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Bernie Sanders Ramps Up Amazon Battle With New Bill Demanding Living Wage for Workers

Sanders said in a statement. [Amazon CEO] Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person on earth, has become a symbol of that inequality and greed, the statement continued. While Mr. Bezos is worth $155 billion and while his wealth has increased $260 million every single day this year, he continues to pay many Amazon employees wages that are so low that they are forced to depend on taxpayer funded programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing just to get by. The announcement comes after the Vermont senator The proposed legislation,…

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Ryan Gosling stops by Toronto coffee shop after management lobbies for visit with cardboard cut-out

See @RyanGosling we are very dedicated to our campaign. 10 days of posting of why you should have coffee with us. #ryanneedsgrinder #toronto #TIFF2018 @blogTO #coffeetime ##coffeeto pic.twitter.com/iOwnZHfnnQ — GrinderCoffeeGerrard (@GrinderCoffeeTO) September 4, 2018 Armed with nothing but ambition and a cardboard cut-out of Gosling, the café’s management set off to get the A-lister’s attention with “10 days of posting” on Twitter, using the hashtag #RyanNeedsGrinder. DUNKIN’ DONUTS APOLOGIZES FOR SENDING EAGLES-THEMED CUPS TO NEW ENGLAND STORES Day 5 of our #ryanneedsgrinder campaign. @RyanGosling we just wanted you to know…

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As Hurricane Florence lashes North Carolina coastline, zoos prepare for the worst

#zoos have procedures in place to protect their #animals from natural disasters and those in the path of #HurricaneFlorencewill be rolling them out as we speak, including our friends & colleagues @NCZoo Staff and animals are in our thoughts – stay safehttps://t.co/5azOvU8DOO — Wild Welfare (@WildWelfare) September 12, 2018 Zoos all across the Carolinas are preparing for a monster storm that on Thursday began lashing the East Coast with tropical-force winds. Employees have been securing loose items, like banners and tarps, and making sure the animals will be well fed…

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Hurricane Season Not Only Brings Destruction and Death but Rising Inequality Too

which is bearing down on Hawaii, is a reminder of the devastation hurricane season can bring. Only one year agoPuerto Rico. Despite the private and government aid provided after these disasters,struggleeven today. However, not everyone is struggling. In fact, some actually benefit economically from these extreme weather events. In aI co-authoredwith my colleague Not only that, how the government delivers aid is partly to blame. Disasters on the rise Natural disasters from hurricanes to wildfires$260 billion in direct damagesfrom natural disasters. While thats a devastating figure, it fails to encompass…

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Russians accused over Salisbury poisoning were in city ‘as tourists’

Moscow (CNN)Two Russians accused of a nerve agent attack in the UK have admitted they visited the city where the assault took place, but say the purpose of their brief trip was to visit its historic cathedral and not to poison a former double agent who happened to live there. They claimed to have had nothing to do with the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were found slumped on a bench as the Russians were on a train back to London. They might have been spotted…

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Jerry Brown Calls Trump A ‘Liar, Criminal, Fool’ On Climate Change

Jerry Brown bashed President Donald Trump’s record on the environment Thursday, saying that Trump will be remembered on climate change as a “liar, criminal, fool — pick your choice.” Global Climate Action Summit that he’s co-hosting in San Francisco. dismantle California’s vehicle emissions standards, rolling back federal controls on methane emissions from oil and gas operations. He characterized Trump’s designs to dismantle environmental protections as a “major assault on the well-being of the people of California and America and the world. It borders on not only insanity but criminality.” The Trump administration…

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Kosovo president calls for political unity on Serbia’s talks

PRISTINA, Kosovo –  Kosovo’s president has urged political parties to work faster to unite behind a strategy to smooth ties with Serbia, which he called the only way for Kosovo to join the European Union. Hashim Thaci on Thursday called on politicians to reach a consensus soon on the government’s negotiating team, a move strongly opposed by the opposition so far. Brussels has made it clear the EU will not accept Kosovo and Serbia if they don’t resolve their conflict. Thaci said tough talks were ahead as the countries are…

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The question Bob Woodward’s book doesn’t answer

(CNN)Bob Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House” is a runaway hit. The book has captured many of the Washington headlines since parts of it leaked out last week, and on Tuesday, its first day on sale, it sold more than 750,000 copies. Why is this happening? The answers have less to do with the President than with everything that surrounds him. These are questions that demand the historian’s interest in context rather than the reporter’s thirst for detail. The questions need to start with the Republican Party, which has…

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Someone Wrote A Funny Guide About Bees And Wasps And You Might Learn Something New

Most of us have been there, sitting in a park or on our porch, enjoying the beautiful summer day and a refreshing cold drink, when suddenly an unidentified flying bugger approaches. Is it a bee? Is it a wasp? We’re just not sure! Probably confused by the same notion, one internet user put together an “infographic” to help everyone out. “A Comprehensive Guide to Yellow Stripey Things” identifies 8 different kinds of flying insects and describes them in the best way. Scroll down below to see the guide yourself and…

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