Nelson Mandela died today; he was 95 years old. Mandela is survived by his third wife, Graça Machel, and his seven children. Mandela was an iconic figure, an inspirational leader who spent nearly three decades in prison for his fight against institutionalized racial segregation in South Africa — known as apartheid. In 1994 he was elected as South Africa’s first black president. Read More
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Thousands of McDonald’s workers could go on strike starting today to protest their minimum-wage pay rate. Labor organizations are working in more than 100 cities to encourage fast-food employees to demand a raise to $15 per hour — a substantial increase from the minimum wage most employees currently earn, which hovers just over $7.
The Associated Press (AP) reports a New York City McDonald’s drew over 100 protestors who “blew whistles and beat drums [as they marched] into a McDonald’s” early this morning.
One protester reportedly grabbed a customer’s food and yelled, “We can’t survive on $7.25!” Read More
The Los Angeles County coroner’s report states Walker died within minutes of the impact from traumatic injuries and burns. Rodas is believed to have briefly survived but CNN states Rodas did not sustain any burn-related injuries. Read More
Healthcare.gov — the website that allows consumers to purchase health insurance under exchanges thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) — is fixed. The White House announced today it met its self-imposed Nov. 30, 2013 deadline to solve the site’s numerous problems that blocked millions of Americans from enrolling in new, government-mandated insurance plans. Read More
Black Friday is finally here and well underway across the U.S. as millions of discount-hungry shoppers brave massive lines and chaotic stores for that insane sale. We’ve got the roundup of the five best Black Friday deals you can’t miss. Read More
Tony Rohr tried to ensure his employees could spend Thanksgiving with their friends and families. Rohr, the general manager of a Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Indiana, refused to open his store on Thanksgiving — the first time he said his location would be open on the holiday. Read More
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, will yet again face the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the highest court in the nation agreed to hear what could be a landmark ruling on the true scope of a corporation’s reach and women’s right to health care. Read More
Winter storm Boreas killed 14 people and is expected to affect more than 100 million people — 1/3 of the nation’s population — in the coming days. The worst weather is set to arrive late this week, right before Thanksgiving.
The Southwestern U.S. saw a huge drop in temperatures with some states seeing ice and snow, and even blizzard conditions. The Weather Channel reports parts of Oklahoma got hit with more than 10 inches of snow overnight. Read More
Mike Sorrentino, also known as “The Situation” from MTV’s Jersey Shore is currently under investigation by the federal government for some curious financial dealings. Sorrentino’s bevy of companies (MPS Entertainment, Situation Productions and GTL Management) are all under federal scrutiny.
The U.S. District Attorney’s office issued several subpoenas this afternoon for Sorrentino’s financial records, though neither Sorrentino nor the government will comment on the details behind the ongoing investigation. Read More
South of Tokyo, Japan, a new island was just created thanks to a volcanic eruption. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the new Japan island lies just off the coast of Nishinoshima, which is an uninhabited island that is part of a set of several small islands about 600 miles off the coast of Tokyo. Read More