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Nobel Laureate Stiglitz: ‘The only true and sustainable prosperity is shared prosperity’

Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz gave a powerful speech at the annual AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles. “It’s been clear to me that our economy has been sick for a long time,” he began, introducing a theme he would hammer home throughout the speech. “For too long, the hardworking…

Black recruit with ‘perfect score’ denied entry into segregated University of Alabama sororities

Fifty years after Gov. George Wallace “stood in the schoolhouse door” in an effort to prevent Vivian Malone Jones, Dave McGlathery and James Hood from enrolling in classes at the University of Alabama, The Crimson White reports that the school’s Greek system remains rigidly segregated. “Are we really not going…

CA Gov. Jerry Brown to support minimum wage hike to $10 an hour

California Gov. Jerry Brown says he will he’ll back legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour, Sarah Hashim-Waris reports.  …

New album of rare and previously unreleased Beatles recordings set for November release

A box set of previously unreleased recordings and studio chat by The Beatles including early hits and cover versions is to be released later this year, their record company said Friday. The tracks from radio broadcasts at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 1963 and 1964 include 37 performances which…

Intel turns wine into electricity to power mobile devices

CHIPMAKER Intel showed off a low-power communications research project at the firm’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF) on Thursday, which uses wine to charge mobile devices, an energy efficient alcoholic’s dream. The project was demonstrated…  …

UK holds 12 over ‘sophisticated’ cyber plot to steal millions from Santander bank

British police said Friday they have arrested 12 men over a “sophisticated” plot to remotely take control of a computer at a branch of Santander bank and steal millions of pounds. Police found a device fitted to a computer in a branch of the bank in London which would have…

Astronauts ‘flew blind’ from International Space Station as sensors failed

The three crew of the International Space Station (ISS) who returned to Earth this week endured a hair-raising descent after their height sensors failed, a Russian cosmonaut revealed on Friday. Pavel Vinogradov said that he and the two other crew of the Soyuz capsule which touched down in Kazakhstan Wednesday…

Rappers step up the heat against gun violence after 6-year-old Los Angeles girl Tiana Ricks shot dead

Rapper-turned-reggae star Snoop Dogg is donating money for the funeral of a 6-year-old girl killed in a gang-style shooting, joining a fellow rap artist in supporting her family, he said Thursday. The 41-year-old said the death of Tiana Ricks east of Los Angeles highlighted the need to step up campaigning…

Audio pioneer and inventor Ray Dolby dies aged 80

Ray Dolby, who pioneered noise-reducing and surround-sound audio technologies which are fundamental to the music and film industries, has died aged 80, the company which bears his name announced Thursday. Dolby had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for a number of years, and was diagnosed with acute leukemia last July, it…

100 women activists detained at immigration protest in DC

About 100 women were arrested Thursday at a protest in Washington calling for the US Congress to pass stalled immigration reform, police said. The US Capitol Police, which are tasked with providing security at the buildings of the US Congress, said the women were arrested for obstructing roadways outside the…

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