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Fast Food Wages and the Role of Franchises

A new effort to boost wages for fast food workers is playing out before the National Labor Relations Board in a case pitting workers against McDonald's and its franchisees. At issue is whether the McDonald's corporation should be accountable for the labor policies at its franchise restaurants. The cases raises questions about who is an employee and who is the employer in a changing economy. We examine what's at stake for all parties and look at how the case is likely to unfold.

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Risk Of Opioid Overdose Climbs At Middle Age

Most of the millions taking prescription painkillers are older than 45, research shows, and there's been a recent increase in drug overdose deaths among people over 55. Drug mixing is partly to blame.
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The Environmental Cost Of Growing Food

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food. Take sugar: Half of what we eat comes from beets, half from cane. Each has an impact, in very different ways.
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Bernie Sanders Has A Message For The Political Moment

Bernie Sanders entered the race for president talking about a political revolution at moment when Democratic voters and young people were primed to hear it.
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'Captain America' Is Trending In Nigeria But You Might Be Surprised Why

Nigerian netizens are using the hashtag #CaptainAmericaInNigeria as a vehicle for cheeky social and political commentary.

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