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President Obama pushes hike in minimum wage

President Obama said Saturday that hardworking Americans deserve a vote in Congress on a higher minimum wage. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said six states have raised their minimum wage and more are considering it. Obama, who is raising wages for some federal contractors, said it is now up to Congress to finish the job by passing legislation raising the federal minimum to $10.10 per hour. In the Republican address, Representative Tom Cotton of Arkansas said Obama’s policies are too costly and concentrate power in Washington.


House fire kills 4 in family, injures 2

INDIANAPOLIS — A fire swept through a small home in Indianapolis on Saturday morning, killing a couple and two of their children and leaving two surviving siblings in critical condition, a fire official said. Firefighters found the parents and their four children — ages 14, 11, 8, and 6 — unconscious inside the home on the city’s east side.


Chapter suspended by Sierra Club

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club has been suspended from the national environmental group over “ongoing conflicts and divisions” among local activists. Thirteen members of the 15-person national board voted Friday to suspend the chapter for four years. David Scott, Sierra Club president, said after the vote that the board received complaints about strife within the chapter.