Top US News: California Gov Signs Minimum Wage Hike Into Law, Heir Apparent To Disney CEO Thomas Staggs To Leave Company, & More

Top US News: California Gov Signs Minimum Wage Hike Into Law, Heir Apparent To Disney CEO Thomas Staggs To Leave Company, & More
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Thomas Staggs, heir apparent to Disney CEO, is leaving the company


Sheryl Sandberg could become the next chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company, after Thomas O. Staggs, heir to the throne, leaves the company next month, the Daily Mail reports. If selected, Sandberg will be the first woman named CEO in the history of the company. The reason Staggs is leaving hasn’t been disclosed by the company.

California signs minimum wage increase

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the minimum wage hike into law. With this move, as many as 605,000 workers will be affected over a period of the next seven years, the Orange County Register notes. The wage will increase to $10.50 per hour by January 2017. It will be upped by 50 cents the following year and $1 per hour each year after that until it reaches $15 per hour by 2022. By 2023, small businesses will also be benefited by the hike.

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Man convicted of killing Kitty Genovese dies in prison

Winston Moseley, the man convicted for the killing of Kitty Genovese in 1964, died at the Clinton Correctional Facility on March 28, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 81. Moseley served 50 years in prison for the crime, being denied parole 18 times. Genovese’s killing had received criticism after reports emerged that the neighbors heard the 28-year-old bar manager screaming but did not help her.

Water usage conservation falls short of Gov Jerry Brown’s target by 1 percent

Californians were given an order by Governor Jerry Brown more than a year ago to limit water usage by 25 percent. While residents came close to meeting the mandate, they fell short by only one percent, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The savings were described by State Water Resources Control Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus as “nine months of extraordinary effort by urban California” that came “pretty darned close” to meeting the target.

Engineer applies brakes seconds before crash, backhoe operator and track supervisor killed

A backhoe operator and a track supervisor were killed after the engineer of an Amtrak train applied emergency brakes seconds after the train struck a backhoe on the same track. While no passenger was killed, 30 passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to ABC News. The National Transportation Safety Board said that the train was traveling at 106 miles per hour on a 110 mph zone.

18 year old killed after model rocket explodes in school

The explosion of a model rocket at Madrona Elementary, Thousands Oaks, on Monday killed an 18-year-old and wounded a 17-year-old, NBC News reports. Both were high school students. The explosion was described as a “sonic boom” by witnesses. After the accident, the students were transported to the hospital. The names of the victims have not been released by the authorities.

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