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Los Angeles teachers' strike shows Garcetti risks in '20 bid

Jan. 19, 2019 8:59 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles teachers' strike that sent thousands of shouting educators into downtown streets, paralyzing traffic during a rainstorm and leaving a half-million students in uncertainty, isn't the kind of publicity Mayor Eric Garcetti needed for his potential presidential campaign. The...

Governors: Let states give unemployment to federal workers

Jan. 18, 2019 11:03 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Democratic governors of Michigan, New York and Washington on Friday asked the Trump administration to let states offer unemployment benefits to federal employees who are working without pay during the partial government shutdown that began nearly a month ago. Govs. Gretchen...

Federal workers caught in the middle apply for unemployment

Jan. 17, 2019 8:40 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Thousands of federal employees and their families are applying for unemployment and food stamps to get by as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on with no end in sight. But for some of them, it has been an exercise in confusion and frustration. Others, meanwhile,...

Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

Jan. 17, 2019 3:42 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area. As the tech industry Microsoft brought to the region has boomed with the expansion of Amazon and other companies, the cost of housing has...

PG&E bankruptcy could mean price hikes, unpaid fire lawsuits

Jan. 15, 2019 8:51 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said this week it will file for bankruptcy, raising concern that rates for electricity and gas will rise and victims of California wildfires who are suing the nation's largest utility won't get all the money they may be owed. Here are some key things...

Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachers

Jan. 15, 2019 8:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as thousands of teachers walked picket lines for a second day Tuesday, joined for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools. "We need our educators back in our classrooms helping...

Amid shutdown, Texas governor sidesteps border wall debate

Jan. 15, 2019 4:31 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Greg Abbott began a second term as Texas governor Tuesday by promising lower taxes and a school funding overhaul but without mentioning a national policy dispute that weighs heavily on his state: President Donald Trump's demand for a border wall. Texas shares 1,200 miles of...

California governor, lawmakers confront utility bankruptcy

Jan. 15, 2019 1:43 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The announcement by the nation's largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the...

Utility seeks bankruptcy protection over California fires

Jan. 14, 2019 8:49 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation's largest utility said Monday it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits over the catastrophic wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018 that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes. The...

The Latest: California governor says PG&E not trusted player

Jan. 14, 2019 8:40 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on utility PG&E seeking bankruptcy protection (all times local): 5:15 p.m. California Gov. Newsom says "safety, reliability and affordability" are his main concerns as he addresses the likely bankruptcy of the state's largest utility. Newsom sought to assure the public...