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 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:10:13 +0000 Still No Charges in Wilkes-Barre Homicide
WILKES-BARRE — Those close to a man killed in Wilkes-Barre two months ago are frustrated, claiming that justice has not been served. Friends of veteran Bryan Hogan, who was stabbed in his apartment, say they were hoping homicide charges would be filed on Wednesday. That didn’t happen. Matthew Vantine, 27, was in court for a […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:59:29 +0000 Sky Zone Scranton Leaves Some Walking Away With Sprains, Dislocations
JENSKINS TOWNSHIP — Ambulance crews tell us up to four times a month they are called to Skyzone in Jenkins Township, near Pittston, for folks who injure themselves bouncing on trampolines. Customers sign waivers to assume risk, but the injuries still concern medical personnel. Little Savannah Roberts remembers two things about her recent trip to […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:53:45 +0000 Police: Second Case of Sex Assault in District
HONESDALE — Police say a student in the Wayne Highlands School District sexually assaulted another student at the middle school in Honesdale. It happened back in February, according to investigators, around the same time another student in the district is accused of sexually assaulting a student on a bus. School officials said they contacted police after […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:53:15 +0000 Whitewater Rafting Season Starts with Snow
PENN FOREST TOWNSHIP — Despite the cold weather and snow we had Tuesday, a well-known recreation in Carbon County is starting for the season. Whitewater rafting season has started, and the first trips down the river promise to be rather cold. But Pocono Whitewater workers say they could be some of the best of the […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:18:12 +0000 Couple Needs Help After Weekend Fire
BLYTHE TOWNSHIP —  Robert and Roseanne Grady lost almost everything in a house fire in Schuylkill County on Sunday. The family said that Roseanne is now in a medically induced coma at Lehigh Valley Hospital and on top of it all, her birthday was on Tuesday. Now, David Grady stands in front of what remains […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:08:00 +0000 Apartment Building Fire Displaces 11
SHAMOKIN — Nearly a dozen people are out of their homes after a fire in Northumberland County. Crews say an apartment building on Spurzheim Street in Shamokin caught fire just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities said 11 people who live there are staying elsewhere. The fire chief tells us the cause of the fire is […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:59:52 +0000 Smoked Kielbasa Ready For Easter Rush
STROUDSBURG — People are already beginning to stock up on meat for the Easter feast this weekend, and in the Poconos, there’s a one-stop shop near Stroudsburg featuring slow-cooked kielbasa. Take a step outside Gary’s Meat Market near Stroudsburg and in the back you’ll find where all the magic happens. The smoke house is where […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:52:56 +0000 Yuengling Voted Top Craft Brewery
POTTSVILLE — A Pennsylvania beer has been named the number one craft brewery in the nation. The Brewers Association gave the top spot to Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville. With 900 cans a minute coming out of the place in Pottsville, it’s no wonder why Yuengling was named the top craft brewery in the nation. The […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:39:05 +0000 This week on HB: Making Sea Scallops Students Grow Lettuces
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:32:54 +0000 Easter Baskets, Dinner For 1,500 Families
SCRANTON — Easter hams, chocolate eggs, and marshmallow peeps were given out to thousands of people Wednesday in Lackawanna County. The Friends of the Poor provides an Easter meal to those people only because of the monetary donations they receive during other holiday seasons. The annual Friends of the Poor Easter basket distribution at the […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:03:47 +0000 Reports of Explosion, Rekindle at Plant in Luzerne County
HAZLE TOWNSHIP — Fire investigators are back on the scene of factory fire in Luzerne County after reports of an explosion there. The fire Tuesday night was in a silo at American Nutrition in the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton. The factory makes pet food. That fire was put out quickly but flames rekindled Wednesday […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:42:46 +0000 Connected Through Tragedy, How Montoursville Is Helping Germanwings Crash Victims
MONTOURSVILLE — When Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed last week, it shocked people everywhere, but a school in Germany went through one of the worst tragedies of all. 16 students and two chaperones from Joseph Koenig school in Haltern Am See in were killed. The group was coming back from a class trip to Spain. One […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:59:31 +0000 Wham Cam: Bunnies? Eggs?
Easter is just a few days away, which means bunnies and eggs! But do you know why they symbolize the holiday? Joe Snedeker has the answer in this edition of Wham Cam.
