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  • Most deadly fraternity scraps initiation for new members

    Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the largest U.S. fraternities and the deadliest, said Friday it will ban the initiation of recruits, citing the toll that hazing has taken on its newest members.

    March 10, 2014

  • missing-plane.jpg In this tech age, how can a plane go missing?

    Call 911 from the side of the road, and GPS satellites can tell dispatchers exactly where to send help. Airline passengers have access to detailed maps that show exactly where they are during their journey. Hop onto WiFi, and somehow Google knows whether you're logging on from Lima or London, and will give you detailed suggestions about what to eat.

    March 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • In minimum wage debate, Wal-Mart poised for a Ford moment

    One hundred years later, U.S. companies including Gap and Wal-Mart Stores are caught up in the debate over raising pay - this time an increase in the federal minimum wage. President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats want to raise it to $10.10 an hour from $7.25, saying doing so will bolster the economy and reduce income inequality.

    February 25, 2014

  • Sex isn't the political killer it used to be

    Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford survived trying to cover up his infidelity with a tall tale about hiking the Appalachian Trail and returned to Congress. Bill Clinton, who was impeached for his transgressions, left office with a 68 percent approval rating, and his wife is the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    February 24, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Benefits of hiking minimum wage are an illusion

    The president's latest economic fantasy says raising the minimum wage will incentivize work, lower unemployment, juice the economy and may even lower taxes. All while businesses swallow billions of dollars more in labor costs.

    February 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • VIDEO: Figure skating's scoring system stirs debate

    AP sports writer Barry Wilner weighs in on the controversy over figure skating's complex and subjective scoring system, which triggered debate after Russia's Adelina Sotnikova outscored defending champion Yuna Kim to win the gold in Sochi.

    February 22, 2014

  • 0222 OTT Animal Hoarding color photo 1 -L Roughly 200 animals, dead and alive, hoarded at Iowa home

    Animal rescuers laid out dozens of dead animals into neat rows Friday, while a police officer chipped away at ice chunks containing frozen animal carcasses, in what authorities said may be one of the largest animal hoarding cases in the state.

    February 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Missouri committee recommends $8 for tin foil hats

    According to a summary sheet, the tin foil hat money is part of an amendment removing language prohibiting the state from accepting federal money to implement Common Core education standards.

    February 21, 2014

  • Lottery generic Lottery ticket sold in California wins $425M Powerball

    The lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a convenience store in Northern California, but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.

    February 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Square logo.jpg Shortage of execution drugs becomes more acute

    February 20, 2014 1 Photo

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