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Syrians may be welcomed...Mayor welcomes decision to keep trials in Baltimore...Fast food wage hike

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 10, 2015 at 1:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House may be moving toward accepting thousands of Syrian refugees, as a way of helping to ease the humanitarian crisis in Europe. A spokesman says President Barack Obama has told advisers he wants to let 10,000 of the refugees into the United States in the coming budget year. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe so far this year, and more are arriving every day. The administration has also pointed to the billions of dollars in humanitarian aid the U.S. has provided to relief agencies and others.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor says a judge's decision today to try six police officers in Baltimore, rather than move the trials elsewhere, will help the city heal. The officers are facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray, who died a week after he was critically injured in police custody. The death sparked unrest on Baltimore's streets. Defense lawyers had argued that the officers wouldn't be able to get a fair trial in Baltimore.

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City are scrambling to deal with the fallout from the mistaken arrest of former tennis star James Blake outside a Manhattan hotel yesterday. Blake has said he was waiting to leave for the U.S. Open when he saw a plainclothes officer charging him. He says he was then body-slammed -- but that after he told officers to check his identification, he was released. Police officials say there's a "remarkable" resemblance between Blake and a man they were looking for in connection with a credit card fraud ring. The city's police commissioner says he's trying to get in touch with Blake to apologize. He also wants to know why police higher-ups weren't notified of the mistake. The officer has been placed on desk duty.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour — the first time any state has set the minimum that high. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration formally approved the proposal today. And the Democratic governor says he believes that wage should be extended to all workers. Fast-food workers say the current $8.75 wage forces many into poverty. The minimum wage hike for them will be phased in over three years in New York City and over six years elsewhere in the state. It will apply to some 200,000 workers at large chain restaurants. A group of restaurant owners is considering a legal challenge to the increase.

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona authorities confirm that 11 vehicles have been shot at in the Phoenix area, most occurring on freeways in a string of incidents that have put residents on edge. The Department of Public Safety says the latest shooting involved a commercial truck. Its driver today reported finding a bullet hole in the cargo area after hours of making deliveries.

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