As retailers work to stay afloat during the slow economic recovery, employers are cutting costs by streamlining staff schedules — increasingly relying on part-time workers, who can cover flexible shifts on short notice. But the unpredictable hours, modest wages and lack of benefits take a toll.
Salinas, Calif., is just an hour from Silicon Valley, but production at many local lettuce farms is decidedly low-tech. City officials here decided it's time for an upgrade — and have hired a venture capital firm to help Salinas transition into a high-tech agricultural hub.
President Obama came to office bemoaning the disparity in sentences for crack versus powder cocaine offenses, and with a background as a community organizer and constitutional law teacher that had some progressives anticipating a robust use of the Constitution's "reprieves and pardons" power.
Thieves responsible for Target's massive data breach may have stolen information stored on magnetic strips on credit cards. Canada, the U.K. and other countries have been using more secure cards with microchips for years.
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