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D.C. Council To Take Final Vote On Increasing Minimum Wage

The D.C. Council is scheduled to take a final vote on raising the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016.

With the Council already having approved the minimum wage hike unanimously, Tuesday's vote is considered little more than a formality.

The bill will go to Mayor Vincent Gray for his signature. Gray has advocated for an immediate minimum wage hike to $10 an hour but wants to study the prospect of further increases.

Lawmakers in Montgomery and Prince George's county have approved similar minimum wage increases in those jurisdictions. The votes follow a national trend in which states and municipalities are addressing the minimum wage in the wake of federal inaction.

The District of Columbia's current minimum wage is $8.25. That's $1 higher than the federal minimum.

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Sonia Rykiel, Designer Known As The 'Queen Of Knitwear,' Dies

The famously redheaded Rykiel embodied the intellectual chic and feminism of Paris in the late 1960s. With vibrant stripes or simple black, her clothes hugged a woman's body.
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The Aztecs Once Revered It. Will You Fall For Amaranth, Too?

Hardier than corn, this ancient grain has a subtle, nutty flavor and is full of nutrients. But for most Americans, amaranth is still obscure. Researchers in Tennessee hope to change that.
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In Stunning Reversal, Trump Suggests He'd 'Work With' Immigrants In U.S. Illegally

Donald Trump courted hard-liners on immigration in the primary campaign. But he signaled Wednesday night he'd be in favor of a path to legalization for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
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A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

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