Fast-food giant McDonald's announced Wednesday that it would increase wages for 90,000 employees in company-owned restaurants in the United States, as well as offering them paid time-off. The pay increase though will not apply to the workers in McDonald's restaurants owned by franchisees, which comprise some 90 percent of the 14,000 McDonald's outlets across the country. McDonald's USA said that from July 1 this year, the starting wages for full and part-time workers in its own restaurants will be one dollar above the local official minimum wage. On the other hand, five states have no minimum wage, and it was not clear how McDonald's would set pay in those.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The stray dog was hit by a car, clubbed in the head and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state. Days later, the 1-year-old bully breed mix showed up sickly and covered in dirt at a nearby farm.