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States saying 'no' to cities seeking to regulate businesses

States refuse to reguate businessState lawmakers across the country are increasingly saying "no" to cities and counties seeking to impose local restrictions on businesses.

In the past five years, roughly a dozen states have enacted laws barring local governments from requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees. And the number of states banning local minimum wages has grown to 15.


FBI Amtrak Investigation Focuses On Window's Shattered Glass

Amtrak trian windowThe FBI has been called in to investigate the possibility that the windshield of an Amtrak train was hit with an object shortly before the train derailed this week in a crash that killed eight people and injured about 200 more.

The revelation came at a National Transportation Safety Board briefing on Friday evening, raising new questions about the accident. NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt declined to speculate about the exact significance of a projectile, but the idea raised the possibility that the engineer might have been distracted, panicked or even wounded in the moments before the train left the rails.


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty in Boston Marathon Bombing

TsarnaevA federal jury on Friday condemned Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a failed college student, to death for setting off bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured hundreds more in the worst terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

The jury of seven women and five men, which last month convicted Mr. Tsarnaev, 21, of all 30 charges against him, 17 of which carry the death penalty, took more than 14 hours to reach its decision.


Missouri House Speaker John Diehl admits sexually charged relationship with intern

John Deihl, Mo. House SpeakerText messages obtained by The Star reveal a sexually charged relationship between House Speaker John Diehl and a college freshman in a Missouri Capitol internship program that shut down abruptly last month.

The conversations unveil a flirty rapport and suggest an intimacy between arguably the state’s most influential lawmaker and a young woman taking some pleasure in a secret association.


Texas gay marriage ban blocked by Democrats

Cecil Bell, Texas legislatorA bill widely backed by Texas Republicans to stop gay marriage regardless of how the US supreme court rules this summer was blocked over Thursday night.

Time ran out at the stroke of midnight for the Texas House to pass legislation that would prohibit government employees from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It never even reached a vote as outnumbered Democrats used stall tactics to keep the bill at the back of the line.


King of Blues B.B. King Dies at 89

BB King diesSinger-guitarist B.B. King, the “King of the Blues” who helped define his genre’s electrified postwar sound and became the music’s best-known international ambassador, has died. He was 89. His attorney said he died Thursday in Las Vegas.

He had announced on May 1 that he had entered hospice care after being in poor health for some time.

“King’s is now the name most synonymous with the blues, much as Louis Armstrong’s once was with jazz,” critic Francis Davis wrote in “The History of the Blues” (1995). “You don’t have to be a blues fan to have heard of King.” He was a star in music for 60 years, and his fame grew exponentially over that time.


Bin Laden top aide sentenced to life in embassy bombing plot

bin Ladin aide sentencedA former top aide to Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to life in prison for conspiring in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan sentenced  (kah-LEED' al-fah-WAHZ') on Friday. He was convicted this year.

The attacks in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

Al-Fawwaz's lawyers had asked that he be sentenced to less than life in prison, saying he was less culpable than others.


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