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Obama to promote equal pay

– President Barack Obama plans two executive actions this week to promote equal pay for women – and to promote equal pay as a critical issue for Democrats this election year.

One action, an executive order, will prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who talk about how much money they make, according to an administration official familiar with the plans.

The other, a presidential memorandum, will require contractors to report data to the government showing the compensation they provide their employees by sex and race.

The actions are scheduled for Tuesday, what activists call “Equal Pay Day” – the day on the year’s calendar that marks the approximate extra time the average American woman would need to earn as much as the average man did in the previous year. According to the federal government, women make an average of 77 cents for every dollar that men earn.

Ex-Calif. mayor’s house arrest ends

A three-month house arrest ended Sunday for former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in August after less than nine months in office amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations from numerous women.

Filner, who had been San Diego’s first Democratic leader in 20 years, fulfilled a sentence for felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanor charges of battery involving victims of sexual harassment, his lawyer Earll Pott told local media.

Filner had to stay in his downtown residential building and was subject to searches and visits at any time from his probation officer.

Toddler accidentally shoots, kills sister

A 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his 11-year-old sister while they and their siblings played with a gun inside a Philadelphia home, police said Sunday.

Jamara Stevens was fatally shot Saturday morning with a gun that police believe was brought into the home by the mother’s boyfriend a few hours earlier.

The mother was home with her four children in a master bedroom, Lt. John Walker said. Police say the shooting occurred when she left the room at about 10 a.m. to use the bathroom.

Speed, rain factors in crash that killed 4

Speed and rain were being investigated as possible factors in the deadly crash of a car into a New York City creek that left four young people dead, police said Sunday.

Investigators were still trying to determine the cause of Friday’s accident, which sent a car with five people inside tumbling into a creek on a dead-end street in Queens.

The only survivor was the 20-year-old driver, who escaped from the submerged car and called 911. His four friends were trapped at the bottom of Steinway Creek.

2 pit bulls enter home, kill 3 dogs

Two pit bulls broke through a fence in a Nevada community, entered a neighbor’s home through a dog door and killed three dogs inside while the residents were away, animal control officers said.

The residents of the home returned Friday to find their black Lab, shih tzu and Pekingese dead. The dogs were seized and their owner is facing a citation, said Barry Brode, director of Washoe County Animal Services. The pit bulls could be euthanized if a judge orders it.

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