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Wal'Mart’s higher'skilled employees pinched to ‘absorb’ cost of minimum wage hikes

December 28, 2014 - 5:27pm
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst Posted By: SoCalGal- Sun, 28 59 2014 10:59:24 GMT Wal'Mart Stores Inc. will raise its base salaries at 1,434 stores to comply with minimum wage hikes that will go into effect in 21 states beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The new laws have prompted Wal'Mart to adjust the minimum premium paid to its higher'skilled employees and combine its lowest three pay grades, Reuters reported Wednesday. “Essentially that wage compression at the upper level of the hourly associate is going to help absorb that cost of the wage increase at the lower level,” a Wal'Mart manager told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Golfing during tsunami season — are tectonic plates shifting under Obama’s vacationing feet?

December 28, 2014 - 4:27pm
Washington Times, by Charles Ortel Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sun, 28 18 2014 10:18:41 GMT As working people close out another year in economic purgatory, President Obama defiantly promotes tales of progress on numerous fronts that fall apart under inspection — the American economy is not out of danger, the gulf between the wealthy and the dispossessed is not narrowing, and global peace is certainly far from hand. To see why Americans have much to fear in months to come, we need to contrast the real picture here with Indonesia, admittedly an unusual counterpart at first blush. In 2013, the economic output of the United States was $16.7 trillion, measured using gross domestic product, or $107,593 per worker

´It was all mom´s fault´: Daughter of disgraced Virginia governor who faces 30'year corruption sentence throws her mother under bus in sensational court letter

December 28, 2014 - 4:27pm
Daily Mail (UK) & Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: JoniTx- Sun, 28 17 2014 10:17:48 GMT The highly'publicized corruption case against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife has torn their family part, as evidenced by a recent letter written by their oldest child. In September, the McDonnells were both found guilty of taking bribes to promote a vitamin company and currently face up to 30 years in prison for their crimes. But daughter Jeanine McDonnell Zubowsky believes her mother Maureen is mostly responsible, and is one of more than 400 people who have written letters asking for lenient sentence for her father ' who was once on the short list to be Mitt Romney´s

Ukraine turns off reactor at nuclear plant after ´accident´

December 28, 2014 - 4:27pm
Independent [UK], by Oliver Carroll Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sun, 28 07 2014 10:07:19 GMT Kiev ' Ukraine shut down one of the six reactors in its most powerful nuclear power plant today – for the second time in a month – because of an apparent electrical malfunction. The Zaporizhia nuclear plant’s website insisted that radiation levels in the area remained normal after the sixth reactor was “disconnected from the grid by the generator’s internal defence mechanism”. An official statement said the plant was “operating at 40 per cent power… The reasons for the outage are being investigated”. A short'circuit in the same power station’s third reactor contributed to power cuts across Ukraine earlier this month.

Not Fighting ISIS: How Iraq´s 50,000 ´Ghost Soldiers´ Run Their Scam

December 28, 2014 - 4:27pm
NBC News, by Alexander Smith Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sun, 28 54 2014 09:54:45 GMT As a paid member of the Iraqi army, Mazin should be helping his country fight ISIS. Instead, the father-of-three is battling traffic as a taxi driver in Baghdad. Mazin is one of the 50,000 "ghost soldiers" who pay a portion of their monthly military salary to superior officers in exchange for not having to turn up for duty. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has vowed to put an end to the scam — which has weakened his U.S.-trained army in the face of an ISIS insurgency. (Snip) The practice is considered to be one of the key reason Iraq's U.S.-trained military has proven ineffective in the face of ISIS, particularly in the city of Mosul where the

Two Flights Go Missing, but Their Stories Are Not the Same

December 28, 2014 - 4:27pm
New York Times, by Nicola Clark Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sun, 28 42 2014 09:42:29 GMT Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501, an Airbus A320 airliner carrying 162 people, disappeared from radar screens early Sunday, about 40 minutes after leaving the Indonesian city of Surabaya en route to Singapore. A full day of searching the relatively shallow waters off the coast of Borneo has so far yielded no sign of the aircraft, raising a familiar mix of uncertainty and grief just nine months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur. Though Flight 8501 disappeared in a similar part of the world, it involves a different airline and a different type of aircraft.

