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California bill to repeal 'tampon tax' heads to governor

A detail of a tampons box is seen in LondonCalifornia lawmakers on Tuesday sent a bill to end state sales taxes on feminine hygiene products to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the latest success for a nationwide bipartisan effort to end the so-called tampon tax. The bill, which would add tampons, sanitary napkins and other menstrual products to a list of necessities like food and prescription medicines that are not taxed, won unanimous support in the state Assembly on Tuesday, Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia said. "Fundamentally, this is about gender equity and leveling the field," Garcia, who represents parts of suburban Los Angeles, said in a news release.

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:45:34 -0400
Chicago's detective force dwindles as murder rate soars

Tyjuan Lewis is pictured in this handout photoBy Fiona Ortiz and Justin Madden CHICAGO (Reuters) - Every two weeks, Cynthia Lewis contacts the detectives investigating the homicide of her brother on Chicago's south side almost a year ago. The death of Lewis, who delivered the U.S. mail for 20 years, is one of hundreds of slayings in 2015 that have gone unsolved as the number of homicides soared in Chicago, piling pressure on a shrinking detective force. Chicago's murder clearance rate, a measurement of solved and closed cases, is one of the country's lowest, another sign of problems besetting police in the third biggest city in the United States.

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:35:49 -0400
Obama promises support to Louisiana after floods

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and his wife Donna greet U.S. President Barack Obama as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport in Baton RougeBy Ayesha Rascoe BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama walked door to door in an East Baton Rouge Parish neighborhood on Tuesday hugging people and offering assurances that the country would help them recover from some of the worst floods ever recorded in Louisiana. "What I want the people of Louisiana to know is, youre not alone on this, even after the TV cameras leave," Obama said after touring brick homes whose lawns were cluttered with slabs of drywall and soaked sofas and mattresses. More than 100,000 people have applied for federal aid, Obama said, and so far more than $120 million has been approved.

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:49:18 -0400
Man shot during fight in University City

Man shot during fight in University CityPhiladelphia Police say gunfire struck a man when a large fight broke out in University City.

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:40:10 -0400
Settlement being worked out in police legal fee dispute

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) A dispute over legal fees for a white former South Carolina police officer charged in the shooting death of a black motorist is being settled out of court.

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:34:32 -0400
18-Year-Old Charged With Rape Will Not Go to Jail

18-Year-Old Charged With Rape Will Not Go to JailDavid Becker was given two years of probation instead.

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:32:13 -0400
The Latest: Quake-hit Italian city famed for spaghetti dish

A man walks amid rubbles after an earthquake struck in Amatrice Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)AMATRICE, Italy (AP) The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:31:33 -0400
State trooper, 2 men pull crash victim from burning car

PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) With the help of two bystanders, a Connecticut State Police trooper successfully freed a man trapped inside a burning car in Plainville.

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:25:49 -0400
Feds Investigate Hack of The New York Times

Feds Investigate Hack of The New York TimesAuthorities are investigating a series of cyberattacks on news outlets.

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:25:07 -0400
Children found in home with feet 'caked' in dog feces

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. (AP) A Florida woman has been charged after authorities say she kept her two children and 24 Chihuahuas in a home filled with dog feces, trash and bugs.

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:23:33 -0400
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