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12 states now have plans for a minimum wage of $9 or more
Rhode Island last week joined 11 other states that plan to raise their minimum wage to at least $9 over the next several years.
Nation's first soda tax could come to Berkeley
The Berkeley City Council unanimously decided last week to put the 1-cent-per-ounce tax on the ballot this November. Approving the tax would mean a major defeat for the soda industry, which has spent millions to crush the effort nationwide.
Backlash has begun against gluten-free dieters
The swelling ranks of Americans adopting gluten-free diets have given rise to another hot trend: people calling the whole thing a bunch of baloney.
Avoidable injuries are killing too many young Americans
Not so cheerful news before your holiday weekend: Some sobering new government numbers show just how many young people die from injuries that could have been avoided.
More Americans are stuck in part-time work
New government data slated for release Thursday is expected to show the economy added more than 200,000 jobs for the fifth straight month - the longest streak since the late 1990s.
What states can do on their own about immigration
It's official: Congress won't take up immigration reform this year. This week, President Barack Obama said he'll use executive actions to change policies unilaterally.
The Internet has changed how we curse
Relatively recent technologies — cable television, satellite radio, and social media — provide us with a not-too-unrealistic picture of how often people swear in public and what they say when they do.
Charney's out at American Apparel. Have we reached 'porn chic fatigue'?
The Wednesday evening decision by the American Apparel board of directors to immediately suspend Dov Charney and replace him as chief executive may be the clearest signal yet that the fashion industry has finally hit porn chic fatigue.
Amazon enters smartphone wars with Fire Phone
Amazon.com stepped into the smartphone ring Tuesday with the Fire Phone. Playing up Amazon's devotion to the individual customer and the media ecosystem it has built with its Prime subscription service, chief executive Jeff Bezos said that Amazon's growing universe of services set the phone apart.
How 8,500 large companies will become small businesses overnight
When the clock strikes midnight on Sunday, July 13, thousands of relatively large companies will — poof — suddenly become small businesses. It's not magic. It's just the federal government at work.
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