One month after a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, killed 15 people and scarred a large swath of the surrounding area, investigators have concluded their excavation of the affected area. On Thursday, representatives from the state fire marshal's office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced that they had not yet determined the cause of the explosion, and that they had not yet ruled out sabotage. read more
The New York attorney general's office is looking into reports of wage theft violations within the state's fast food industry, department officials confirmed on Thursday. The news of their investigation broke on the same day that Fast Food Forward, a workers' group dedicated to organizing New York fast food workers, released a report alleging widespread wage theft within the industry. read more
The All In with Chris Hayes team puts out a daily call to the Twitter and Facebook communities for the “awesomest things” they encountered on the Internet.
1. Do you love quizzes? Do you love geography? Do you love learning? Check out this quiz at geoguessr.com that uses Google Street View to test your knowledge, via @JohnnyMcNugget.
2. @JaimeCMoore reminds us of some of the incredible real-life female role models out there while @JessicaValenti reminds us of how far we have to go by looking at the 113th Congress.
3. That massive rubber duck in Hong Kong? It's just sleeping, don't worry!
UPDATED: May 16, 11:49 a.m.
The Florida teenager who was arrested two weeks ago for causing a small explosion on the campus of her high school will not be charged with a crime. Kiera Wilmot, 16, was arrested by police in Bartow, Florida, after conducting an unauthorized science experiment which lightly damaged an eight ounce plastic water bottle.
At the time, Wilmot faced possible charges for "possessing or discharging weapons or firearms at a school sponsored event or on school property." If she had been convicted, she could have faced up to five years in prison. read more
It turns out school is back in session for the 435 public school students of Saginaw, Mich., after all. On Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Education pledged to release state funds to the deficit-stricken Buena Vista School District, allowing schools in Saginaw to remain open through the end of the school year. read more
The nationwide flood of labor uprisings in the fast food industry hit Milwaukee, Wis., on Wednesday morning when workers at several major fast food and retail chains commenced a day-long strike.
As in other cities where similar strikes have occurred, Milwaukee-based employees at companies such as McDonald's and TJ Maxx are demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union. Organizers estimate that by the end of the day, between 150 and 200 workers may have joined the work stoppage. read more