Foxconn's head pledges turnaround at Sharp after takeover

TOKYO (AP) — The head of Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn pledged Saturday to turn around Japan's Sharp Corp. by driving change at the struggling LCD panel and home appliance maker, as the two companies signed a takeover deal after a one-month delay.

  • Written by KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press

'Fight for $15' minimum wage powers on with coast state wins

NEW YORK (AP) — California and New York — where almost 1 in 5 Americans live — are on their way to raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour, and the activists who spearheaded those efforts are now setting their sights on other similarly liberal, Democratic-led states.

  • Written by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press

Syria's Palmyra: Ghost town bearing scars of IS destruction

PALMYRA, Syria (AP) — Explosions rocked the ancient town of Palmyra on Friday and on the horizon, black smoke wafted behind its majestic Roman ruins, as Syrian army experts carefully detonated hundreds of mines they say were planted by Islamic State militants before they fled the town.

  • Written by ALBERT AJI, Associated Press

Chicago teachers launch one-day strike in call for funding

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers took to picket lines Friday in a one-day strike they said was aimed at getting lawmakers to adequately fund schools in the nation's third-largest district.

  • Written by SARA BURNETT, Associated Press JASON KEYSER, Associated Press