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10 healthiest housing markets in America : Zillow says

10 healthiest housing markets in America

The healthiest housing markets in October in the United States were clustered in California and the rest of the West, according to the newly released Zillow Market Health Index. The index on a scale from zero to 10 is a new measure designed to illustrate the current health of a region’s housing market relative to similar markets nationwide. It incorporates ... Read More »

California Man admits to al-Qaida links

California Man admits to al-Qaida links

A Garden Grove man pleaded guilty Friday to a federal terrorism charge, admitting he intended to aid al-Qaida fighters by traveling to Pakistan, where he would provide weapons training. Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 24, who has also used the name Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to one count of attempting to ... Read More »

Plus-size Barbie dolls Sparks Debate Over Body Image

Plus-size Barbie dolls Sparks Debate Over Body Image

A simple Facebook question has created a social media frenzy over how body image should play a role in today’s toy industry. A picture posted by Plus Size Modeling last week has people talking. The group asked fans “Should toy companies start making plus-sized dolls” — and within hours — more than 40,000 people liked the post and thousands commented ... Read More »

12 years slave poster backlash : Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender Cause Controversy

12 years slave poster backlash

Lionsgate and Italian film distributor BIM Distribuzine are doing damage control after a marketing campaign for the Italian release of 12 Years a Slave caused a fury among many in the blogosphere. The companies have apologized for omitting the film’s Black actors — including leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor — from the film’s posters, favoring Brad Pitt (who has only a ... Read More »

UPS, FedEx Scramble To Get Christmas packages Delivered

UPS, FedEx Scramble To Get Christmas packages Delivered

Delivery drivers for UPS and FedEx scrambled to get late-arriving Christmas presents to their destinations Thursday after an embarrassing holiday delay. Seattle-based Amazon.com said it will offer $20 gift cards and shipping cost refunds for affected customers. Amazon would not reveal how many holiday shipments were delayed nor would the company consent to an interview. Read More »

News Macy’s bias stop suit, Reports

News Macy's bias stop suit

Another shopper has come forward with claims of racial profiling at Macy’s. Halim Sharif alleges that after spending $2,400 on a Louis Vuitton bag, he was stopped by a loss prevention employee who asked to see his receipt, “apparently for no reason other than that he was black,” Jezebel reports. Sharif also claims that the employee then went through his ... Read More »

Texas Man, 27, Charged with hate crime in ‘knockout game’ attack

Texas Man, 27, Charged with hate crime in 'knockout game' attack

Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, has been charged with a federal hate crime related to a racially motivated assault of a 79-year-old African-American man, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson, along with Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels of the Civil Rights Division and Special Agent in Charge Stephen L. Morris of the FBI. “Suspected crimes of this nature will simply ... Read More »