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Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.

Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.

New Jersey panel could call Christie to testify

The New Jersey legislative committee investigating traffic jams orchestrated by Chris Christie's aides plans to start calling people who work for him to testify beginning next month -- and it hasn't ruled out asking to hear from the governor himself.

Yellen: Fed stimulus still needed for job market

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.

Clinton White House documents to be released

The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents on Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.

US working on non-lethal aid package for Ukraine

The United States is working on a package of non-lethal aid for Ukraine that could include medical supplies and clothing, but would stop short of providing body armor and other military-style equipment, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime.

Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website

Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs.

A year after background check defeat, modest goals

Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

US factory output extended solid gains in March

U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.

US home building up in March after frigid winter

U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction.

Obama, Biden to announce $600M for job grants

Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund

Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November.

Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.

College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

Anxious students -- not to mention their parents -- can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.

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