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:17:57 +0000 Brothers Face More Charges for Church Burglaries
WILKES-BARRE — Two brothers have been handed more charges for allegedly breaking into another church in Luzerne County. Dustan Conniff, 23, and Cody Conniff, 19, were back in court Wednesday morning. Prosecutors say the two burglarized Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church in Wilkes-Barre back in November. The brothers were originally charged in January for […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:45:17 +0000 Local Colleges on Fed Financial Watch List
Several colleges in our area are on a federal watch list keeping an eye on their finances. 560 institutions across the country are on the U.S. Department of Education list. Four of them are in northeastern Pennsylvania. The feds say schools on the list are being watched for how they use taxpayer money. The Department […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:50:56 +0000 Here Are the 10 Best April Fools’ Pranks of 2015 (So Far)
Well, here we go. It’s April Fools’ Day. Get ready countless pranks and PR stunts. Here are our 10 favorite pranks (so far): #10 | Samsung’s Galaxy BLADE — “The world’s first smart knife with smartphone capabilities.” #9 | Amazon goes all 1999 on the Internets #8 | Honda: The Selfie Edition #7 | Bouncy supermarket aisles […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:32:33 +0000 Spring Snow Slideshow
Check out some great spring snow photos and submit your own!
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:15:20 +0000 “Salem” Behind the Scenes: The ‘Witch War’ Begins
Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey has your all access pass to season two of WGN’s cutting edge show, “Salem.” Season two of “Salem” on our sister nation-wide cable channel, WGN America, promises to be an all out ‘witch war’. The new season pins some of the most powerful characters on the show against each other! If you haven`t seen “Salem” before, it`s an original […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:24:01 +0000 Police Investigating Shots Fired in Scranton
SCRANTON — People in Scranton’s west side say shots were fired in their neighborhood, the police came to investigate, and then the shooters came back and opened fire on the street again. Now, police believe they are one step closer to finding out who they are looking for. This bullet hole doesn’t scare retired Scranton police […]
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:20:10 +0000 Fire Hits Business in Luzerne County
HAZLE TOWNSHIP — Crews battled flames at a business in Luzerne County. Firefighters were called out around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said the fire was inside a silo at American Nutrition, a dog food manufacturer in the Humbolt Industrial Park near Hazleton. Crews said they were concerned about grain dust inside the silo exploding. There’s […]

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 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:41:49 GMT2015-04-01T21:41:49Z Lehigh Valley Hospital doctor accused of flashing students at Muhlenberg College in Allentown
p A first-year medical resident is facing charges after officials say he exposed himself to college students./pp Dr. Jeffrey Zapora, 28, of Lutherville, Maryland, was charged early Wednesday with two counts of indecent exposure./pp Since late February, Allentown police have been investigating reports of several incidents involving a man exposing himself to women at area colleges, officials said./pp #160;"Cedar Crest College had called over here to give us information about an incident involving a red car and a white male that happened on Hamilton Boulevard at the bus stop," said Chief Brian Fidati, Muhlenberg College police./pp According to an affidavit of probable cause, a female Muhlenberg College student was walking from class around 3 p.m. on March 18 and saw Zapora sitting in a bright red car on Chew Street in Allentown./pp She told police she made eye contact with Zapora, and a short time later the red car followed her down the street toward the dorms, and he called to her through the window./pp She took two steps toward the car, she told police, and saw that Zapora was not wearing pants, and his genitals were exposed. She backed away and ran for help, she said./pp On Monday, another female Muhlenberg student reported to police that she saw a shiny red car parked in the same area of campus. She told police she made eye contact with the man, who began touching himself as he watched her./pp She copied the number of his Maryland license plate and contacted campus police./pp "Preventing is difficult. If#160;someone wants to perpetrate a crime like this, if they are really determined, they will probably get away with it," Fidati said. #160;"It's really just an awareness that this is a potential individual#160;that is out there."/pp Lehigh Valley Health Network spokesman Brian Downs said Zapora is a first-year resident in plastic surgery. He has been suspended indefinitely during the investigation, Downs added./pp Zapora was arrested early Wednesday. Bail was posted at $5,000./pp A preliminary hearing has been set for April 7 at 2 p.m./pp In the meantime, police are asking other potential victims to come forward./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=9jwTSAUrKOY:Hi5cMVCWgfw:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=9jwTSAUrKOY:Hi5cMVCWgfw:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=9jwTSAUrKOY:Hi5cMVCWgfw:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=9jwTSAUrKOY:Hi5cMVCWgfw:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=9jwTSAUrKOY:Hi5cMVCWgfw:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=9jwTSAUrKOY:Hi5cMVCWgfw:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=9jwTSAUrKOY:Hi5cMVCWgfw:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/9jwTSAUrKOY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:29:49 GMT2015-04-01T21:29:49Z Fire marshal: Massive fire in Bethlehem an arson
