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Seattle Proposal Would Raise City's Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

Seattle politicians are likely to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour this year — the highest big-city wage in the nation. But some of the city's business owners are leery of the $15 mark.
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Is It Still College Without Football?

Temple University in Pennsylvania and the New College of Florida are keeping costs low by cutting amenities and some varsity sports. But will running this play make them less attractive to applicants?
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States Struggle To Find An Execution Method That Works

For a generation, nearly all death penalty states followed the same lethal injection protocol. Now they're forced to improvise — some say experiment — which has led to several botched executions.
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Nino's No-No: Justice Scalia Flubs Dissent In Pollution Case

It's more than embarrassing when a Supreme Court justice makes his decision based on facts that he's gotten wrong. The court has corrected the record, but the slip has stuck among legal cognoscenti.
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Campus Rape Reports Are Up, And Assaults Aren't The Only Reason

Data from the Department of Education show an increase in sexual assault reports, but college officials say new federal guidelines are helping more students come forward.
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High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big

Inventing a new product is hard if you can't afford to build a prototype. Enter maker spaces, workshops boasting shared high-tech tools. Entrepreneurs love them, and big backers are taking notice.
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Minimum Wage Raise: Blocked For Now, May Live Again In Campaigns

A bill to increase the federal minimum wage was blocked in the Senate on Wednesday, as Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to bypass a filibuster.
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Renegade Cider Makers Get Funky To Cope With Apple Shortage

Few U.S. farmers grow the tannic apples traditionally used to make hard cider. So craft cider makers are using eating apples and adding chili, chocolate and tropical juices to boost their flavor.
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Widening Sanctions On Russia Rattle Some In Western Oil Industry

The latest round of sanctions against Russia has created a lot of uncertainty for U.S. and European oil and gas companies. They're growing concerned that another round of sanctions could target Russia's energy sector, jeopardizing Western oil companies' activities there.
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Facing Execution Drug Shortage, States Struggle To Get Cocktail Right

A botched execution in Oklahoma is only the latest issue since states started having trouble obtaining the drugs used to execute inmates. They've been trying new combinations and new drugs, which often had never been used before for that purpose.

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