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Obama to expand overtime eligibility for millions of workers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Obama administration plans to raise the wages of millions of Americans who work more than 40 hours a week by requiring employers to pay them overtime. Workers who earn as much as $970 a week would have to be paid overtime even if they’re classified as a manager or professional, according to a plan outlined by the Department of Labor on Tuesday. The White House said 4.7 million workers …

Massachusetts paid sick time requirement set to take effect

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

When a paid sick time requirement takes effect in Massachusetts on Wednesday, state officials say the focus will be on educating employers about the new law, not punishing any for noncompliance. Voters backed a ballot question in November allowing workers to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave in a given year, earning one hour for every 30 hours they put …

2 years after spying flap, U.S., Brazil seek to turn the page

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing. Rousseff canceled a 2013 visit to Washington in the wake of National Security Agency …

Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

Friday, June 26, 2015

A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 37 people – one of three deadly attacks Friday from Europe to North Africa to …

Police around country gather to honor slain Cincinnati cop

Friday, June 26, 2015

Police officers from around the country turned out Friday for a slain Cincinnati officer’s funeral, where city officials, family and colleagues spoke of his devotion to duty and love for his family and his city. Hundreds of people …

Doctor who found Holmes insane didn’t watch much of video

Friday, June 26, 2015

A defense psychiatrist who found James Holmes was insane when he killed 12 people in an attack on a suburban Denver movie theater testified Friday that he made his decision without reviewing all of his medical records and …

Beer on tap – and on screen

Friday, June 26, 2015

Two years ago, Meagan Frappiea and Bryant Naro founded their own production company and set out to make their first full-length documentary. The idea didn’t require a lot of brainstorming. “All I knew is that I liked beer,” …

Massachusetts court offers guidelines on spanking

Friday, June 26, 2015

Massachusetts’s highest court for the first time established legal guidelines Thursday for the use of physical punishment by parents, saying it’s permissible to discipline a child by spanking so long as “reasonable” force is used and the child is not harmed. The Supreme Judicial Court issued the framework …

Need to hit friends up for cash? There’s an app for that

Thursday, June 25, 2015

On a trip to Maine with four friends, Alexander Culbertson racked up $1,300 on gas, hotel rooms, food and drinks. But instead of splitting all of the weekend’s activities evenly throughout the trip, one person paid for everything. …

Corals may already have the right genes to survive some global warming, scientists say

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Warming ocean waters due to climate change have been ravaging coral reefs over the past few decades, but researchers have discovered that, with the help of some breeding, the threat may be kept at bay. Some corals already have the genes needed to adapt to higher ocean temperatures, …

Hassan vetoes budget; will sign 6-month spending plan

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan officially vetoed the $11.3 billion state budget Thursday morning, setting the stage for several more months of partisan debate over the state’s next two-year spending plan. “I have vetoed the budget passed by the …

PolitiFact N.H.: Ad says Hassan proposed $1 billion spending increase

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As budget season threatens to go into overtime and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan ponders her political future, ads are already attacking her management of the state budget. One spot in particular, funded by the “pro-growth” group Impact America …

New era in police recruitment: Courting hearts and minds

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

They poach officers from nearby police departments. They entice recruits by playing up the drama and heroism of policing through video close-ups of flashing lights and holstered guns. They wrestle with how to offer better pay. But most …