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UN Report — Cannabis use soars 40 percent in Canada

The United Nations‘ latest world drug report shows more Canadians started using cannabis each year in the lead-up to the drug’s legalization for recreational use.

Crews battle dozens of forest fires in northeastern Ontario

Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning and the large number of wildfires burning, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has implemented a Restricted Fire Zone in some areas of Northeastern Ontario.

Yellen: Rate hike marks 'end of an extraordinary 7-year period'

Washington - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday the Fed's first rate increase since 2006 marks the "end of an extraordinary seven-year period" of easy-money policy begun in the Great Recession.

Workers at Walmart are having their hours cut as wages increase

Over the last few months, Walmart has been increasing pay for entry-level workers, so all workers were making at least $9 per hour.

Walking in different directions can increase your math skills

A team of researchers from the University of Bologna and the Italian National Research Council performed a study that showed walking actually increases your ability to do math.

Strong cannabis users 5 times more likely to develop psychosis

A British study has found that people who consume the new stronger forms of cannabis are 5 times more likely to develop psychotic disorders than non-users are.

Damage payments for Holocaust victims to increase

New York City - Compensation for Jewish survivors of the Holocaust will increase by as much as 20 percent under new agreements announced Monday by the international organization that distributes restitution to victims of Nazi atrocities during World War II.

Massachusetts Senate approves $11-per-hour state minimum wage

On Tuesday the Massachusetts Senate voted 32-7 to increase the state's minimum wage to $11-per-hour, which would give the state the highest minimum wage in the United States.

Op-Ed: Lawmakers ask taxpayers to pay instead of raising minimum wage

When lawmakers oppose a minimum wage increase, they are allowing the practice of U.S. taxpayers subsidizing the employees of the wealthiest companies in the world to continue.

Hotel reservations up for the Costa del Sol, Spain in 2013

Madrid - According to the hotel reservation website, Expedia, in the first quarter of 2013, hotel reservations on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain were up by 25 percent compared to last year. This is good news for tourism on the southern Andalucían coast.

NY 'Real Housewives' receive pay increase from network

The cast members of "Real Housewives of New York" have signed a contract with Bravo, and they will receive modest pay increases as well as budgets for makeup and hair.

GM crop technology backfires as farmers need more pesticides

A newly-released, peer-reviewed study reveals that the cultivation of genetically engineered crops has increased pesticide usage by hundreds of millions of pounds.

Lufthansa strike: Around 300 flights have been canceled

Frankfurt - Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, has canceled around 300 flights in Frankfurt, with 26,000 passengers stranded. Berlin has joined in and Munich will follow shortly.

Rajoy announces latest austerity measures in Spain

Madrid - As coal miners and other protesters converge on Madrid, Spain's Prime Minister announces the latest austerity measures, including a VAT increase.

Iran war could cause 30% increase in oil prices says IMF chief

If the flow of oil from Iran is cut, this may cause a surge in crude prices of up to 30%, dealing a serious blow to the world economy, warns IMF chief, Christine Lagarde.

Nova Scotia minimum wage workers get raise in pay

Halifax - Nova Scotians who currently work for minimum wage will see an increase in their paychecks beginning October 1, 2010. It is the last of four wage increases scheduled since 2008.

New HIV cases declining in some areas - increasing in others

While there is a global decline in the number of new HIV infections, some countries and populations are still showing an increase.

Higher taxes demanded by a group of rich Germans

A group of wealthy Germans is petitioning Chancellor Angela Merkel to increase taxes on those with personal fortunes of more than 500,000 euros ($750,000). The effort is an attempt to alleviate the budget crisis and target the money to social services.

Ontario drivers could be seeing higher car insurance bill

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has announced that the province will be addressing the raising cost of auto insurance. That promise may not help drivers who are seeing higher premiums this quarter.

Facebook may increase staff by up to 50%

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is quoted as saying Facebook may expand its staff by 40 percent to 50 percent this year. It has a staff of 1,000 people.

Antidepressant Usage has Doubled in Recent Years

Depression is a common occurrence, especially in an economic climate such as the current one. However, antidepressant usage has gone up significantly in more than a decade.

Violence in Iraq on the increase

There has been another surge in violence in Iraq with approximately 21 killed in attacks throughout the country and an estimated 75 injured.

Computer hijacks on the increase

An incredible 12 million computers have been hijacked since the beginning of this year. This is according to security firm McAfee.

Home building in the US increases

The number of new homes being built in the United States have increased by nearly a quarter this February according to new figures released.

Surge in Kidney Stones Found in Chinese Children

The rising number of children having kidney stones has China's Health Ministry launching an investigation to find out the reason. So far, the authorities have ruled out melamine poisoning, which was found last year in milk products made for babies.

Study Reveals That Heart Failure Rates Significantly Increased In Older Population

A study out of Drexel University in Pennsylvania shows that heart failure rates have increased over 100 percent in the past thirty years for those over the age of 65. Whats more interesting is women are seeing a higher jump than men.

Electricy rate climbs 20 per cent in Tennessee

On Wednesday, the Tennessee Valley Authority approved a 20 per cent jump in wholesale electricity rates. This increase could result in job cuts, higher food costs and an increase in the struggle for families to pay their bills.

Social Crime Networking? Websites blamed for increase in Crime

Police statistics in Australia have recently been released that indicate a major rise in crime amongst youths. And what is the culprit for this increase in crime?

Wal-Mart's Profit Rises

Wal-Mart's profit rises for the first quarter as consumers turn to Wal-Mart's cheap prices for the goods and services that they need.

US Postage Stamps to cost a penny more

Beginning May 12, 2008, the cost of a U.S. first class stamp will rise to 42 cents. The price of Forever stamp will also increase by one cent, but existing Forever stamps can be used without paying more.
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REMEMBER WHEN: The price of a first-class postage stamp was 8 cents in 1973.
REMEMBER WHEN: The price of a first-class postage stamp was 8 cents in 1973.
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This graph shows how the average surface temperature of the world's oceans has changed since 1880. Sea surface temperatures have been higher during the past three decades than at any other time since reliable observations began in 1880,
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