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Obama To Decide Whether You Deserve Overtime Pay

WASHINGTON -- If you're a salaried worker in the U.S., chances are you don't get paid overtime at your job, even if you work 100 hours a week and sleep on a dingy cot at the office. But thanks to looming federal reforms, you may soon find yourself earning time-and-half for all those hours clocked …

What are the world's safest airlines?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Aviation website AirlineRatings.com has just released its annual list of the world's 10 safest airlines.<p>Once again, Australian airline Qantas grabs the top spot.<p>"Qantas continues to lead the industry with safety innovations and its fleet is now the youngest -- 7.9 years -- it has been since …

Rejoice! Starbucks is bringing the flat white to America

Americans, you're in luck. Starting on Tuesday, Starbucks will begin offering the flat white as part of its regular menu in the U.S., the coffee chain confirmed.<p>A flat what, you say?<p>Few Americans have had the pleasure of drinking a flat white, a coffee concoction thought to have originated Down …

Coffee

Oil's plunge through $50 a barrel is starting to embarrass the remaining bulls

Oil started the first full week of 2015 by plunging through its third price threshold in a little over a month. The US-traded benchmark, known as WTI, punched through $50 a barrel–half the $100 price sold at which it sold in September.<p>What’s more, its swoon has accelerated. Since late November, WTI …

The World's Most Worker-Friendly Countries, in 7 Charts

From legally enshrined vacations to how far an hour’s wage will go.<p>Where would you want to work if you could? The charts below look at which countries offer the best working conditions—from legally enshrined vacations and how far an hour’s wage will go, to how much severance you’ll get if your boss …

'Eyeball' man sentenced for shooting officer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man nicknamed "Eyeball" because of a tattoo that darkened the white part of his right eye pleaded guilty to shooting an …

In with the new: Snappy apps for 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber, Facebook, Instagram — sure, they’ve been all the rage, but as 2014 winds down we’re all ready for something fresh. From …

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10 of 2015's Most Highly Anticipated Albums

With 2014 officially over, it is time to start looking forward at what we can expect from this coming year. There are plenty of big names planning on releasing albums we can all expect to be rather large, and a handful of newer stars that have a lot to prove with upcoming works. Here are ten albums …

Music

2015 will be the year of SpaceX’s reusable rocket

A mission to supply the International Space Station next week could change space-flight as we know it—by successfully returning a used rocket booster to Earth.<p>SpaceX’s Jan. 6 launch will send a remotely piloted space capsule to the ISS with food, experiments, and two tiny, Earth-observing …

Who's top convention city? Indianapolis, poll says

Local tourism officials long have touted Indianapolis as a top convention destination.<p>On Wednesday, a USA TODAY Reader's Choice digital poll at …

Obama urges Congress to increase minimum wage to $10.10 an hour

Barack Obama on Saturday used his weekly address to appeal for progress on raising the federal minimum wage. The president is seeking, against Congressional opposition, to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.<p>Obama’s address came a day after new figures showed that the US added …

Millennials don’t trust you, and four other takeaways from Pew’s new report

By Mark Berman<p>Mark Berman<p>National news reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>A big new report on millennials was released today by the Pew Research Center, covering a lot of the same stuff we’re always hearing about this oft-discussed generation. Millennials are diverse, they’re not making a lot of money and …

No avocados? No problem! Try these tips to make guacamole with a twist

False alarm, burrito lovers—the guacpocalypse has been called off. It was widely reported yesterday that Chipotle might give guacamole the boot off its menu in the face of rising prices, but that’s not the case, as TODAY.com reported earlier.<p>But that doesn’t mean it’s any less painful doling out an …

WTRMLN WTR Claims To Boost Libido, Explains Why Beyoncé's Been Drinking Watermelon

There are various theories for what Beyoncé means when she sings "I've been drinking ... watermelon" in the song "Drunk In Love," but we'd like to imagine it's this.<p>WTRMLN WTR (yes, that's Watermelon Water without all the vowels) is the newest product released amidst the recent craze of natural, …

Virtual currency to remain, but is bitcoin the future?

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Virtual currencies have gained traction in the five years since the first bitcoin was created, but it’s less clear if …

FreedomPop launches smartphone that’s invisible to the NSA

FreedomPop is launching a new black smartphone today. Not only black as in color, but black as in invisible to spying.<p>The Privacy Phone, built on a Samsung Galaxy II smartphone, uses bank-quality 128-bit encryption for voice calls and text messages (your calls now have the same protection as J.P. …

Facebook Bans Posts Selling Guns Without Background Checks

Facebook today unveiled new measures to toughen up its position on firearm sales promoted across its social network.<p>While Facebook doesn’t allow its users to advertize illegal drugs, weapons, prescription medicine and other sensitive items, it’s fairly common for people to post on their timeline …

Vegetarians more likely to think they are unhealthy, study finds

Vegetarians are more likely than meat-eaters to believe they are unhealthy, according to a new study.<p>Researchers at the Medical University of Graz who analysed interviews with more than 1,300 people found those with a meat-free diet were more likely to feel unhealthy and to think they had a poorer …

Climate Change Could Mean No Guac For You -- At Least At Chipotle

Bad news for burrito lovers: Chipotle warned in its latest annual report that climate change might lead it to leave guacamole out of its burritos and …

The Modern Guide To Tipping

Dollar, dollar, bills, y’all.

Tipping

6 New Types of Condoms, Ranked on a Scale of 1 to Crazy

1. . Everybody loves a subscription service these days—from makeup to to —so why shouldn't condoms get in on the action? There are a few of these out there, like the Dollar Rubber Club, but the is a new one that also includes a position of the month.<p>2. : A Chinese company set a Guinness World …

Putin nominated for Nobel Peace prize

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize – but the conflict in Ukraine is also likely to be on the Nobel …

HBO Hires Rappers to Record Game of Thrones Mixtape

HBO has hired 10 hip-hop and Latin-music artists to rap about its hit fantasy series as, per the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, the network hopes to “encourage more rap fans to watch the show.” A mixtape, titled <i>Catch the Throne</i> (perhaps a reference to Kanye and Jay Z’s <i>Watch the Throne</i>?), will be released …

Sriracha Chemistry: How Hot Sauces Perk Up Your Food And Your Mood

Anyone who has ever drizzled, doused or — heck — drenched their food with Sriracha knows the hot sauce can make almost any dish taste better.<p>But could these spicy condiments also make us a little happier?<p>The science geeks over at the American Chemical Society made a little video that breaks down …

New App Will Send Your Girlfriend Automated Texts While You’re Getting Hammered With The Boys

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Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience

If you want to write about spiritually-motivated pseudoscience in America, you head to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. It’s like a Law of …

Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

Tycoon's Lesbian Daughter Rejects Multimillion-Dollar 'Marriage Bounty'

A Hong Kong real estate tycoon made headlines two years ago when he offered a $65 million bounty to the man who could win his daughter's heart and marry her. In an open letter today, the daughter says she hopes he can accept that she is indeed a lesbian.<p>Cecil Chao, a billionaire property developer …

Deport Justin Bieber petition tops 100,000; White House must respond

The petition is clear and to the point: "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card."<p>And now the petition at WhiteHouse.gov, created six days ago, has passed the 100,000-signature mark required to get an official response from the Obama administration. Wednesday morning at 8, the total was at …

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