The group, which has close ties to the Obama administration, estimated $21.2 billion in additional payroll taxes would be collected over five years under one scenario available to Obama, who has made immigration reform a priority of his second term. "Many workers and employers will be able to emerge from the underground economy and pay payroll taxes for the first time," the report said. Obama, who had strong support from the Latino community in his 2012 re-election, had pushed Congress to pass a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for some of the 11.7 million undocumented people in the United States.
(Reuters) - Fast-food workers will stage another day of protests in more than 150 U.S. Organizers expect their biggest protest to date, with fast-food workers from McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC restaurants expected to walk off the job. The union-backed actions, which started in New York and other major cities, have steadily gathered steam since 2012 and helped to spur a national debate about the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009. McDonald's Corp, Burger King Worldwide Inc and other major fast-food chains do not own most of their U.S.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After walking out of prison for the first time in three decades, former death row inmate Henry McCollum tried to climb into his father's car but put his head through the loop of the seatbelt that is supposed to cross his chest. A TV cameraman showed him how it works.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Silicon Valley firms were prepared this week to quickly block video of an Islamic State militant beheading an American journalist after a previous video by the same group showing the death of James Foley ricocheted through social networks in what was seen by some as a propaganda coup for the extremists.
TOKYO (AP) — The multi-nation fisheries body that monitors most of the Pacific Ocean has recommended cutting the catch of juvenile bluefin tuna to half of its average level in 2002-2004, a move that conservationists say is only an initial step toward saving the endangered species.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeal is planned of a landmark $1.4 billion penalty recommended for a Northern California utility for a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people, Pacific Gas and Electric said in a federal filing.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — As thousands of commuters were stuck in traffic on the George Washington Bridge during lane closures apparently ordered by Republican Gov. Chris Christie's aides as political payback, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police lieutenant with ties to Christie was eating breakfast with the executive who ordered the closures.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police lieutenant with ties to Gov. Chris Christie ate breakfast with the executive who ordered the closures on the George Washington Bridge as commuters were stuck in traffic.