Seven Nobel Prize-winning economists and eight former presidents of the American Economic Association have signed a letter to Congress and the president endorsing an eventual raise in the minimum wage — to $10.10 per hour.
The letter urges lawmakers to enact a three-step raise of 95 cents a year for three years, which would mean a minimum wage of $10.10 by 2016, and then index it to protect against inflation. The increase would mean minimum-wage workers who work full-time all year would see a raise from their current salary of roughly $15,000 to roughly $21,000.
The U.S. State Department on Jan. 10 issued a travel alert for U.S. citizens planning to attend the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi that includes a caution for LGBT people because of Russia's anti-gay law.
The alert says U.S. citizens should remain "attentive regarding their personal security at all times" during the Olympics and the Paralympic Games that take place Feb. 7-March 16.
A conservative Christian organization is appealing a ruling against a suburban Denver baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed an appeal this week on behalf of Masterpiece Cakeshop. A judge last month ordered the shop to stop discriminating against gay couples.
Law enforcement agents in New Jersey have redoubled efforts to fight what they worry could be one of the biggest menaces to come with next month's Super Bowl: sex trafficking.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to descend on New Jersey for the Feb. 2 football game. Many believe the state's sprawling highway system, proximity to New York City and diverse population make it an attractive base of operations for traffickers.
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Jan. 13 vetoed a bill to allow transgender people to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match their lived gender.
The bill passed by strong majorities in both the House and Senate. The governor's veto means the existing law stands, which contains a requirement that transgender people undergo surgical procedures to obtain an accurate birth certificate.
We've become weather wimps.
As the world warms, the United States is getting fewer bitter cold spells like the one that gripped much of the nation this week. So when a deep freeze strikes, scientists say, it seems more unprecedented than it really is. An Associated Press analysis of the daily national winter temperature shows that cold extremes have happened about once every four years since 1900.
The Republican National Committee began running ads in 40 media markets on Jan. 7 mostly targeting incumbent senators who supported President Barack Obama's health care program. Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, meanwhile, gave $2.5 million to help Democrats defend their majority in the Senate.
The early action suggests Republicans see the president's signature domestic achievement as their way to keep control of the House and perhaps win the U.S. Senate. With more than 300 days remaining before Election Day, both sides are looking to set the agenda before voters start paying attention.
Ask people to imagine American life in 2050, and you’ll get some dreary visions.
Whether they foresee runaway technology or runaway government, rampant poverty or vanishing morality, a majority of Americans predict a future worse than today.
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis rang in the New Year with a ringing endorsement of his state’s rollout of retail marijuana and a promise to pursue a federal law allowing pot sales across the country.
Brian Boitano never intended to publicly reveal he is gay until he was chosen for the U.S. Olympic delegation by President Barack Obama last month.
Calling himself "a private guy," Boitano told The Associated Press on Thursday that he never planned to come out. But moments before his presence on the delegation was revealed, Boitano realized what a powerful statement the president was making.
A federal appeals court heard arguments Jan. 6 on whether the state of Texas can enforce a law that led to the closing of several abortion clinics, a case that ultimately appears bound for the U.S. Supreme Court.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans didn't indicate how soon it would rule on whether a district judge erred in declaring parts of the 2013 law unconstitutional.
What do you call a gay Republican who obsesses about street sweepers, frets that the city’s business isn’t conducted in enough languages and toys with the idea of giving free land to the poor to get it back on the tax rolls?
As of this week in Atlantic City, it’s Mr. Mayor.