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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

Obama health care win cements legacy in a key week for his presidency

Thursday, June 25, 2015

When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he made a risky calculation: He used most of his political capital to get one cornerstone piece of legislation passed, an overhaul of federal laws expanding healthcare access and coverage. The Affordable Care Act came to be known by the … 0

Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights activists. The justices ruled … 0

For Obama, Charleston eulogy a moment to comfort a shocked nation

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON —President Barack Obama has delivered eulogies for elementary school students gunned down in a classroom, for soldiers felled at Fort Hood and for employees slain at Washington’s Navy Yard. His remarks Friday at a memorial service will … 0

Calif. vaccine bill clears major legislative hurdle

Thursday, June 25, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s Assembly on Thursday approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry … 0

Arrested prison guard denies knowing of inmates’ escape plot

Thursday, June 25, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A prison guard charged in connection with the escape of two killers admitted providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger and access to a catwalk electrical box, but claims he never knew they planned to … 0

Islamic State militants attack 2 cities in northern Syria

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BEIRUT — After weeks of setbacks, militants from the Islamic State group launched swift counteroffensives Thursday on predominantly Kurdish areas of northern Syria, killing and wounding dozens and setting off car bombs, activists and officials said. The two-pronged … 0

Western wildfires: California fire grows, forces evacuations

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wildfires are charging through several dry Western states, including a blaze in California that showed new life after burning for a week and forced some communities to flee their homes. A look at the latest hotspots and what … 0

Prosecutor: Balcony deaths could bring manslaughter charges

Thursday, June 25, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. — Prosecutors said Thursday they have opened a criminal investigation into a fatal California balcony collapse that could lead to involuntary manslaughter charges. However, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley declined to discuss any possible target … 0

Mother, baby rescued 4 days after Colombia plane crash

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BOGOTA, Colombia — A woman who survived a plane crash with her months-old baby, drinking water to stay alive, was finally rescued after four days lost in the jungle, Colombia’s air force and rescuers said. Maria Nelly Murillo … 0

Congress hands Obama major win on trade

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a triumph of divided government, the Republican-controlled Congress passed major trade legislation Wednesday that was long-sought by President Barack Obama but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his party. The measure to strengthen Obama’s hand … 0