OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Teachers in Oakland, California, plan to raise picket signs Thursday in the country's latest strike by educators over classroom conditions and pay. The city's 3,000 teachers are demanding a 12 percent retroactive raise covering 2017 to 2020 to compensate for what they say are among the lowest salaries for public school teachers in the exorbitantly expensive San Francisco Bay Area.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - News that an upstate New York brewer planned to recreate ale from a bottle salvaged from a 133-year-old shipwreck took the wind out of the sails of a scuba-diving Long Island brewer who has already done it.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Unions for West Virginia teachers have ended their two-day strike after lawmakers did not act on a doomed, broad-based education bill. Leaders of three unions representing teachers and school service personnel said classrooms would be reopening statewide starting Thursday. Their announcement came late Wednesday after the controversial bill was effectively killed by lawmakers.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon is on track to becoming the first state to impose mandatory rent controls, with a tenant protection measure moving through the Legislature. Numerous residents have testified for the legislation, describing anxiety and hardship as rents rise. Some rents have gone up by almost 100 percent, forcing people to move, stay with friends and even live in their vehicles.
CHICAGO (AP) - The whispers about "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police after telling authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist, anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck.
CHICAGO (AP) - An attorney representing the brothers at the center of an investigation into the attack reported by Jussie Smollett said Wednesday that her clients "manned up" and testified in front of a grand jury, before prosecutors charged the "Empire" actor with filing a false police report.
CHICAGO (AP) - "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said.
CHICAGO (AP) - R&B singer R. Kelly is moving out of his Chicago recording studio because a judge has stymied his creativity by barring him from working there overnight due to building-code violations, his lawyer said Wednesday. Cook County Judge Patrice Ball-Reed has effectively ordered the Grammy Award-winning artist "not to be creative between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.," attorney Steve Greenberg said.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A Muslim civil rights group called for a congressional investigation Wednesday after its lawsuit revealed that the U.S. government has shared access to parts of its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Teachers in Oakland, California, will become the latest educators in the country to strike over pay and classroom conditions. Union officials representing 3,000 teachers confirmed a strike will start Thursday after last-minute negotiations with the school district fell apart Wednesday. The walkout will affect 36,000 students at 86 schools.