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Almost Everything You Have Been Told About The Minimum Wage Is False

The Democrats, their union supporters, and liberals in general are making a hard and concerted push for an increase in the minimum wage. President Obama mentioned the subject prominently in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night and even promised to take executive action to increase the …

This Solar-Powered Kit Could Save Hundreds Of Thousands Of Mothers' And Newborns' Lives

When Dr. Laura Stachel stepped into a maternal health clinic in Nigeria for the first time in 2008, she was “stunned and appalled,” the obstetrician-gynecologist told KQED.<p>The off-grid facility was so strapped for resources that, at night, the midwives delivered babies just by light of candles or …

Ivory Coast boy smuggled to Spain inside suitcase

<b>An eight-year-old boy has been smuggled into Spain from Morocco inside a suitcase, Spanish police say.</b><p>The boy, Abou, was found inside the case being carried by a 19-year-old woman into Ceuta, a Spanish enclave next to Morocco, on Thursday.<p>When police opened the case, they found the boy in a …

Officials: Police Break Up U.S.-Italy Cocaine Ring Run Out Of Queens Pizza Parlor

<b>NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)</b> — An operation conducted by Italian police, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security has targeted a major …

An Uber driver with a concealed handgun prevented a mass shooting in Chicago

Here's the Chicago Tribune, citing Assistant State's Attorney Barry Quinn:<p>The driver will not be charged:<p>Chicago was home to some of the most draconian gun laws in the US until a 2010 Supreme Court ruling, McDonald v. Chicago, found Chicago's gun-regulation regime unconstitutional.<p>That ruling …

More Americans Are Comfortable With A Gay Presidential Candidate Than With An Evangelical One

More Americans feel comfortable with a presidential candidate who identifies as gay or lesbian than with one who identifies as an evangelical Christian, according to a new poll.<p>The latest WSJ/NBC poll listed a series of qualities in a potential presidential candidate and asked respondents whether …

Mom Held Hostage With 3 Kids Sneaks Plea For Help Into Pizza Hut Order

WFLA News Channel 8<p>It was an extraordinary pizza order, the likes of which employees at a Florida Pizza Hut had never seen before.<p>The customer ordered a classic pie with pepperoni, and included an appeal for assistance in the comments section that read: “Please help. Get 911 to me.”<p>“I've been here …

California Approves Unprecedented Mandatory Water Restrictions Amid Drought

Cities like Beverly Hills that haven't made substantial cuts will be forced to reduce their water use by more than a third, or face stiff penalties.<p>California's State Water Resources Control Board adopted a tiered system Tuesday that requires up to 36% reductions from the biggest water users. The …

Pop music marked by three revolutions in 50 years

<b>The evolution of western pop music, spanning from 1960 to 2010, has been analysed by scientists.</b><p>A team from Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London looked at more than 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100.<p>They found three music revolutions - in 1964, 1983 and 1991 - and …

Airbus had 1,000 parts 3D printed to meet deadline

<b>More than 1,000 parts on the Airbus A350 XWB jet were 3D printed with materials that only recently became available to use with the technique.</b><p>It means the aircraft has more 3D printed parts than any other before it.<p>One expert said it was a significant step because new lightweight materials could be …

Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson launch Republican 2016 bids

<b>Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, and neurosurgeon Ben Carson have joined the growing 2016 Republican field.</b><p>Ms Fiorina is the first female in her party to enter the White House race and Mr Carson the first African American.<p>Both are political outsiders, unlike the …

One In Six Species Could Disappear Due To Climate Change, New Study Finds

16 percent. Remember that number.<p>If climate change continues unabated, 16 percent -- one in six -- plant and animal species will go extinct, according to a new study published in Science.<p>The report, "Accelerating Extinction Risk From Climate Change," analyzed 131 other studies that diverged widely …

The horrors of the sea

<b>Juan Medina has been following migrants trying to reach Europe for two decades - the Reuters photographer won a World Press award for this image taken in 2004. As the number of deaths at sea rises, he talks about his images.</b><p>Warning: Readers may find some of the images disturbing<p>I started taking …

Self-Driving Car Travels 3,400 Miles Across America

It’s not so much a question of <i>if</i>, but <i>when</i> autonomous cars will hit the roads. With Google, Apple, and Tesla investing heavily in the industry, the …

