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Silicon Valley: You’re All Fools

When companies like Facebook drop billions on companies with no revenue but plenty of world changing hype, you know things are getting out of hand.


Exclusive: Rumsfeld’s 9/11 Con Job

In Errol Morris’s captivating new documentary, the former Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush admits he knew Saddam Hussein was never involved in 9/11.


NYC’s Best New Spring Hotspots

The winter is ending, or so we fervently hope. To prepare ourselves, we’ve rounded up the best new bars, music venues, and other places to hang out once the weather warms up.


Freeze Your Brain, Save Your Life

Forty percent of traumatic injury deaths are from blood loss, but a new procedure may change that by swapping out blood for an electrolyte solution.


How I’ll End Our Longest War

An American military officer leaving on one of the last deployments to Afghanistan before the war ends, writes about his experiences in a new feature for The Daily Beast.


Why Drake Dissed Jay Z

The Canadian child actor-turned-rapper loves moms, hugs, and sweaters and he knows how easy that is to make fun of. No matter, Drizzy’s poised to eclipse the hip hop sphere.


'GOT': The Best Fantasy Show Ever

In Season 4 of Game of Thrones, which returns Sunday, the stakes are very high for the impossibly abundant and alive characters, but does it ever cheat to keep our interest?


California city weighs minimum wage of $12.30, among nation's highest

By Laila Kearney RICHMOND, California (Reuters) - A California city in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area postponed a vote on Tuesday to raise its minimum wage to $12.30, which if passed would be among the highest municipal "living wage" rates in the United States. The proposal before the city council in Richmond, an industrial city of about 100,000 people east of San Francisco, comes as Democratic politicians across the United States are raising concerns about the growing gap between the poorest and richest Americans. The wage hike would increase wages gradually from $8 to $9 an hour by the end of 2014 and to $9.60 in 2015. The $12.30 wage would be fully phased in by 2017.


House GOP plan seeks health cuts to balance budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pressing ahead with a slashing plan to try to balance the budget within 10 years, relying on big decreases in health care programs for the middle class and the poor, as well as tax hikes and Medicare cuts engineered by President Barack Obama.

College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of a group seeking to unionize college athletes are looking for allies on Capitol Hill as they brace for an appeal of a ruling that said full scholarship athletes at Northwestern University are employees who have the right to form a union.

It's not too late to get health coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's big enrollment deadline.


Scandal-tainted Washington mayor vanquished in primary

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia city council member Muriel Bowser swept to victory over scandal-tainted Mayor Vincent Gray in the U.S. capital's crowded Democratic Party primary early on Wednesday. Winning the eight-candidate Democratic primary is seen as tantamount to taking the general election in a city that is heavily Democratic. Gray conceded defeat around 12 a.m. EDT (0400 GMT) as election results showed Bowser ahead 44 percent to 33 percent, with 127 of 143 precincts reporting. "God bless you, and let's go to work," Bowser, a city council member for the past seven years, told cheering supporters.


Savings and loan figure Charles Keating dies at 90

PHOENIX (AP) — Charles H. Keating Jr., the notorious financier who served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died. He was 90.


GM boss 'deeply sorry' after deadly crashes

Conceding company officials knew of their cars' potentially deadly ignition switches for years, GM chief Mary Barra apologized and said the automaker had a "civic responsibility" to make things right. Thirteen deaths have been linked to the problems, and GM eventually issued mass recalls this year. Barra said GM has acknowledged the problem, launched an exhaustive review to determine what and who is responsible, and pledged top-to-bottom changes in shifting from a "cost culture" to a focus on safety and quality. "Today's GM will do the right thing," she told a House investigations panel in Washington.


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