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Source: Fox News

Fast food workers set to protest in push for $15 minimum wage

12-Feb-2018

Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington increased their minimum wages due to previously approved legislation or ballot initiatives, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The fast food employees will be joined by thousands of other workers protesting in two dozen cities across the nation who will show support for the mid-South strikers and the new Poor People’s Campaign.

Source: Global News

Trump administration hopes to turn ISS into real estate venture: reports

12-Feb-2018

A budget proposal, which is expected to be released Monday, states the Trump government is seeking to turn the ISS into a private real estate venture, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post.

“The decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 2025 does not imply that the platform itself will be deorbited at that time — it is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform,” the document reportedly states. “NASA will expand international and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit.”

Source: Global News

Sobeys, Flaman Fitness pull support from expo where father convicted in son’s death will speak

12-Feb-2018

Two companies say they will no longer sponsor a series of “wellness” expositions where a man convicted in the death of his toddler is scheduled to be a featured speaker.

READ MORE: Timeline of Ezekiel Stephan’s final days, the Alberta boy who died of meningitis. Some people took to Twitter to call on Sobeys to pull its support of the expo, given Stephan’s involvement. Sobeys spokeswoman Cynthia Thompson says the company won’t be associated with any future Health and Wellness Expo events.

Source: Fox News

Robert De Niro says US suffering 'temporary insanity,' slams Trump's climate change policy

12-Feb-2018

Hollywood actor Robert De Niro blasted the Trump administration’s stance on climate change, calling America a ‘backward’ country during a speech Sunday in the Middle East.

We don’t like to say we are a ‘backward’ country so let’s just say we are suffering from a case of temporary insanity,” he said during remarks Sunday at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, who has said in the past that carbon dioxide is not to blame for global warming, noted last week that a warming climate may not be so bad.

Source: Global News

Auto industry skeptical of Canadian TPP side deal on vehicles with Japan

12-Feb-2018

Trudeau government criticized for lack of transparency over TPP trade deal. The text of the new TPP has not been released and Champagne’s office says the side letter with Japan isn’t ready to be released yet but will be.

“We were able to achieve something that has never been achieved before, which is the largest market access for Canadian auto manufacturers in Japan, removing non-tariff trade barriers with respect to safety standards,” Champagne said. Champagne said the letter also contains a “most-favoured nation clause,” which means if Japan strikes a better deal with another party – the U.S. or Europe – those better terms would automatically apply to Canada.

Source: Washington Post

For short-track speedskater Thomas Hong, the fastest route is through the details

12-Feb-2018

Thomas Hong loves the sensation as much as anyone else on the ice, but it’s the process that can keep him up at night, that has him studying the past greats and obsessing over his technique.

She made it to the hospital in time, and 20 years later, Hong is preparing for his first Olympics, a member of the U.S. short-track team. According to family lore, his mother began going into labor at a rink in the family’s native South Korea while watching his older sister practice speedskating.

Source: Common Domain

This is the $21 billion reason Amazon wants to build its own UPS

12-Feb-2018

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Amazon AMZN, -0.81% is getting ready to launch “Shipping with Amazon,” a service that will have Amazon picking up packages from businesses and getting them to consumers.

In its 10-K for 2017 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this month, Amazon outlined the multibillion-dollar cost of making good on its free shipping offers. “Shipping costs, which include sortation and delivery center and transportation costs, were $11.5 billion, $16.2 billion, and $21.7 billion in 2015, 2016, and 2017,” the filing said.

Source: Global News

U.S. states considering importing prescription drugs from Canada to lower costs

12-Feb-2018

Lawmakers in more than two-thirds of the states are considering ways to reduce prescription drug costs, including importing them from Canada, as they strive to balance budgets without knowing for sure what their government’s share of the tab will be.

Six of those states are considering bills that would allow drugs to be imported from Canada, where they cost an average 30 per cent less than in the United States.

Source: New York Times

Killings in Toronto’s Gay Community Expose ‘an Open Wound’ With Police

12-Feb-2018

A day after attending Toronto’s gay pride festivities last June, Andrew Kinsman, 49, a building superintendent with deep roots in the community, dropped out of sight, missing his volunteer food-bank shift and leaving his cat unfed.

Friends knew right away there had to be something wrong, and now, after months of anguished searching, the horrific answer to what happened to him has not only shaken the gay community, it has also widened its longstanding rift with the Toronto police.

