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U.S. businesses take minimum wage hikes, added sick leave to court

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A number of states and municipalities have enacted laws or proposed legislation in recent years designed to hike pay and benefits for minimum wage earners -- but, as some are now seeing, it's become a thorny issue that's been ...

U.N. Security Council members rebuke U.S. policy shift on Israeli settlements

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The members of the U.N. Security Council strongly rebuked the United States for its announcement that it will no longer consider Israeli settlements to be illegal under international law. The members of the council Wednesday ...

‘SVU’ Star Diane Neal Allegedly Threatened to Kill Ex-BF & Dog

Exclusive Getty Composite Ex-'Law & Order: SVU' star Diane Neal claims her ex was a manipulative, abusive scumbag who hurt their dog, but he's firing back ... claiming SHE threatened to kill HIS dog. Pro magician JB Benn makes the ...

The Weeknd Drops $25 Million on Penthouse Bachelor Pad

Exclusive Getty The Weeknd just moved into a penthouse bachelor pad in Bev Hills, and while the dude certainly doesn't need any help getting laid ... his new place is certain to be filled with chicks. Our real estate sources tell us the ...

Harriet Tubman Relative Says Blacks Would Boycott Julia Roberts Movie

Exclusive Getty Black people would've boycotted the Harriet Tubman movie back in the day if a studio exec got his wish for Julia Roberts to play the legendary abolitionist ... so says Harriet's relative. Harriet's great-great-great-grandniece, ...

Eva Marcille’s Baby Daddy Says He’s Suing Over Court Fight with Cops

Play video content Exclusive TMZ.com The father of Eva Marcille's 5-year-old daughter says his black skin made him a target before he got into a courthouse scuffle with cops ... and he's going to sue their asses because he got hurt. We ...

ACLU sues Trump administration for tracking, interrogating journalists at border

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Five American photojournalists who were allegedly tracked, detained and interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security have sued the Trump administration for violating their First Amendment rights. Filed by the American Civil ...

Alberto Del Rio Training with Ryan Bader for Tito Ortiz Fight, This Is No Joke!

Alberto Del Rio says he's so deadly serious about beating Tito Ortiz in his upcoming MMA fight, he's been training with legit killers like Bellator champ Ryan Bader. "I moved to Phoenix to train with the best on the planet," the 42-year-old, ...

Crazy-Religious Lady in ‘Edward Scissorhands’ ‘Memba Her?!

Los Angeles native O-Lan Jones is best known for playing the god-fearing neighbor, Esmeralda -- who warns the well-trimmed community of the evil surrounding Edward -- in Tim Burton's 1990 fantasy flick, "Edward Scissorhands." O-Lan Jones was ...

On This Day, Nov. 21: Rebecca Latimer Felton becomes first female U.S. senator

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- On this date in history: In 1783, in Paris, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes made the first free-flight ascent in a balloon. In 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph. In 1916, the HMHS ...

Famous birthdays for Nov. 21: Ken Griffey Jr., Carly Rae Jepsen

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include: -- French author Francois-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, in 1694 -- Pope Benedict XV in 1854 -- Belgian painter Rene Magritte in 1898 -- Baseball Hall of ...

Iran’s Rouhani claims victory over protests

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said government forces have suppressed a mass protest that erupted last week over a hike in fuel prices, according to state media. "The Iranian nation came victorious out of yet another historic test ...

Democrats weigh in on Trump impeachment hearing, foreign policy in fifth debate

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls weighed in on bombshell testimony from the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump during Wednesday night's debate. Moderator Rachel Maddow opened the debate in Atlanta by asking the ...

House committee passes landmark bill to decriminalize marijuana

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The House Judiciary Committee passed a landmark bill Wednesday to federally decriminalize marijuana by removing it as a Schedule 1 drug of the Controlled Substances Act and to pave the way for the expungement of marijuana ...

Brooks Koepka to miss Presidents Cup due to knee injury

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Brooks Koepka was forced to withdraw from next month's Presidents Cup because of a knee injury. Koepka, the top-ranked player in the world, said in a statement Wednesday that the knee injury he suffered Oct. 18 at the CJ Cup in ...

FDA: Multi-state hepatitis A outbreak linked to blackberries

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A connected to non-organic blackberries purchased at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores. The FDA said there have so far been 11 cases ...

NHL suspends Capitals’ Garnet Hathaway three games for spitting

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway was suspended three games for spitting on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson. The NHL announced Hathaway's suspension Wednesday after conducting a hearing with the 27-year-old ...

Patients Missing One Brain Hemisphere Show Surprisingly Intact Neural Connections

It's a frightening idea: to have half of one's brain removed on purpose. But this surgery, called a hemispherectomy, is sometimes done in children who suffer from constant epileptic seizures, as a last-ditch effort when medication or other ...

Doctors Claim to Have Achieved Placing Humans In Suspended Animation

Suspended animation: the temporary cessation of most vital functions without death, as in a dormant seed or a hibernating animal. The first time I can recall learning about human suspended animation was reading the Madeleine L'Engle young adult ...

Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks cleared to return from concussion

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Rams are expecting veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks to play in Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters Wednesday that Cooks, who has been inactive for the team's ...

Family Brings Corpse to Life Insurance Office When the Company Insists on Proof of Death

Oh, sure, you can claim that your relative is dead and the company needs to pay out. But insurance adjusters know to ask for proof. Like Ronald Reagan said, "Trust, but verify." The grieving family in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa complied ...

Minivan Modded into Star Trek Shuttlecraft

Cory Mervis-Bocskor converted this old Ford Aerostar minivan into the ultimate ride. He uses it as a Burning Man vehicle, but this Type 6 Federation shuttlecraft also has interstellar capabilities. It's modeled after the Goddard, which Scotty ...

Decade of Pop: 100 Song Mashup

As we approach the end of the decade, get ready for more and more lists of everything that happened over the last ten years. Yes, I know that numerically the decade doesn't officially end for another year, but that's not how real people use ...

Impeachment: Gordon Sondland ties President Donald Trump to quid pro quo in meeting with Ukraine president

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told impeachment investigators Wednesday there was quid pro quo involving the new Ukrainian president's request for a meeting with President Donald Trump. Sondland made the ...

Maloney elected to lead House oversight committee

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- House Democrats on Wednesday elected Rep. Carolyn Maloney to be chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, replacing the late Rep. Elijah Cummings. The congresswoman from New York defeated Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., ...