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Target Raises Its Base Pay, Tries To One-Up Its Competition

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:39:58 -0400

In an attempt to hire and retain the best retail employees, Target Corp is raising its minimum hourly wage for workers to $11 next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020.

Learning 2016's Lessons, Virginia Prepares Election Cyberdefenses

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:05:00 -0400

One of the most drastic steps was a decision to adopt all new paper-backed voting machines before November after deciding that the paperless electronic equipment was vulnerable to attack.

Trump's Brand Is On The Line In Alabama Senate Race

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:00:15 -0400

Polls still show Sen. Luther Strange trailing Judge Roy Moore, with Trump unable to pull the appointed senator to a win. Trump allies say Moore is the true candidate who can "drain the swamp."

Searching For A Fairer Way To Distribute Donor Livers

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:58:00 -0400

The nation's organ transplant network is considering changing how livers are distributed. The goal is to make the system fairer, but critics worry patients in poorer rural areas could lose out.

Wary Of Unrest Among Uighur Minority, China Locks Down Xinjiang Province

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:57:00 -0400

Following riots and attacks in past years, residents of Urumqi, the capital of the western region, now live and work under intense surveillance, and are subject to detention after traveling abroad.

Athletes On The Track And The Slopes Are Pulled Into Trump Controversy

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:02:00 -0400

Some NASCAR and Olympic figures spoke out for and some against NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

Thousands Flee Bali's Mount Agung After Volcano Threat Level Is Raised

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:58:49 -0400

Authorities say the mountain, which last erupted 54 years ago, is poised to go at any time.

'You Have To Try': Puerto Ricans, Without Power, Find Ways Forward

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:52:00 -0400

Hurricane Maria knocked out power across the entire island, and many areas lack running water. Doing laundry, turning on the lights, eating dinner: Everyday life has become a constant challenge.

Puerto Rico's Arecibo Radio Telescope Suffers Hurricane Damage

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:28:00 -0400

Early reports that a secondary dish at the observatory was destroyed by Maria turn out not to be correct, according to a group that helps run the facility.

'Millions' Fewer Would Have Coverage Under GOP Health Bill, Says CBO Analysis

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:14:00 -0400

The Congressional Budget Office says it won't have time to analyze all the impacts of the latest GOP effort to repeal the ACA, but it says millions more would be uninsured than under current law.

3 GOP Senators Oppose Graham-Cassidy, Effectively Blocking Health Care Bill

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:13:46 -0400

Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she'll vote no on the latest push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. That once again leaves the GOP short of the votes it needs to pass a health care bill.

First Female Marine Completes Grueling Infantry Officer Course

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:34:59 -0400

The 13-week program is considered one of the toughest in the U.S. military, and one-third of the class dropped out before graduation. The lieutenant has asked to keep her identity private.

Desperation In Puerto Rican Town Where 60 Percent Are Now Homeless

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

In Cataño, near San Juan, the storm left hundreds living in a shelter where conditions are becoming increasingly dire.

A Former Speechwriter Looks Back On His 'Hopey, Changey' Years With Obama

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:55:46 -0400

David Litt says writing speeches and jokes for former President Obama was often a delicate task: "There's a whole industry of people trying to take your words out of context."

Trump Says His Pals Go To Africa To 'Get Rich.' Is That Offensive?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:48:48 -0400

In a meeting with African leaders last week, Trump made a remark that sparked controversy — and kudos.