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The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has taken the Syrian city of Palmyra, known for its well-preserved antiquities. It also has gas fields and roads across the Syrian desert.
Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel about Congress, the Federal Reserve and banking regulations. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.
MiniLuxe was founded eight years ago with a focus on cleanliness and fair wages. It's expanding nationally, opening up shops in Texas with the goal of becoming the nation's biggest nail chain.
In India, homosexuality is illegal. Some big papers rejected the personal ad which read: Seeking well-placed, animal loving, vegetarian groom. Her son has received several responses.
The state's drought has turned many lawns brown. David Bartlett will turn those lawns green again by painting them. His Sacramento-area company is called Xtreme Green Grass.
The Los Angeles City Council has passed a $15 minimum wage, which will be phased in over the next several years. The move is upsetting a number of small businesses, especially restaurants.