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
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
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
Zimmerman is charged with one count of felony aggravated assault and also faces two misdemeanor counts stemming from his girlfriend’s accusation that Zimmerman pointed a gun to her face, threatened her and destroyed her property. Read More
George Zimmerman was arrested this afternoon after a domestic violence situation involving Zimmerman and his girlfriend prompted Florida police to take him into custody.
Local NBC affiliate station WESH of Orlando, Florida reports Zimmerman was arrested at 1:00 p.m. EST at his girlfriend’s house and was booked into Seminole County Jail.
Photos from the scene show at least three police SUVs lined up at the scene at the Forest City suburb, about 30 minutes south of Zimmerman’s previous home in Sanford, Florida and where Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Read More
In particular, President Obama remarked that the past six weeks have not gone smoothly, commenting that the implementation of Healthcare.gov was dismal and even offered a shocking concession: to allow all Americans to keep their insurance plans regardless of their coverage. Read More
Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was on lockdown this afternoon after at least one person opened fire just outside the high school. Local news station WTAE says there are at least three victims with five persons of interest — one woman and four men — in custody. Read More
San Ramon, California: Residents in the San Francisco Bay area are still shaken from the 3.4 magnitude earthquake that just struck the small town early Wednesday morning. At a depth of about 7 miles, the San Ramon earthquake hit along the same fault line as Tuesday’s 2.9 magnitude earthquake in Daly City — about two miles east of San Ramon. Read More
Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines early Friday morning, slamming 25 million people with massive sustained winds recorded at over 195 miles per hour and gusts at over 315 miles per hour.
Haiyan is likely the largest, most powerful tropical storm in recorded history. Read More