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  • 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...

  • Obama, Senate Republicans work together on trade bill Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark on the 2016 campaigns for the White House and control of Congress. McConnell is one of President Barack Obama's fiercest critics in...

  • 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...

  • Soaring L.A. jet prices attract Asian imports Monday, 18 May 2015 | 8:56 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 18- Wholesale jet fuel prices in the Los Angeles market remained high on Monday due to maintenance issues at refineries along the West Coast, prompting shipments from Korea and Japan that are expected to arrive in early June, traders said on Monday. The price surge is due to low supplies caused by planned maintenance at Chevron's El Segundo...

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama. In remarks on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the trade legislation and two other bills— one to renew the Patriot Act, the other...

  • Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip Monday, 18 May 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. The stakes are high for Wyoming— the nation's leading coal-producing state— to find new markets.

  • 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...

  • HOUSTON, May 18- U.S. refiner Tesoro Corp has ordered new crude oil railcars with features that surpass safety standards that federal regulators set this month, executives told Reuters. The 210 tank cars being built in northern Louisiana are so-called pressure cars, with the same design as those that carry liquid petroleum gases such as propane and butane, gas...

  • Radiant Logistics posts 3Q profit Monday, 18 May 2015 | 8:48 AM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash. _ Radiant Logistics Inc. on Monday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $1.3 million. Radiant Logistics shares have climbed 21 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Radiant Logistics, Earnings Report.

  • IsoRay reports 3Q loss Monday, 18 May 2015 | 8:42 AM ET

    RICHLAND, Wash. _ IsoRay Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $954,000 in its fiscal third quarter. The Richland, Washington- based company said it had a loss of 2 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 18- Nearly six million people with disabilities may benefit from new tax-free savings plans approved by Congress last year, but the accounts may not be as helpful or available as quickly as originally promised. After a decade of lobbying by disability advocates, Congress passed The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act in the final hour before...

  • SEATTLE— Foes of Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle seaport terminal to prepare for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean attacked on two fronts Monday as a few hundred protesters blocked port entrances and the City of Seattle declared that Shell and its maritime host lacked a proper permit. "It remains our view that the terms agreed upon by Shell, Foss...

  • BUFFALO, N.Y.— At the front of a classroom, health worker Cheryll Moore demonstrates "the nod"— a jerk of the head forward and then quickly back— a telltale sign of heroin use, though not necessarily of an overdose. Because of naloxone's effectiveness in nearly instantaneously bringing overdose victims back from near-death, New York and a handful of other states are...

  • SEATTLE, May 16- Hundreds of activists in kayaks and small boats fanned out on a Seattle bay on Saturday to protest plans by Royal Dutch Shell to resume oil exploration in the Arctic and keep two of its drilling rigs stored in the city's port. Environmental groups have vowed to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch oil company's efforts to use the Seattle as a home base as it...

  • SEATTLE— Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the waters of Elliott Bay on Saturday in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Royal Dutch Shell should cancel its plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean. The "Paddle in Seattle"— a daylong, family friendly festival in a West Seattle park and an...