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Thursday October 4th, 2018 morning edition

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Amazon's minimum-wage increase for its hourly workers comes with a trade-off: no more monthly bonuses and stock awards.

Amazon confirmed in an email to CNBC that the company is getting rid of incentive pay and stock option awards as it increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The company, however, stressed that the wage increase "more than compensates" for the loss in other benefits.

"The significant increase in hourly cash wages more than compensates for the phase out of incentive pay and [restrictive stock units]," Amazon's spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

"We can confirm that all hourly Operations and Customer Service employees will see an increase in their total compensation as a result of this announcement.

In addition, because it's no longer incentive-based, the compensation will be more immediate and predictable. »

My late girlfriend's parents are threatening to take custody of my 18 month old daughter because they think I cant properly take care of her. How can I fight this? : legaladvice

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On April 5th, 2018 my girlfriend passed away after a fatal car accident and left me with our baby daughter.

I work to support her and myself, and she's well taken care of, I do my best.

My girlfriend's parents watch her while I work, and have recently started to drop hints that my daughter is much happier and better taken care of at their house than with me. »

TRUMP: I 'brilliantly used' tax laws to pay as little as possible

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AP Photo/ Evan Vucci Donald Trump defended himself on Monday from mounting criticism over his taxes.

Trump argued that he "brilliantly used" US tax law "to pay no more tax than I am legally required.".

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and others insisted that Trump was a "genius" for taking advantage of the tax codes. »

Saudi woman barred from marrying 'musical' suitor

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Riyadh (AFP) - A Saudi woman has lost a judicial battle to marry the man of her choice as a court deemed him "religiously" unfit because he plays a musical instrument, a Saudi newspaper reported Tuesday.

In some parts of the kingdom, a man who plays a musical instrument is considered of inferior status and having a bad reputation.

"Because the suitor plays a musical instrument he is unsuitable for the woman from a religious point of view," the court said, according to Okaz. »