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$664,000 Misclassification Decision Levied on Unscrupulous Sacramento Landscaper

$664,000 Misclassification Decision Levied on Unscrupulous Sacramento Landscaper
The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has announced that Sacramento-based Green Valley Landscaping must pay $664,000 in back wages and fines to 43 workers. The investigation, launched in May of 2012, discovered that Green Valley had 43 workers despite claiming only 10 on its payroll records.
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Don't Have a Strike, Man: City and BART Workers Close to Deal, Push Deadline to Tonight

Don't Have a Strike, Man: City and BART Workers Close to Deal, Push Deadline to Tonight
A major San Francisco Bay-area transit strike was averted for at least a day after two labor unions extended contract negotiations beyond a midnight deadline and agreed not to walk off the job Monday to allow more talks.
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Lisa Leff
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Bangladeshi Factory Workers 'Peacefully' Kidnap Boss, Get Back Pay They Were Promised

Bangladeshi Factory Workers 'Peacefully' Kidnap Boss, Get Back Pay They Were Promised
Bangladesh's garment factories have been in the news as saddening examples of globalism's worst throughout 2013, but a story from one Bangladesh factory is finally yielding some feel-good news — even if it took a kidnapping. Reuters is reporting that workers at a garment factory released their boss after holding him for 18 hours in his office and their promised bonuses were finally paid.
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Brandon Perkins
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White Supremacist Family Aims to Turn ND Town into All-White Enclave

White Supremacist Family Aims to Turn ND Town into All-White Enclave
A white supremacist trying to turn a small southwestern North Dakota town into an all-white enclave has convinced a family to join him. Craig Cobb has been buying property in Leith and recruiting others with similar views to come to the community of two dozen people so he can create a voting majority and take over the town.
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How Abortion Is Being Used as a Ruse to Attack Health Care

How Abortion Is Being Used as a Ruse to Attack Health Care
Those of us who were around in 2010 when Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) nearly derailed the Affordable Care Act with his ill-informed demagoguery about abortion largely thought President Obama put the abortion scare-mongering to bed by signing
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Paul Ryan and Catholic Bishops: Shutdown and Default Small Price to Pay for Banning Birth Control

Paul Ryan and Catholic Bishops: Shutdown and Default Small Price to Pay for Banning Birth Control
Opposition to the birth control benefit has been framed by the bishops and their allies as an infringement of their religious liberty, turning the definition of the term on its head by claiming a right to impose their theological views on those who believe differently.
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Deeply Flawed Methane Leak Study 'Cherrypicked' Natural Gas Wells Suggested by Oil Industry

Deeply Flawed Methane Leak Study 'Cherrypicked' Natural Gas Wells Suggested by Oil Industry
In mid-September, researchers from the University of Texas published a study hailed by a triumphant oil and gas industry, which claimed it definitively showed that methane leaks from fracking are minimal. Major news outlets largely proclaimed that the study showed the EPA had dramatically overestimated methane leaks from the drilling boom. As the celebrations died down and more rigorous analysis of the study has begun, scientists are finding that the UT study is riddled with flaws.
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US Housing Department Takes Hardest Shutdown Hit of All

US Housing Department Takes Hardest Shutdown Hit of All
If ever there was a time to have a fully functional U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development it is now in the aftermath of the housing market crash, which began in 2007 and has yet to recover whole. But nearly two weeks after government shutdown, HUD has definitely suffered the hardest blow: 96 percent of their staff, or 8,372 out of 8,709 people, are out of work right now. HUD is the agency that chiefly handles public housing for low-income families and housing discrimination complaints
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US Court: Keystone XL Profits More Important than Environment

US Court: Keystone XL Profits More Important than Environment
In a major ruling that's flown under the radar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit - based in Denver, Colorado - decided not to grant the Sierra Club and Clean Energy Future Oklahoma a temporary injunction on the construction of the southern half of Transcanada's Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline.
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Shutdown Worries and Frustration Over Incompetence Lead to Competitive Race in CO's Fifth District

Shutdown Worries and Frustration Over Incompetence Lead to Competitive Race in CO's Fifth District
Retired Major General and Democratic candidate Irv Halter raised $120,000 in the third quarter of 2013 - a tremendous sum for Colorado's fifth district, usually a shoe-in for the Republicans. Overall frustration at the Republican's inability to govern has made the race unexpectedly competitive.
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