Missing Air Asia jet will not be a mystery

December 28, 2014 - 4:27pm
Telegraph [UK], by Alastair Rosenschein Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sun, 28 26 2014 09:26:10 GMT At 6.18am on December 28, Air Asia flight QZ8501 disappeared off from radar screens over the Java Sea in Indonesia. Since that moment there have been no radio transmissions, no transponder contacts and no sight of the aircraft and its 162 passengers and crew. How can the Malaysians have lost yet another airliner this year? Why did it take an hour and a half for the Malaysian authorities to initiate an emergency? (Snip) QZ8501 was an Airbus A320 aircraft, the workhorse of short haul flights. It is by any measure robust, well constructed and easy to operate. However, like all airliners it is flown in a hostile environment.

Eleanor Roosevelt Had a Carry Permit, So Why Can´t You?

December 28, 2014 - 3:26pm
Reason, by Nick Gillespie Posted By: Judy W.- Sun, 28 01 2014 09:01:56 GMT Eleanor Roosevelt had a permit to carry a handgun in New York state (though not in New York City, it should be noted). If you find yourself in a jurisdiction that forbids law'abiding citizens from packing heat, you might ask why she could carry but you cannot. The good news is that guns laws have been racdically liberalized over the past three decades or so. As Grover Norquist noted a few months ago at OZY: Thirty years ago, 80 percent of Americans supported stricter gun control laws. Certain guns were banned. Organizations formed and expected they would soon “ban handguns” in private

A bigger tent? GOP faces minority challenge

December 28, 2014 - 2:26pm
Associated Press, by Steve Peoples Posted By: garnet- Sun, 28 52 2014 07:52:40 GMT WASHINGTON (AP) — The faces of the Republican Party´s most ambitious members are changing. Long criticized as the party of old white men, the GOP´s next class of presidential contenders may include two Hispanic senators, an Indian'American governor, a female business leader and an African'American neurosurgeon. In a group that could exceed a dozen Republican White House prospects, all but a few are in their 40s or 50s, while one of the oldest white men is a fluent Spanish speaker whose wife is a native Mexican. The diverse group is a point of pride for those Republicans who have long pushed for

Dominican Charged in Scheme to Sell Massachusetts´ Driver Licenses to Illegal Aliens

December 28, 2014 - 2:26pm
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff Posted By: PageTurner- Sun, 28 42 2014 07:42:25 GMT BOSTON – A Massachusetts´ illegal alien has been arrested on a complaint charging conspiracy to fraudulently issue identification documents. Edwin Amaurys Parra Suarez (Parra), 37, was arrested in connection with a scheme to produce false identification documents. The complaint affidavit alleges that from December 2012 through January 2013, Parra bribed an employee of the Revere office of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) in connection with a scheme to issue Massachusetts driver’s licenses to individuals who were not eligible to obtain such documentation. According to the affidavit, Parra conspired with a RMV clerk to produce at least 29 Massachusetts drivers’ licenses

Armed Bandits Rob 300 Tourists on Venezuela Beach

December 28, 2014 - 2:26pm
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff Posted By: PageTurner- Sun, 28 38 2014 07:38:44 GMT CARACAS – A group of seven armed bandits robbed some 300 people enjoying a day in the sun on a Caribbean beach in eastern Venezuela, the Attorney General’s Office said. The attack took place around noon on Friday at Arapito Isla Beach. Newspapers and radio stations in the area reported that, according to the victims, the assailants landed on the beach in a boat whose motor wouldn’t start when they tried to leave, so they stole a fisherman’s boat for their getaway. The daily El Tiempo of nearby Puerto La Cruz said the robbers hid their faces with ski masks and “carried R'15