Source: Common Domain

History suggests the correction isn’t near over, as this chart demonstrates

12-Feb-2018

This correction marks Wall Street’s first 10% pullback since early 2016, and, according to financial blog SentimenTrader, Thursday’s drop marked the Dow’s fourth fastest decline into correction territory from an all-time high, based on data that go back to 1897.

Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.38% and the S&P 500 SPX, +1.49% entered correction territory on Thursday, defined as a 10% drop from a recent peak—in this case, record highs that were hit in late January.

Source: Washington Post

7 marathons, 7 days, 7 continents and one man with Parkinson’s. Can he make it?

12-Feb-2018

Bret was competing in the World Marathon Challenge, in which athletes run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, doing little other than sleeping and eating on a chartered airplane between races.

Unlike them, he carried a tiny plastic bag of pills that he was regularly popping to keep the stiffness, cramping and tremors of Parkinson’s at bay. Like the 50 or so others on this adventure, he wore ski goggles and trail shoes and lots of layers.

Source: CBS News

The O'Jays and their enduring message of love

12-Feb-2018

Perfectly fitting, since Williams and Levert started singing together in a Canton, Ohio church choir more than 60 years ago.

"And then they add all of the sweetness to it with the other instruments, and horns, and strings, and it's unbelievable." Gamble & Huff's "Philly sound" polished The O'Jays' mix of sweet soul groove and romantic ballads into 11 gold and four platinum records -- two-dozen Top 10 R&B singles -- and their signature hit: "Love Train," which went to No. 1 on the pop charts in 1973.

Source: Common Domain

My brother stole my $110,000 inheritance by altering our mother’s will

12-Feb-2018

It’s never too late to see what, if anything, can be done — so you can either find a resolution (one that involves a check for $110,000) or put this issue to bed with the knowledge that you have done everything you can, and move on with your life.

It did indeed state that I was to receive $10,000 from her investments as well as some specific items of hers which I had already received. It also stated for my brother to receive her condo and her car as well as for many different items of hers to go to specific people.

Source: BBC

Newcastle United 1-0 Manchester United

12-Feb-2018

Newcastle won a Premier League home game for the first time since October with a surprise victory over second-placed Manchester United.

Manchester United travel to Huddersfield in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday, 17 February (17:30 GMT), while Newcastle head to Bournemouth in the league on Saturday, 24 February (15:00 GMT).

Source: Fox News

Nigel Farage: Instead of Russian Collusion, Press Should Look Where George Soros' Billions Are Going

12-Feb-2018

Former United Kingdom Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage said the world need to keep a closer eye on the activities of billionaire investor and political activist George Soros.

Farage underlined that nothing Soros has done has been illegal, but that with the billions he has spread around the world for left-wing causes, "nation-state democracies" should be concerned. "We all need to wake up to who George Soros is and how big his [Open Society Foundations] organization is," Farage said of the 87-year-old.

Source: DW

What's in a kiss 12 *fun* facts about kissing

Saturday 16:21 GMT
Source: New York Times

In Colombia Border Town, Desperate Venezuelans Sell Hair to Survive

Saturday 11:49 GMT
Source: BBC

What to expect at the 2018 Bafta Awards

Sunday 17:16 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Saakashvili supporters march in Kiev calling for president to quit

Sunday 17:16 GMT
Source: DW

Bundesliga LIVE: VfL Wolfsburg vs. Bayern Munich

Saturday 15:26 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Hanif Kureishi: my beautiful box-set binge

Saturday 11:49 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Homeland: Claire Danes sulks her way through more relentless catastrophising

Saturday 11:49 GMT
Source: CTV

#BeccaToldMeTo: Teen who inspired kindness movement dies at 18

Today 08:59 GMT
Source: Washington Post

How two GMU professors teamed up to create high-tech music

Today 17:16 GMT
Source: Global News

Trudeau, Sajjan ask to meet with Indian politician who criticized Canadian government

Today 17:17 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Beats, rhymes and ice: Olympians rely on their tunes, and science backs them up

Today 08:59 GMT
Source: Common Domain

The Pride Flag Waves at the Olympics for Adam Rippon

Today 06:05 GMT
Source: NBC News

Celebrate Lunar New Year with dumplings, noodles, meatballs and more

Today 17:16 GMT
Source: DW

Berlin 24/7: The sound of Berlin

Today 06:05 GMT

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