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Oh, rats!

May 8, 2015

  You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. REUTERS/Mike Segar

You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. REUTERS/Mike Segar

New York City is building a better rat trap.

After a pilot program targeting rat colonies proved successful, NYC officials plan to funnel nearly $3 million toward eradicating rodents, tackling the problem at its sources in parks and subways. That being said, recent estimates have put the city’s rat population at 2 million — significantly lower than the previously accepted 8 million number. Hey, we’re not that gross.

How’s a $16 minimum wage sound?

May 7, 2015

  Not in Emeryville! REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Not Emeryville. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

 

Pack your bags, guys, we’re all moving to Emeryville!

The Northern California town plans to raise its minimum wage to $16 by 2019, making it the city with the highest minimum wage in the nation (the current federal minimum wage is $7.25). On the downside, Emeryville is located in the San Francisco Bay Area – which, while beautiful – is so flipping expensive that you’re going to need every last cent if you want to live there.

Delivered in an hour or your order is free

May 6, 2015

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Garlic bread included!?

 

One large pizza. And the police. No toppings.

A Florida woman being held hostage outwitted her captor after placing a cry for help (“911hostage help!” to be precise) on her Pizza Hut app delivery order, Reuters reports. The Pizza Hut store’s manager saw the unusual note and called the cops immediately, actually earning that bogus $2.75 “convenience fee.”

This Thanksgiving, less reason to gobble

May 5, 2015

  Tina Corpus and her daughter Christina shop for turkey at a Walmart store in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

Tina Corpus and her daughter Christina shop for turkey at a Walmart store in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

John Kerry, a cell phone and a baby elephant

May 4, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry takes a selfie with a baby elephant while touring the Sheldrick Center Elephant Orphanage at the Nairobi National Park, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya.  REUTERS/Andrew Harnik/Pool Secretary of State John Kerry takes a selfie with a baby elephant while touring the Sheldrick Center Elephant Orphanage at the Nairobi National Park, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. REUTERS/Andrew Harnik/Pool

Here’s a picture of John Kerry posing for a selfie with a baby elephant. For this and other stellar photography, check out the Reuters pictures editor’s slideshow here.

A high drama on Everest

May 1, 2015

A body bag containing the body of a climber is carried from a helicopter in the Himalayan tourist town of Lukla April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Frank Jack Daniel

The kids aren’t alright (with the American legal system)

April 30, 2015

  A figure of a child holding an open book decorates a flagpole at the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington October 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A figure of a child holding an open book decorates a flagpole at the Supreme Court. October 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Water, water — nowhere

April 29, 2015

  A visitor walks near the receding waters at Folsom Lake, which is 17 percent of its capacity, in Folsom, California January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A visitor walks near the receding waters at Folsom Lake, which is 17 percent of its capacity, in Folsom, California January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Helping out the bird brains

April 28, 2015

  The sun rises through a dense morning fog covering the New York area as a bird perches on a statue in Hoboken, New Jersey, January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The sun rises through a dense morning fog covering the New York area as a bird perches on a statue in Hoboken, New Jersey, January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

No whines, just wine

April 27, 2015

  Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

A set of six bottles of Petrus 1982 wine sold at auction for 20,000 pounds — or roughly $30,000 — or about a hundred bucks a sip, depending on your drinking style. Experts say it’s not a terrible investment, believe it or not, as the rare wine market can yield returns of up to 25 percent.