By Laila Kearney RICHMOND, California (Reuters) - A California city in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area postponed a vote on Tuesday to raise its minimum wage to $12.30, which if passed would be among the highest municipal "living wage" rates in the United States. The proposal before the city council in Richmond, an industrial city of about 100,000 people east of San Francisco, comes as Democratic politicians across the United States are raising concerns about the growing gap between the poorest and richest Americans. The wage hike would increase wages gradually from $8 to $9 an hour by the end of 2014 and to $9.60 in 2015. The $12.30 wage would be fully phased in by 2017.
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia city council member Muriel Bowser swept to victory over scandal-tainted Mayor Vincent Gray in the U.S. capital's crowded Democratic Party primary early on Wednesday. Winning the eight-candidate Democratic primary is seen as tantamount to taking the general election in a city that is heavily Democratic. Gray conceded defeat around 12 a.m. EDT (0400 GMT) as election results showed Bowser ahead 44 percent to 33 percent, with 127 of 143 precincts reporting. "God bless you, and let's go to work," Bowser, a city council member for the past seven years, told cheering supporters.
Conceding company officials knew of their cars' potentially deadly ignition switches for years, GM chief Mary Barra apologized and said the automaker had a "civic responsibility" to make things right. Thirteen deaths have been linked to the problems, and GM eventually issued mass recalls this year. Barra said GM has acknowledged the problem, launched an exhaustive review to determine what and who is responsible, and pledged top-to-bottom changes in shifting from a "cost culture" to a focus on safety and quality. "Today's GM will do the right thing," she told a House investigations panel in Washington.