India's Modi faces first test of reform pledges

Jul 10, 2014

India's Modi faces first test of reform pledges

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced the first major test of his reform credentials on Thursday, when his fresh-faced government presented its maiden budget amid early doubts about his willingness to make unpopular decisions. The budget promised a new era of fiscal prudence and ...

Tide of poor migrants floods Texas border

Jul 10, 2014

Tide of poor migrants floods Texas border

by Christopher Sherman

The influx of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has grown so large that it now requires its own transportation system: government buses that spend each night idling on a Texas roadside, awaiting the latest arrivals. The buses, joined by a fleet of Border Patrol ...

Crimea euphoria fading for Russians

Jul 8, 2014

Crimea euphoria fading for Russians

When she was asked to give up a day’s pay to help Crimea, Russian hospital therapist Tatyana could not hide her anger. Why should she subsidize others when struggling to make ends meet herself? Living in southern Russia close to the border with Ukraine, ...

Fracking 'causing methane leakage'

Jul 1, 2014

Fracking 'causing methane leakage'

In the state of Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for ...

Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Jun 27, 2014

Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Nationwide job availability improved in May to the best in about 22 years as the unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, the lowest in more than 16 years, the government said Friday. As companies became more willing to hire workers amid an uptick in ...

U.S. hinterlands woo Chinese firms

Jun 26, 2014

U.S. hinterlands woo Chinese firms

by Paul Wiseman

Burdened with Alabama’s highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs. They are coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan province, China. Henan’s Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group opened a plant in Pine Hill ...

U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns. “Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth — now that’s a pretty low bar,” ...

Income gap widens as jobs dry up

Jun 16, 2014

Income gap widens as jobs dry up

In August 2008, factory workers David and Barbara Ludwig both treated themselves to new cars. With David making $22 an hour and Barbara $19, they could easily afford the payments. A month later, Baldwin Hardware, a unit of Stanley Black & Decker Corp., announced ...