The order puts marriages on hold until an appeal is decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Utah has been allowing same-sex marriages since Dec. 20.
As Congress comes back to work this week, it’s expected to debate the possibility of re-instating unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, which expired for 1.3 million people a few days after Christmas.
Research shows that when unemployment benefits get cut, the unemployment rate goes down -- but not just because some people take new jobs. Some of the reduction is the combination of bad news and a quirk of how the numbers get compiled.
The bad news is, when benefits go away, some people give up on finding a job, since an active job search is a requirement for collecting benefits.
And the quirk is, when people stop looking for work, they stop getting counted as “unemployed.”
“When people give up and drop out of the labor force, that lowers the unemployment rate -- but that’s not a good way of lowering the unemployment rate.” says Chad Stone, chief economist for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “It’s not that they’re transitioning into jobs -- it’s that they’ve stopped searching.”
And people without work -- and without unemployment benefits -- can’t necessarily get what they need from the local food bank.
“What we’re seeing is, charities are not really able to keep up with the increased demand, with more and more people unable to make ends meet,” says Melissa Boteach of the Center for American Progress.
She says the price tag for reinstating benefits -- $25 billion -- far outstrips what charities could supply. According to her group’s analysis, it’s five times the amount anti-hunger charities collect in a year.
Nicholas Simmons, 20, hadn't been seen since New Year's Day. On Sunday, USA Today published a photo of him. The young man was in Washington, D.C., trying to keep warm on a steam grate. His family saw the picture. With help from the newspaper, an AP photographer and police, their loved one was found.
One of the big topics at the Consumer Electronics Show this week is television -- like smart TVs and more high-definition programming. But as more and more of us stream our content, what does the future of television really look like beyond pixels and frame rates? For a look at how television stations might be licensed in the future and how interactive new programming might be, Marketplace Tech turns to Harvard's Jonathan Zittrain. Click the audio player above to hear more.
Watch the replay as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck scoops up a fumble and stretches across the goal line against Kansas City. During a weekend of four close games in which three weren't settled until the last minute, was that the highlight of highlights?