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  • Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

    Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule. It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as much as 60 percent higher than before. Seattle's law, adopted last year after a strong push from labor and grass-roots activists, bumped the city's minimum wage to $11 an hour beginning April 1, above Washington state's highest-in-the-nation $9.47.

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  • Britain's Prince George's beach birthday

    Britain's Prince George spent the morning of his second birthday on a beach with grandmother Carole Middleton. New pictures have emerged of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's two-year-old son and Duchess Catherine's mother playing and walking along a beach in Norfolk, England on Wednesday (22.07.15). Prince George spent most of his time building sandcastles as his grandmother took photographs.

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  • Man who called dollar rally sees catastrophe ahead

    Back in November 2014, Pal, who is currently the publisher of the Global Macro Investor newsletter and the founder of Real Vision TV, said the U.S. dollar index (Intercontinental Exchange US: @DX.1) was poised to make a move the likes of which hadn't been seen in "many, many years." Now, after the dollar index surged 10 percent, Pal is out with a new prediction, and it could spell trouble for global equities.

    CNBC
  • Runaway rail car kicked loose by teen hits New York station

    Video surveillance footage released Friday shows a rail car that was accidentally set in motion by a 13-year-old boy ramming an antique locomotive into a train station, sending passengers waiting for a train scrambling for safety. Oneida County officials released the footage as they called on federal rail regulators to explain how a 265,000-pound rail car left unattended for two weeks could be unlatched by a teenager playing on the car, according to the account of the July 21 accident that the teen gave to Utica police. "I understand that the Federal Railroad Administration has concluded that proper procedure was followed," County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said.

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  • Meth ringleader 'stunned' by 17yr sentence

    The ringleader of a Wellington meth ring run out of an upscale apartment is "pretty stunned" after being jailed for up to 17 years. Kevin Chea was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on Friday to 17 years in jail with a minimum non parole period of eight and a half years for importing, possessing and supplying a Class A drug. Chea's lawyer Tony Rickard-Simms told NZ Newswire the sentence was "significantly higher" than they'd expected.

    NZ Newswire
  • SANZAR appeals Hooper rugby ban

    SANZAR has appealed the severity of a one-game ban handed down to Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper, who is at risk of being rubbed out of Saturday week's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks in Sydney. The announcement by SANZAR late on Friday came a day after Hooper's initial two-match ban was halved by the governing body at a judicial hearing because of his clean record and he was to serve the suspension by missing Manly's Sydney club semi-final on Saturday against Randwick. Hooper was found guilty of striking Argentine five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez in an off-the-ball incident during Australia's 34-9 weekend win over Argentina in Mendoza.

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  • Pacific trade negotiators chase elusive final deal in tough talks

    Pacific Rim trade ministers neared the final spurt of negotiations on an ambitious free trade pact on Thursday, but differences over farm exports and monopoly periods for next-generation drugs kept them short of an elusive final deal. The United States is pushing for 12 years but Australia and other countries worried about the impact on medicine prices want five. "They are few but very contested," Mexican Trade Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told Reuters of the outstanding issues.

    Reuters
  • Get ready to relive the 2008 crisis: Albert Edwards

    Central banks in the Western world have set the scene for an "even bigger version" of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, Societe Generale's bearish strategist Albert Edwards has claimed. In a research note on Thursday, Edwards said that China's intervention to stabilize its volatile stock market was part of a larger global story, in which "rock bottom" interest rates and large fiscal deficits in the western world were pushing the global economy towards a fall. "QE (quantitative easing) will be stepped up to such a pace that you will hear the roar of the printing presses from Mars," Edwards said.

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  • Dionne Warwick to boycott Bobbi Kristina funeral?

    Dionne Warwick is threatening to boycott Bobbi Kristina's funeral. The 'Walk On By' hitmaker - who was Bobbi's godmother - is allegedly unhappy about the "sweet 16-themed" funeral and disapproves of her aunt Pat Houston who is enforcing the theme. The 22-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston died at a hospice last weekend after several months in a coma and her family are now planning to pay their respects to her with a funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia on Saturday (01.08.15), before her body is flown to New Jersey to be buried alongside her mother.

