Q: Is it true that there are bills in Congress that would exempt members and their staffs and families from buying into “Obamacare”?
A: No. Congress members and staffers will be required to buy insurance through the exchanges on Jan. 1. But reportedly there is concern about whether federal contributions to premiums can continue without a change.
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Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the minimum wage was originally 25 cents per hour on Oct. 24, 1938. Source: Department of Labor
As of July 24, the federal minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 per hour. Source: Department of Labor
On today’s date in 1897, aviator Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas. Source: Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
There are about 10,000 bird species in the world. Source: National Geographic
There were 272 million visits to U.S. national parks during the 2007 calendar year. Source: National Park Service
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The fastest a giraffe has been recorded running is 34.7 miles per hour. Source: San Diego Zoo
On today’s date in 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Shortly thereafter, Buzz Aldrin became the second. Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
On today’s date in 1814, firearm innovator Samuel Colt was born in Hartford, Conn. Source: PBS
The world population of Caribou is about 5 million. Source: Alaska Department of Fish and Game