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The minimum wage debate through the eyes of self-made laundromat owner

Marc Tavakoli has all the classic trappings of success: A law degree from Columbia University, stints at Manhattan law firms, a Beverly Grove penthouse apartment two floors up from a pop singer.<p>He only hoped for such a comfortable existence growing up. His immigrant parents, before breaking into …

Greenpeace Stunt Infuriates Peru

Greenpeace has infuriated the Peruvian government by creating a large message near the Nazca Lines, one of the oldest and least understood antiquities in Peru.<p>The Nazca lines are thousands-year-old large-scale drawings of plants and animals that were etched into to the desert and are only visible …

Iraqi military helicopter shot down by Islamic State near Samarra

An Iraqi military helicopter has been shot down by Islamic State militants near the Sunni-dominated city of Samarra, killing the two pilots. The Sunni extremists also were reported on the verge of taking a western Iraq town from poorly equipped government forces.<p>Iraqi news reports said Saturday …

Disney alters perks for Club 33 members

Some of Mickey Mouse's high-roller friends have their tails in a twist.<p>For access to what is billed as "the most exclusive address in all of Disneyland" — Club 33 — many members pay $11,000 a year. Now some of those fans are piqued over what they say is a roll-back of their platinum-plated perks. …

Man Allegedly Steals $1.5 Million Worth of Nike LeBron 12 Shoes

A Memphis man appeared in court Monday nearly a month after jacking a large shipment of then-unreleased Nike LeBron 12 shoes.<p>The haul, according to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, included 7,500 pairs of shoes with a total estimated retail value of $1.5 million.<p>Rovell reports that the alleged culprit, …