p A fire that burned through a local business, created a plume of smoke that was seen for miles, knocked out power to thousands and closed a school for the day has been ruled arson./pp Calls for help came in around 4 a.m. on March 25 for Monocacy Fabricators in the 1100 block of Mauch Chunk Road in Bethlehem./pp Craig Baer, a deputy chief and fire marshal, announced Wednesday that the fire has been ruled arson. He did not elaborate on how the fire was sparked./pp The fire, which went to three alarms, created so much smoke its plume could been seen for miles. The smoke forced people in the area to shelter in place because officials did not know what may be burning in the building and if it was hazardous./pp Air quality tests done later in the day showed nothing hazardous in the air./pp "Our 911 center was inundated with calls of smoke in people's homes," Novatnack said on March 25./pp Power was knocked out to almost 3,000 customers, including William Penn Elementary School, which closed for the day./pp No injuries were reported from the fire./pp Baer said the Bethlehem Fire Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in the crime./pp Fire officials said they would like to speak with anyone who traveled on Mauch Chunk Road in the area of the Monocacy Fabricators between 2 a.m. and 3:45 a.m. on March 25./pp Any person who feels he may have valid information regarding the fire is asked to please contact the fire marshal#8217;s office at 610-865-7143./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=DMTI2pitWTM:DkrrtKyNsBw:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=DMTI2pitWTM:DkrrtKyNsBw:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=DMTI2pitWTM:DkrrtKyNsBw:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=DMTI2pitWTM:DkrrtKyNsBw:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=DMTI2pitWTM:DkrrtKyNsBw:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=DMTI2pitWTM:DkrrtKyNsBw:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=DMTI2pitWTM:DkrrtKyNsBw:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/DMTI2pitWTM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:41:26 GMT2015-04-01T20:41:26Z Car rolls onto roof, slows traffic on Route 222 in Berks
p An accident involving an overturned car slowed afternoon traffic on Route 222 in Berks County./pp The car rolled onto its roof in the grassy median beneath the Stoudt's Ferry Bridge Road overpass in Muhlenberg Township, about a mile south of the Route 61 interchange, shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday./pp Traffic heading in both directions on Route 222 was slow getting by the scene for about 90 minutes as crews worked to clear the wreckage./pp Initial reports from the scene were that one person was injured, but police have not yet provided any information about the accident, including the extent of the victim's injuries./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=aIjOCrcW2fM:2FfG0BYyjQA:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=aIjOCrcW2fM:2FfG0BYyjQA:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=aIjOCrcW2fM:2FfG0BYyjQA:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=aIjOCrcW2fM:2FfG0BYyjQA:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=aIjOCrcW2fM:2FfG0BYyjQA:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=aIjOCrcW2fM:2FfG0BYyjQA:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=aIjOCrcW2fM:2FfG0BYyjQA:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/aIjOCrcW2fM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:30:43 GMT2015-04-01T20:30:43Z Berks authorities charge 4 Philadelphia men, teen in suspected counterfeit cash ring
p Authorities have charged four men and a teenager in connection with a suspected counterfeit cash ring./pp Antione Whitney, Craig Whitney-Williams, Demetrius Smith, Dylan Ingram and a 17-year-old boy, all of Philadelphia, are accused of possessing $3,000 worth of fake currency./pp "I can't recall coming up with that level of [counterfeit] cash," said Chief Kent Shuebrook, Amity Township Police Department. "There's been 20s and things like that on a couple of occasions, but never in this quantity."/pp Shuebrook told 69 News that the investigation began in December, when Smith allegedly tried to use a phony $100 bill at the CVS on Route 422 in Amity Township. The cashier declined to accept it and called police./pp The suspects were later pulled over in what was determined to be a rental car. Inside, investigators seized the counterfeit cash and more than $500 in legitimate currency./pp "What they do is they'll buy small [inexpensive] items. They'll use the counterfeit 100 and get change," said Detective Jeffrey Smith./pp Smith said he believes the suspects were not just hitting Berks but nearby Montgomery and Bucks counties, as well./pp "I believe they're working with a larger group," he said. "Unfortunately, we're seeing more and more stuff from the Philadelphia-area coming out this way. When you have a major highway going through your township, you're gonna have that."