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Here are the companies that will be hit hardest by Britain's new National Living Wage

This is great for the worker, but Julia Dawson and her team at Credit Suisse warned a few months ago that certain industries will be hit hard by the rise in salary costs - in particular travel, leisure, and retail.<p>These industries tend to rely on a network of branches staffed by low-level and …

FBI has accessed San Bernardino shooter’s phone without Apple’s help

The Justice Department is abandoning its bid to force Apple to help it unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack because investigators have found a way in without the tech giant’s assistance, prosecutors wrote in a court filing Monday.<p>In a three-sentence …

Privacy

Obama rejects 'attempt to stigmatize Muslims' in US after Brussels attacks

Barack Obama on Saturday rejected “any attempt to stigmatize Muslim Americans” in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Brussels, calling such views as espoused by some Republican presidential candidates “contrary to our character, to our values, and to our history as a nation built around the …

Islam

How Isis laid out its plans to export chaos to Europe

Before the Paris attacks, leaders of the terror group gathered to hear its new strategy: spreading fear through European capitals<p>Nine days before the Paris attacks, Islamic State leaders gathered in the Syrian town of Tabqah to talk about what was coming next for the terror organisation. Senior …

Middle East

Navy SEALs tell top House lawmaker they don't have enough combat rifles

The tip of the spear may be losing its edge.<p>Navy SEAL teams don't have enough combat rifles to go around, even as these highly trained forces are relied on more than ever to carry out counterterrorism operations and other secretive missions, according to SEALs who have confided in Rep. Duncan …

Military

High School Musical 4: 5 things we hope to see

The East High Wildcat spirit is alive and well, now that <i>High School Musical 4</i> is in the works. Disney Channel announced the news on Tuesday, and …

Two-year-old calls 911 with wardrobe emergency, kindly deputy helps her put her pants on

Look, getting dressed is hard.<p>There are the “nothing in my closet looks good” mornings. The “it’s freezing outside but my office is a sauna and I don’t know which climate to dress for” mornings. The “I’ve been putting off going to the laundromat for weeks and now all I have to wear to work is this …

South Carolina

A Week In The L.A. Comedy Grind

On any given week in Hollywood, untold numbers of comics toil away on projects big and small, experimental and conventional, availing themselves of the new and novel ways their work can be seen. Ride along for a hectic sampling of one of those weeks.<p><b>Jim Gaffigan</b> thumbs through copies of <i>ESPN the</i> …

Comedy

MasterCard Wants You To Pay For Stuff With Selfies

The company is rolling out a new security feature which will allow cardholders to use a selfie or a fingerprint to verify their identity.<p>MasterCard is rolling out a new strategy in the fight against credit card fraud: It wants you to pay for things with your face.<p>At the Mobile World Congress tech …

Identity Theft

Mavis Staples: ‘I often think what would have happened if I’d married Dylan’

Sixty years ago, before rock’n’roll had ignited, a 16-year-old took the lead on a huge-selling hit. “Well, well, well, Lord,” she sang, “they tell me I got a home beyond the skies.” Her voice sounded years older than her age, raw with longing, deeper than the seas. Uncloudy Day kickstarted the …

New Albums

Cops arrest teen for hack and leak of DHS, FBI data

A 16-year-old boy living in England has been arrested in connection with the recent hack of FBI and DHS data, as well as the personal email accounts of CIA director John Brennan and homeland security chief Jeh Johnson.<p>Fox has confirmed that British authorities have arrested the still- unnamed teen …

Homeland Security

Country standard-bearer Vince Gill widens his range on 'Down to My Last Habit'

Spend more than a few minutes chatting with Vince Gill and you're liable to come away convinced that even his epitaph will defer to someone else.<p>As gifted as the Oklahoma native is as a singer, songwriter and guitarist — the Grammys have heaped more awards on him (20) than on any other male country …

Music

Einstein predicted gravitational waves 100 years ago. Here’s what it took to prove him right.

The “chirp” is bright and bird-like, its pitch rising at the end as though it’s asking a question. To an untrained ear, it resembles a sound effect from a video game more than the faint, billion-year-old echo of the collision of two black holes.<p>But to the trained ear of experimental physicist, it …

Physics

Breaking the Code in Electronic Healthcare Data

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has recently (October 2015) been implemented in the United States in its 10th revision (ICD-10) after a significant delay (> 25 years) [1] and with high anxiety [2] reminding us of the Y2K panic. The ICD, maintained by the World Health Organization …

US warship sails near South China Sea island claimed by China

A US Navy destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles or within the territorial waters of an island claimed by China in the South China Sea, in a sign of increasing tension in the region days after Secretary of State John Kerry visited Beijing attempting to settle long standing territorial disputes. …