President Obama says, though he has not decided whether to take military action against Syria, he is convinced the government used chemical weapons against the Syrian people. He is consulting with U.S. allies over whether to launch a limited strike. Meanwhile, Congress will be briefed on the situation Thursday.
Freedom bells rang out in Washington and across the country on Wednesday, as Americans marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. President Obama, who's often noted his own debt to the civil rights leader, praised the tens of thousands of Americans who marched with Dr. King in 1963. He also challenged a new generation to continue to press for racial and economic justice.
Fast food workers across the country have been protesting for higher pay. And in many cities, there are movements to create "living wage" laws. Renee Montagne talks to Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas about how he decided to raise wages for his dishwashers and cooks.
In California, there are more than 4,500 firefighters battling the wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park. The Rim Fire is more than 300 square miles in size. Crews have been making progress by doing controlled burns of things like brush that would feed a bigger blaze.
President Obama's speech capped a day of festivities in Washington, D.C. that began with a march across the National Mall. That's where thousands gathered against a backdrop of tight security and rainy weather. On the white marble steps of the Lincoln Memorial, national leaders took turns addressing the crowd.
New York City public advocate Bill de Blasio has surged to a commanding lead among Democratic primary voters. De Blasio's timing couldn't be better. In less than two weeks, those voters will go the polls to begin choosing the successor to Michael Bloomberg.
Fast food and restaurant work used to be seen as an entry point for the young. Today, the average such employee is 29, and nearly a quarter are parents. For these workers, current wages are hardly enough to support them, let alone their families.
It's been eight years since the hurricane devastated the city's Lower 9th Ward. Resident Ronald Lewis says rebuilding is a story still in progress. In a shed in his backyard, he's collected New Orleans memorabilia, evidence "of the resilience of the people."
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