Autonomous Cars

These Animals Might Go Extinct Because No One Wants To Eat Them

Forgotten Bacon, Steaks and Turkey: Photos of livestock breeds on the Livestock Conservancy's Conservation Priority List.<p>The Steller's sea cow, the passenger pigeon and the New Zealand moa all went extinct because people developed a taste for their meat.<p>But other animals are going their way …

Cop who became first black officer in tiny Washington town is fired after suffering a 'year of racist abuse' - and then has n-word sprayed on his SUV

• <b>Gerry Pickens, 28, was the first black police officer in Orting, Washington</b>• <b><br>Was fired after just under a year - which he says is because of</b> …

Heal Wants To Make Seeing A Doctor As Easy As Calling An Uber

The success of apps like Heal could foreshadow the mass upskilling of the on-demand workforce.<p>Starting today, Heal is attempting to change the way San Franciscans think about primary health care. Launched in Los Angeles in February, the on-demand health care company could help parents with feverish …

Republicans Push $269 Billion Handout For Millionaire Heirs And Heiresses

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans this week will vote to hand the heirs and heiresses of America's largest fortunes a $269 billion tax break by repealing the federal inheritance tax.<p>The legislation would shield the very richest families from taxes on the fortunes they inherit. After years of GOP …

World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Placed Under 24-Hour Armed Guard In Kenya

After the decimation of his species by poachers, Sudan the rhino finds himself in an extremely precarious position: He is the last male northern white rhinoceros on the planet.<p>According to The Independent, the 40-year-old animal has been put under 24-hour armed guard in the Kenya game conservancy …

The Next Tech Boom Is Taking Place Behind Bars

When San Francisco-based venture capitalists Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti walked into San Quentin State Prison in 2010 to speak with a group of inmates that a friend was mentoring, they didn’t know what exactly to expect.<p>But the men behind bars, whom Redlitz described as “the most engaged …

Dolphin's Death Leaves Only 5 Of Her Kind On The Planet

And then there were five.<p>WWF-Greater Mekong<p>The recent death of one of the remaining six Irrawaddy river dolphins in the Mekong River in Laos highlights the desperate situation for the already critically endangered animal.<p>Read more on The Dodo

Community Bail Fund For Poor Defendants To Launch In Brooklyn

NEW YORK -- Miguel Padilla said he couldn't let his fiancee's drunk brother get behind the wheel. Padilla, who also goes by Mike, may have been trying to do a good deed, but he wound up on Rikers Island instead.<p>As he cruised Brooklyn's streets driving his drunk relative home one night last …

Study Finds Association Between Poverty And Brain Development During Childhood

After scanning the brains of more than 1,000 individuals, scientists have found a relationship between brain size and socioeconomic status in …

Office workers 'too sedentary'

<b>Office workers need to get off their backsides and move around more, according to a new campaign.</b><p>On Your Feet Britain says sitting for long periods at work is linked to a host of health problems, which are not undone by working out in the gym.<p>It is calling on people to stand regularly, walk around …

Indiana Shut Down Its Rural Planned Parenthood Clinics And Got An HIV Outbreak

Scott County, Indiana, the center of an exploding HIV outbreak, has been without an HIV testing center since early 2013, when the sole provider -- a Planned Parenthood clinic -- was forced to close its doors. The clinic did not offer abortion services.<p>The Scott County clinic and four other Planned …

Saving girls from the 'cutting season'

<b>Girls in parts of Tanzania are often forced to undergo female genital mutilation, even though the practice is illegal. Faced with FGM, many had nowhere to turn - until now. A safe house has opened in the north of the country to offer protection when they need it most.</b><p>"My parents said I should be …

'Smart' Headlights Use Eye-Tracking To Beam Light Where Drivers Look

From self-driving cars to drunk driver-detecting lasers, researchers are using technology to help make the road much safer.<p>And now, engineers at General Motors (GM) are developing "smart" headlights that beam light precisely where a driver is looking -- an invention that could improve visibility …

Spring Panzanella Salad

<i>Spring Panzanella Salad-this panzanella salad is bursting with spring vegetables and is a great side dish to any meal.</i><p>When I eat a salad, I want a …