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WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Gray pressed ahead Tuesday with his re-election bid but acknowledged he took a political hit from allegations that he led a "shadow campaign" with a convicted donor nicknamed "Uncle Earl."
US President Barack Obama Tuesday launched a New York shopping spree -- to treat his wife and daughters -- and to praise top clothing retailor Gap Inc. for raising its minimum wage. Obama halted his motorcade at the store at East 42nd and Third Avenue as he hit the Big Apple on a fundraising swing. The president selected sweaters for his daughters Malia and Sasha and a blue workout jacket for his wife Michelle, before delivering a glowing assessment of Gap bosses, who recently decided to hike the store's minimum wage to $10 dollars. The president, who is calling on Congress to lift the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, said the move would help thousands of Gap employees.
The Dallas Cowboys released team all-time sacks leader DeMarcus Ware while the Cleveland Browns signed two key players in their rebuilding effort as National Football League free agency began Tuesday. The first major exit of the period when players seek hefty contracts with new clubs came when Dallas parted ways with linebacker Ware after nine seasons in which he made 117 sacks. "A decision like this, involving a man who is a cornerstone player in the history of your franchise, is extremely difficult," said Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. But the move saved the Cowboys $16 million under the NFL salary cap for the 2014 season and another $7 million off the Dallas salary limit for 2015.