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Russia's defence ministry on Tuesday dismissed as "absolute lies" claims that its jets had bombed the Syrian city of Palmyra after Syrian state TV reported the strikes. "All reports by foreign media that Russian planes have allegedly conducted air strikes against the city of Palmyra are absolute lies," ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said, Russian news wires reported. "Our aviation in Syria does not attack residential areas nor -- especially not -- the architectural monuments there," he said.
A WageSpot smartphone application released in the United States on Tuesday dove into a historically taboo topic -- how much people get paid. In a way similar to how Zillow maps property values in neighborhoods, WageSpot displays maps showing what people earn and where, a demonstration showed. "It seems that we are really afraid to talk about compensation no matter how much we make and how much we should be earning," WageSpot co-founder Raphael Morozov told AFP.
Residents in flood-plagued South Carolina grappled with the damage wrought by historic rains on their homes, roads and water supplies but welcomed predictions of sunny skies in the state on Tuesday. Emergency management officials said about 300 state-maintained roads and 160 bridges remained closed. "This is a great example of why you should NOT drive around a road barricade," the South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweet said.