Having trouble wrapping your head around southern Europe's staggering unemployment problem? This week, Ikea advertised for 400 jobs in a new megastore on Spain's Mediterranean coast. It got more than 20,000 online applicants in 48 hours, before the retailer's computer servers crashed.
And the study by Human Rights Watch finds that defendants who take their fate to a judge or jury face prison sentences on average 11 years longer than those who plead guilty.
Mike Tomlin says he takes full responsibility for stepping onto the field during a kickoff return by the Ravens' Jacoby Jones.
Railroads are increasingly becoming the preferred means of shipping the masses of oil being produced in North Dakota and surrounding states. The railroad industry is eager to fill in for the lack of pipeline capacity. But some say the train growth needs to slow down.
Telemundo announced that its telenovela El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies) will be back for an unheard of second season. This is a radical departure from traditional telenovelas, which have a clear beginning and a definitive ending.
Telemundo announced that its telenovela, El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies), will be back for an unheard of second season. This is a radical departure from traditional telenovelas, which have a clear beginning and a definitive ending.
In a new poll, parents complain that their children are not getting nearly enough time for a basic school ritual: eating lunch. And that's worrying parents and administrators, given that about one-third of American kids are overweight or obese.
Hispanics make up 17 percent of the nation's population. But they live disproportionately in districts represented by Democrats.
For years doctors have been telling women that it's risky to implant multiple embryos when they do in vitro fertilization. They've listened, and the number of multiples from IVF has dropped. But the number of births of triplets or more has barely budged because of women's use of fertility drugs.
Earlier today, President Obama called for a raise in the minimum wage. He pointed to the gap between the rich and poor that continues to grow. His speech comes at a very opportune for fast food workers, who have plans to walk off the job tomorrow in over a hundred cities across the country, demanding an increase to the federal minimum wage.
It's at $7.25 right now, and has been since 2009.
Nancy Koehn is an historian at the Harvard Business School. She says the strikes are not a huge factor in the possibility of wage increases.
“I don’t think right now the most important wave in raising wages is worker strikes. I think it’s much more of a large scale appeal,” said Koehn.
She says the minimum wage is stuck because we live in the age of a “constipated government” at the national level and that it will be interesting to see whether the “post debt ceiling moment” in the New Year will call for more decisions to be made in Washington.
Koehn says that around 43 percent of low wage workers have some college expereicen. That’s a huge deal, she says.
“Americans understand and respect the working life. A day’s work should be played at a living wage," said Koehn. "We kvetch about all kinds of things. We disagree about the finer points of healthcare, food stamps, the social safety net, executive compensation. We don’t disagree about someone showing up for work, doing a job and being paid a decent wage."
Most people don’t use a microscope to measure the global economy but that’s exactly what the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt is doing in his new series about chemical elements, "Elementary Business."
The next element on his chart is aluminum (or aluminium to some). Rowlatt gives some paradoxical ways to describe the element, from grey and dull and stable to light, versatile, and flexible. And perhaps most importantly -- it’s a very hard substance that can be used for everything from tin foil to soda-pop cans to cars.
Unlike some of the other elements Rowlatt’s explored in his series, we might actually have enough of it. Very soon, it will be possible to recycle 85 percent of the aluminum that’s produced. It only takes about 60 days to recycle one soda-pop can into another soda-pop can.
"It’s one of the few things you can say ‘well actually one day, we may have enough of, we may not need to dig for it anymore’” says Rowlatt.
The Washington Post reports that the agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world. One official told the newspaper the NSA is getting vast volumes of location data by tapping into the cables that connect mobile networks globally.
The First Amendment loomed large at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, as the justices considered a case testing the rights of protesters in public areas that are part of large military installations. But the justices seemed more comfortable focusing on property easement issues than big constitutional questions.
A meningitis outbreak at the University of California, Santa Barbara is causing the same kind of illnesses seen earlier at Princeton, but public health officials say a different bacterial strain is to blame. The UCSB health service has given preventive antibiotics to over 700 students as a precaution.
The I-400, the prototype of an aircraft-carrying submarine meant to be used in stealthy airstrikes against U.S. cities, was located in August near Oahu.
What's a fobbit? How about rumint? And then there's a self-licking ice cream cone. A dozen years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have spawned a whole new military vocabulary.
This final note today on the way out. You think we go nuts over holiday spending here?
You ain't seen nothing.
According to a recent article on Quartz, the Atlantic's business website, shoppers in Australia spend 35 percent more in December than they do in other months. Italians? 32 percent. Brits? 30 percent.
The U.S.? A mere 18 percent more in December than other months.
So go crazy out there.
People across the country hit a perplexing snag when trying to sign up for insurance on the federally run website. The site asked about their incarceration status, then locked up. The so-called prison glitch that stymied insurance shoppers has been fixed.
The calls were made as gunman Adam Lanza entered the school on Dec. 14, killing 20 children and six staff members. "It's still going on," a school custodian told a dispatcher. "I keep hearing shooting. I keep hearing pops."