Jun 26, 2014, 12:02 pm EDT
Furniture retailer IKEA plans to boost the minimum wage it pays its workers in the U.S.
IKEA currently pays a minimum wage of $9.17 per hour to workers in the 38 stores it operates in the U.S, substantially higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. IKEA will raise its minimum wage to $10.76 an hour, USA TODAY notes.
An IKEA executive says the retailer is hiking its minimum wage because it wants to “create a better everyday life for our coworkers.” Read
Jun 25, 2014, 4:44 pm EDT
The Supreme Court, ruled on Wednesday, that it’s illegal for police to search a person’s cellphone without a warrant.
The Supreme Court justices came to a unanimous decision regarding cellphones needing a warrant to be searched. The justices stated that a cellphone was much more than a simple social convenience and that it could hold private information, reports the Associated Press.
However, this doesn’t mean that police can’t still confiscate a cellphone. According to the Supreme Court’s ruling, police can choose to take cellphones, but will still require a warrant to look through them. To protect the cellphones from remote encryption, they can place them in a bag that blocks signal. Police can also choose to take the battery out of the cellphone, the Associated Press notes. Read
Jun 25, 2014, 2:37 pm EDT
Indiana just became the latest state to lift its ban on gay marriage.
U.S. District Judge Richard Young issued a ruling that allows same-sex couple to get married.”Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana,” he wrote.
“These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street,” Young added. “The Constitution demands that we treat them as such.” Read
Jun 25, 2014, 2:20 pm EDT
John Boehner is planning to file a lawsuit against President Obama, claiming that the president has abused his executive powers.
The House Speaker says that Obama has ignored the laws and brags about it. John Boehner claims that the lawsuit has nothing to do with attempting to impeach the president — “it’s about him faithfully executing the laws of this country.”
“My view is the president has not faithfully executed the laws,” he said. “What we have seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the Legislative Branch.” Read
Jun 24, 2014, 11:19 am EDT
The FBI cracked down on child sex-trafficking in the U.S. during an operation that took place over the last week.
168 kids have been recovered and 281 pimps have been arrested so far during the crackdown. The operation involved close to 400 law enforcement agencies and it took place in more than 100 U.S. cities.
Over the last six years, operations to stop child sex-trafficking by the FBI and its partners have led to 1,450 convictions and seizure of more than $3 million in assets. The agency has also managed to rescue 3,600 kids over that span. Read
Jun 23, 2014, 11:54 am EDT
With New York State set to legalize medical marijuana for the first time, the movement to legalize marijuana appears to be gaining even more momentum.
Last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act,” which added the Sunshine State to the growing list of medical marijuana states. North Carolina’s legislature has also passed medical marijuana bills. Read