Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines on 2/20
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The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell a slight 3,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, a sign that layoffs remain low. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose slightly to a seasonally adjusted 338,500. The average is roughly in line with pre-recession levels and indicates that companies are cutting few jobs. Applications are a rough proxy for layoffs.
A man has been convicted of homicide by vessel in a Georgia jet ski crash that killed R&B singer Usher’s 11-year-old stepson. A Hall County jury on Thursday also found Jeffrey Hubbard guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft and a boat traffic violation. The summer 2012 crash on Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta killed Kile Glover and left another teen severely injured.
The Fantastic Four franchise just got even more…fantastic. Fruitvale Station actor Michael B. Jordan has been tapped to join the latest installment of the series, based on the popular comic book of the same name. He is expected to play Johnny Storm/The Flash.
The rapper behind G-Unit Records is taking his talents elsewhere. 50 Cent will be leaving Interscope Records and Eminem’s imprint, Shady/Aftermath, he announced Thursday. He will sign a distribution deal with Caroline, the independent label at Capital Music Group.
All eyes on the big box giant. Wal-Mart is mulling throwing its considerable weight behind an increase in federal minimum wage.
Chris Brown and his bodyguard are being sued for $1.5 million each by a man who claims the singer punched him in the face outside a D.C. hotel. The civil lawsuit seeking compensation for medical bills was filed Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
The rapper will headline the annual music and arts festival alongside Elton John and Jack White. Lionel Richie, Frank Ocean, Wiz Khalifa, Lauryn Hill and Ice Cube are also expected to perform during the four-day event in Manchester, Tenn.