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Shoppers In The Union Square Area As Retail Sales Figures Are Released

S.F. Passes Worker 'Bill of Rights'

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved new protections for the city’s retail workers ahead of their hectic Thanksgiving and Black Friday shifts

Braxton A. Cosby promotes his book "The Star-Crossed Saga Prostar" while his uncle Bill Cosby promotes "I Didn't Ask To Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)" at Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe on Jan. 18, 2012 in New York,.

Bill Cosby's Nephew Speaks Out

Braxton Cosby, head of Cosby Media Producations, said his 77-year-old uncle "is innocent" in light of the "unjustified claims" of sex assault by multiple women

Pope Francis delivers his speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25, 2014.

Pope Urges Europe to Accept Migrants and Reject Hunger

The Pontiff argued to the European Parliament that migrants need "acceptance and assistance" as an "aged and weary" Europe faces soaring unemployment in the midst of global economic instability, the problems of the euro zone, and war

A member loyal to the ISIL waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa

ISIS Got Up to $45M in Ransoms, U.N. Says

A U.N. expert told a meeting of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee that an estimated $120 million in ransoms were paid to terrorist groups between 2004 and 2012. She called kidnapping "the core al-Qaeda tactic for generating revenue"

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Most Americans Don't Understand How the Internet Works

A new study on Americans' knowledge of the web and technology, varying in technicality from where hashtags are used to the what Moore's Law means, found most struggled to correctly understand things like whether "Internet" and "World Wide Web" are the same

Car with headlights on driving along foggy snow covered road

Storm Threatens Thanksgiving Travel Chaos

Millions of Americans planning to take to the roads and skies for Thanksgiving were facing travel chaos due to a storm that's forecast to batter the Northeast on Wednesday. The nor'easter could dump from three to five inches of snow on the New York and Philadelphia metro areas

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FDA Beefs Up Calorie Count Requirements

Regulators on Tuesday will announce new rules mandating that a wider array of businesses than ever before display calorie counts for their food and alcoholic beverages, including chain restaurants, movie theaters, and even vending machines

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Americans Divided Over Obama's Immigration Moves

Americans are sharply split on their reaction to President Barack Obama's recent executive actions to protect about five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and give them temporary legal status, according to a new poll

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This Is Where Prince William and Kate Will Stay in NYC

During their Dec. 7-9 visit, the royal couple will lodge at one of Manhattan's swankiest residential hotels, the Carlyle. That's where Princess Diana stayed when she first wowed New York in the 1980s and the hotel that became her residence whenever she visited the city

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Apple’s Market Value Just Hit $700 Billion

Apple hit a major symbolic milestone Tuesday morning as its market capitalization topped $700 billion for the first time. The tech giant’s market cap has doubled since Tim Cook took over as CEO three years ago when Steve Jobs stepped down from the role

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Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Are at It Again

The pair are no strangers—most memorably, they collaborated together on Stefani’s 2005 hit “Hollaback Girl”—and they’re at it again, this time for her latest single, “Spark the Fire.” Stefani hasn’t released a new album since 2006’s The Sweet Escape