of Seattle spokesman Peter McGraw said State Department staffers had been looking at Seattle locations for Kerry to...

  • Shell vows to explore Arctic despite Seattle protests Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:48 AM ET

    LONDON, May 19- Royal Dutch Shell will press on with a campaign to explore the Arctic for oil this summer despite protests in the port city of Seattle, chief executive officer Ben van Beurden said on Tuesday. Hundreds of environmental activists have fanned out across the Seattle Bay in recent days to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch company's rigs from entering the port...

  • SEATTLE— Neither a protest by hundreds of demonstrators nor a permit violation notice from the city will halt Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle seaport terminal as it prepares for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, spokesmen say. "It remains our view that the terms agreed upon by Shell, Foss and the Port of Seattle for use of Terminal 5 are valid, and...

  • Obama library foundation raised $5.4 million in 2014 Monday, 18 May 2015 | 7:12 PM ET

    The Barack Obama Foundation's largest contribution of $1 million came from Fred Eychaner, a major Democratic donor and founder of Chicago- based Newsweb Corp.. The library foundation announced last week that it would establish the library on the South Side of Chicago on a site proposed by the University of Chicago, after also entertaining bids made by...

  • SEATTLE, May 18- About 200 protesters gathered at the Port of Seattle on Monday to block access to a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig headed for the Arctic this summer to resume exploration for oil and gas reserves. Holding signs reading "Shell No" and "Seattle Loves the Arctic," protesters gathered early to prevent workers from reaching the rig, one of two that Shell...