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Don't like minimum wage increases? Be mad at the top earners

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Los Angeles has become the first city of its size to approve a minimum wage increase from $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2020. Since the federal minimum wage was instituted in 1938, it has increased 22 times, but the increases haven’t always kept up with rises in inflation and the cost of living. Los Angeles’s minimum wage increase is a welcome step to address that disconnect, and criticism of it distracts from the larger benefits of ensuring that low-wage workers are given equal opportunity to a livable wage.

Some argue that increasing the federal minimum wage would be bad for the economy, would cause layoffs, and would kill small businesses.

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For women with endometriosis, answers are few

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In early February, Melanie Greeke was preparing for her hysterectomy with a mixture of joy and dread. The 27-year-old mother of three had been experiencing unbearable pain, headaches and nausea for the better part of a year. Finally, after seeing several doctors and being turned away time and again, she was diagnosed with endometriosis.

Although a hysterectomy is one of the last resorts for treatment of endometriosis, Greeke, who lives in Goldsboro, N.C., had exhausted all other options, and her doctor said her case was extreme.

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