McDonald's Raises Hourly Wages, Airbnb Opens in Cuba, How American Jails Got So Bad: A.M. Links


Gerry Balding

  • McDonald's will raise the hourly pay rate for employees at non-franchised locations to $1 above the local minimum wage, as well as start offering vacation benefits. 
  • Airbnb is now listing more than 1,000 vacation home rentals in Cuba.  
  • Another day, another executive order: "I'm for the first time authorizing targeted sanctions against individuals or entities whose actions in cyberspace result in significant threats to the national security, foreign policy, economic health or financial stability of the United States," President Obama announced Wednesday.
  • An in-depth look at "the pervasive awfulness" of American jails.
  • Arizona's House has passed a bill to allot more than $1 million to a "predictive policing" pilot program. 
  • An Arkansas woman now thought to be the world's oldest is asking for Barack Obama to attend her 117th birthday party this July. She invited him last year, but he didn't show up. 

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