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If In-N-Out Can Pay (a Lot) More Than Minimum Wage, Why Can’t McDonald’s?

In-N-Out Burger, a fast food chain in California and the Southwest, starts its employees off at a wage of $10.50 an hour. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez makes a good point. If In-N-Out Burger can do it–remain profitable and still provide what has arguably been deemed a superior product–why can’t McDonald’s?

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Obama, McCarthy Reaffirm Government’s Commitment to Environmental Justice

On the 25th anniversary of a historic executive order issued by then President Clinton, the President and EPA Administrator’s renewed commitment to environmental justice should resonate with the public, coming in the wake of chemical and coal ash spills that have endangered water supplies and ecosystems.

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CVS to Stop Selling Cigarettes – Doubles Down on Health Services

CVS/pharmacy announced it will voluntarily stop selling all tobacco products at 7,600 stores nationwide, as an effort to do the right thing and fulfill its purpose: “Helping people on the path to better health.” Is this a solid social move or a pure publicity stunt?

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Mobile Technology: Helping to Stop Homelessness

Millions of us across the nation own and use cell phones to make our lives operate a little easier. And research shows that equipping homeless and low-income individuals with that same resource can have transforming results.

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Organic and Enviro Groups Call for GMO Labeling by Feds

That pesky GMO topic just won’t go away … Organic and environmental groups are the latest in a growing list to pen their names to a letter to the Pres calling for federal labeling of all foods containing GMO.

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Keystone XL Report: Is It Really About the Environment?

It may not be as exciting as the Super Bowl was, but the U.S. government’s 44-page report on the potential impact of the Keystone XL pipeline project makes some real touchdowns – few of them for the environment.

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Refurbished Wind Turbines to Power the Developing World at a Profit

Formally announced in a panel discussion at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi last week, the Vestas-backed Wind for Prosperity initiative claims to have devised a solution that will power the developing world while yielding returns for investors.

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Lightning Strikes: Will Cities Make Us Safer?

Will city life protect us from lightning strikes? Does being lower than skyscrapers and inside densely developed areas help keep us from a bolt from the sky? If the rash of lightning strikes that’s been sustained by one prominent victim in Brazil’s largest metropolis is anything to go by, then maybe not.

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Doctors Question Value of Vitamin Supplements

For years, we’ve been told to take our vitamins. It’s not only been billed as practical sense, it’s been touted as a necessity in an increasingly automated world. But one group of researchers are saying that’s not true – and getting an earful from their peers in the process.