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Need Good Credit? There is a Program Designed to HelpNEW YORK (AP) — People struggling with a bad credit score, or lack of one, could benefit from a program rolling out in the next few months aimed at making it easier to get a Visa or MasterCard. The company behind the widely-used FICO credit score announced Thursday a pilot program to help millions of [...]
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Aurora Paredes is the first person in her family to attend college. She hasn’t taken that role lightly. The passionate spirit that motivated her to become a college student also led her to pursue social justice work. It is work that has become dear to this undocumented student. Aside from serving as a mentor and tutor [...]
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Graduates of For-Profit Colleges Stage a ‘Debt Strike’WASHINGTON (AP) — Pamela Hunt is so overwhelmed by her $56,000 in student loans for what she considers a worthless criminal justice master’s degree that she’s joined others on a “debt strike” and refusing to pay back the money. On Tuesday, she walked out of a meeting with officials from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [...]
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Labor Calls for McDonald’s to Raise Wages for All WorkersNEW YORK (AP) — A pay bump for workers at some McDonald’s restaurants isn’t likely to ease the pressures the chain is facing over labor issues. McDonald’s said Wednesday it would raise wages for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, which represent only about 10 percent of more than 14,300 locations. It also said it would [...]
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Indiana Lawmakers Want to Change Religious LawINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers announced proposed changes Thursday to the state’s new religious objections law aimed at quelling widespread criticism from businesses and other groups that have called the proposal anti-gay. The revisions, which still require approval from the full Legislature and Republican Gov. Mike Pence, come as lawmakers in Arkansas scramble to revise [...]
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Ark. Governor Now Calls for Changes to Religious BillLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics that included his own son and some of the state’s biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay. The Republican governor said he wants the Legislature either to recall [...]
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Seattle Workers Just Received a Raise, Which Will Hit $15SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages. The fast-food workers who staged walk-outs to advance the idea, however, won’t be seeing anything close to [...]
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McDonald’s Workers to Get Pay Raises at Many RestaurantsNEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s says it’s raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. The company owns about 10 percent of its more than 14,300 U.S. restaurants, representing about 90,000 workers. The rest are run by franchisees, and McDonald’s said [...]
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The Journey of Maya Angelou to Become a PlayLOS ANGELES (AP) — In the nearly 30-year friendship that Tavis Smiley shared with Maya Angelou, he learned the renowned writer’s views on life and how to live it to the fullest. One year after Angelou’s death, TV and radio host Smiley is joining with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon to develop a stage adaptation [...]
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More Migrants Are Drowning Along Rio GrandeMISSION, Texas (AP) — A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives and holds up his hand confirming the grim tally: four men and a woman. The grisly [...]
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