Senate confirms Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chair

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President Obama during a press briefing at the White House.

As Congress returned to work today following its holiday break, the Senate decided to be productive and confirm President Obama’s nominee for Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen. Yellen’s confirmation is historic — she is the first woman to head the Federal Reserve.  Read More

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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

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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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Remembering JonBenet Ramsey: 17 years after her murder

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JonBenet Ramsey seen here in pageant attire in August 1996.

Interest in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case spiked yesterday as many remembered the tragic, unsolved case of the 6-year-old beauty queen who was brutally murdered on Christmas Day in Boulder, Colorado. Read More

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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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.

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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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Federal judge strikes down NSA spying program, PRISM

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Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon just ruled that the controversial civilian surveillance programs overseen by the National Security Agency (NSA) are blatantly unconstitutional. Judge Leon is a U.S. District Court judge for Washington, D.C., and has an extensive background in the intersection of law and politics. Read More

Ethan Couch kills four people, paralyzes one: Serves no jail time

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Ethan Couch arrives for court

Ethan Couch killed four people and paralyzed another. He avoided a 20-year prison sentence and instead was ordered to a luxury rehab center for “affluenza,” with 10 years on probation.

In one of the most obvious signs of injustice, Ethan Couch will retain his freedom despite the fact that he killed four people and paralyzed another in a drunk-driving case.

Couch is described as a privileged 16-year-old boy from a wealthy family who avoided a 20-year prison sentence because the judge agreed with the defense’s argument that Couch needs treatment — for being spoiled. Read More

Nelson Mandela’s memorial had a fake sign language interpreter

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Nelson Mandela's memorial fake interpreter

A sign language interpreter, now called out as a fake, stands next to President Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial in South Africa Tuesday.

Many in the deaf community are livid, saying the sign language interpreter who translated President Obama’s and other world leaders’ tributes to Nelson Mandela was a fake. Those watching the interpreter — who stood onstage next to the world leaders as they spoke — noticed his hand gestures were grossly inaccurate.

Despite there being eleven official languages in South Africa, those in the deaf community say the interpreter wasn’t referencing any of them. The Associated Press (AP) spoke with Nicole DuToit, an official sign language interpreter, who called the interpreter for Mandela’s memorial an “embarrassment.” Read More