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Aiding migrants at sea ... Wal-Mart to hire more veterans ... Paying by the mile

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 20, 2015 at 1:51 a.m.



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PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — There's a potential breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asian nations reluctant to take thousands of migrants stranded at sea. Now Indonesia and Malaysia say they'll provide temporary shelter to them. Most of the migrants are persecuted Rohingya (ROH'-hin-GAH') Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladeshis fleeing poverty.

WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) — Residents in the small northern Colorado town of Windsor are on edge after a bicyclist was shot to death on a rural country road. On Monday, a passing motorist found the body of 48-year-old John Jacoby. Jacoby was killed about a month after a woman was shot in the neck as she drove through the area on busy Interstate 25. A friends of Jacoby's says, "Half the town is very scared and the other half is sad."

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart says it's expanding its original plan to hire 100,000 veterans by 2018. The retail giant says instead, its goal is to hire 250,000 recently discharged veterans by 2020. Wal-Mart says it's been pleased with the skills that the veterans bring to a range of positions including retail, distribution and management. Chris Sultemeier, Wal-Mart's executive vice president for logistics, says about 8,000 of the original hires have already been promoted.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is looking at getting rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The House Agriculture Committee will consider today a bill to repeal a "country of origin" labeling law for meat, two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of it. The WTO said the U.S. labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in the state can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have driven and where. The volunteers will agree to pay 1.5 cents for each mile traveled on public roads within Oregon. The program will test whether the state can raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when gasoline tax revenues are declining.

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