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President Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour during an event last week in New Britain, Conn. The effort to raise wages is seen as part of his State of the Union promise of a "year of action."

Obama's Big Move On Overtime Pay Keyed To Swing, Base Voters

President Obama's planned move to expand the pool of the nation's employees covered by overtime pay laws was hailed Wednesday by Democrats as key to their midterm election strategy.

And it was just as predictably criticized by conservatives as an overreach by a president who recently characterized income inequality as the "defining challenge of our time."

Jonathan Martin watched USC take on Stanford, his alma mater, after he abruptly walked away from the Miami Dolphins. Martin said that he left after he was relentlessly bullied by another Dolphins offensive lineman, Richie Incognito.

For Player At Center Of NFL Bullying Story, A New Opportunity

When Jonathan Martin abruptly left the Miami Dolphins in the middle of last season after alleging harassment by his teammate, Richie Incognito, it sparked media discussions about everything from the use of the word "nigger" in N.F.L. locker rooms to the construction of masculinity.

Scoot McNairy (left) and Lee Pace star in AMC's upcoming show <em>Halt and Catch Fire</em>.

SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC

Television show creators are peering into the geeky and moneyed world of computer programmers with a new comedy from HBO and a drama from AMC, both debuting this spring.

"Lydia" shortly before a tracking device was attached last year near Jacksonville, Fla.

Why Did The Possibly Pregnant Shark Cross The Atlantic?

You kind of have to admire headlines such as this:

"UK-bound great white shark Lydia could be PREGNANT"

That's the Mirror doing its best to scare folks into reading its report.

The story behind the scary headline, though, is interesting.

Ultra Orthodox Jewish men attend the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hagar in Bnei Brak, outside Tel Aviv, in 2012.

Israel OKs Controversial Law To Conscript Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Israeli lawmakers have voted to end the practice of exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredi, from national service, a move that opens them up to military conscription for the first time in the country's 65-year history.

The Knesset passed the measure 67-1 with the opposition boycotting it in the 120-member legislature.

Haredi Judaism is a branch of the religion that shuns modern secular culture. Adherents, including Hasidic Jews, are distinguished partly by their conservative and uniform attire.

Relax with Food Porn Index's "melon meditation." Om ...

Who Says Food Porn Has To Be Dominated By Junk Food?

It's one of our guiltiest pleasures on the Internet, and though some of us may not like to admit it, chances are, we've done it. Some are even addicted. That's right, we're talking about the endless consumption and distribution of food porn.

Photos of fatty foods like grease-laced bacon and glistening donuts abound to satisfy our virtual cravings, yet their healthier counterparts — fruits and veggies – just haven't been getting as much love online.

But why should the junk food guys have all the fun?

In some human diseases, the wrong mix of bacteria seems to be the trouble.

Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease

The particular assortment of microbes in the digestive system may be an important factor in the inflammatory bowel condition known as Crohn's disease.

Research involving more than 1,500 patients found that people with Crohn's disease had less diverse populations of gut microbes.

Former missile officer Edward Warren says he and others felt enormous pressure to cheat.

Ex-Missile Crew Members Say Cheating Is Part Of The Culture

Edward Warren was shocked when he learned that the soldiers in charge of the nation's nuclear-tipped missiles regularly cheated on tests.

In 2009, Warren was fresh out of the Air Force's Recruit Officers' Training Corps. He had just finished training to become a missile launch officer, when he was pulled aside.

"One of my instructors said, 'Hey, just so you know, there is cheating that goes on at the missile bases,'" Warren recalls. "I was repulsed, I thought, 'This can't be, this is terrible.'"

Lots of former black activists made the move into elected office, but the late Chokwe Lumumba, a one-time nationalist, assumed office without moderating or distancing himself from his previous views.

How The Vice President of New Afrika Became Mayor Of Jackson

Last week, the city of Jackson, Miss., paid its last respects to Chokwe Lumumba. And according to R.L. Nave of the Jackson Free Press, the affair was the kind of black nationalist/pan-Africanist celebration you might expect for one of the nation's most outspoken black activists:

They came in suits, dresses, dashikis and tunics.

They wore an assortment of headwear, everything from riding caps to berets, kufis, hijab and headwraps.

Firefighters try to put out a fire after a reported explosion and building collapse in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City on Wednesday. The cause of the explosion, as well as reports of any injuries, had not yet been determined.

Apartment Building Explodes In Harlem, Killing At Least 2

This post was updated at 1:50 p.m. ET.

New York firefighters are responding to an explosion and collapse of two buildings in the Harlem area of Manhattan, one a five-story apartment complex. Officials say that a preliminary investigation shows that a gas leak was the probable cause of the explosion and that at least two people are dead and 20 injured.

The fire department says the explosion occurred at 1646 Park Ave.

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