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Incomes rise for bottom 99 pct.; US inequality still worsens

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Solid job growth is finally boosting paychecks for the rest of us. Incomes for the bottom 99 percent of American families rose 3.3 percent last year to $47,213, the biggest annual gain in the past 15 years, according to data compiled by economist Emmanuel Saez and released Monday by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. “For the bottom 99 percent of income earners, this marks the first year … 0

High court to decide on Texas college affirmative action case

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a University of Texas case for a second time to decide a constitutional challenge to affirmative action policies at colleges and universities. At issue is whether the university’s policy of seeking to enroll more black and Latino students discriminated against a white student who was turned down for admission. Two years ago, the justices … 0

Obama to propose making 5 million more eligible for OT

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, more than doubling the current threshold and extending overtime protection to about 5 million workers. Currently, salaried employees who are paid more than $455 a week — or $23,660 a year — can be exempted from overtime … 0

Woman who removed S.C. statehouse Confederate flag out of jail

Sunday, June 28, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The two people arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse have been released from jail in the state capital. Officer L. Tucker of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention … 0

Coast Guard lowers hammer on high seas drug-running

Sunday, June 28, 2015

MIAMI — When the cutter Vigilant docked at the Coast Guard base in Miami Beach on June 12, its crew offloaded bales of marijuana and packets of cocaine worth millions on the illegal market. It was the latest … 0

Report: World Jewish population nears pre-Holocaust level

Sunday, June 28, 2015

JERUSALEM — The world’s Jewish population has grown to be nearly as large as it was before the Holocaust, an Israeli think tank said in its annual report Sunday. The Jewish People Policy Institute said there are currently … 0

A former cop who killed teaches on deadly force

Sunday, June 28, 2015

LOS ANGELES — It all happened in seconds. But those brief moments would forever change life for David Klinger, a self-described “beach kid” who’d dreamt of being a police officer since he was a kid. He’d entered the … 0

Some Southerners still fighting for flag

Sunday, June 28, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — By the time Marion Lambert arrived at the base of the huge Confederate battle flag he helped erect within view of Interstate 75, a small crowd had gathered. Billed as the nation’s largest Confederate flag … 0

As Greece closes banks, fear spreads of a eurozone implosion

Sunday, June 28, 2015

LONDON — As the Greek debt drama hurtles toward a climax, fears are mounting that the outcome could sink not just Greece but the euro and the idea of the European Union itself. Athens is dangerously close to … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Monday, June 29, 2015

2nd escapee captured after 3 weeks MALONE, N.Y. — The second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York was shot and captured near the Canadian … 0

‘No longer may this liberty be denied’

Friday, June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had … 0

Law and politics align, with gay marriage here to stay

Friday, June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Gay marriage is now a seamless part of the American fabric. The Supreme Court ruling Friday was a final affirmation that public sentiment has not only shifted dramatically, but the Rainbow Revolution is permanent and will not be reversed. Opponents will keep fighting, and vow now … 0

The new law that would outlaw LGBT discrimination everywhere

Friday, June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — For 20 years, LGBT advocates have tried, unsuccessfully, to block companies in the U.S. from firing workers for being gay. The federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, was introduced in 1994 by Massachusetts Democrats Ted Kennedy in the Senate and Gerry Studds in the House. It … 0