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  • Dentist posed for photo with body of Cecil the lion, says hunter

    Professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst told AFP Friday he did nothing wrong on the hunt that killed Cecil the lion, adding he was shocked to find the animal was wearing a tracking collar. Bronkhurst's client, US dentist Walter Palmer, has gone into hiding amid a global outpouring of anger after he used a bow and arrow to shoot Cecil, a popular draw for tourists at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Bronkhorst also revealed that Palmer, who paid $55,000 for the hunt, had posed for a photograph next to Cecil's body as is normal for trophy hunters.

    AFP
  • Police march kids out of house at gunpoint

    Police "gave very little consideration to women and children" during a raid in which shots were fired and people were unlawfully detained after being marched out of an Auckland house at gunpoint, the police watchdog says. The Independent Police Conduct Authority on Thursday said it had found police unlawfully detained two women and three children after an armed raid on a Mangere home in November 2013. Police had gone to the house looking for a man who breached his home detention conditions, but a fight broke out and a police officer fired his weapon when the man's father took out what officers thought was a shotgun.

    NZ Newswire
  • What Do You Do When Your Child Has Mental Health Problems?

    Megan* can pinpoint the exact moment she knew she could not take it anymore. The medical staff knew 14-year-old Jennie* by name. Jennie had complex mental health issues – major depression, self-harm, anxiety, an eating disorder.

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  • Kimberly Stewart's intimate tattoo regret

    The socialite - and the daughter of Rod Stewart - has admitted she wishes she hadn't got an inking near her "vajayjay" when she was younger. Speaking of getting body art at a young age, she said: "All my other friends were getting tattoos and I don't really know why that was the tattoo I decided to get but, for some reason, that's what I got.

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  • Simon Cowell: Son will bark before he talks

    Simon Cowell thinks his son's first word will be a bark. The 55-year-old music mogul is afraid his 18-month-old tot Eric will be unable to speak properly as he gets older because he spends all of his time with their beloved Yorkshire Terrier pooches, Squiddly and Diddly. As well as the impact of his dogs, he continued to explain Eric may end up with a transatlantic drawl because of the variety of accents he is surrounded with at home, including his American mother Lauren Silverman and their several Filipino house-workers.

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  • Kylie Jenner Says Her New Curves Are Results of Lotions

    Recent photos have shown Kylie Jenner looking curvier, which has prompted speculation that the 17-year-old star has undergone plastic surgery. Well the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is here to set the record straight on where her newfound curves have come from - and no, she didn't get it from her mama. According to Kylie, her fuller butt and breasts are the result of Pure Leef's butt enhancement cream and breast plumping lotion.

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  • Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

    Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download. Microsoft says it's releasing the software in waves to make sure downloads go smoothly. In a blog post late Thursday, Microsoft said it has not yet delivered Windows 10 to everyone who requested a free upgrade for computers running older Windows versions.

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  • Tough V8 times taking toll on Volvo star

    Like a nervous student hoping their banged-up lemon can make it to their next destination, McLaughlin says he's sweating on every unexpected noise or smell from his car. After a golden 2014 when he picked up five race wins in Volvo's first season in the V8 championship, the New Zealander can't buy a trick this season. It was McLaughlin's fifth DNF for the year and, despite an impressive display in Friday's practice run at Queensland Raceway, the 22-year-old isn't expecting anything great.

    NZ Newswire
  • Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities

    In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return. Such an effort may be more difficult than Trump realizes because deporting so many people means finding them first. Locating immigrants who don't have a legal immigration status has stymied officials for decades.

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  • US officer charged with murder after deadly traffic stop

    A white Ohio police officer who shot a black man during a routine traffic stop was charged with murder in what prosecutors called a "senseless" act motivated by anger. University of Cincinnati campus police officer Ray Tensing initially told investigators that he shot Sam DuBose in the head after DuBose tried to drive away and dragged the officer along with him.

    AFP
  • Richest Kiwi earnt $5m a day last year

    The minimum wage may be $14.75 an hour, but the richest New Zealander Graeme Hart took home $63 a second last year - even when he was asleep.Mr Hart has once again topped the National Business Review's rich list released on Thursday, with his estimated

    NZ Newswire