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CBO Predicts Job Losses From Minimum Wage Hike

Tue, 2014-02-18 13:00

The Congressional Budget Office is projecting job losses as a result of a proposed federal minimum wage increase. The raise to the hourly wage has been a cornerstone of President Obama's recent policy speeches. According to predictions by the non-partisan CBO, approximately 500,000 jobs would be lost by late 2016 due to such a law's implementation.

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Dealt A Recent Defeat, Union Organizers Plot A Future In The South

Tue, 2014-02-18 13:00

The AFL-CIO executive committee is meeting in Texas this week to discuss the United Auto Workers' defeat in efforts to organize a Tennessee Volkswagen plant. Committee member hope to decipher what it may mean for other union membership drives across the South.

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Canadian Athletes Pumped To Show The Fitter Side Of Curling

Tue, 2014-02-18 13:00

The men's team is stacked, built — whatever you call it, their biceps are busting out of their shirt sleeves. And it's not just the Canadians; the world's elite curlers are extremely fit.

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IVF Baby Boom: Births From Fertility Procedures Hit New High

Tue, 2014-02-18 12:04

Doctors performed more in vitro fertilization procedures and delivered more IVF babies in 2012 than ever before, researchers reported Monday. The rate of multiple births has declined, however, as couples have chosen to use fewer embryos during IVF.

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4 Dead In Thai Protests; Prime Minister Faces Charges In Rice Deal

Tue, 2014-02-18 11:56

The dead included one policeman and three civilians. Protesters want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down.

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Soldiers' 'Fun' Photo With Flag-Draped Coffin Sparks Outrage

Tue, 2014-02-18 11:39

A soldier from the Wisconsin National Guard posted a photo of herself and other solders joking around. In another photo, she complains about it being too cold for a funeral. Social media have erupted with complaints about disrespect. The soldier's commanders have suspended her and are investigating.

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Anti-Government Protests In Ukraine Turn Deadly

Tue, 2014-02-18 10:58

Police attacked an opposition camp that's been the center of the massive anti-government protests that began last November. In fighting Tuesday, at least 13 people were killed and dozens injured. Police said the dead included six officers; seven protesters were also killed.

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Obama Wants Tougher Fuel Standards For Big Trucks

Tue, 2014-02-18 10:09

Better fuel efficiency for such vehicles is a "win, win, win," the president said. It will help reduce dependency on foreign oil, save drivers' money and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Manufacturers, though, say the standards could make the vehicles more expensive and less safe.

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Debate: Was Edward Snowden Justified?

Tue, 2014-02-18 09:32

Some consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a hero for releasing classified material to the media; others argue that he has irreparably harmed national security. Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and a former CIA director face off in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

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For U.S. Ambassador, Ties To Prague That Transcend Diplomacy

Tue, 2014-02-18 08:51

Ambassador Norm Eisen has a deeply personal connection to the Czech Republic. His mother was born there, seized by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz, which she survived. His official residence is a former palace the Nazis commandeered during World War II and which still bears their stamp. Literally.

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A Big Asteroid Just Flew By, And Guess What? More Are Coming

Tue, 2014-02-18 08:45

A rock the size of three football fields passed relatively close to Earth. It wasn't a surprise, and neither will be the arrival of others. NASA has a calendar if you'd like to keep track of what's coming. But remember: Some space rocks, such as the meteorite that exploded over Russia last year, aren't expected.

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Chinese Firm Gets Approval To Buy Electric Carmaker Fisker

Tue, 2014-02-18 08:23

Wanxiang Group, China's largest auto parts company, won a bankruptcy auction last week for Fisker, which made plug-in, hybrid sports cars. Wanxiang's bid is valued at about $150 million.

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In Act Of Protest, Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed At Miami Museum

Tue, 2014-02-18 07:47

The Miami New Times reports that local artist Maximo Caminero claimed he smashed the vase to protest the type of artists showcased at the newly opened Perez Art Museum Miami. He's been charged with criminal mischief. Ai, the Chinese artist and dissident, said the vandal's argument "doesn't make much sense."

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Despite Law, Health Plans Refuse Medical Claims Related To Suicide

Tue, 2014-02-18 07:34

Under the federal health law and 2006 regulations, insurers can't deny medical coverage for an individual's injuries because they resulted from a medical condition such as depression, even if it wasn't diagnosed before the injury.

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There's A Clown Shortage: Who Will Fill Those Big Shoes?

Tue, 2014-02-18 07:14

Coulrophobics may be happy. But fans of the red-nosed jesters have cause for concern. What if there's a call to send in the clowns and no one's there to answer?

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In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go'

Tue, 2014-02-18 07:00

The Olympic event was all-male until 2002. Often, the "brakemen" are plucked off a land sport, like track and field. "It's not like you get a tutorial or something, or you grow up doing bobsled," says American Aja Evans.

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Before Northeast Thaws, Thundersnow Will Roll Through

Tue, 2014-02-18 05:45

Weeks of frigid temperatures and snowstorms will give way to warmer weather this week. But first, there's one more round of snow coming through. It's expected to be accompanied by thunder and lightning.

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Jimmy Fallon, 'Your Host ... For Now,' Takes Over 'Tonight'

Tue, 2014-02-18 04:56

The new host's first show is getting good reviews. He pledged to "do the best I can" and collected on some "bets" from friends such as Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert who had supposedly bet he'd never take over from Jay Leno.

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Pussy Riot's Nadya And Masha Detained In Sochi, Then Released

Tue, 2014-02-18 04:00

The activists say they have been taken into custody each of the past three days, then later released. They want to perform a protest song in Sochi. They were convicted of "hooliganism" for performing a "punk prayer" in Moscow in 2012. Just before the games began, the women were freed from prison.

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Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings

Tue, 2014-02-18 00:33

The city has a lot of abandoned buildings, and to decide which ones should be demolished, the federal government and some major foundations started a massive, high-tech mapping project. The new mayor says that's just what he needs to improve the neighborhoods.

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