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Minimum wage law stifles NYC jobs

by Hannah Harris
Posted 8/06/19, 11:36 am

New York City’s higher minimum wage is hurting some of those it was meant to help. Small businesses suffering from having to pay employees $15 an hour, which went into effect Dec. 31, are cutting work shifts and limiting overtime to compensate. Susannah Koteen, owner of Lido Restaurant in Harlem, told The Wall Street Journal, “You can only cut back so many people before the service starts to suffer.”

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Judge sentences man behind package bomb scare

by Hannah Harris
Posted 8/06/19, 11:05 am

A judge sentenced the man who sent 16 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and journalists before last year’s midterm elections to 20 years in prison on Monday. Cesar Sayoc, an amateur bodybuilder from Florida, admitted he sent the bombs but said he didn’t design them to explode. He targeted former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, and others. Prosecutors asked the judge for a life sentence.

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U.S., Taliban peace deal in the works

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/06/19, 11:01 am

Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Monday lauded major progress in the latest negotiations to end the 18-year war with the Taliban. Talks in Qatar the last two days focused on the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the Taliban’s commitment to cut ties with other extremist groups, a Taliban official said.

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