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Connecticut Becomes First State to Mandate Paid Sick Time

In a move watched carefully by some 20 cities and states, Connecticut has become the first state in the nation to mandate paid sick days for workers.

The bill, signed by Governor Dannel Malloy earlier this month, covers only hourly service workers at companies with more than 50 employees and excludes manufacturers and some others.

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Study Finds Webpages are Read By People in an F-Shaped Pattern

A new study by usability expert Jakob Nielsen reveals that when webpages are read, we read and scan the text in an F-shape.

Using eyetracking software, he found the first paragraph gets the most attention, making the top horizontal line of the F. The next paragraph only gets half the attention of the first, tracing the second shorter horizontal line of the F. And finally, we skim down the rest of the article vertically.

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‘Win A Baby’ Lottery for Couples Having Trouble Conceiving Causes Controversy in England

For about $35, couples in England who are having trouble conceiving can purchase a lottery ticket that could win them customized fertility treatments in one of the nation's top clinics.

Britain's Gambling Commission approved of this bizarre game late last month. As of now, the tickets can be purchased online, but they may soon also be available at newsstands.

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Sherwood Schwartz, Creator of ‘The Brady Bunch’ and ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dead at 94

Sherwood Schwartz, the man who created or contributed to several iconic television shows, died Tuesday at 4AM of natural causes. He was 94.

Schwartz worked in radio for Bob Hope before transitioning to television, where he won a 1961 Emmy as part of the writing team for 'The Red Skelton Show.' He also worked on series such as 'My Favorite Martian' and 'Harper Valley PTA.'

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This Day in History for July 11 – Babe Ruth Debuts and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1798 – The United States Marine Corps is re-established after being disbanded following the Revolutionary War (More info)

1804 – Former US Vice President Aaron Burr fatally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for July 11 – Giorgio Armani, Lil’ Kim and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Giorgio Armani
Age: 77
Occupation: Fashion Designer
Known For: His iconic clothing, fragrance, and eyewear collections, being the first designer to broadcast his collection live on the internet, and being the first major designer to ban dangerously thin models

Lil' Kim
Age: 37
Occupation: Rapper
Known For: Being the only female rapper to reach number one on the Hot 100 for her work on the 2001 remake of 'Lady Marmalade,' a 2005 prison stint for perjury, and appearing on 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Transformers’ Retains Top Spot

Boosted by unexpectedly strong word-of-mouth and generous reviews, 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' was number one for the second weekend in a row, becoming the top-grossing movie of 2011 thus far with a total take of $261.0 million.

Coming in second, the Jennifer Aniston-featured dark comedy 'Horrible Bosses' earned an estimated $28.1 million, while the family flick 'Zookeeper' came in third with $21.0 million.

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New Study Says Men Value Cuddling More Than Women Do

Who says men don't like to cuddle? Not the Kinsey Institute.

The group that studies human sexuality recently asked 1,009 heterosexual middle-aged and older couples in long-term relationships about how satisfied they are with their relationships and sex lives. The results may surprise you.

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