United States

Michigan naming fiscal manager to help Detroit

by Monica Davey New York Times March 1, 2013

DETROIT — Over the fierce protests of this city’s elected leaders, the State of Michigan plans to send an emergency manager to repair the deeply troubled finances of Detroit, one of the largest cities ever to reach such a dire point or to face such a level of oversight....

Unemployment rates are projected to remain high for whites, Latinos, and African Americans throughout 2013

by Algernon Austin Economic Policy Institute February 25, 2013

The unemployment forecast for 2013 is stagnation: For whites, Latinos, and African Americans, year-end 2013 unemployment projections show essentially no improvement from the high levels that prevailed at the end of 2012. However, this prognosis may prove overly optimistic, as poor policy choices by ...

President Obama calls on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $9 from $7.25

by Annie Lowrey New York Times February 13, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25 and to automatically adjust it with inflation, a move aimed at increasing the earnings of millions of cooks, janitors, aides to the elderly and other low-wage workers....

North Carolina lawmakers move to slash unemployment help

by Michael A Fletcher Washington Post February 12, 2013

North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday moved to drastically slash jobless benefits, joining the ranks of states that have decided they can no longer sustain the growing financial burden of the unemployed....

Militant threats test role of a US command in Africa

by Eric Schmitt New York Times February 11, 2013

NIAMEY, Niger — Created five years ago to focus on training the armed forces of dozens of African nations and strengthening social, political and economic programs, the Pentagon’s Africa Command now finds itself on a more urgent mission: confronting a new generation of Islamist militants who are...

Farmer’s use of genetically modified soybeans grows into Supreme Court case

by Robert Barnes Washington Post February 9, 2013

Farmer Hugh Bowman hardly looks the part of a revolutionary who stands in the way of promising new biotech discoveries and threatens Monsanto’s pursuit of new products it says will “feed the world.”...

Cardiss Collins, fighter in Congress for equality and the poor, dies at 81

by William Yardley New York Times February 7, 2013

Cardiss Collins, who reluctantly ran for a Chicago Congressional seat left vacant when her husband died in a plane crash and went on to become Illinois’s first black congresswoman, serving for nearly 25 years as a voice for racial and gender equality and expanded health care for the poor, died on ...

Long-term jobless folks’ outlook brightens

by Paul Davidson USA Today February 7, 2013

The number of Americans out of work at least six months fell to 4.7 million in January, down from 5.5 million a year ago and the lowest since June 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week....

US could fall short of 2020 climate goal, new study says, but target remains in reach

by Juliet Eilperin Washington Post February 6, 2013

The United States is not on track to meet its international commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the World Resources Institute....

Supermarkets take up composting, but waste disposal system lags: The composting movement is inching forward in fits and starts, but the nation’s trash disposal system lacks the ability to process food waste on a large scale. Photo: Jared Soares/Washington Post

Composting efforts gain traction across the United States

by Juliet Eilperin Washington Post February 3, 2013

Roy Derrick maneuvered his forklift with a pallet of neatly boxed expired produce and flowers and dropped it into an industrial compactor at Safeway’s cavernous return center in Upper Marlboro. As the compactor hummed, compressed food and floral scraps spilled through a chute into a 40-foot traile...

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