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Thirty-three U.S. law enforcement officers were killed by firearms in 2013, according to a report released Monday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. That's the lowest number of police deaths by firearm since 1887. Fifty-eight percent of the 33 officers killed by a firearm were shot with a handgun Read more» 1

The minimum wage is going up in 13 states on Jan. 1, including a 10-cent hike in Arizona, where the new rate will be $7.90 per hour. Read more» 1

Reed performing in 2004.

Rolling Stone magazine reported that American rock legend Lou Reed died Sunday at the age of 71. The cause of his death is not yet known, but Reed was a heavy drinker and drug user for years, and had a liver transplant in May. Read more»

Mexican fishing vessels seek safe harbor ahead of Hurricane Ingrid in the Port of Brownsville, Sept. 15, 2013. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection crews escorted 53 Mexican shrimping vessels into the Port of Brownsville Saturday and are escorting another 32 Mexican vessels into port Sunday.

Tropical Storm Manuel is drenching Mexico's southwest Pacific coast as Hurricane Ingrid barrels towards the country’s east coast. Ingrid, the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, was expected to reach mainland Mexico early Monday. Read more»

The New Mexico Environment Department has declined to renew a wastewater permit for the Valley Meat Co., which is due to open a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell on Aug. 5. The facility will be the first new horse slaughterhouse in the United States in six years. Read more»

A small rally heading to Tahrir square to joint the 30 June protests against MB and President Morsi of Egypt

Egypt has picked economist Hazem el-Biblawi to be its interim prime minister, a government spokesperson said. Mohamed ElBaradei is expected to be interim vice president. Read more»

The U.S. government has given the go-ahead to a slaughterhouse that will produce horse meat for human consumption. The plant, Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, NM, is the first such slaughterhouse in the country in six years. Read more»

An Australian anthropologist plans to lead an expedition to the Wessel Islands off the coast of northern Australia in July to excavate a site where five ancient African coins were found. Read more»

The Mars panorama released by NASA that combines 817 images taken by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity

NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity has broken the U.S. record for distance driven on another planet Read more» 1

An outbreak of coffee leaf rust is threatening the coffee crop – and the livelihood of the farmers who produce it – in Central America. Read more»

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has republished the world’s first web page to celebrate the 20th anniversary of free public access to the World Wide Web. A CERN employee, Tim Berners-Lee, created the first website in 1989; on April 30, 1993, CERN made the World Wide Web available to the public on a royalty-free basis. Read more»

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has chimed in with an idea to prevent school shootings like the recent attack on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. He wants to organize groups of armed volunteers to patrol the perimeters of schools. Read more»

A 2009 naturalization ceremony.

The House has passed a bill that would replace the green card lottery with permanent residency visas for U.S.-trained math and science experts. Read more»

New Orleans is losing its daily newspaper, one of the oldest in the United States. The paper announced Thursday it will only publish Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Read more»

The percentage of U.S. homeowners with mortgages who owe more than their homes are worth was 31.4 percent nationwide in the first quarter. Read more»

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