The minimum wage in Oakland, California is nine dollars an hour. A local coffee-shop owner and her employees are typical Americans struggling to make ends meet. The recent boost in the minimum wage has helped, but it’s not enough.
Property damage claims from deadly October wildfires in the US state of California now exceed $3.3 billion. The figure is more than triple previous estimates, and authorities say they expect it to rise.
An Oakland warehouse where at least 33 people were killed in a fire was likely being used as an illegal living space, according to officials. Investigators have searched through about 40 percent of the building.
At least nine people have died after a fire broke out during a party in Oakland, local media have reported. The warehouse where the party was being held had no proper fire extinguishing system, according to officials.
Lawmakers in California have approved a dramatic increase of the state's minimum wage. One of the world's biggest economies, California would be the first US state to commit to such a large pay rate for the working poor.
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