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As Obama hammers ‘income inequality,’ gap grows under his presidency

Income inequality -- the gap between the rich and poor -- is an issue U.S. presidents of both parties have spoken of for years.<p>President Clinton touted, toward the end of his term, that wages were rising "at all income levels" for the first time in decades. President George W. Bush, toward the end …

Unknown Force Kicks Stars Out of Milky Way. Really.

If you could see it from the outside, the Milky Way would look like a majestic spiral of stars and glowing gas, rotating on its axis once every 200 …

Geologists identify trigger for apocalyptic 'super eruptions'

They rank among the most catastrophic natural disasters on Earth, second only in destructive power to an asteroid impact that could ensure humanity meets the same fate as the dinosaurs.<p>Super eruptions make those from normal volcanoes look like sputters of dust. They blast enough material into the …

China's military presence is growing. Does a superpower collision loom?

Generally speaking, Japanese bureaucrats are not much given to exaggeration. So when a senior government insider in Tokyo, speaking off the record, recently compared the deteriorating security situation in East Asia to Europe in the 1930s amid the rise of fascism, it was time to sit up and take …

A Complete US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Would Be 'A Complete Catastrophe' For Civilian Aid

In Afghanistan, people now live 20 years longer on average than under Taliban rule, they say; 7 million more children attend school and women are 80 percent less likely to die in childbirth.<p>The specter of an abrupt departure of all U.S. and NATO soldiers from Afghanistan at the end of next year now …

Congress Is On Pace To Be The Least Productive Ever

We're only at halftime for the 113th Congress, but if current trends hold, it's well on track to being the least productive lawmaking effort in the nation's history.<p>During this Congress' first yearlong session, just 58 bills became law — and many that did were about naming post offices or …

Israeli civilian, Palestinian girl killed in Gaza flare-up

GAZA (Reuters) - A Gaza sniper shot dead an Israeli civilian over the border on Tuesday and Israel hit back with air strikes on two Hamas training camps which hospital officials said killed a Palestinian girl near one of the targets.<p>A member of Palestinian civil defense extinguishes a fire at a …

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 …

Royal pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1039000/1039337_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524634124_31c0791aae27400d8d911db4e6f94fab<p><b>Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon.</b><p>It addresses his 1952 conviction for gross indecency following …

NSA program stopped no terror attacks, says White House panel member

A member of the White House review panel on NSA surveillance said he was “absolutely” surprised when he discovered the agency’s lack of evidence that the bulk collection of telephone call records had thwarted any terrorist attacks.<p>“It was, ‘Huh, hello? What are we doing here?’” said Geoffrey Stone, …