Fast-food workers to launch intensified protests across U.S.
1 Sep 2014 | 10:24 pm
The protests, announced on Twitter by organizer Fight For 15, come as cities across the nation propose minimum wage increases while Democrats seek to raise the federal minimum wage ahead of this year's mid-term congressional elections. Fast food workers have launched a series of protests over the last nearly two years to bring awareness to their demands, which include the right to unionize without retaliation. In one of the last major actions, restaurant workers launched rallies in 150 cities, including Boston, Chicago, New York and Miami in May. This time, organizers are staging walkouts in more than 100 cities and plan to use nonviolent civil disobedience tactics such as sit-ins, The New York Times reported.
U.S. forces conduct operation in Somalia: Pentagon
1 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
Actress Jennifer Lawrence contacts authorities after nude photos hacked
1 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online, a spokeswoman said on Monday, part of a reported mass hacking of celebrities' intimate photos. Online pictures of the actress, 24, who won an Academy Award for "Silver Linings Playbook" and stars in "The Hunger Games" movie franchise, began appearing on Sunday. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence," spokeswoman Liz Mahoney said in an emailed statement. A spokesman for the FBI said the agency "is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter." Model Kate Upton was among celebrities whose photos were posted online.
California high school drops mascot criticized by Arab-American group
1 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
(Reuters) - A California high school has retired its Middle Eastern-themed mascot and accompanying belly dancers and redrawn its logo after criticism from Arab-Americans that they played on harmful stereotypes, a group advocating for the change said on Monday. Coachella Valley High School agreed to use a new image of a stoic-looking Arab man to represent its sports teams, dubbed "the Arabs," said Abed Ayoub, a spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, which worked with the school to choose the new logo.
Cry for help from Americans detained in North Korea
1 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
Cuba's new crackdown takes effect
1 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram Islamists
1 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
Horrors committed by Islamists in Iraq
1 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 8
1 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
PARIS (AP) — The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble.
Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq
1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.
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