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Washington Supreme Court Ends State Death Penalty

Washington Supreme Court Ends State Death Penalty

Washington state’s Supreme Court has found that the death penalty, as applied, violates its Constitution. The five justices made a unanimous decision that the “death penalty is invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and... 
Bali Considering New Rules For Tourists

Bali Considering New Rules For Tourists

Tourists behaving badly have prompted authorities in Bali, Indonesia to consider a slate of new rules aimed at unruly visitors. The Indonesian island has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, attracting... 
House Passes Bill Banning Consumption Of Cats And Dogs

House Passes Bill Banning Consumption Of Cats And Dogs

Newly passed legislation in the House of Representatives bans the slaughter of dogs and cats for food. The bipartisan bill, named the Dog and Cat Meal Trade Prohibition Act, was introduced by Florida Reps. Vern Buchanan, a Republican;... 
‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers Found After 13 Years

‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers Found After 13 Years

An iconic pair of red slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” stolen from a Minnesota museum more than a decade ago have now been found. According to officials, the slippers were recovered earlier this summer... 
Southwest Airlines Posts New Support Animal Restrictions

Southwest Airlines Posts New Support Animal Restrictions

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is tightening its policies regarding support animals on flights, with the changes scheduled to take effect on Sept. 17. In the most notable change, psychiatric-service animals, which are trained to help... 
TSA Screening At Small Airports May End

TSA Screening At Small Airports May End

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is considering ending screening of passengers at about 150 smaller airports across the country. Those airports serve planes with 60 seats or fewer and see about 10,000 passengers per... 
Chicago Police Department Reform Plan Draft Unveiled

Chicago Police Department Reform Plan Draft Unveiled

Reforms in the Chicago Police Department will be overseen by a federal judge, according to a proposed court agreement that was recently unveiled. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood side by side to announce... 
Seven Fast Food Chains Agree To Stop Using No-poach Clauses

Seven Fast Food Chains Agree To Stop Using No-poach Clauses

Washington State has announced reaching agreements with seven major restaurant chains to end a hiring practice that has limited employee mobility for years. The companies have agreed to end the use of so-called no-poach clauses in... 
Toys ‘R’ Us Closed for Good

Toys ‘R’ Us Closed for Good

Toys ‘R’ Us, a brand that dates to 1957, has shut its doors for good. The company closed the last of its 735 stores in the United States this week. Once one of the world’s largest toy retailers, the company was felled by slowing... 
Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Deceased

Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Deceased

Fashion designer and businesswoman Kate Brosnahan Spade has been found dead in her Manhattan apartment. She was 55. She is survived by her husband, Andy Spade (brother of actor David Spade) and 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix... 
Mormon Church Severing Ties with Boys Scouts

Mormon Church Severing Ties with Boys Scouts

The Mormon Church announced that it was ending its relationship with the Boys Scouts of America after more than a century of close ties. A joint statement was announced by both that said the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... 
Cedar Point’s New Coaster Closes After Collision

Cedar Point’s New Coaster Closes After Collision

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio was forced to close its newest coaster, hybrid steel-meets-wood Steel Vengeance, after some cars collided on opening day. One of the trains returning to the station “bumped” another train as it was... 
Oklahoma Teachers Return To Classes

Oklahoma Teachers Return To Classes

Oklahoma teachers are returning to class after a nine-day walkout that shut schools across the state. The Oklahoma Education Association gave legislators an April 1 deadline to provide new revenues or face a walkout. The walkout drew... 
Interior Scraps Plan For Drastic Fee Hikes At National Parks

Interior Scraps Plan For Drastic Fee Hikes At National Parks

The U.S. Department of the Interior has withdrawn its plan to massively increase fees at the nation’s most popular national parks. According to the plan announced in October, entrance fees at the country’s most popular national... 
Facebook’s Housing Discrimination Problem Not Solved

Facebook’s Housing Discrimination Problem Not Solved

New allegations have emerged claiming that Facebook’s advertising platform is still allowing landlords and brokers to discriminate based on gender and family status. A group of fair housing organizations has filed a lawsuit against... 
America Remembers Rev. Billy Graham

America Remembers Rev. Billy Graham

America has honored the Rev. Billy Graham and remembered his life and deeds in a series of events. The pastor was 99 years old when he died at his Montreat, N.C., home. His funeral was held on Friday at the Billy Graham Library in... 
Uber Express Pool Offers Cheaper Car Service

Uber Express Pool Offers Cheaper Car Service

Uber has launched its first new product in three years. The ride-hailing service rolled out its Express Pool service earlier this week. Uber’s Express Pool service is a cheaper version of Uberpool. A ride on Express Pool can be up... 
Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Switch To Paper Cups By 2020

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Switch To Paper Cups By 2020

Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ: DNKN) has announced plans to replace Dunkin’ Donuts’ controversial foam cups with a new double-walled paper cup by 2020. The company said the new paper cups will retain... 
Starbucks Boosts Paid Sick Leave, Parental Leave For Employees

