McDonald's Will Raise Minimum Wage
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants. It's the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. The company owns about 10 percent of its more than 14,300 U.S. restaurants. The rest are run by franchisees. The change comes as McDonald's faces protests over pay and labor practices at its restaurants. Starting in July, the company says wages will be a dollar more than the local minimum wage.
Talks Extended With Iran
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry will be staying in Switzerland at least until tomorrow. U.S. officials say there's been enough progress in the talks with Iran on its nuclear program to extend the talks for another day. A spokeswoman says, "We continue to make progress but have not reached a political understanding." For nearly a week, Iran and six world powers have been haggling over what an initial understanding should look like. (photo:
Search Warrant Yields Heroin & Drug Paraphernalia
A Washington man has been arrested, thanks to tips received through the Washington County Drug Task Force Telphone Line. Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone says those tips led them to 130 May Avenue, in the city of Washington, where they found 41-year-old Michael Wallace in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Wallace was charged with a parole violation and authorities say additional charges will be filed at a later date.
Sex Offender Pleads
According to the Allegheny County District Attorney's office, a Washington County man has pleaded guilty to sex-related charges involving six boys. The "Tribune-Review" reports 41-year-old Joseph Rodney Thomas of Washington is a convicted sex offender and, in exchange for his guilty pleas, Thomas will be sentenced to 25-50 years along with lifetime Megan's Law registration. Some of the victims were from Elizabeth, Port Vue and Baldwin.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A portion of Murray Energy Corp.'s Monongalia County Mine has been temporarily idled. The company attributes the move to shipment shortfalls by railroads serving the mine. Media outlets report that Murray Energy announced the partial shutdown on Tuesday. The company didn't say how many workers were affected or when the mine would resume full operations. Federal figures show the mine produced more than 3 million tons of coal in 2013 and 4.6 million tons in 2014. It employed an average of 588 workers during the fourth quarter of 2014.
Jury Rules In Favor Of H.J. Heinz
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A federal jury in Pittsburgh has rejected a Michigan man's claims that a condiment package he patented in 1997 led H.J. Heinz Co. to develop its Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets in 2010. The verdict in favor of Pittsburgh-based Heinz came Wednesday. David Wawrzynski (wah-ruh-ZIN'-skee), a Detroit-area businessman, had sued, claiming the "Little Dipper" package he invented led Heinz to develop its dual-function package. A lid can be peeled from the Dip & Squeeze so food can be dipped into the ketchup, or the end can be torn off so the ketchup can be squeezed onto the food. A Heinz spokesman says the company is pleased and "believed all along that Mr. Wawrzynski's claims were groundless."
Creator Of Pet Rock Dies
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) - The man who created the Pet Rock has died. Gary Ross Dahl created the wildly popular 1970s fad, which was a smooth stone that came packed in a cardboard box containing a tongue-in-cheek instruction pamphlet for "care and feeding." Dahl estimated he had sold 1.5 million of them at roughly $4 each by the time the fad fizzled. Dahl's wife says he died March 23 in southern Oregon of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 78.