Threat Assessment

The Good, The Bad and The Scary

Not So Fast

Nebraska judge voids approval of Keystone XL's passage through the state.

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Mind the Wage Gap

Gap announces plan to raise pay for nearly 65,000 workers to $10 an hour.

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The Anti-Koch

California billionaire pledges $100 million fund to reward climate hawks, punish deniers in 2014 election.

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Ganja Jackpot

Tax revenues from legal pot sales shatter projections in cannabis-crazy Colorado.

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The Safety Net

WhatsApp cofounder, former food-stamp recipient, sells social network to Facebook for $19 billion.

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Paging Santa

Finland gives reindeer glow-in-the-dark antlers to improve traffic safety.

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Put Down That Rocket

Imam issues fatwa against Mars colonization as contrary to the Koran.

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Atomic Fail

Big new leak of radioactive water at Fukushima nuclear plant.

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Hate Hurts

Study finds anti-gay bigots die 2.5 years earlier than tolerant Americans.

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Just Peachy

Georgia approves new license plate featuring Confederate flag.

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Tough Love, Kansas

Kansas legislature pushes bill that would allow spanking that raises welts.

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