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  • Justice Dept. Investigates Airline Price Fixing

    Friday, July 03, 2015
    The Justice Dept. would say no more than that it is looking into potential “unlawful coordination” among some airlines, but AP believes its focus is on whether the airlines illegally communicated about their pattern of adding new flights and routes, as well as the limiting of seats, which could be used to maintain high airfares. The Justice Dept. sent letters to American, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines--which are said to control more than 80% of the seats in the domestic travel market.   read more
  • Defense Dept. Refuses to Release Report about Massacre of Civilians in Afghanistan

    Friday, July 03, 2015
    The Army changed its PTSD treatment policies following Bales’ case, “which shed light on the use of dangerous stimulants by soldiers in the field.” Bales’ medical records revealed he had the steroid stanozolol in his body at the time of the killings, which is known to trigger outbursts of temper. An Army investigation showed Bales had a reputation among junior enlisted men as being “paranoid,” “bipolar,” “crazy” and “racist,” but was regarded as competent and “even-keeled” by superior officers.   read more
  • Gun Ownership most Common in Alaska and Arkansas; Least Common in Delaware and Rhode Island; 29% Nationwide

    Friday, July 03, 2015
    Less than a third of all Americans claim to own a gun, with the state of Alaska leading the way in having the highest rate of gun ownership. Research published in the medical journal Injury Prevention shows that nearly 62% of residents of Alaska owns guns. No other state in the country boasts a gun ownership rate of 60% or higher. The study also determined that gun ownership is highest in locations that exhibit a strong gun culture.   read more
  • Federal Hate Crime Conviction Rate: 11%

    Friday, July 03, 2015
    The research revealed that most of the referrals didn’t lead to convictions because they were never tried in court. Prosecutors turned down 235 out of the 270 total hate crime referrals, or 87%, per TRAC. More than half of the rejected cases were due to insufficient evidence, lack of evidence of criminal intent, and weak or insufficient admissible evidence. A total of 7,242 people in the U.S. were victims of reported hate crime incidents in 2013, according to the FBI.   read more
  • Federal Judge Overrules Hawaiian Vote against Monsanto GMO Crops

    Friday, July 03, 2015
    Monsanto and Dow Chemical opposed the local measure, which voters approved last November. Both companies operate farms on the island that study GMO crops. The biotech industry spent more than $7 million to defeat the measure--the most expensive political campaign in the history of the state. Mollway’s ruling did not address the substance of the ban, only the legal question of county authority. Measure co-sponsor Mark Sheehan said they will appeal the decision.   read more
  • Mentally Ill Shot to Death in U.S. in 2015: 124 and Counting

    Thursday, July 02, 2015
    In most cases, officers responded to calls from relatives or neighbors who said a mentally fragile person was behaving erratically. Many of those who were armed didn’t have firearms, but toy guns or implements that are less lethal than a gun. Also, more than 50% were killed by officers lacking in training for dealing with the mentally ill. “And in many cases, officers responded with tactics that quickly made a volatile situation even more dangerous,” said the Post.   read more
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court Gives Homeowners Go-Ahead to Sue Oil Companies over Fracking Earthquakes

    Thursday, July 02, 2015
    Cooper’s case is a class action involving residents from nine counties, making the litigation worth potentially millions of dollars in damages. Six houses were destroyed and 172 others were damaged when three quakes of 5.0 magnitude or greater struck the Prague area from November 5-8, 2011, according to the Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency. The oil companies argued that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission should handle the lawsuits, not the courts—a position the state Supreme Court rejected.   read more
  • NSA Again Given Go-Ahead for Mass Phone Data Collection

    Thursday, July 02, 2015
    On Tuesday, FISC Judge Michael W. Mosman rejected FreedomWorks’ challenge. Mosman also claimed that a previous ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the surveillance program was illegal, did not apply to the FISC, “setting up a potential conflict between the two courts,” according to The New York Times. “Second Circuit rulings are not binding” on the surveillance court, Mosman wrote, “and this court respectfully disagrees with that court’s analysis...”   read more
  • New York City Bans “Poor Doors” to Mixed-Income Housing

