| Feb 4, 2014
| 4:10 PM
Last week, President Barack Obama declared the state of the union "strong."
Big deal. Virtually every president in modern times has described the union's state as "strong," even when the country was immersed in a deep recession or a bloody war.
| Feb 2, 2014
| 2:30 AM
DEAR JOYCE: After graduating from high school, I worked for two years to save a little money and to make sure that I chose the best college major for my future. I was thinking about majoring in the humanities, but engineers and other professional grads...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 5:02 PM
Some Democrats in Maryland — the wealthiest state in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — balk at raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour while advocating tax cuts for millionaires.
It's not enough that the rich have had it...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 12:54 PM
New research by the Economic Policy Institute finds that low-wage workers are more educated today than they were more than 40 years ago, but make less when the minimum wage is adjusted for inflation.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: What should I do about my dog who, at the age of 8, has suddenly decided that she likes to eat the frozen poop of other dogs? -- B.N., St. Paul, MN
A: His entire life, my brother-in-law said he didn't care for lobster. In a weak moment, he recently...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:23 PM
For Americans who haven’t been to college, alternative credentials such as professional licenses or educational certificates offer an edge in earnings, a new U.S. Census Bureau report shows.
But Latinos lag behind other Americans in getting such...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 7:45 AM
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Addressing about 100 Los Angeles arts leaders Tuesday at City Hall, Mayor Eric Garcetti promised a more cohesive arts policy in which a variety of city departments will be attuned to fostering...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
One of California's top ambassadors often comes lightly salted and travels in a vacuum-sealed can. Eat an almond anywhere in the world and chances are that it was grown in the Golden State.
California produces 82% of the globe's almonds, harvesting...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 9:34 AM
Prepare for a year of more in the real estate industry — more improvement, mostly, but also more expense as mortgage rates, prices and rents rise.
Analysts expect a solid 2014 here and nationally, after a year in which the battered housing...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 2:14 PM
More than half of Connecticut's uninsured population last year qualified either for Medicaid or a subsidy to offset part of the cost of private health insurance, according to a new report released Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 12:26 PM
Experts thought this would be the year that Florida would bypass New York and be named the third largest state. Turns out, they were wrong.
The U.S. Census Bureau released its most recent population data on Monday, showing that Florida was just 98,000...