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California utility seeks higher rates for wildfire safety

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 6:17pm

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. is asking state regulators for another increase in rates and profits, saying it's needed for wildfire safety and to attract investment as the utility goes through bankruptcy.

California Senate OKs ban on hairstyle discrimination

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 6:16pm

California could become one of the first states to outlaw racial discrimination because of hairstyles — such as braids and dreadlocks — in a move aimed at challenging long-held standards of professionalism in the workplace.

Mayor wants to ban new glass skyscrapers to cut emissions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 4:23pm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to introduce a bill banning new construction of glass skyscrapers as part of his efforts to reduce citywide greenhouse emissions by 30%.

Surveillance clips show Chinese billionaire with accuser

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 3:59pm

An attorney for founder Richard Liu said Monday that surveillance video showing the Chinese businessman in an elevator and walking arm-in-arm with a woman who has accused him of rape provides a different account of what happened that night.

Iran sanctions send oil prices, supply concerns higher

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 3:31pm

The Trump administration's decision to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil is raising concerns about global crude supply and sending oil prices to their highest levels since October.

Game of Thrones: Co-CEOs may prove no match for ice zombies

Christopher Rugaber and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 3:16pm

Are two chief executives better than one? With Game of Thrones' Jon Snow revealing his royal lineage to his lover — and aunt — and potential rival Daenerys Targaryen during Sunday's episode, their beleaguered army at Winterfell is about to find out.

Avianca Brasil gives up 18 planes, cancels 1,045 flights

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 3:13pm

Avianca Brasil canceled more than 1,045 domestic flights this week because it has to return 18 aircraft to leasing agencies.

Kimberly-Clark and Marathon Oil post gains while Tesla falls

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 2:40pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday:

Economist named as Mali's prime minister amid violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 1:33pm

Mali's president has chosen an economist to replace the prime minister following growing violence by ethnic militias in the country's center.

Mexican police detain hundreds of Central American migrants

Sonia PÉrez D., Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 1:12pm

Mexican police and immigration agents detained hundreds of Central American migrants Monday in the largest single raid on a migrant caravan since the groups started moving through the country last year.

Animal rights groups sue Iowa over its latest ag-gag law

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 1:09pm

Animal rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging a new Iowa law that makes it a trespass crime to conduct undercover investigations at livestock farms, a measure the Legislature approved just weeks after a federal judge struck down a similar law.

Syria says it will allow Qatar Airways to use its airspace

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 1:09pm

Syria's transport minister says Qatar Airways' request to fly through Syrian airspace has been approved. Airlines have avoided Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011, causing long detours.

Wegmans to go plastic-bag free in New York before state ban

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 12:37pm

Wegmans will eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags at its New York state stores by year's end — just before a state ban on the packing takes effect, the grocery store chain announced Monday.

5 reasons experts think autonomous cars are many years away

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 12:08pm

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every city, and you'll get an almost universal answer: Not anytime soon.

Ohio top court to hear arguments in TV news defamation case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 12:08pm

Ohio's Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in an appeal involving a defamation lawsuit that alleged a television station falsely labeled three siblings as "robbers."

US offers $10 million for info to disrupt Hezbollah finances

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 12:04pm

The Trump administration is offering rewards of up to $10 million each for information that disrupts the finances of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah organization.

Microsoft workers join China's debate over grueling workweek

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 11:52am

Tech workers in China protesting a corporate culture of grueling work schedules are getting some support from their U.S. peers.

The Latest: Tesla to introduce new ride-hailing service

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 11:42am

The Latest on Tesla's plans for fully-autonomous vehicles (all times local):

Samsung delays folding phone launch after breaking issues

Rachel Lerman, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 11:34am

Samsung is pushing back this week's planned public launch of its highly anticipated, $2000 folding phone after reports that reviewers' phones were breaking.

Offshore wind developers to invest $4.5M in Rhode Island

Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 11:24am

The developers of a new offshore wind farm said Monday that they're investing $4.5 million in Rhode Island to advance the industry in the state.