United States

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...

US and Mexico reach deal to increase tomato prices

by Stephanie Strom New York Times February 3, 2013

The United States and Mexico have reached a tentative agreement on cross-border trade in tomatoes, narrowly averting a trade war that threatened to engulf a swath of American businesses....

Virginia eugenics victims would receive compensation for sterilization under bill

by Fredrick Kunkle Washington Post January 30, 2013

E. Lewis Reynolds was just a boy when his cousin hit him in the head with a rock, nearly killing him and triggering epileptic-like convulsions that lingered for some years....

US will establish base for drones in North Africa

by Eric Schmitt New York Times January 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — The United States military is preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa so that it can increase surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region....

23 states raising minimum wage or weighing increases

by Emma Beck USA Today January 28, 2013

Nearly half the states have increased their minimum wage this year or are considering plans to hike it as the economy transitions from recession to a stronger recovery....

Proposal to raise tip wages resisted

by Steven Greenhouse New York Times January 26, 2013

Nearly 50 years ago, federal law created a lower minimum wage for workers who receive tips. Congress decreed that it could not be less than 50 percent of the federal minimum wage....

Share of the work force in a union falls to a 97-Year low, 11.3%

by Stephen Greenhouse New York Times January 23, 2013

The long decline in the number of American workers belonging to labor unions accelerated sharply last year, according to data reported on Wednesday, sending the unionization rate to its lowest level in close to a century....

The ranks of the so-called working poor have grown even as the nation is showing signs of shaking off the worst effects of the recession.  Photo: Michael S Williamson/Washington Post

Ranks of working poor increasing

by Michael A Fletcher Washington Post January 16, 2013

Nearly a third of the nation’s working families earn salaries so low that they struggle to pay for their necessities, according to a new report....

Hanging on: Life in the red

by Benedict Carey New York Times January 14, 2013

DETROIT — The belt-tightening was the easy part. Cancel the cable. Skip the air conditioners. Ration the cellphone, unplug the wireless Internet, cook rice and beans — done, and done....

Younger Americans die earlier, and are less healthy than counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car acci...

by Sabrena Tavernise New York Times January 9, 2013

Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States....