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Across The Country, Fast-Food Workers Rally For $15-An-Hour Pay

Thu, 2014-09-04 18:42

Union organizers say workers need a liveable wage and that the campaign to win them is gaining momentum, but the industry says higher wages would increase the cost of fast food.

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These Kids Grew Up With The Woods As Their Only Classroom

Thu, 2014-09-04 14:49

Ben Hewitt's sons do not follow standardized curriculum; there are no tests or grades. He is a member of the "unschooling" movement.

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Appeals Court Strikes Wisconsin And Indiana Same-Sex-Marriage Bans

Thu, 2014-09-04 14:07

The judge said that the states had given the court "no reasonable basis" for forbidding same-sex marriage.

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Hacker Breached HealthCare.Gov

Thu, 2014-09-04 14:02

A statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said a hacker uploaded malware onto the website's test servers. No data was taken.

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How Do We Stop Ebola? WHO Declares War On The Virus

Thu, 2014-09-04 13:43

Over the next six months, about 20,000 people will get Ebola. Half will likely die. To stop the virus, the World Health Organization says it needs thousands of health care workers and $600 million.

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'Fight For 15' Struggles To Organize Fast-Food Workers

Thu, 2014-09-04 12:49

The Service Employees International Union ssays that workers will strike in 150 cities to call for the fast food industry to adopt a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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The Big Picture Of The Fast-Food Wage Dispute

Thu, 2014-09-04 12:14

The 150-city protest for a minimum wage hike comes at a time when other changes are putting more pressure on businesses to pay their workers more. Home health care workers joining the fight also raises the issue of overtime rules, which are expected out from the Labor Department in November.

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Holder Says Ferguson Probe Will Look For Source Of Police Mistrust

Thu, 2014-09-04 12:14

The Justice Department investigation is likely to last for months and could result in a court-enforceable agreement to improve things like hiring and training of police in the Missouri city.

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Federal Judge Decides BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill

Thu, 2014-09-04 12:14

A federal judge has ruled that British Petroleum is guilty of gross negligence in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill. The decision means BP might be fined billions of dollars in penalties for its role.

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Shark Encounter Wasn't 'Jaws,' Exactly — But It Was Still Jarring

Thu, 2014-09-04 12:14

Two Massachusetts girls were knocked into the water by a shark while kayaking near Plymouth. After half an hour in the ocean, they were finally picked up by the harbor master.

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Guilty Verdicts For Former Gov. McDonnell And Wife In Corruption Trial

Thu, 2014-09-04 12:14

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has been found guilty on all 11 public corruption charges that he faced. His wife, Maureen, was convicted of eight of those same charges, as well as one additional charge of obstructing the grand jury investigation.

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Report: Violence Against Children Runs Rampant In Nigeria's Northeast

Thu, 2014-09-04 12:14

A group that tracks violence against children is reporting "grave violations" in Nigeria's fragile northeast. Violence there is getting worse, the group says, despite a state of emergency in some states and the "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign that raised awareness of the children kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram.

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Response In Ukraine Could Prove A Crucible For NATO's Future

Thu, 2014-09-04 12:14

To learn more about the NATO summit in Wales this week, Melissa Block speaks with Admiral James Stavridis, dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University and former supreme allied commander at NATO.

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World Leaders Descend On Wales To Help Decide NATO's Way Forward

Thu, 2014-09-04 12:14

President Obama is attending the NATO summit in Wales, which some people are calling the most important in decades. On the agenda are Russia's intentions in Ukraine and the threats posed by the Islamic State.

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Remembering Shacki: Liberia's Accidental Ebola Victim

Thu, 2014-09-04 12:03

Shacki Kamara went out to buy his aunt some tea. Then she heard from the neighborhood kids: "They shot Shacki." He died the next day. Eva Nah is still asking why.

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Chill Out, Pie-Makers. There's No Butter Shortage Looming

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:47

Butter prices are at their highest levels in years, and supplies are low. But it's not because Americans suddenly discovered that fat isn't evil. It's because other countries love our butter, too.

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Johnson & Johnson Pushes Ahead With Ebola Vaccine

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:31

The vaccine would target the Zaire species of Ebola that's now spreading through West Africa. The vaccine worked well in tests on macaque monkeys, and it could be tested in humans starting in 2015.

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Joan Rivers, An Enduring Comic Who Turned Tragedy Into Showbiz Success, Dies

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:22

NPR's Eric Deggans say the comedian was a show business survivor whose tireless work ethic kept her relevant long after other comics would have faded away. She died Thursday at 81.

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Found Guilty In Corruption Trial

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:15

McDonnell was found guilty on 11 of 14 charges related to taking gifts from a businessman in exchange for political favors. His wife, Maureen, was found guilty on nine of 14 charges.

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More Homes Go Smoke-Free, But Exposure Remains A Health Threat

Thu, 2014-09-04 09:22

People are getting the message about the dangers of secondhand smoke at home, a CDC study says. But half of smokers still light up in the house, putting the health of relatives and friends at risk.

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