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State & Nation
June 3, 2017
New York senators' scandal highlights vast stipend system

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Lawmakers in many states get paid extra if they hold leadership posts or oversee important committees. Extra work, the thinking goes, should equal extra pay. But few state legislatures have a bonus system as extensive as the one in New York's state senate, where nearly all 63 members take home stipends nicknamed […]

May 27, 2017
Women CEOs earned more last year, but few were in top job

By JOSEPH PISANI AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there's still very few of them running the world's largest companies. The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9 percent from 2015, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and […]

May 20, 2017
Business, leisure travelers ponder flying without laptops

By DAVID KOENIG and JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) International air travelers might soon rediscover magazines, paperbacks and playing cards. Airline passengers have become hooked on their laptops and tablets to get work done or just kill time during long flights. But U.S. aviation-security officials appear determined to ban large electronic […]

May 13, 2017
What's holding back self-driving cars? Human drivers

By Tom Krisher Associated Press DETROIT (AP) In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the people developing the robotaxis. A self-driving car would be programmed to drive at the speed limit. Humans routinely exceed it by 10 to 15 […]

May 6, 2017
Small Business Lending: Is glass half-full or half-empty?

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) Trying to size up the state of small business lending can prompt the question: Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Banks and government data point to a recovery in small business loans since the recession, with loan figures nearly back to their 2008 levels. But […]

April 29, 2017
US students need more exposure to arts and music, test shows

By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) When it comes to music and visual arts, American teenagers could use some help. The National Center for Education Statistics reported Tuesday that in 2016, American eighth graders scored an average 147 in music and 149 in visual arts on a scale of 300. Some 8,800 eighth graders […]

April 29, 2017
Internet firms winding up for a fight on 'net neutrality'

By TALI ARBEL Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Net neutrality basically prevents broadband providers from playing favorites or steering users toward (or away from) particular internet sites. Under rules enacted during […]

April 21, 2017
Where is pot legal? A look at shifting US marijuana policy

Whether it was fear, racism or economic concerns that led the U.S. in the 1930s to ban growing or even possessing marijuana, the nation's wall against pot lasted a generation. Now, it's showing signs of wear. Twenty-nine U.S. states consider pot legal for people with certain medical conditions. Eight of those states, plus the District […]

April 15, 2017
NY makes tuition free, but students must stay after college

By ANNA GRONEWOLD and DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) There's a big string attached to New York's free middle-class college tuition initiative: Students must stay in the state after graduation or else pay back the benefit. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the requirement was added to protect the state's investment in […]

April 8, 2017
If you build it, they’ll stay; Boomers remodel their homes

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) If you build it, they will stay. The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are expecting robust growth in the next few years, thanks partly to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes. Home remodelers say they’ve had a pickup in […]

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