December 10, 2013 |
One California lawmaker plans to introduce a bill in January that will protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment and other discrimination at work. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) said the legislation will give these interns, most often young people, much needed legal safeguards on the job. "The recession has forced young people to rely on these unpaid positions to build resumes and contacts in an incredibly competitive job market," Skinner said in a statement. "Employers owe them a safe and fair workplace.
December 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - His greatest impact was as a moral leader, but Nelson Mandela also left a legacy in diplomacy by helping popularize the use of international sanctions to pressure a government to change its policies. Since sanctions were imposed in an effort to end apartheid and bring down South Africa's white-minority government, they have been used hundreds of times, especially by Western countries. President Clinton, who ordered sanctions against Cuba, Libya, Iran and Pakistan, mused near the end of his second term that the United States had become "sanctions-happy.
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December 4, 2013 |
In the courtyard of Palm Springs International Airport, Irene Dignon leans back in her chair, soaking up the sun at an open-air wine bar as she waits to begin a trip back to Scotland. Palms and desert flora form a soothing botanical cocoon around her. A half-finished glass of chardonnay is on the table, a small indulgence at the end to her vacation. "I consider myself very well-traveled," she says in a Scottish brogue. "This is my favorite airport. " Dignon is among a steady stream of visitors from around the globe who have helped turn this former military base into one of the fastest-growing commercial airports in the West and an increasingly popular alternative to Southern California's larger, more congested aviation hubs.
November 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In its first enforcement action against a payday lender, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined Cash America International $5 million and ordered $14 million in refunds for overcharging customers, robo-signing documents in debt collection lawsuits and impeding an investigation. Almost all the refunds go to consumers in Ohio, where lawyers for a subsidiary, Cashland Financial Services Inc., signed documents without reviewing them in violation of state and court rules, the bureau said Wednesday.
November 19, 2013 |
The economic contributions of U.S. copyright industries reached new heights last year, for the first time contributing more than $1 trillion to the gross domestic product and accounting for 6.5% of the nation's economy, according to a new report. The study tracks the economic effect and contributions of U.S. industries engaged in the creation and distribution of computer software, video games, books, newspapers, periodicals and journals, as well as motion pictures, music, radio and television programming.
November 12, 2013 |
Fox International Productions, the 20th Century Fox Film subsidiary that makes local-language films in foreign countries, has inked a $130-million co-financing deal with Ivanhoe Pictures, a new film and television company. The four-year arrangement covers films made for India, South Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan. Ivanhoe's investment will first be used to co-finance 10 projects Fox International is now making in India, South Korea, China and Taiwan. The deal targets countries whose movie markets are booming.
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November 11, 2013 |
The number of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities grew to a record high last year and USC remained their most popular destination, according to a new study. The private university had 9,840 international students, about 1,400 more than UCLA, which ranked sixth in the survey conducted by the New York nonprofit Institute of International Education, in partnership with the U.S. State Department. USC has had the largest number of foreign students for a dozen years in a row. Overall, the number of international students in U.S. institutions increased by about 7% last year to nearly 820,000.
November 10, 2013 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - As Kevin Harvick streaked to victory when Carl Edwards ran out of fuel on the last lap Sunday, Jimmie Johnson streaked toward a sixth NASCAR championship. Johnson finished third at Phoenix International Raceway to widen his lead in the Sprint Cup standings to a sizable 28 points over Matt Kenseth, who finished 23rd, with only one race left. The season finale, and the last of the 10 races in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff, is next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
November 9, 2013 |
Trying to pick a favorite between Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth to win NASCAR's Sprint Cup title? Don't ask Kevin Harvick. "It's a crapshoot at this point," Harvick said Friday. "Performance-wise it's a draw. " Johnson, seeking a sixth championship, has a slim seven-point lead over Kenseth with two races left, starting with Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick is third in the standings, 40 points behind Johnson, which Harvick acknowledged "is a lot to overcome" at this late stage of the 10-race Chase.
November 9, 2013 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Busch won yet another NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday with a dominant performance at Phoenix International Raceway. It was the 12th Nationwide victory this season in 25 starts for Busch, who's also a regular in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series. Justin Allgaier finished second in the ServiceMaster 200, Austin Dillon was third, Regan Smith was fourth and Sam Hornish Jr. was fifth. As a result, Dillon takes an eight-point lead over Hornish in the Nationwide title standings to the season finale next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.