In Mosul, the militant group ISIS is providing cooking fuel to families and telling locals that soon they'll trade their masks for regular uniforms. In Tal Afar, where locals are Shiite and less sympathetic to ISIS, a bloody takeover has ensued instead.
In Mosul, the militant group ISIS is providing cooking fuel to families and otherwise restoring order. But the mixed Shiite and Sunni town of Tal Afar has already seen the brutal face of ISIS.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law may prohibit someone from buying a gun for another person — whether or not the other person is legally allowed to purchase a gun.
Security software that's meant to prevent data loss in firms is shifting the focus to employee behavior, monitoring activity round-the-clock in search of bad intent. But will bosses go too far?
An Italian aerospace firm, in conjunction with coffee company Lavazza and the Italian space agency, have jointly developed a system for producing zero-G espresso.
Richard Martinez made national news when he railed against politicians. Earlier this month, he made good on his promise to meet with the killer's dad to talk about how they could make things better.
From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Tuesday, June 17:
In Washington, the Labor Department releases the Consumer Price Index. It lets us know if consumers paid more or less for stuff in May than they did in April.
The Commerce Department tells us how many new homes were built in May.
The Federal Reserve begins a two-day meeting on interest rates. It's one of eight regularly scheduled meetings for the year.
The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on creating jobs through bio-based manufacturing.
A new HBO drama, God Save Texas, is set to take the chaos and color of the Texas political scene to the small screen.
The defendants were accused of planning an October attack in which a car plowed into a crowd near the Forbidden City and then burst into flames.
There was a time when a cup of coffee would run you 35 cents, and a college education could be had for a couple thousand dollars a year.
Now a latte costs three bucks plus change, and college can cost you more than $100,000.
On Monday, Starbucks announced it’ll help employees foot the bill for a degree.
It’ll pick up a portion—sometimes a large one—of the tab for online classes at Arizona State University. Even for employees working part time.
Listening to the Starbucks webcast today was a little like those Publishers Clearing House ads, where they give a really big check to an unsuspecting, overwhelmed winner.
One current employee stood to tell her story: “I started out as a barista and now I’m a store manager,” she said. “And when we heard the news, on the news, my daughter started jumping up and down and said 'Finally, you can graduate.'”
Yes, it was emotional.
But, this is not all about feel good, corporate citizenship. It’s also good business.
“Starbucks will certainly attract better employees,” said Zeynep Ton, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management.
Becoming a barista is likely to get a whole lot more competitive. This sort of benefit will lure exactly the sort of employee Starbucks wants--young and highly motivated.
“They are competing for the cream of the crop of low-wage workers,” said Maureen Conway, Vice President at the Aspen Institute.
And Starbucks isn’t the only company looking to sweeten the pot for its workers, even its part timers. FedEx, UPS and others offer tuition reimbursement. Gap raised its minimum wage this year.
But not all employers feel the need to compete for the best of the best. “Some employers are willing to get what they can get for the lowest wage they can pay,” said Elizabeth Malatestinic, a professor at the Indiana University's *Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis.
At some level, she says, the decision comes down to the culture of the business.
And it's a lot cheaper for Starbucks to help employees get degrees, than it is for Starbucks to pay employees enough to afford the ever higher cost of college.