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Henry Ford’s Genius Wage Hike

A century ago, the Ford Motor founder shocked the world of business by doubling wages to $5 a day. No altruist, he was playing a long game—one today’s short-sighted CEOs can’t fathom.

Global Warming Is Freezing You

Lethal temperatures in Minnesota. A frost warning for the Everglades. The North Pole is moving south thanks to climate change.

The War on Poverty Worked

On the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s initiative, Marco Rubio says it failed. After all, poverty still exists. But the policies did succeed—Democrats are just afraid to say so.

A Bar Divided

One bar in the former Yugoslavia has the distinct honor of straddling a disputed border. Enjoy a beer in two different countries…just don’t let the guards catch you crossing the line.

RIP, 747: Two Engines Are Enough

A new deal sets the stage for the rise of the Boeing 777…and spells the end of four-engined planes flying overseas. But that’s quite all right.

The Audacity of Nope

Less than a week into the new year, Rand Paul has marked out territory as the guy in his party suing Obama, and it’s over domestic surveillance—a potential campaign cornerstone.

Lost Film of America’s Great Flood

Bill Morrison’s documentary chronicles the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 by stitching together lost footage of the historic disaster into an elegiac visual poem.

Corruption trial of Trenton, N.J., mayor starts Monday

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, 47, who is still in office, and his brother, Ralphiel Mack, have denied charges related to a 2010 bribery scheme in which $119,000 was offered in exchange for Mayor Mack's help in the development of an automated parking garage on city-owned land. About $54,000 was actually paid, the indictment said, with the rest to be paid later. It was not immediately known if the trial will include testimony from a co-conspirator who pleaded guilty in the scheme - restaurant owner Joseph Giorgianni, also known as "The Fat Man" and JoJo, the name of his steak house, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Trenton. Mayor Mack has maintained his innocence and his lawyer has said he has no plans to step down despite a call to do so by Governor Chris Christie.

Reports: Liz Cheney to quit Senate bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Published reports citing anonymous GOP insiders say Liz Cheney plans to quit the Republican Wyoming Senate primary and abandon her effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi.

Growing number of seniors caring for other seniors

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Paul Gregoline lies in bed, awaiting the helper who will get him up, bathed and groomed. He is 92 years old, has Alzheimer's disease and needs a hand with nearly every task the day brings. When the aide arrives, though, he doesn't look so different from the client himself — bald and bespectacled.

Fed chair, unemployment on tap as Congress returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back to work on Monday, Congress faces a hefty list of unfinished business and a politically driven agenda in an election year that will determine control of the House and Senate.

Wyoming Senate hopeful Cheney to drop out: reports

Liz Cheney, the oldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, plans to end her bid to run as a Republican for Wyoming's U.S. Senate seat as early as Monday, according to several media reports. Cheney, a lawyer who once served in the State Department during the administration of President George W. Bush, has been seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Senator Mike Enzi in a primary election in August 2014. CNN reported the decision citing unnamed sources, while ABC News cited two Republican officials and quoted one with Wyoming ties as saying the announcement could come as soon as Monday. Cheney, who spent much of her youth and adult life in Virginia, had her Wyoming credentials challenged in spite of her family's deep roots in the state.

Senate poised to confirm Janet Yellen as Fed chair

The Senate, kicking off its 2014 session on Monday, intends to waste no time making history as it moves to approve Janet Yellen to be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve. A Senate vote is set for 5:30 p.m. (2230 GMT) on Yellen, 67, who has been vice chair of the U.S. central bank since 2010. If confirmed, Yellen would succeed Ben Bernanke, whose second four-year term ends on January 31. In an early sign that Yellen commands enough support to win confirmation, the Democratic-controlled Senate voted 59-34 on December 20 to move forward with the nomination.

Liz Cheney to Abandon Wyoming Senate Bid, GOP Officials Say

Liz Cheney is poised to drop out of the Senate race in Wyoming, two Republican officials told ABC News, reaching a decision over the holidays that it was time to abandon her Republican primary challenge against Sen. Mike Enzi. Cheney, the 47-year-old daughter of former...

‘Downton’ Returns With a Drag

Season 4 premiered Sunday night and this is no spoiler: Mary was sad. Thomas was awful. Lord Grantham was the worst. What happened to our once fun and exciting little costume drama?

Congress to begin 2014 with jobless benefits battle

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress begins what promises to be another highly combative year on Monday with a showdown over a White House-backed bid to renew unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans. The battle will kick off a 2014 drive by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats to stem a growing gap between rich and poor. The Democrat-led Senate plans to escalate the fight in coming weeks by bringing up for a vote a bill to increase the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $7.25 an hour since July 2009. Democrats want the minimum wage to rise over three years to $10.10 and then be indexed to inflation in the future.

U.S. can fight al Qaeda in Iraq without troops: Kerry

The United States will support the Iraqi government and tribes fighting al Qaeda-linked Sunni Muslim militants in Anbar province but will not send U.S. troops back to Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and tribal fighters have taken control of Ramadi and Falluja, the main cities in the Sunni Muslim-dominated province of Anbar, which adjoins Syria, in a serious challenge to the Shi'ite-led government's authority. Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen are trying to retake the province.

Senator Paul wants light punishment of Snowden for NSA leaks

The public debate over the fate of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden intensified on Sunday with conservative Senator Rand Paul calling for a light prison term as punishment for Snowden's disclosure of information on government surveillance programs. Paul, a Republican, said in an interview on ABC's "This Week" that Snowden does not deserve the death penalty or life in prison for the leaks, which have rattled the U.S. intelligence community, not to mention an American public that had been unaware of the extent of NSA data collection. Instead, Paul spoke favorably of "some penalty of a few years in prison" if Snowden were to return to the United States from Russia, where he currently is living, to face trial. Paul, a freshman senator from Kentucky and a Tea Party favorite who has his eye on running for president in 2016, made his remarks a few days after a New York Times editorial said Snowden had done the United States "a great service" in divulging details of NSA surveillance.

Romney accepts apology from MSNBC host

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney says he has accepted an apology from an MSNBC host who joked about a Christmas picture that included the 2012 Republican presidential candidate's adopted, African-American grandson.