/pp Smith told 69 News that federal authorities were contacted and continue to assist in the investigation./pp All of the suspects are charged with conspiracy and forgery. Only Ingram is in custody, and police said they expect the other suspects to be apprehended shortly./pp /pp Smith said the bills were of a poor quality. He encourages cashiers to be on the look-out for suspicious cash./pp "Feel for the paper. If it doesn't look real, it probably isn't," he said. "You can always say, 'Hey, I'm not comfortable taking this money.'"/pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=8FRwEFDK_8Y:7OXC_pSEnc0:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=8FRwEFDK_8Y:7OXC_pSEnc0:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=8FRwEFDK_8Y:7OXC_pSEnc0:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=8FRwEFDK_8Y:7OXC_pSEnc0:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=8FRwEFDK_8Y:7OXC_pSEnc0:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=8FRwEFDK_8Y:7OXC_pSEnc0:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=8FRwEFDK_8Y:7OXC_pSEnc0:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/8FRwEFDK_8Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:08:20 GMT2015-04-01T20:08:20Z New Jersey US Sen. Robert Menendez indicted on corruption charges
p United States Sen. Robert Menendez has been charged with using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor./pp A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted the New Jersey Democrat on charges that include conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud./pp Prosecutors had been investigating whether Menendez improperly advocated for the business interests of Dr. Salomon Melgen, including by intervening on the doctor's behalf in a medical billing dispute./pp Menendez has acknowledged that he flew on Melgen's private plane to the Dominican Republic and failed at first to properly pay for the trips. He later made reimbursements./pp Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has previously said he's done nothing wrong and that he and Melgen have been close friends for a long time./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=aMtVDce6IRA:KLlflIEhBn4:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=aMtVDce6IRA:KLlflIEhBn4:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=aMtVDce6IRA:KLlflIEhBn4:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=aMtVDce6IRA:KLlflIEhBn4:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=aMtVDce6IRA:KLlflIEhBn4:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=aMtVDce6IRA:KLlflIEhBn4:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=aMtVDce6IRA:KLlflIEhBn4:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/aMtVDce6IRA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/

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 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:58:15 -0400 Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/seattle-begins-phase-15-minimum-wage-181022096--finance.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/r0pgPc9vTsqxPMWeW4lt8g--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/d5cf4ff9a8b3700e720f6a7067007ed9.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="In this photo taken Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Rubin Sanchez sends flames upward as he cooks lunch for a customer at the Skillet Diner in Seattle.Seattle’s new minimum wage law went into effect Wednesday, April 1, 2015, that will eventually raise the city#039;s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Starting Wednesday, large businesses and national chains must raise their minimum pay to at least $11 an hour. Smaller businesses must pay at least $10 an hour. Seattle#039;s current minimum wage is $9.47, the same as the Washington state minimum wage. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" align="left" title="In this photo taken Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Rubin Sanchez sends flames upward as he cooks lunch for a customer at the Skillet Diner in Seattle.Seattle’s new minimum wage law went into effect Wednesday, April 1, 2015, that will eventually raise the city#039;s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Starting Wednesday, large businesses and national chains must raise their minimum pay to at least $11 an hour. Smaller businesses must pay at least $10 an hour. Seattle#039;s current minimum wage is $9.47, the same as the Washington state minimum wage. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" //aSEATTLE (AP) — Seattle#039;s new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:57:31 -0400 Inmate overpowers guard, escapes from eastern Illinois jail
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/inmate-overpowers-guard-escapes-eastern-illinois-jail-152729748.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/wFg8OrPTZ2n1XqUNkn.Jyw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/cc435666a9af750e720f6a706700b31a.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="In this photo taken Feb. 27, 2015, Kamron T. Taylor, sits in a Kankakee County courtroom in Kankakee, Ill., after being convicted of murder. Authorities said Wednesday, April 1, 2015, that Taylor, who escaped from jail early Wednesday, may be traveling with a 15-year-old girl. The 23-year-old Taylor was awaiting sentencing when authorities say he beat a guard into unconsciousness, took his keys and uniform and sped off in his SUV. (AP Photo/The Daily Journal, Mike Voss)" align="left" title="In this photo taken Feb. 27, 2015, Kamron T. Taylor, sits in a Kankakee County courtroom in Kankakee, Ill., after being convicted of murder. Authorities said Wednesday, April 1, 2015, that Taylor, who escaped from jail early Wednesday, may be traveling with a 15-year-old girl. The 23-year-old Taylor was awaiting sentencing when authorities say he beat a guard into unconsciousness, took his keys and uniform and sped off in his SUV. (AP Photo/The Daily Journal, Mike Voss)" border="0" //aKANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A man awaiting sentencing for murder escaped from a jail in eastern Illinois Wednesday after beating a guard into unconsciousness, taking his keys and uniform and speeding off in his SUV./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:56:37 -0400 Sources: Menendez stepping down as top Dem on Senate panel
