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Pay increases decline as minimum wage weighs in

Low-paying jobs in service sector hold back average pay rises as the impact of the annual increase in minimum wage hits<p>A flurry of wage increases in the poorly remunerated hospitality, fast food and retail sectors drove down average pay increases in the three months to October.<p>The average pay award …

Tougher South Korea customs checks strain US trade deal

South Korean customs authorities are ramping up scrutiny of US imports in a move that may see fewer American manufacturers benefit from the low …

Jury: Samsung Owes Apple Another $290 Million

A federal jury on Thursday ruled that Samsung owes Apple a further $290 million for infringing on the iPhone maker’s patented technology, according …

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The US dollar's status has fallen – but not uniformly

The periods of high public concern do not coincide with falls in the dollar's share of international transactions<p>Since 1976, the US dollar's role as an international currency has been slowly waning. International use of the dollar to hold foreign-exchange reserves, denominate financial …

Beijing's Smog: 'It Felt Like Living Near Massive Forest Fires'

No siblings: A side-effect of China's one-child policy

<b>What's it like to grow up in a world where no-one has brothers or sisters? Are siblings really that important? Researchers have been asking those questions for years - and China, with its famous one-child policy, has been a good place to look for an answer.</b><p>Chinese families used to have an average …

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Face It: America Is Likely to Torture Again

The taboo surrounding it hasn't recovered from the Bush years—and helping to reestablish it is our generation's responsibility.<p>Is torture ethical? Should the United States torture prisoners in its custody? A generation ago, an ambitious politician would have known how to answer those questions. …

Japan's Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S.

A new book shows how fixating on testing and achievement can backfire.<p>"No Child Left Behind." "Race to the Top." The names suggest mobility, progress, moving on up and not falling back. The goal of education, according to these national education initiatives with their standards and testing, is …

Suicide rates are falling almost everywhere in the developed world but South Korea

Last month, the South Korean government released some encouraging news. For the first time in six years, suicide rates had fallen in the country that’s long been known as the suicide capital of the developed world. There were 28 self-inflicted deaths per 100,000 people in 2012, an 11% decline from …

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Fewer Americans to Travel this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about gathering friends and family around the table, but fewer Americans plan to travel this year to celebrate to share in the meal.<p>According to AAA’s Thanksgiving Travel Forecast, 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles from home during the holiday weekend, down 1.5% from …

More Children Are Being Medicated For ADHD Than Before

The number of children being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>And families increasingly are opting for medications to treat kids. Two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis are being medicated — …

Katie Couric Leaving ABC News

Katie Couric is parting ways with ABC News, the network confirmed on Friday.<p>Couric, who joined ABC News in 2011, is exiting the network earlier than previously scheduled, thanks to a new partnership she is forming with Yahoo.<p>The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.<p>A source at ABC …

Health care enrollment for 2015 delayed a month

The start of the 2015 enrollment period under President Obama's new health care law is being pushed back a month, from Oct. 15 of next year to Nov. 15 — just past the 2014 congressional elections.<p>The decision does not affect current enrollments for 2014.<p>Administration officials said the delay will …

Judge Considers Closing Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has declined to act immediately on a request to close a factory that residents say is stinking up their Southern California city with spicy smells produced by the manufacture of the popular hot sauce Sriracha.<p>City News Service reports that Judge Robert O'Brien did agree …

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This Is What America's School Lunches Really Look Like

School lunch has never been the stuff of foodie dreams. I'm still haunted by the memory of my elementary school cafeteria's "brain pizza" – a lumpy oval thing topped with fleshy white strips of barely melted mozzarella that clumped together like neurons.<p>And it looks like America's school cafeterias …