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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.



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

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.



Taxi jumps curb in San Francisco, 3 suffer critical injuries

Taxi jumps curb in San Francisco, 3 suffer critical injuriesA cab driver and two other people suffered critical injuries when the taxi jumped a curb and plowed into an advertising kiosk and a shoeshine stand at a busy corner in downtown San Francisco.



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

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, arrives with his civilian attorney, Eugene Fidell, for a legal hearing at the courtroom on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl, who disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) ? A top Army general is scheduled to testify Wednesday about why he destroyed letters he received from supporters and critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.



The Latest: Rescuers calm quake victims waiting to be saved

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):



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.


The Latest: California wildfire continues to grow

Smoke fills the sky in a view north toward Yellowstone National Park from Leeks Marina in Moose, Wyo., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Visitors headed north are being stopped at Leeks. In neighboring Yellowstone, a fire grew near West Entrance Road. A team of fire managers was being brought in to help, although the fire was not yet being actively suppressed. (AP Photo/Dave Zelio)SAN SIMEON, Calif. (AP) ? The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local):



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