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The problem in the US is economic mobility, not the minimum wage

The fast-food workers strike in the US raises an economic question. Should people be paid their market value or an income that ensures a dignified lifestyle? But defining the latter isn’t so easy. The Economic Policy Institute recently calculated how much a household needs to earn to get by. A …

Income Inequality

Would You Accept Pay On A Prepaid Card? Some Workers May Not Have A Choice

Last month, a McDonald’s employee in Pennsylvania sued the company to receive all of her rightful wages. This class-action lawsuit represents employees who are now faced with an annoying trend. Employers are forgoing paychecks and direct deposit in favor of distributing wages on prepaid debit cards.<p>…

Chrysler, Ford, GM's July sales best since 2006

As the U.S. auto industry continues to roar back from the worst recession in more than half a century, car sales appear to have surged to their highest July total since 2006, automakers reported Thursday.<p>If anything, supply shortages and new model delays could be the only thing holding the market …

Automotive Industry

Idaho faces risk of 'explosive fire growth' as 34 wildfires rage nationwide

Near historic droughts have led to dozens of wildfire breakouts in Western states, leaving firefighters struggling to battle flames threatening homes and inching closer to populated areas from Alaska down to Arizona.<p>The National Weather Service warned early Friday that gusting winds and “very low” …

Associated Press News

Christie confronted on medical pot

Chris Christie was publicly confronted by a New Jersey father who implored the governor not to “let my daughter die” while the governor makes a decision on a medical marijuana bill, CBS New York reports.<p>“Please don’t let my daughter die, Governor. Don’t let my daughter die,” Brian Wilson told Gov. …