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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.


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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