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  • White House to make more workers eligible for overtime: Bloomberg

    Millions more U.S. workers will be eligible for overtime pay under a draft rule to be announced by the federal government as early as Tuesday, Bloomberg News said on Monday, citing an Obama administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Department of Labor would raise the minimum…

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  • PETA sues California over chicken slaughter methods

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims in the lawsuit that up to one-third of the birds, about 7 million a year, are inadequately stunned by the procedure, leaving them conscious and able to feel pain when their throats are slit. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, argues…

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  • Backers of California pot-legalization ballot measure given OK to get signatures

    Supporters of a California ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use may begin gathering signatures to place it before voters in 2016, a state official said on Monday. The proposal is the latest of four marijuana-related initiatives vying for a spot on the ballot at a time when…

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  • Three former Berkeley students sue university over sexual assaults

    The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, says Berkeley failed to comply with a federal regulation known as Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. The White House has declared sex crimes an "epidemic" on U.S. college campuses,…

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  • NYPD revamps efforts to hire black, Muslim officers: commissioner

    Even with minorities nearly outnumbering whites among New York City police officers, the department is struggling to hire enough blacks and Muslims to reflect changing city demographics, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in an interview on Monday. Across the United States, the hiring of…

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  • Shot during capture, New York inmate in serious condition

    Sweat, 35, was being treated at Albany Medical Center following his capture on Sunday near the Canadian border. Fellow escapee Richard Matt was shot and killed on Friday. The convicted murderers escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, where they were discovered…

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  • N.Y. financier ordered to pay ex-employee $18 mln in harassment case

    A federal jury on Monday ordered the chief executive officer of a Manhattan investment firm to pay $18 million to a former employee for sexual harassment and defamation. The two-week civil trial in New York drew lurid headlines in the city's tabloids, pitting a young Swedish woman against a Wall…

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  • Protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, Fla. (Reuters) - New revelations that a long strip of protected mangrove trees were illegally razed amid preparations for the 2016 Miami International Boat Show has outraged Florida environmentalists. The lost trees, critical to the marine ecosystem, were hacked away in…

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  • Texas girl arrested for fight with classmate in viral video

    A 13-year-old Texas girl was arrested on Monday after a video that went viral showed her beating a classmate who was holding a toddler at a Dallas-area elementary school earlier this month, police said. The one-minute video of the incident has had more than 1.2 million views on LiveLeak.com since…

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  • Massachusetts officials detail multimillion-dollar heroin bust

    The seizure of the drug, which was mixed with the painkiller fentanyl, comes as Northeastern states are struggling to contain a surge in overdose deaths related to heroin and other opioid drugs. The alleged trafficker, Jose Casellas, 37, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was charged on Friday with two…

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  • California bill to limit vaccine exemptions goes to governor

    California lawmakers on Monday sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill to substantially limit vaccine exemptions for school children in the most populous U.S. state, following last year's measles outbreak at Disneyland that sickened more than 100 people. The bill, which would make California the third…

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  • Co-worker recalls Colorado movie massacre gunman acting 'spaced out'

    Lawyers for Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes sought on Monday to build their case he was legally insane, calling a former co-worker who remembered him as quiet, antisocial and acting oddly. Two court-appointed psychiatrists have concluded Holmes was sane when he planned and carried out…

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  • Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas abortion restrictions

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to block temporarily parts of a strict new Texas abortion law that critics say is aimed at shutting down clinics that offer the procedure. The court granted a request by women's health providers to put a temporary hold on a June 9 ruling by the 5th U.S.…

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  • Ohio judge sentences man to death in sledgehammer slayings

    An Ohio judge on Monday sentenced a 20-year-old man to death for the April 2013 sledgehammer murder of his girlfriend's mother and also gave him a life sentence for killing her father, the Summit County prosecutor's office said. Shawn Ford was 18 when he murdered Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert 10…

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  • In 2016 operation, Dr. Carson is outpacing many U.S. presidential rivals

    Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon with no experience in the cutthroat world of Washington politics, is riding a surprising wave of support among conservatives that has placed him near the top of contenders for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The soft-spoken 63-year-old Carson, an…

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  • Sixteen states sue EPA over clean water rule

    Sixteen states on Monday filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contesting a rule that expands the definition of bodies of water subject to federal pollution controls. The actions are a coordinated challenge to an EPA rule issued on May 27 that defines the jurisdiction of…

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  • Baltimore prosecutors release witness list in Gray case

    Baltimore prosecutors have listed more than 30 potential witnesses, including an expert on forensic pathology and a DNA expert, in the trial of police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray in April. The list also includes police officers, detectives, firearms examiners and civilians,…

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  • Nashville boy, 12, killed in fireworks incident: police

    A Nashville, Tennessee, boy was killed when an apparently damaged "exploding artillery" firework malfunctioned as he held it skyward for a friend to light, police said on Monday. The Sunday night incident is under investigation and officers are trying to recover about a dozen of the fireworks…

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  • Colorado Supreme Court rules against school voucher program

    Colorado's Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a controversial school voucher program in a Denver suburb violates the state's constitution because it provides funding for students to attend religious schools. The Colorado Court of Appeals had previously upheld the system first proposed four years…

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  • FBI investigating corruption at New York prison after escape: CNN

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating possible broader corruption, including potential drug trafficking, at the upstate New York prison from which two inmates escaped earlier this month, CNN said on Monday, citing law enforcement sources. Two workers at the Clinton Correctional Facility…

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