Features by Hilary Wicai

FBI not following law of the letters

A report says FBI investigators have been playing fast and loose with national security letters, which give them access to businesses' private customer information. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Crime, Washington

Democrats move to Plan B on Iraq

Congressional Democrats have moved to a new plan in their attempt to stop the war in Iraq: A series of deadlines that'll be attached to the president's emergency budget request. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Unemployment of black men at 'crisis' level

Congress today looks at the employment situation facing African-American men. The statistics are daunting, and testimony is expected to point to education as both a culprit and a solution.
Posted In: Jobs

Wal-Mart settles overtime suit

Wal-Mart employees are due about $34 million in back wages and interest for unpaid overtime hours. The error was revealed by an internal audit and self-reported, Hillary Wicai reports.

Putting a stop to credit card trickery?

Consumer advocates say the credit card industry hides behind pages and pages of fine print to trick and trap consumers. Now a Senate committee is taking a closer look, Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Sweetening the minimum wage bill

The Senate took a vote yesterday to send a clear signal: If Democrats want a minimum wage boost, they'll have to give a little sumpin'-sumpin' to small businesses. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

State Farm settles flood of lawsuits

Insurance giant State Farm has agreed to pay out about $80 million to Mississippi policyholders who had sued over unpaid claims following Hurricane Katrina. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Crime

Less effective birth control?

Birth control pills may not work as well as they used to. Today the FDA is meeting with a panel of experts to decide what to do about it. Hillary Wicai explains.
Posted In: Health

Could tax break be a healthcare benefit?

In his State of the Union Address, President Bush will propose making healthcare coverage more affordable by changing the way health benefits are taxed. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Health, Washington

New passport rules take effect tomorrow

Beginning tomorrow, anyone flying anywhere outside the U.S. will need a valid passport. That's worrisome for businesses in Mexico and Canada that count on American tourists. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Travel


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