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This June 19, 2015 photo shows the seal of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at SEC headquarters, in Washington. The Securities and Exchange Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, to formally adopt a rule compelling public companies to report the ratio between their chief executive's annual compensation and the median, or midpoint, pay of employees. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

How much more does the CEO make?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — CEOs make a lot more than the average working Joe or Jane. And in the near future, Americans will find out how big the disparity actually is within publicly traded companies. Federal regulators, under mandate from a 2010 law that reshaped regulation after the financial crisis, will require companies to reveal the extent of their own pay gaps. … 0

North Korea’s ship out of luck

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

UNITED NATIONS — Winning a lawsuit against North Korea is rare. Collecting millions of dollars in damages from the isolated country? Pretty much impossible. But an Israel-based civil rights group thinks it has found a way, starting with a North Korean ship that’s been held, against Pyongyang’s wishes, in a Mexican port for … 0

Russia claims vast Arctic territory

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Russian government on Tuesday announced that it had delivered “ample scientific data” to the United Nations to back its claim to more than 460,000 square miles of Arctic territory and the wealth of energy, gems and precious metals believed to lie within. Moscow also is asserting ownership of the emerging Northern Sea … 0

‘Gut-wrenching’ decision: Search for teens to be suspended

Friday, July 31, 2015

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard’s search for two teenage fishermen was to end Friday, a heart-rending decision for families … 0

Oil slump taking toll on industry, economy

Friday, July 31, 2015

NEW YORK — As drivers, shippers and airlines continue to enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and employment that are hurting economic growth. Low oil and … 0

Charleston church shooting suspect wants to plead guilty

Friday, July 31, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he wouldn’t do so until prosecutors say whether they’ll see the death penalty. During … 0

Zimbabweans baffled by foreign concern for killed lion

Thursday, July 30, 2015

HARARE, Zimbabwe — While the death of a protected lion in Zimbabwe has caused outrage in the United States — much of it centered on the Minnesota dentist who killed the animal — most in Zimbabwe expressed a … 0

Wing part could help solve mystery of missing airliner

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion — A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation’s greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more … 0

Afghan Taliban picks new leader, peace talks with govt. postponed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The confirmation of former Afghanistan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death reverberated Thursday as the insurgent group reportedly selected a new leader but signaled growing dissension over peace talks with the Afghan government. The Taliban acknowledged that the long-missing Omar had died and announced that … 0

Could deep-Earth microbes extend oil, gas fracking boom?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — On a muddy hill above a World War II ordnance plant that made material for atomic bombs, a fracking crew will drill thousands of feet underground in a search for life itself. The drilling is … 0

Nation and World Briefs, July 31

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lawyers battle over reasons to spare life of Colo. theater gunman CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Defense attorneys for James Holmes made one more appeal for mercy Thursday for the Colorado movie theater shooter, urging jurors to consider his mental … 0

Congress approves highway stopgap money

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — With just a day to spare, Congress approved a stopgap measure to fund the federal highway program, sending President Barack Obama the legislation to avert a Friday shutdown of transportation projects nationwide. The $8 billion bill will keep federal projects on track for the next three … 0

Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

Thursday, July 30, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America’s first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as … 0