Nelson Mandela remembered with world memorial

December 10, 2013 |  by  |  World Headlines  |  No Comments
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President Obama pays tribute to the late Nelson Mandela

U.S. President Barack Obama pays tribute to the late Nelson Mandela during Mandela’s memorial held in South Africa today.

Nelson Mandela, who died on Friday, Dec. 5, 2013, was remembered today in Johannesburg, South Africa as world leaders came together for his memorial. Tens of thousands of people stood in the pouring rain outside the First National Bank stadium as inside, world dignitaries from across the globe honored the human rights activist and former president of South Africa. Read More

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Bob Dylan’s first electric guitar sells for $965,000

December 6, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, U.S. Headlines  |  1 Comment
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Bob Dylan in concert in Nov. 2013

Bob Dylan onstage during a concern in November 2013. His 1964 Fender Stratocaster just sold for $965,000 Friday at Christie’s Auction House in New York.

Bob Dylan’s first known electric guitar just sold for nearly $1 million Friday at an auction held by Christie’s in New York. The 1964 Fender Stratocaster was played in 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival and is iconic for music buffs since it represents the first time Dylan went electric — a momentous departure from his acoustic roots. Read More

Iconic leader Nelson Mandela dead at 95

December 5, 2013 |  by  |  Breaking News, World Headlines  |  1 Comment
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Nelson Mandela dead

Nelson Mandela in 2005 in Norway at a press event for his charity, the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Mandela died today in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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

McDonald’s employees strike: Demand $15 per hour

December 5, 2013 |  by  |  Breaking News, U.S. Headlines  |  No Comments
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A protester stands outside a McDonald’s.

A protester stands outside a McDonald’s in Chattanooga, Tennessee, demanding hiring wages.

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

Paul Walker survived car crash, died minutes after impact

December 4, 2013 |  by  |  Breaking News, Entertainment, U.S. Headlines  |  No Comments
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Paul Walker car crash site

Fans lay candles and other items at the car crash site that killed Paul Walker on Nov. 30, 2013.

Actor Paul Walker initially survived the horrific car crash in the moments after his friend, Roger Rodas, lost control of the Porsche Carrera GT in the accident that killed them both.

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

Obamacare website fixed, but what now?

December 2, 2013 |  by  |  U.S. Headlines  |  No Comments
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A screen grab of the home page of HealthCare.gov. The website for enrolling in Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans was plagued with problems since its launch in October 2013.

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

Top 3 Black Friday deals you can’t miss

November 29, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, U.S. Headlines  |  1 Comment
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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