NEW YORK (AP) — The major stock indexes are edging higher in afternoon trading after drifting between small gains and losses much of the day. Investors have had a batch of quarterly earnings reports to digest. Google, IBM and insurer UnitedHealth have been among the biggest decliners, while General Electric and Morgan Stanley are among the gainers. The S&P 500 has gained six points, while the Dow is 15 to 20 points higher and the Nasdaq composite is up about 20.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.
(BPT) - Though most states require drivers to have car insurance, there are still motorists who take their chances and drive without coverage or with insufficient coverage. Nationwide, an estimated 14 percent of drivers are uninsured, and, in a handful of states, that figure tops 20 percent, according to the Insurance Research Council.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's minimum wage will climb to $9.50 by 2016 and go up automatically in future years under legislation bound for Gov. Mark Dayton's signature.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama is arguing for an increase in the minimum wage, saying no one who works full time should be in poverty.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report from the National Urban League says underemployment is a bigger obstacle for blacks than it is for whites or Hispanics.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's second-ranking Democrat says he'd be open to negotiating a compromise if Republicans block Democrats' efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says it's disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision striking down overall campaign contribution limits.
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet has approved a national minimum wage for Germany, guaranteeing workers at least 8.50 euros per hour ($11.75) starting next year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using his call for a higher minimum wage to help boost a Michigan congressman running for the Senate.
MARACAY, Venezuela (AP) — As he watches over dozens of children training on the field where his nephew learned the game, Miguel Cabrera's uncle is proud of the news that the Detroit Tigers slugger has netted the richest contract in history of any U.S. sport.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says raising the federal minimum wage is good for business.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill that will raise Connecticut's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the highest for any state in the country.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has tossed out a lawsuit by a volunteer at last July's baseball All-Star FanFest who claimed 2,000 volunteers should have been paid by Major League Baseball.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's prime minister is warning that his country is "on the brink of the economic and financial bankruptcy."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state lawmakers have become the first in the country to pass legislation increasing the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the same rate President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says many restaurant owners support raising the tipped minimum wage for their workers because "it's good for business overall."
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving higher today. Investors are assessing the health of the economy and company earnings, shrugging off a two-day decline. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 0.8 percent, while the S&P 500 rose 0.5 percent. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.3 percent. The stock market has struggled to advance this year after a series of economic reports suggested the economy is slowing. A report released today shows fewer people bought homes in February, but another report indicates consumer confidence has risen to the highest level in six years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems divided over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.