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two sources say indicted New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is voluntarily stepping aside from his post as top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:56:16 -0400 Kentucky's 5-9 Tyler Ulis coming up big in NCAA Tournament
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/kentuckys-5-9-tyler-ulis-coming-big-ncaa-215616959--spt.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/gSCn4LYZTo06JnWA0O0Osw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3B4b2ZmPTUwO3B5b2ZmPTA7cT03NTt3PTEzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/b32dd092a9c8750e720f6a706700b783.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 file photo, Kentucky#039;s Tyler Ulis (3) looks for an open teammate between Alabama defenders, from left, Justin Coleman, Riley Norris and Retin Obasohan, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky. Being Kentucky’s smallest player on the floor hasn#039;t prevented 5-foot-9 point guard Tyler Ulis from repeatedly coming up big for the Wildcats. He’ll likely need to do it again this weekend, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)" align="left" title="FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 file photo, Kentucky#039;s Tyler Ulis (3) looks for an open teammate between Alabama defenders, from left, Justin Coleman, Riley Norris and Retin Obasohan, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky. Being Kentucky’s smallest player on the floor hasn#039;t prevented 5-foot-9 point guard Tyler Ulis from repeatedly coming up big for the Wildcats. He’ll likely need to do it again this weekend, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)" border="0" //aLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Being Kentucky#039;s smallest player on the floor hasn#039;t prevented 5-foot-9 point guard Tyler Ulis from repeatedly coming up big for the Wildcats./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:56:00 -0400 'Boyhood' actress Patricia Arquette planning memoir
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/boyhood-actress-patricia-arquette-planning-memoir-214820730.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/gG.Eit254pXFHXUVm1sUcQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/6702722fa9c8750e720f6a7067001d1d.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Patricia Arquette arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Arquette has a deal with Random House for a memoir about her “unconventional family,” single parenthood and life in Hollywood, the publisher announced Wednesday, April 1. The book is currently untitled and a release date has not been set. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)" align="left" title="FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Patricia Arquette arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Arquette has a deal with Random House for a memoir about her “unconventional family,” single parenthood and life in Hollywood, the publisher announced Wednesday, April 1. The book is currently untitled and a release date has not been set. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)" border="0" //aNEW YORK (AP) — Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has lot more to say off screen than her Oscar acceptance speech./pbr clear="all"/

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 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:52:43 -0400 Wall St. declines after data; automakers fall
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/stock-futures-flat-start-second-quarter-113052194--finance.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/iw.joNfDvtG9EFssASqhOQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-04-01T144347Z_1_LYNXMPEB301WD_RTROPTP_2_MARKETS-STOCKS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Street signs for Wall St. and Broad St. hang at the corner outside the New York Stock Exchange" align="left" title="Street signs for Wall St. and Broad St. hang at the corner outside the New York Stock Exchange" border="0" //aU.S. stocks eased on Wednesday as weaker-than-expected data spurred concerns over economic growth ahead of Friday#039;s jobs report and first-quarter earnings. U.S. private employers added the smallest number of workers in more than a year in March and factory activity hit a near two-year low, fresh signs that economic growth slowed significantly in the first quarter./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:02:55 -0400 GoDaddy shares soar in debut as investors buy into revamp
