Demonstrators outside a McDonald's restaurant near New York's Times Square as part of a nationwide protest of fast food workers December 5, 2013.Fast-food workers say they will sponsor one-day strikes in 100 cities on Thursday and protest activities in 100 additional cities to demand McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy's and other fast-food restaraunts to pay a $15-an-hour wage.  - 

Today, fast-food workers in cities across the U.S. are walking off the job. They're calling for a raise in their wages to $15 dollars an hour. Meanwhile, President Obama invoked a similar theme in a speech he gave yesterday that made the case for increasing the minimum wage. 

Today is the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. One of the legacies is the lingering existence of dry counties, especially across the South. The number is declining, in part due to the economics of not selling alcohol

The economy doesn’t care if you volunteer in your community. In fact, the Gross Domestic Product doesn’t count volunteer work at all, and that includes unpaid care-giving for a sick loved one. But with such high costs for elderly home care, there’s often no alternative, as Marketplace’s Chris Farrell says.

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