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FILE - In this April 28, 2015, file photo, a man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Microsoft says it’s requiring its U.S. suppliers to offer their employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child. The company announced the new parental leave policy Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
August 30, 2018 - 6:54 pm
Microsoft will begin requiring its contractors to offer their U.S. employees paid leave to care for a new child. It's common for tech firms to offer generous family leave benefits for their own software engineers and other full-time staff, but paid leave advocates say it's still rare to require...
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U.S. Naval sea cadets walk past the casket to pay their respects to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)
August 29, 2018 - 11:06 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the first of two days of services in Arizona to honor Sen. John McCain (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Authorities say more than 7,500 people have paid their respects to U.S. Sen. John McCain at a public viewing at the Arizona Capitol. Bart Graves of the Arizona Department...
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A Vietnamese group from Orange County, Calif., pays their respects near the casket of Sen. John McCain during a viewing at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
August 29, 2018 - 8:00 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — At least 1,500 people paid their respects to U.S. Sen. John McCain on Wednesday, standing for hours in the broiling Arizona sun before filing past the flag-draped casket that his tearful wife, Cindy, lovingly pressed her face against after a ceremony for the former North Vietnam...
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El féretro de Aretha Franklin yace en el Museo de Historia Afroamericana Charles H. Wright en Detroit para durante velorio público el martes 28 de agosto del 2018. Franklin murió el 16 de agosto del 2018 de cáncer pancreático. Tenía 76 años. (AP Foto/Paul Sancya, Pool)
August 28, 2018 - 1:27 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the first day of a public viewing of Aretha Franklin at a storied Detroit museum (all times local): ___ 12:45 p.m. The funeral home providing services for Aretha Franklin says the legendary singer paid the expenses of many families who could not afford to bury their...
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August 28, 2018 - 11:01 am
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed extortion, grand theft and other charges against a man accused of being the "Dine-and-Dash Dater." Authorities say 45-year-old Paul Guadalupe Gonzales used dating apps to meet women, took them to dinner at restaurants and then left...
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FILE- In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo low lying morning fog covers part of San Francisco. Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet one of their basic needs last year, according to a new study by the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization. That includes paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
August 28, 2018 - 3:10 am
Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. That's according to an Urban Institute survey of nearly 7,600 adults that found that the difficulties were...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 power transmission lines deliver electricity along the Interstates 40 and I-85 corridor in Orange County near Hillsborough, N.C. Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid while also making the delivery system ready for a world with much more renewable energy. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
August 24, 2018 - 11:50 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid and everything that depends on electricity in America's hyper-connected society. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detailed last...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies during hearing on the FY19 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday, Aug. 21. The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard's Kennedy School and Stanford University, come as DeVos promotes alternatives to traditional public schools.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
August 21, 2018 - 10:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday. The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard's Kennedy School and...
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August 10, 2018 - 11:38 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Four women who used to work for Nike have filed a federal lawsuit against the company, alleging it violated state and U.S. equal-pay laws and fostered a work environment that allowed sexual harassment. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the suit filed Thursday in Portland is...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018 file photo, demonstrators holds signs as they gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. Worried by the prospect of a reconfigured court, abortion-rights advocates are intensifying efforts to ensure access to abortion for women who might be affected by a new wave of bans and restrictions. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
August 02, 2018 - 7:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates are intensifying efforts to make it easier for women to get abortions amid a new wave of state-level bans and restrictions expected to occur under a reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court. The efforts include boosting financial aid for women needing to travel long...
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