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/hosting-company-godaddys-shares-rise-34-percent-debut-141600960--finance.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/i83entbNFvTZIHbuN2FbpQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-04-01T165550Z_2_LYNXMPEB301VS_RTROPTP_2_GODADDY-IPO.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Go Daddy CEO Blake Irving and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick enjoy web hosting company GoDaddy#039;s initial public offering at the New York Stock Exchange" align="left" title="Go Daddy CEO Blake Irving and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick enjoy web hosting company GoDaddy#039;s initial public offering at the New York Stock Exchange" border="0" //aGoDaddy Inc#039;s shares rose as much as 34 percent in their debut on Wednesday following a $460 million initial public offering, as investors spotted a bargain in a company making a shift from Internet domains to small-business services. Founded 18 years ago by Bob Parsons, GoDaddy is hardly a technology start-up, yet investors snapped up its shares in the first day of trading, betting the company can grow further by providing tools to small businesses. quot;Even though GoDaddy is almost 20 years old, it#039;s a growth company and it#039;s cash flow-positive, which is what investors are interested in,quot; said Jackie Kelley, global and Americas IPO leader for Ernst amp; Young./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:11:31 -0400 U.S. auto sales demand begins to thaw in March
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/detroit-carmakers-report-mixed-u-sales-results-march-142004217--finance.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/iTwpqUKRP5HLgeaaA3_6QA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-04-01T211131Z_1_LYNXMPEB3028Q_RTROPTP_2_NISSAN-SALES-USA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A line of new Nissan autos is seen outside a Nissan auto dealer in Broomfield, Colorado" align="left" title="A line of new Nissan autos is seen outside a Nissan auto dealer in Broomfield, Colorado" border="0" //aU.S. consumer demand for new vehicles began to thaw in March, especially for luxury cars and big trucks, but not every carmaker participated in the uptick. New-vehicle sales rose 0.6 percent from a year ago, to 1,545,802 vehicles, industry consultant Autodata Corp said. Among the strong performers were Toyota Motor Corp , Hyundai Motor Co , Kia Motors Corp and Audi . Last month#039;s sales were driven in part by German and Japanese luxury brands, as well as by a strong appetite for big trucks and SUVs from Detroit manufacturers./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:24:26 -0400 Bank of America at center stage in U.S. top court bankruptcy case
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/bank-america-center-stage-u-top-court-bankruptcy-192426548--sector.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/nCz.04lIcyWySkIybb0aJQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-04-01T192426Z_1006950001_LYNXMPEB3026Y_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-USA-COURT-BANKRUPTCY.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A woman walks past as customers use ATMs at a Bank of America banking center in New York#039;s financial district" align="left" title="A woman walks past as customers use ATMs at a Bank of America banking center in New York#039;s financial district" border="0" //aBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday considered the case of a Massachusetts homeowner battling his mortgage lender over a bankruptcy plan, several justices focused their attention on his unlikely ally: Bank of America Corp. Bank of America, one of the largest U.S. banks, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Louis Bullard, who owes community bank Blue Hills Bancorp Inc $387,000 for the mortgage on a property in the town of Randolph. During a one-hour oral argument on the technical issue of whether Bullard can appeal a bankruptcy judge#039;s rejection of his proposed bankruptcy plan, some justices wondered why Bank of America, as a major creditor, would support a debtor. Bank of America originated more than $80 billion in mortgage loans in 2014. Another question raised in court was why Blue Hills, formerly known as Hyde Park Savings Bank, had no similar support from the business community./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:47:33 -0400 Tesla shares get late boost on April Fool's press release
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/tesla-shares-boost-april-fools-press-release-214733432--finance.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ZYAWMsrlSe7twfpI8aNAkg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-04-01T214733Z_1006950001_LYNXMPEB30299_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-TESLA-MOTORS-HOAX.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="New all-wheel-drive versions of the Tesla Model S car are lined up for test drives in Hawthorne, California" align="left" title="New all-wheel-drive versions of the Tesla Model S car are lined up for test drives in Hawthorne, California" border="0" //a(Reuters) - Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. jumped and trading volume surged in the final minutes of trading on Wednesday after the electric car maker issued a press release proclaiming the launch of a new product that turned out to be an April Fool#039;s Day prank. Nearly 400,000 shares traded in that time, and it was the heaviest one minute of trading volume in the stock since the opening 60 seconds of trading on Feb 12. The Tesla statement appeared to be a parody of the recent announcement by Apple Inc. that it was launching a computerized wrist watch product later this month called the Watch./pbr clear="all"/

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