Employees and supporters demonstrate outside of a Wendy's fast-food restaurant to demand higher pay and the right to form a union on July 29, 2013 in New York City. - 

You may have to wait longer for your Egg McMuffin or iced coffee this morning. Thousands of fast-food workers in about 35 cities are planning to strike, as their call for higher pay, which started in New York last fall, goes nationwide. Workers at McDonald’s, Popeye’s, Taco Bell and other fast-food chains are demanding $15 an hour -- twice as much as many now earn.

Josef Ackermann, one of the most famous businessmen in Europe, has resigned as chairman of Zurich Insurance under highly unusual circumstances. The move was connected to the apparent suicide of the company's chief financial officer, Pierre Wauthier.

Heat, sweat, and, now, activists are unavoidable facts of life for members of Congress in August. An army of interest groups has been pushing various causes this month.

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