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Seattle council passes $15 minimum wage
June 02, 2014
King Juan Carlos announced he would abdicate in favor of his son, sparking a fierce debate over whether he should be allowed to pass on the crown — or if the monarchy should be abolished altogether.
June 02, 2014
In coal-producing Kentucky and West Virginia, Democrats can't put enough distance between themselves and the Obama administration.
June 02, 2014
Smuggling Haitians has become a big — and deadly — business. In recent days, several groups of migrants have been abandoned by smugglers on uninhabited islands in the Caribbean.
June 02, 2014
Furor is growing over the girls' murder by men from their area's dominant caste. Protesters and politicians are lashing out at delays and indifference in a case that is creating a political maelstrom.
June 02, 2014
People are less likely to seek shelter or otherwise prepare for storms given female names, researchers say. As a result, such storms result in nearly twice as many deaths as those with male names.
June 02, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency wants power plants to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent. Analysts say the impact on consumers will hinge on how individual states move to meet the standards.
June 02, 2014
Scientists seem to have answered a fundamental question about the nature of memory. They have found compelling evidence that memories are made by strengthening connections between certain brain cells.
June 02, 2014
Most states have embarked on a significant expansion of preschool programs, but a new report says they appear to be missing the kids who need these programs most: low-income, immigrant children.
June 02, 2014
The Supreme Court has ruled that federal authorities erred by invoking the Chemical Weapons treaty in prosecuting a woman who attacked a personal rival with chemicals. Justices did not address the larger question of the power to make treaties.
June 02, 2014
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl recently returned to the U.S., released from Taliban captivity in a deal that also released five Guantanamo Bay detainees. A member of Bergdahl's squad tells of a young soldier who turned sour on the Afghan mission and deserted. If true, the Army would have to consider the circumstances of his capture and whether it warrants charges.
June 02, 2014
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the cabinet for a unity government joining his Fatah party with Hamas. It resolves a 7-year-old split but also draws condemnation from Israeli leaders.
June 02, 2014
The king of Spain says he is stepping down, ceding the throne to the crown prince. King Juan Carlos has been in ill health, and his popularity has dropped recently after a series of scandals.
June 02, 2014
For more on the new pollution regulations, Robert Siegel speaks with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about her agency's carbon emission plan.
June 02, 2014
The Obama administration is announcing new pollution standards Monday. The rules, key elements of President Obama's climate change policy, may decide the fate of coal-fired power plants in the U.S.
June 02, 2014
Each year, 1 percent of children are abused or neglected, usually by their parents. By the time children turn 18, about 1 in 8 of them are likely to have been maltreated, an analysis finds.
June 02, 2014
Patrick Cannon is accused of having accepted $50,000 in bribes. He will plead guilty to fraud on Tuesday. Cannon stepped down as mayor in March, less than four months after he was sworn in.
June 02, 2014
The tech giant announced it's working on putting technical intelligence inside our homes, getting us closer to the fabled Jetsons house where all our appliances are automated.
June 02, 2014
For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Perky Jerky. It's dried meat loaded with caffeine to fuel everything from athletic pursuits to mid-morning breaks in the office.
June 02, 2014
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy calls new rules on greenhouse gas reduction perhaps the most significant in the agency's history.
June 02, 2014

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