White House pushes gun control forward, focuses on mental health

January 3, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Politics, U.S. Headlines  |  1 Comment
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Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT

Students gather at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut following the mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012.

President Obama announced Friday that his administration will move forward with gun control regulation, this time through two executive actions. While not legislative measures, President Obama hopes his recent policy push will make it easier for states to obtain information about the mental health of gun purchasers during routine background checks. Read More

Beautiful Existence survives eating Starbucks food for 365 days

January 2, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle, U.S. Headlines  |  No Comments
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Starbucks food and drink

Beautiful Existence posted this picture of Starbucks brand food on her blog, For 1 Year Of My Life.

Beautiful Existence is no longer on the Starbucks diet — the Seattle woman made headlines this week when her blog, For 1 Year Of My Life, went viral from the revelation that she consumed only food from Starbucks for the past 365 days.

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A homeless dog named Miley shows us the power of love

December 20, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, U.S. Headlines  |  1 Comment
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Miley, a homeless dog, is rescued.

Miley is pictured here in the Los Angeles trash pile where she was rescued.

Hope for Paws received a call that a dog was abandoned and barely alive in a Los Angeles-area dump. Founder Eldad Hagar jumped in his car and rushed to see the dog who would later be named Miley. He filmed Hope for Paws’ incredible rescue. After just two weeks of love and care, Miley went on to do something absolutely amazing that is sure to make you cry with tears of joy. Read More

Target suffers massive credit card breach

December 19, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, U.S. Headlines  |  No Comments
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Target Christma shopping

An advertisement shown on Target’s Facebook page aimed at holiday shoppers. About 40 million Target shoppers’ data was stolen just after Black Friday.

Today Target announced it is investigating how debit and credit card information was stolen from about 40 million customers between Nov. 27, 2013 and Dec. 15, 2013. Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president, and CEO of Target, said the retailer is deeply sorry for the massive data breach.  Read More

Minimum wage spikes to $11.50/hour in D.C.

December 18, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, U.S. Headlines  |  No Comments
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Minimum wage got a boost this week as several counties in the Washington, D.C., area approved significant baseline pay increases. Yesterday, Prince George's County voted to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 per hour following the same move by neighboring Montgomery County last week. The wage hike means workers in minimum-wage jobs will earn about 60 percent more than the current minimum wage in both Prince George’s County and Montgomery County, which is set to $7.25 per hour. Prince George’s County council member Andrea Harrison told CNNMoney that both counties coordinated their legislative efforts to "eliminate the competitive disadvantage" that would likely occur if one county increased wages and the other did not. The wage increase will happen gradually over the next four years, hitting the full $11.50 by 2017 in Prince George’s County and it does include some exemptions. For example, those under 19 years old will not be eligible to earn

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Top 3 Black Friday deals you can’t miss

November 29, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, U.S. Headlines  |  1 Comment
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Best Buy Black Friday advertisement

A Best Buy Black Friday advertisement featured on the retailer’s Facebook page. Best Buy offers one of the top Black Friday deals this year on Apple MacBook Air laptops.

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

Pizza Hut manager fired for giving employees Thanksgiving off

November 27, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, U.S. Headlines  |  No Comments
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Pizza Hut box on Thanksgiving leaves

Pizza Hut manager Tony Rohr was fired for giving employees Thanksgiving off. 

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

Supreme Court takes landmark birth control case

November 26, 2013 |  by  |  Breaking News, Lifestyle, U.S. Headlines  |  No Comments
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Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor discusses her book “My Beloved World” in February 2013

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 kills 14, moves East

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Winter storm Boreas hits the southwest

Winter storm Boreas hits the Southwest. Roosevelt County Courthouse in New Mexico received several inches of snow this weekend.

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

Wendi Deng comes out a winner in Murdoch divorce settlement

November 20, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, U.S. Headlines, World Headlines  |  1 Comment
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Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch in 2013

Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch in February 2013 at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Murdoch filed for divorce from Deng in June.

Fox media mogul Rupert Murdoch and ex-wife Wendi Deng finalized their divorce settlement today in New York. The terms of the deal are not public, but judging from what we do know, Deng came out on pretty well.

Deng was Murdoch’s third wife and is 44 years old. She is Chinese and immigrated to the U.S. in 1988 to attend California State University and went on to graduate from Yale with an MBA. Before her studies at CSU, Deng studied medicine in China. New York Magazine reported Deng had an affair with Jake Cherry, the husband of the couple who sponsored her student visa in 1988.  Read More