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Idaho Leads Nation In Number Of Low-Wage Workers

Tuesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act. That law created a nationwide minimum wage which is now $7.25 an hour. Democrats are pushing to raise the wage, but Republicans say higher pay would hurt job creation. Idaho has been losing higher paying manufacturing jobs but gaining low-paying service jobs.
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Barge Traffic Increases Along Erie Canal

New York's Erie Canal is reviving its history to again be an economic corridor for commercial shipping through upstate New York — after decades of being mostly used by recreational boats. Shipping from Canada it expected to lead to a level of commercial traffic not seen in decades.
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Saudi Arabia Changes Its Weekends To Friday And Saturday

The shift aligns the biggest Arab economy with its neighbors. King Abdullah ordered the change to begin this Friday.
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Regulators Scrutinize Google's Deal With Waze

The Federal Trade Commission is looking into Google's recent deal to acquire the map company Waze. The question is whether Google was trying to buy up a potential competitor. Waze, based in Israel, makes an app that uses crowd sourcing to provide real-time traffic data.
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Justices Rule In Favor Of Employers In Discrimination Cases

At the Supreme Court on Monday, it was a rough day for working people. In two cases, the justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to make it harder for employees to win discrimination lawsuits. The court raised new hurdles for plaintiffs who claim they're victims of bias and that companies retaliated against them.
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Regulators Approve Deal Between Delta, Virgin Atlantic

Delta Airlines has just completed its purchase of 49 percent of Virgin Atlantic. Beginning early next month, the two airlines will begin marketing each others flights. They hope to become a formidable competitor on transatlantic routes.
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IRS Systematically Targeted 'Progressive' Groups Too

It wasn't just Tea Party groups that had a "be on the lookout" list at the IRS. A "broad spectrum" of groups were also targeted for increased scrutiny on other lists, which the agency has stopped using under its new acting leader Danny Werfel.
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Top Medicare Prescribers Rake In Speaking Fees From Drugmakers

Paying doctors to prescribe particular drugs is illegal. But drugmakers pay some doctors to talk with their peers about prescription drugs. The speakers say they aren't influenced by the money they get for promoting the drugs. But data show many of them are top prescribers of the medicines.
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Op-Ed: Emerging Labor Movement Is A Presidential Opportunity

Retail and fast-food workers protesting for higher pay are creating a new kind of U.S. labor movement. Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page argues that the president could "set a good example" by requiring fast-food vendors who have contracts with the federal government to pay minimum wage.
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Twinkies, Ho Hos, Other Hostess Cakes To Return On July 15

After disappearing when Hostess went into bankruptcy last year, the snack cakes that supposedly last forever are now really going to live on. New owners are bringing them back.

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