    Thursday, July 02, 2015
    New York Mayor Bill De Blasio crafted language that was put into state legislation signed Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that requires developers of high rises that have a mix of affordable units and market-rate units to allow both groups to use the same doorways. "No taxpayer dollar should go to a program that further segregates our communities," said New York councilwoman Helen Brewer.   read more
  • NBA Player Traded 4 Times in One Week

    Thursday, July 02, 2015
    Job-hopping generally doesn’t look good on a resume. But NBA player Luke Ridnour’s CV just got a lot longer in a short period of time. In the run-up to the June 25 NBA draft and its aftermath, Ridnour was traded four times, with three of those moves coming in one day. Fortunately, Ridnour didn’t have to leave his living room during all this maneuvering, but he might have appreciated the frequent-flier miles. The key to Ridnour’s virtual journey around North America is his contract.   read more
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Serves as International Bulldog for Tobacco Industry

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015
    The Chamber has become “the hammer for the tobacco industry,” setting up lobbying operations in other countries to fight anti-smoking laws. Its zeal to help American tobacco companies has gone so far as to convince Ukraine to file a legal challenge against Australia over that country’s right to enact anti-smoking laws on its own soil. The Chamber, led by Thomas Donohue, has also worked to ensure that international agreements won’t impede the marketing of tobacco products in other countries.   read more
  • Could Puerto Rico Go the Way of Greece?

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015
    A withdrawal of manufacturing and closure of military bases have caused some of the island's economic problems. Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro García Padilla, has called on lenders to allow deferring debt payments. He warned that if Wall Street doesn’t cooperate, it won’t just mean trouble for Puerto Rico. “If they don’t come to the table, it will be bad for them,” he said. “Our economy will get into a worse situation and we’ll have less money to pay them."   read more
  • Obama Pushes to Extend Overtime Pay to 5 Million more Workers

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015
    The change “would restore the overtime salary threshold to roughly where it stood in 1975,” said The New York Times. It remains to be seen, however, if the plan goes into effect. Although the regulation could be adopted as soon as next year, Republicans in Congress might try to kill it. As the business community almost always does with any new rule affecting it, executives decried the plan as one that will hurt companies and force them to cut jobs.   read more
  • Oregonians Can Now Legally Smoke Marijuana…but they can’t Buy it or Sell it

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015
    For now, Oregon pot smokers will have to grow their own—they’re allowed to have four plants each—or rely on the kindness of others to give them some. Another option is to drive into neighboring Washington, but bringing marijuana across state lines is a federal crime. Last night, Portland’s NORML planned to give away marijuana to celebrate--“Where adults will be allowed to give it away rather than allowing the black market to thrive on our new legality,” said NORML's Russ Belville.   read more
  • Police Can Arrest You for Calling them Names, but They’ll Lose in Court

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015
    Calling a police officer unflattering names might not be polite but it is protected by the Constitution. The Marshall Project documented numerous cases demonstrating that police have exceeded their authority by arresting people for name-calling. In Washington State, a teenage boy called an officer a “motherfucker.” His conviction was overturned last week by the state Supreme Court. In Georgia, a woman won a $100,000 settlement after police arrested her for cursing at them.   read more
  • Industries, Congress and Federal Agencies Work Hard to Delay Worker Safety Regulations

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    The toll on Americans from on-the-job chemical exposures is staggering. It’s been difficult for new worker safety rules to get established when manufacturing companies launch opposition campaigns to undermine OSHA’s efforts and those of labor unions and other advocates. Industry trade groups have filed lawsuits over the years to overturn new OSHA regulations. Congress has also contributed to curtailing the work of OSHA, which was dubbed the “Gestapo” of the government by Rep. John Boehner.   read more
  • States where Politicians have Vowed to Continue Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, has said he will resist the Supreme Court ruling, while his wife, Kayla Moore, head of The Foundation for Moral Law, wrote on Facebook that “the U.S. Supreme Court [has] no legal authority to redefine marriage.” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told county clerks to ignore the ruling and refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.   read more
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