Costco to Raise Its Minimum Wage to $16 an Hour: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: Senator Bernie Sanders said Walmart’s profits continued to be supported by taxpayers, who are paying for the health care and food expenses of the company’s lowest-paid workers.Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times The chief executive of Costco waded into the political debate over the federal minimum wage, testifying […]

Protests rock Armenia as PM slams ‘coup’ attempt: Live updates

DEVELOPING STORY Nikol Pashinyan is under mounting pressure to resign over his handling of the recent conflict with Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused top military officers of attempting a coup after they demanded he step down, adding fuel to months-long protests calling for his resignation. Anti-government sentiment swelled last November […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Deaths in California Surpass 50,000

Here’s what you need to know: A Covid-19 victim being placed in a hearse in El Cajon, Calif., in January.Credit…Mario Tama/Getty Images California surpassed 50,000 known coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the first state to reach that chilling milestone. The news comes as a bleak reminder that the recent progress the state has made against the […]

Hoping to Soothe Lawmakers, Powell Vows Economic Support: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, doubled down on the message that weak price gains, rather than inflation, is the central bank’s concern.Credit…Pool photo by Susan Walsh Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, said on Wednesday that it could take years for the central bank to coax […]

Live Updates: Biden Doesn’t Shy From Early Fights to Move His Agenda Forward

Here’s what you need to know: President Biden’s biggest priority — and the one he has shown the least inclination to compromise on — is his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times Most administrations start with a burst of activity, but the frenetic action on Capitol Hill this week represents something different […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Protects Against Severe Illness and May Reduce Transmission, F.D.A. Analyses Find

Here’s what you need to know: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine showed 86 percent efficacy against severe forms of Covid-19 in the United States, and 82 percent against severe disease in South Africa.Credit…Justin Tallis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The one-shot coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson provides strong protection against severe disease and death […]

Powell Testifies as Focus on Economic Pain Persists: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: Video On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, will testify on the Monetary Policy Report, a semiannual report, before a virtual hearing of the Senate Banking Committee.CreditCredit…Al Drago for The New York Times Jerome H. Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve, told lawmakers that the economic rebound […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: U.S. Surpasses 500,000 Covid-19 Deaths, a Monumental Loss

Here’s what you need to know: The Biden inauguration’s memorial for the 400,000 lives lost to the coronavirus in the United States. On the day after his inauguration, President Biden said that the memorial would not be the country’s last and projected that “the death toll will likely top 500,000” in February.Credit…Todd Heisler/The New York […]

White House Adjusts Rules to Encourage More Loans for Tiny Businesses: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: Downtown Nashville last week. Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program would attempt to steer more pandemic loans to the smallest businesses.Credit…Brett Carlsen/Getty Images Aiming to steer more federal aid to the smallest and most vulnerable businesses, the Biden administration is altering the Paycheck Protection Program’s rules, increasing the amount […]

Covid-19 Live News: 3 Great Plains States Recover After Staggering Spikes

Here’s what you need to know: A drive-through coronavirus testing site in Bozeman, Mont., in December.Credit…Janie Osborne for The New York Times Not three months ago, the coronavirus had so ravaged South Dakota that its packed hospitals were flying patients to other states for treatment. An analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University had […]

Live Updates: Biden Expects to Surpass His Goal of 100 Million Shots in 100 Days

Here’s what you need to know: Video transcript Back transcript Biden Promises Vaccines for All Americans by the End of July After touring a Pfizer manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Friday, President Biden emphasized the safety of approved coronavirus vaccines and said there would be enough available for all Americans by the end of […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: ‘Double Time’ for U.S. Vaccinations After Storm Delays

Here’s what you need to know: Vaccines were still being administered on Thursday at a community center in the Bronx.Credit…James Estrin/The New York Times With vast swaths of the United States pelted by heavy winter storms that brought Covid-19 vaccinations to a near-halt over the past week, health officials say a daunting task has become […]

Live Updates: Power Comes Back in Texas, but Water Systems Are Crippled

Here’s what you need to know: Ben Lozano cleaned up his garage on Thursday after a pipe burst behind his washing machine in Austin, Texas.Credit…Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times The end of frigid conditions across Texas is in sight on Friday, but many residents who fled their homes this week in search of […]

Uber Loses Ruling on Worker Rights in U.K. High Court: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: An Uber driver in London last year.Credit…Teresa Eng for The New York Times Uber suffered an important labor defeat in its largest European market on Friday when Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that drivers must be classified as workers entitled to a minimum wage and vacation time. The case had […]

Live Updates: Biden’s Immigration Plan Would Offer Path to Citizenship For Millions

Here’s what you need to know: Video transcript Back transcript Congressional Democrats Introduce Eight-year Path to Citizenship Democrats on Capitol Hill unveiled their immigration overhaul on Thursday that would expand worker visas in an effort to modernize the immigration system and provide a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented Americans. “That’s why we today, […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: U.S. Life Expectancy Plummeted in 2020

Here’s what you need to know: A line for coronavirus tests in Los Angeles. The life expectancy gap between Black and white Americans grew during the pandemic to six years, the largest figure since 1998.Credit…Philip Cheung for The New York Times Life expectancy in the United States fell by a full year in the first […]

Jobless Claims to Provide Latest Snapshot on Economy’s Health: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: A closed banquet hall in San Francisco. Pandemic restrictions have cost many hospitality industry workers their jobs.Credit…Jim Wilson/The New York Times A fresh snapshot of the labor market and the state of the economic recovery will arrive on Thursday when the Labor Department issues its weekly report on unemployment […]

Australian Open Live Updates: Naomi Osaka Defeats Serena Williams

Here’s what you need to know: Osaka closed it out by winning the last eight points of the match. Feb. 17, 2021, 11:38 p.m. ET Feb. 17, 2021, 11:38 p.m. ET The crowd is cheering for a third set. Feb. 17, 2021, 11:26 p.m. ET Feb. 17, 2021, 11:26 p.m. ET Too many unforced errors […]

Americans Took Out a Record Number of Mortgages Last Quarter: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: The volume of new mortgages hit a record in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.Credit…Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press A mortgage boom is underway as American families take advantage of historically low interest rates by refinancing or buying homes, based […]