California bill to repeal 'tampon tax' heads to governor
California 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.
Special Report: How Delaware kept America safe for corporate secrecy
By Suzanne Barlyn DOVER, Delaware, (Reuters) - In 2009, a global coalition was pressing governments to lift the veil on corporate secrecy. Its members ? U.S. President Barack Obama?s administration, influential senators, international law enforcement agencies, anti-corruption activists and major American allies -- presented a formidable front in their campaign against money laundering and tax evasion. Then along came Jeffrey Bullock, the newly appointed secretary of state for Delaware.
Chicago's detective force dwindles as murder rate soars
By 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.
Taxi jumps curb in San Francisco, 3 suffer critical injuries
AstraZeneca to sell molecule antibiotics business to Pfizer
LONDON (AP) ? Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca plans to sell its molecule antibiotics business to Pfizer in a deal that will be valued in excess of $1.5 billion when rights, royalties and other payments are included.
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 an unarmed black motorist is being settled out of court.
Top general scheduled to testify at Bergdahl hearing
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Texas mother of 'affluenza teen' freed from home confinement
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) ? The mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense after he killed four people in a drunken-driving crash has been released from home confinement.
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