United States

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...

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....