Starbucks Boosts Paid Sick Leave, Parental Leave For Employees

Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has announced the expansion of paid sick leave and parental leave for its employees. The company has also announced a wage increase and one-time bonus for employees in the form of a stock grant. Starbucks says... 
Government Shutdown Closes Statue Of Liberty

Government Shutdown Closes Statue Of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor was closed this weekend because of the shutdown of the U.S. government. A sign announcing the closure of the Statue of Liberty was placed near the ferry dock in Battery Park in lower Manhattan.... 
Goop Under Fire For Coffee Enema Recommendation

Goop Under Fire For Coffee Enema Recommendation

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company Goop has raised some eyebrows with one of its latest recommendations. A Goop detox guide recommended a machine made for the express purpose of administering a coffee enema in an article called... 
Philip Morris To Move Away From Cigarettes

Philip Morris To Move Away From Cigarettes

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) has released an ad campaign in the United Kingdom that indicate the company is moving away from its core product – cigarettes. The company said in the full page ads that its new... 
Thousands Rushing To Pay 2018 Property Taxes Now

Thousands Rushing To Pay 2018 Property Taxes Now

Thousands of people across the country are trying to prepay part or all of their 2018 property tax bill before New Year’s Day. That is when the tax bill signed into law last week takes effect for the 2018 tax year. The tax bill raised... 
Facebook Under Fire For Age Discrimination In Employment Ads

Facebook Under Fire For Age Discrimination In Employment Ads

Dozens of the nation’s leading employers have been found to have placed recruitment ads on Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) that were limited to particular age groups. An investigation by ProPublica and The New York Times uncovered the use... 
Senator Al Franken Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Senator Al Franken Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Senator Al Franken of Minnesota has announced that he would resign from Congress over allegations of sexual misconduct. He made the announcement in an emotional speech on the Senate floor. Mr. Franken did not specify precisely when... 
The Hidden Dangers Of Eating Raw Cookie Dough

The Hidden Dangers Of Eating Raw Cookie Dough

Cookies abound during the holiday season, spreading delight with each sweet gooey bite. Some may even be tempted to eat the cookies before they are baked, but this could be a grave mistake. There are several hidden dangers to eating... 
Bill Gates Investing $80M In Development Of Smart City

Bill Gates Investing $80M In Development Of Smart City

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has announced plans to use $80 million to build a “smart city” in Arizona. The city will be built on the nearly 25,000 acres of land in southwestern Arizona that has purchased for the... 
Starbucks Reaches Deal To Sell Tazo Tea Brand

Starbucks Reaches Deal To Sell Tazo Tea Brand

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has announced that it has reached a deal to sell its Tazo tea business to Unilever (NYSE:UL) for nearly $400 million. Unilever has agreed to buy the Tazo brand and its related recipes, intellectual property... 
Constellation Brands To Explore Marijuana-based Beverages

Constellation Brands To Explore Marijuana-based Beverages

Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE:STZ) has announced its intentions to buy a minority stake in Canopy Growth Corp., a Canadian pot company. The company agreed to pay about $191 million for a 9.9 percent stake in the seller of medicinal-marijuana... 
McDonald’s To Launch New Value Menu In 2018

McDonald’s To Launch New Value Menu In 2018

McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE:MCD) has finalized plans to launch a new value menu to better compete with its rivals. The company will launch a U.S. value menu in 2018 that will include items priced at $1, $2, and $3. The announcement was... 
Chipotle Shares Fall On Missed Targets

Chipotle Shares Fall On Missed Targets

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE:CMG) saw its shares fall after the restaurant chain missed analysts’ expectations for the latest quarter. The company reported profit of 69 cents a share for the third quarter of its fiscal year,... 
Lego Releasing ‘Women of NASA’ Set

Lego Releasing ‘Women of NASA’ Set

Lego has announced that it is releasing a set honoring key women in NASA history on November 1. The set includes four figurines molded in the likenesses of four women well known for their contributions to space exploration as figurines.... 
Google Mistakenly Spreads Fake News On Las Vegas Massacre

Google Mistakenly Spreads Fake News On Las Vegas Massacre

Google mistakenly spread misinformation about the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas by giving its “Top Stories” stamp of approval to two 4chan threads identifying the wrong man as the shooter. Google’s algorithm apparently favored... 
Apple Making Big Changes To Advertiser Tracking

Apple Making Big Changes To Advertiser Tracking

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is putting new restrictions on ad-tracking in its new Safari browser, and advertisers are not happy about it. Apple’s new “Intelligent Tracking Prevention” feature makes it harder for advertisers... 
Legislation Aimed At Driverless Cars Approved By House

Legislation Aimed At Driverless Cars Approved By House

House lawmakers have approved legislation to expand companies’ ability to test self-driving cars. The legislation, known as the Self Drive Act, would let companies apply for exemptions from the state and federal regulations over... 
New way to diagnose heart attacks quickly developed

New way to diagnose heart attacks quickly developed

A new algorithm has been developed by scientists that allow for quick detection of heart attacks – a development that holds potential of greatly benefiting millions of people globally. The new algorithm can safely and effectively...