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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

European deal creates US grocery giant

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK — The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant will tie up with the parent company of Food Lion, creating a $29 billion grocer that will be in a stronger position to compete with Wal-Mart and … 0

Obama turns up dial on California drought aid

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is boosting its support for drought-stricken California, escalating a relief effort that congressional Republicans still consider misdirected and insufficient. In a splashy announcement Wednesday, two leading administration officials unveiled a fresh federal package that totals nearly $150 million over the next two years. … 0

Search for elusive NY inmates goes through thick woods

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BELLMONT, N.Y. — Searchers hunting for two escaped killers Wednesday were contending with steep slopes, thick woods, sticky bogs, biting bugs and the possibility that the pair on the lam from prison for 19 days is armed. Police … 0

Out of the ordinary

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wacky fossil worm reveals secret: Which end is which? NEW YORK — A bizarre-looking fossil worm that’s been a puzzle for scientists has given up a secret: Researchers now know which end is which. The giveaway was finding … 0

High court poised to issue rulings on blockbuster cases

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is saving the best for last. The nation’s top court will issue a series of major rulings over the next several days as it closes its nine-month term. In addition to landmark gay-marriage and health care law cases, the court will decide … 0

Anger, no surprise as US newly accused of spying in France

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PARIS — Embarrassed by leaked conversations of three successive French presidents and angered by new evidence of uninhibited American spying, France demanded answers Wednesday and called for an intelligence “code of conduct” between allies. France’s foreign minister summoned … 0

Rains cool Pakistan as heat wave’s death toll climbs to 838

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

KARACHI, Pakistan — A cool wind from the sea and pre-monsoon rains brought the first signs of respite to southern Pakistan on Wednesday as the death toll from a scorching heat wave climbed to 838 — a high … 0

Japan’s secret navy bunker gives glimpse of war’s final days

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

YOKOHAMA, Japan — On a hillside overlooking an athletic field where high school students play volleyball, an inconspicuous entrance leads down a dusty, slippery slope — and seemingly back in time — to Japan’s secret Imperial Navy headquarters … 0

UK finds 300 possible suspects in child sex abuse scandal

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LONDON — British crime experts say some 300 suspects have been identified in a wide-ranging inquiry into industrial-scale child sex abuse in the northern city of Rotherham. The National Crime Agency said Wednesday that earlier reports saying roughly 1,400 children had been abused in the city between the … 0

Ebola cases not slowing in Guinea, Sierra Leone

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CONAKRY, Guinea — Despite hopes that the deadly Ebola outbreak could soon be contained in West Africa, it shows no signs of abating in Guinea and may be flaring up once more in Sierra Leone as people are flouting rules limiting travel meant to stop it. The election … 0