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D.C. Council To Vote On Minimum Wage Increase Today

The D.C. Council is scheduled to take a preliminary vote on increasing the District of Columbia's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the nation's highest.

Tuesday's vote comes after similar minimum wage hikes approved by lawmakers in suburban Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray supports raising the minimum wage from its current $8.25 to $10 an hour, but not higher. The council and the mayor clashed earlier this year on raising wages for workers at Wal-Mart and other big-box stores.

The minimum wage bill already has enough support to override a potential mayoral veto. Supporters say raising the minimum wage will allow low-wage workers to benefit from the city's prosperity, while opponents worry it will hurt the job market.

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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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