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Walmart Forced to Increase Minimum Wage at 33% of US Stores
Offbeat  (tags: Economy, Globalization, Health, Politics, USA )

- 4 hours ago -
Walmart, America's largest private employer, is being forced to raise its minimum wage payments for workers. The move could improve the lives of roughly one-third of its 1.3 million employees and reduce the burden on the government.
Which Christmas Movie Character Are You? - QUIZ -
Offbeat  (tags: off-beat, QUIZ, interesting )

- 1 day ago -
Are you obsessed with the idea of a perfect Christmas? or are you more of a Scrooge?
These Baby Animals Are Just the Sweetest Thing.
Offbeat  (tags: animals, pets, pictures, photos, society, cuteness )

- 3 hours ago -
Babies are cute, whether they are little humans or little animals, naked or furry. Let's take a journey into the animal kingdom and find their greatest treasure - their young ones.
Catnip - Simon's Cat (A Christmas Special!)   video
Offbeat  (tags: )

- 9 hours ago -
'A curious cat goes crazy for catnip!'
Happy Ending as Siberia's Own Hachiko Finally Gets a Permanent Home at Hospital
Offbeat  (tags: animals, goodnews, interesting )

- 6 hours ago -
For the little dog that has waited in vain at the same spot for the owner who has already died has finally been given a permanent home - in the very hospital where she has patiently sat for the past 12 months...
Ex-Foreign Sec Miliband 'Lied' to Guantanamo Detainee's Family - Documents
Offbeat  (tags: UK )

- 1 day ago -
Britain's former foreign secretary David Miliband has been accused of misleading the family of a Guantanamo detainee. Miliband allegedly told Shaker Aamer's family he was trying to secure his return, while plotting to send him to Saudi Arabia.
Outsourced State Care: Vulnerable UK Pensioners Choose Between Eating or Using the Toilet
Offbeat  (tags: Austerity, Crisis, Government Spending, Scandal, UK )

- 1 day ago -
Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable British pensioners receive home state care that is so cursory and inadequate they are forced to choose between eating and being assisted to the bathroom, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request reveals.
Wishes of Love and Kindness   video
Offbeat  (tags: offbeat, christmas, eve, winter, holiday, cats, cute, funny, animals, video )

- 1 day ago -
Many snuggly cuddles for the winter!!
Obama Administration Accelerates Transfers of Guantanamo Detainees
Offbeat  (tags: CIA, Crime, Cuba, Guantanamo, Human rights, Military, Politics, Terrorism, USA, Violence )

- 4 hours ago -
Dozens of innocent men still held at the Guantanamo Bay prison complex in Cuba can expect to be transferred in the next six months as the Obama administration tries to complete its policy goal of shuttering the prison, the Pentagon said.
Cops Crack Down on Anti-Police Internet Threats
Offbeat  (tags: Crime, Internet, Police, Social networks, USA )

- 4 hours ago -
Anti-police social media postings have spawned a wave of arrests across the United States in recent days, after the double murder of two New York Police Department officers on Saturday was revealed to be predated by an ominous internet threat.
The Science News Highlights of 2014
Offbeat  (tags: science, science and environment news, highlights 2014 )

- 4 hours ago -
From landing on a comet to the discovery of the world's biggest dinosaur, it was an eventful year in science and environment news. Here's a selection of 2014's highlights - and you can see the year in pictures here.
New York Killings: The Price of 'Anti-Police' Rhetoric?
Offbeat  (tags: Shootings, Police, Anti-Police, New York, USA )

- 4 hours ago -
Following the murder of two police officers by a man who had posted anti-police messages and protest hashtags in the hours before the assault, relations between the police and activists in New York City have gone from bad to worse.
Imperial Growing Pains: Obama's Popularity Among Troops Sinks
Offbeat  (tags: Army, Military, Obama, Robert Bridge, USA, War )

- 1 day ago -
US foreign policy continues its bold global juggernaut, but support for Obama among the rank-and-file has sunk to just 15 percent. At the same time, just 12 percent of the troops say America's two-party political system is working for them.
Dad Builds Daughter's Last Wish: Haiti Orphanage
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- 1 day ago -
A few hours before she was buried in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 19-year-old Britney Gengel texted her parents her last wish: "I want to move here and start an orphanage."
Govt Abusing Bill of Rights With Digital Surveillance Loopholes, Lawyers Allege
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Crime, Gizmos, Hacking, Human rights, Intelligence, Law, Police, USA )

- 1 day ago -
Government and corporate entities have far too much leeway to hack into webcams in order to conduct surveillance, and laws supposedly designed to protect victims of such an intrusion are inadequate, according to a new report.
'Enhanced Interrogation' Program Was Flawed, US Senate & CIA Agree
Offbeat  (tags: Bush, CIA, Politics, Robert Bridge, Terrorism, USA, War )

- 4 hours ago -
While the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA split hairs over a number of issues, including the effectiveness of obtaining reliable information through the use of torture, both sides agreed the enhanced interrogation program was mismanaged.
Brazil's Hidden Slavery Past Uncovered at Valongo Wharf
Offbeat  (tags: Major development work, historic port area, Olympics in 2016, African slaves, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil )

- 4 hours ago -
Rio de Janeiro is a city looking to the future. Major development work is underway in the city's historic port area as it prepares to host the Olympics in 2016.
UK Police Misuse Pre-Charge Bail to Ban Activists From Protesting - Report
Offbeat  (tags: Police, Protest, Rally, UK )

- 4 hours ago -
UK police forces are misusing pre-charge bail by banning hundreds of protestors from attending lawful demonstrations, The Guardian newspaper has revealed. Of all bailed protesters, eighty-five percent are never charged with any crime.
Catnip Withdrawals   video
Offbeat  (tags: funny )

- 11 minutes ago -
Talk to your kitty cats about catnip addiction and watch for withdrawal symptoms

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