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  WASHINGTON (AP) -- A D.C. Council committee has unanimously approved a bill that would raise the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the nation's highest, by 2015.
   The committee voted 6-0 Monday to send the bill to the full council, which could take the first of two votes as early as December.
   Councilmember Vincent Orange says he believes he has a veto-proof majority of nine of the 13 councilmembers backing his minimum wage proposal. Mayor Vincent Gray has told the council he would support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour from its current $8.25. He's concerned that a larger increase would hurt the job market, and he's planning to hire a consultant to study the issue.
   San Francisco has the nation's highest minimum wage at $10.74 an hour.

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