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Martin Laine

Digital Journalist based in Lunenburg, MA, United States. Joined on Nov 11, 2009
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Ikea set to raise U.S. minimum pay to 'living wage' levels

Ikea, the Swedish home furnishings giant, will announce today that the minimum starting wage for its U.S. workers will rise an average of 17 percent to $10.76 per hour.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 3 comments

U.S. tobacco companies making deadlier, more addictive cigarettes

Earlier this year the U.S. Surgeon-General reported that cigarettes are deadlier and more addictive than ever, and now a report issued Tuesday outlines how tobacco companies have made design changes and put in more additives to achieve that.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 4 comments

New report says pesticide threat goes far beyond birds, bees

More than 50 years after Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring sounded the alarm on the dangers of pesticides and their effect on birds, a new report shows the problem is worldwide, and threatens a broad range of species.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 3 comments

What makes a soccer ball curve?

Watching Jermaine Jones’ picture-perfect goal in the US vs. Portugal World Cup game, as the ball curved perfectly into the far back corner of the net, raises the question — how does that happen?
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

Study shows rats regret bad choices, too

Apparently it’s not just humans who can look back and regret a bad decision. New research shows rats may experience something similar after being given a series of choices.
In the Media by Martin Laine

Anesthesia in young children not as harmless as once thought

Because there are no serious immediate side effects, the use of general anesthesia in very young children has long been considered harmless. A new study shows side effects emerge only years later, as short-term memory difficulties and behavioral problems.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

This World Cup was for national teams without a country

Even as nationalistic fervor builds for the teams competing in the FIFA World Cup which begins this week, another, more obscure World Cup ended Sunday.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

Mass. student punished for writing pro-democracy notes

An American exchange student in China got into a bit of hot water when he wrote some pro-democracy phrases in another student’s notebook.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 4 comments

Lowly milkweed may be key to saving the Monarch

It may not be a startlingly beautiful plant, nor is it of much use to modern man, but the once-ubiquitous milkweed is critical to the life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly. New research suggests it may be even more important than previously thought.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

Swedish student’s idea may make cash, debit cards obsolete

Imagine a debit card that can never be lost of stolen, and will always be right there when you need it. Imagine no more — just such a card is already in use.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 2 comments

Elk makes surprise visit to Swedish woodworking class

Students in a junior high woodworking class got the surprise of their lives when an elk came crashing through a classroom window.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

Desmond Tutu says stopping Keystone 'most important struggle'

Calling oilsands “filth,” South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said the proposed Keystone XL pipeline must be stopped, and likened opposition to the fossil fuel industry to the fight against apartheid.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 3 comments

NSA, GCHQ collecting photos, Snowden papers show

In the latest example of the continued erosion of personal privacy, both the US and UK spy agencies have been collecting millions of images for use in their facial recognition programs.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

Kawasaki Disease – an ill wind that blows nobody any good?

A new study suggests that the cause of Kawasaki Disease, which affects thousands of children every year, may be carried along by winds from a farming region of China.
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U.S. insurers see spike in dog bite claims

Dog bite claims in the U.S. increased by 5.5 percent last year, costing the insurance industry more than $483 million. California and New York led the country in both the number of claims and the average cost of the settlement.
In the Media by Martin Laine

Unapologetic NH official resigns over Obama racial slur

Wolfeboro police commissioner Robert Copeland has given in to calls for his resignation after using a racial slur in reference to President Obama. An email Sunday night notifying his fellow commissioners of his resignation did not include an apology.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

Study shows thousands of U.S. toddlers medicated for ADHD

Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than 10,000 two- and three-year-olds, especially in poor families, being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, violating established medical guidelines.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 7 comments

Swedish princess makes her first official royal appearance

At just two years old, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, and second in line to the Swedish throne, handled the royal duties on her first visit to her duchy like a pro.
In the Media by Martin Laine

Sweden’s river of blood investigated

Like a scene from some horror movie, a stream in the Swedish town of Skovde ran red with blood for a while two weeks ago.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

NH official calls Obama the n-word, won't apologize or resign

Faced by a hundred angry residents calling for his resignation, a Wolfeboro police commissioner staunchly refused to apologize or resign after referring to President Obama using the n-word.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 3 comments
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