Native American war chief dies, aged 102
WASHINGTON • Joe Medicine Crow, the last surviving Plains Indian war chief - a title earned for World War II feats - died on Sunday, aged 102.
The Native American leader, who was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, was a historian and educator whose "legacy will forever serve as an inspiration", said Montana Governor Steve Bullock.
California expected to raise minimum wage
LOS ANGELES • California Governor Jerry Brown was yesterday expected to sign into law a plan to raise the minimum wage from US$10 (S$13.50) to US$15 an hour by the year 2023, making it the first US state to boost pay to that level for the working poor.
It would put California at the forefront of US states trying to surpass the federal minimum wage, which has been US$7.25 an hour since 2009.
17 die in suicide blasts, mortar fire in Baghdad
BAGHDAD • Four suicide blasts targeting Iraqi security forces and civilians and mortar fire that hit houses near Baghdad killed at least 17 people and left at least 64 hurt yesterday, said security and medical officials.
No one immediately claimed responsibility, but the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group often carries out such attacks in Iraq.