10 things you need to know today: June 3, 2014

Minimum wage supporters cheer the news. 

Minimum wage supporters cheer the news | (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Week

Seattle approves the nation’s highest minimum wage, Dan Marino sues the NFL, and more

1. Seattle approves a $15 minimum wage
The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a $15-an-hour local minimum wage — the highest in nation. Supporters of the measure, which matched pay demanded by activist fast-food workersnationwide, filled the council chambers waving signs reading, “Seattle needs a raise.” The new wage takes effect on April 1, 2015, but it includes a controversial lower training wage for teenagers that was added to the original proposal. [Los Angeles Times]

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2. Former Dolphins star Dan Marino files a concussion lawsuit
Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino has filed a lawsuit saying the National Football League “concealed information about football-related brain injuries.” The former Miami Dolphins star was one of 15 retired players to file concussion-related lawsuits in a Philadelphia federal court last week. So far 4,800 former players have joined similar suits. The NFL says it never concealed information about brain injuries. [CBS Sports]

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3. High court declines Times reporter’s appeal to protect a source
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected New York Times national security reporter James Risen’s appeal of a ruling ordering him to reveal a confidential source for a chapter of his 2006 book,State of War. Prosecutors are convinced that the source of the chapter on a CIA plan to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program is former CIA operative Jeffrey Sterling, and they want Risen to confirm it. “I will continue to fight,” Risen said. [The New York Times]

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4. Investigators determined that Bergdahl walked away from his unit
The Pentagon concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been captured by the Taliban after walking away from his unit in Afghanistan, leading to a decision not to mount a high-risk rescue attempt. The U.S. instead initiated negotiations that took years but ended in his release Saturday. Republicans in Congress are demanding public hearings to determine whether thecontroversial prisoner swap that freed him was legal. [The Associated PressReuters]

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5. U.S. plans to work with new Palestinian unity government
The Obama administration said Monday that it would work with and fund a new Palestinian unity government. The announcement came despite strong objections from Israel, which refuses to talk to any Palestinian government that includes members of the Islamist group Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip and denies Israel’s right to exist. The State Department says the new government has no Hamas ministers. [Reuters]

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6. Suspect arrested in explosives case
Federal agents and San Francisco police captured Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II on Monday evening after a three-day manhunt that began when investigators allegedly found explosives in his apartment. Authorities had warned that Chamberlain, a 42-year-old former political and social media consultant, was considered armed and dangerous, but he was arrested with little resistance at Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge. [The Associated Press]

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7. Syria holds a presidential vote in the middle of a civil war
Syrians began voting Tuesday in an election expected to give President Bashar al-Assad another seven-year term. Government forces provided heavy security at more than 9,000 polling stations in government-controlled areas. State employees said they had been told they had to vote or face interrogation. Opposition groups urged Syrians to boycott the “blood election,” and rebels said anyone not staying home was a legitimate military target. [The New York Times]

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8. Kepler spacecraft spots distant mega-Earth
Astronomers have discovered a far-off “mega-Earth,” a planet weighing 17 times as much as Earth and far bigger than any rocky celestial body ever found before. The planet is 560 light years away, and must have been formed in the early days of the universe, long before the first rocky planets were once thought to have been formed. “And if you can make rocks,” said Harvard’s Dimitar Sasselov, “you can make life.” [Bloomberg News]

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9. Charlotte’s ex-mayor expected to plead guilty to corruption charge
Former Charlotte, N.C., mayor Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge on Tuesday. The once rising Democratic star and his lawyers signed a plea deal on May 8, although the terms were unknown until the release of documents released Monday. Cannon was accused of taking $50,000 in bribes between December 2009, when he returned to the City Council, and his March arrest as mayor. He’ll be sentenced later. [The Charlotte Observer]

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10. Hurricanes named after women are deadlier
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign examined 90 years of hurricane death tolls and found that storms with female names were far deadlier than those with male names. The reason? Sexism. People expect storms with female names to be gentle, so they don’t prepare for danger. The team’s model suggests that changing a hypothetical storm’s name from “Charlie” to “Eloise” triples the death toll. [Los Angeles Times]

2 comments

  1. Re: # 10. Hurricanes named after women are deadlier

    “The team’s model suggests that” damn near everybody is illogical.
    [“Illogical” sounds nicer than “bat-shit crazy”, but… well, you know…]

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