The latest raise would increase the average full-time hourly wage at Wal-Mart to $13.38 from $12.96 and average part-time wage to $10.58 from $10. The world's largest retailer also announced that workers would, for the first time, be able to carry over paid days off, with full-time employees transferring up to 80 hours into following year. The move highlights how Wal-Mart and other employers are responding to a tight labor market with the U.S. unemployment rate at a 7-1/2 year low of 5 percent.
(Reuters) - Icy roads and freezing temperatures prompted school closings and emergency preparations in several states in the U.S. South on Wednesday, as snow began to fall on some areas ahead of a major storm expected to blast snow across the Northeast later this week. Winter weather advisories and watches were in place from southern Ohio to northern Georgia, west to Arkansas and Mississippi, east to New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, and as far south as Georgia and North Carolina. Light snow accumulation and some ice was already being reported on Wednesday afternoon in the western Carolinas and northern Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew stressed on Wednesday during a visit to Puerto Rico that congressional action is the only solution to pulling the U.S. territory out of its worsening economic crisis.
By Jeff Mason and Timothy Gardner DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pledged to offer support for the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan on Wednesday and environmental regulators were set to provide Congress with information about their role. Blame is swirling after a switch in the water supply to the financially-strapped city of 100,000 north of Detroit led to elevated levels of lead in drinking water. "It is a reminder that we can't shortchange the basic services we provide to our people," Obama said about the crisis after visiting a car show in Detroit.
A judge on Wednesday rejected prosecutors' request that a Baltimore policeman facing retrial over the death of black detainee Freddie Gray be forced to testify in the trials of his fellow officers. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams said the motion by the state compelling testimony by Officer William Porter appeared to be a "stall tactic" since it would have indefinitely postponed the trials of all six officers charged in Gray's death last April.
The head of a New York-based foundation pleaded guilty on Wednesday to participating in a scheme to bribe a former U.N. General Assembly president to advance various business interests, becoming the second defendant to admit wrongdoing in the case. Sheri Yan, who was Global Sustainability Foundation's chief executive, pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan to one count of bribery in connection with illicit payments made to John Ashe, the former General Assembly president. Choking back tears, Yan admitted that beginning in 2012, she agreed with others to pay money to Ashe, who was also the U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda, to influence officials in Antigua and the United Nations to support business interests.
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina investigators found a possible explosive device in the home where sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man during a confrontation in Statesville, a sheriff said Wednesday.