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13 States Will Raise Their Minimum Wage For The New Year

WASHINGTON -- Minimum wage workers in a handful of states will be ringing in the new year with an automatic pay raise.<p>As Congress considers legislation that would boost the federal minimum wage, at least 13 states will be raising the wage floor on their own next week. They're led once again by …

Leader Says Iran Wants to Repair Relations With U.S.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he wants to rebuild diplomatic relations with Western powers, even as he insists the country will “never never …

Eating nuts during pregnancy is safe, new research suggests

Advice to pregnant women to avoid eating nuts may have been not only misleading but at odds with the potential benefits for offspring of doing so, according to research that has found children could be less likely to develop nut allergies if their mothers eat nuts during pregnancy.<p>The study of more …

Testosterone may make men likely to get the flu, study finds

Just in time for flu season’s peak, science may have figured out a reason why some men make wimpy, needy patients compared to women when it comes to infectious diseases.<p>A report released today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) links testosterone levels with response to …

Target May Be Liable For Up To $3.6 Billion From Credit Card Data Breach

This is not exactly the merriest of times for Target. Last week the retailer revealed that credit card data from 40 million customers had been stolen. Now it looks like the giant retailer could be liable for up to $3.6 billion.<p>Target could face a $90 fine for each cardholder’s data compromised, …

Syrian regime's barrel bomb assault on Aleppo kills hundreds

A brutal air campaign using barrel bombs has killed as many as 480 people in Northern Syria including dozens of children<p>Syrian air strikes killed 15 people, including three children, in Aleppo on Tuesday, as the regime pressed a blistering nine-day bombing campaign that has killed hundreds, a …

Al-Qaida Group Admits 'Mistake And Guilt' For Botched Raid

An al-Qaida affiliate has taken the rare step of apologizing to the families of victims killed in a botched attack in Yemen earlier this month.<p>The attack on the Defense Ministry in the capital, Sanaa, was meant to hit an area of the complex where al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) says U.S. …

Bill Gates Funds A Smartphone Battery That Runs On Human Urine

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is on a mission to improve human sanitation, particularly in areas of the world that don't have a reliable water supply. Much of that effort is about reinventing the toilet but the foundation has also challenged scientists to find ways to turn human waste into …

Bin Laden son-in-law pleads not guilty to new terrorism charges

NEW YORK -- The son-in-law of Osama bin Laden entered not guilty pleas Monday to two additional terrorism charges filed against him last week, and a judge granted the prosecution’s request that jurors chosen for the trial remain anonymous, even while they go through the selection process.<p>The trial …

David Cameron hails Britain's 'real progress' in Christmas message

<b>David Cameron says the UK has made real progress in overcoming "the challenges we face", in 2013.</b><p>In his Christmas message the prime minister also praised the volunteers, many of them Christians, who helped to build "what I call the big society".<p>The building of a "big society" was a key part of his …

Kenyan citizens flee South Sudan fighting

Kenya's national airline Kenya Airways has suspended all flights to and from South Sudan.<p>Some of its citizens have been extricated from the crisis hit nation, but many are complaining that the rescue efforts have been too slow.<p>Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Juba.

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Vladimir Putin extracted two crucial promises before releasing a former oil baron from prison

After 18 months of talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought two assurances (paywall) before ending Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s decade-long imprisonment: not surprisingly, the first was that the former petroleum magnate vow to stay out of politics. But the second was equally and perhaps even more …

South Sudan sees 'mass ethnic killings'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1039000/1039399_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524688011_95c1a928cb2eb1162265030017411614<p><b>New evidence is emerging of alleged ethnic killings committed during more than a week of fighting in South Sudan.</b><p>The violence follows a power struggle …

New research shows gamers make better citizens

New research claims that, far from being mind-numbing escapist entertainment, video games help prepare young people for productive, socially balanced lives.<p>Dr. Kathy Sanford at University of Victoria in British Columbia spent the last five years studying kids ages 13-17 and their relationship with …

E3 2013: Gears of War: Redux Is Not Coming to PlayStation 4

Nope!<p>Ignore that rumor going around the internet right now: Gears of War: Redux is not a game that's coming to PlayStation 4, and it's not at E3. The …

Nintendo’s Iwata Blames Slow Wii U Sales on Software Gaps, Says Mobile Isn’t Impacting Industry

Smartphones shaking up the game industry? <i>Nah.</i><p>That’s according to Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s president and newly appointed CEO of Nintendo of America. …

Google Immediately Runs Out of Free Netflix Subs for Chromecast

That was fast. Google told the Los Angeles Times this morning that a three-month Netflix promotion offered in limited quantities is no longer …

Google's New TV Gadget, the Chromecast

Chromecast doesn't so much "solve a problem" so much as create a new one: Why can't I put my content, whatever it is, on any screen I encounter, at the touch of a button?<p>For the past couple days, I've been playing with Google's new $35 device for your TV, the Chromecast. It works simply: You plug …

Your Body Is The Computer

The last few years have presented an unprecedented shift in the computing world as PCs are being replaced with mobile devices. But now that a large portion of the market has already shifted, what comes after it? Last week, we looked at how the giants of tech are going after TV screens. This week, …

Connected cars are the future, but we still have miles to go

“Driveables” are one of the hottest trends of 2013 and money is flying at this space from all directions. Car manufactures, technology companies, startups, venture capitalists, telecom corporations — everyone wants to get in on what Forrester has called the “distinct fourth environment for …