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Court orders Walmart to reinstate workers fired for protest

walmart to reinstate protestersA National Labor Relations Board judge ruled that Walmart must offer reinstatements for 16 employees that were fired in 2013 for protesting.

Judge Geoffrey Carter found the employees were improperly punished for participating in a strike against the company according to the National Labor Relations Act. In addition to reinstatement, the ruling also ordered the company to offer the workers back pay and clear the disciplinary records of 38 employees who were punished but not fired.


California marijuana growers face new crop of local bans

marijuana growersWhen the California Legislature passed the state's first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new era of trust in their often-tumultuous relationship with wary local officials and police.

So far, it hasn't turned out that way.

Facing what appears to be a rapidly closing window for action, dozens of cities and counties from across California are racing to enact new bans on marijuana-growing. Some apply only to commercial cultivation, both indoor and outdoor, but many would also prohibit personal pot gardens that have been legal — or at least overlooked — for 19 years.


Blizzard paralyzes East Coast; at least six states declare emergency

East Coast blizzardA potentially record-breaking blizzard on Saturday paralyzed road, rail and airline travel on the U.S. East Coast from North Carolina to New York.

More than 85 million people in at least 20 states were covered by a winter weather warning, watch or advisory, the Weather Channel said, and many stores were left with bare shelves as residents stocked up on food, water and wine, preparing to spend the weekend indoors.


Flint water crisis: EPA calls state and city's response 'inadequate'

Flint waterFor several weeks now, city and state officials have traded barbs over who is ultimately responsible for the toxic water that's inundated Flint, Michigan.

On Thursday, the feds said they both are.

In an emergency administrative order, the Environmental Protection Agency slammed the city of Flint, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the State of Michigan, saying they are all responsible for the lead contamination in the city's water.


4 Dead, Suspect Caught In Canada School Shooting

Canadian school shooting: four deadFour people were killed and others injured in a school shooting in a remote part of Saskatchewan on Friday and a male suspect is in custody, Canadian police said.

Officials have not given a motivation for the shooting in La Loche, about 600 km (375 miles) north of the city of Saskatoon.

"Obviously this is every parent's worst nightmare," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who initially reported five people were killed. He was in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum.


US-led coalition expected to announce more civilian casualties in strikes on Isis

civilian casualtiesThe US-led military coalition has called its war against the Islamic State the “most precise air campaign in history” despite having identified 16 civilians mistakenly killed and another nine injured in strikes last summer.

Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for the coalition, told reporters on Friday he expects “additional announcements” about civilian casualties in the “near future”, pending ongoing internal investigations.


Kansas' highest court voids Wichita marijuana ordinance

Kansas pot law voidedThe highest court in Kansas on Friday voided a voter-approved ordinance in Wichita to reduce punishments for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

By a 7-0 vote, the Kansas Supreme Court said Wichita ignored filing and disclosure rules that were mandated by state law, and meant to ensure that legislators and voters in the state's most populous city understood the ordinance before a vote was taken.


New Takata air bag recall to cover 5 million U.S. vehicles

Takat air vag recallU.S. regulators on Friday announced a new recall of about 5 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata Corp air bags, covering some automakers not previously affected by one of the biggest auto safety recalls in U.S. history.

The new action brings to 28 million the number of Takata air bag inflators recalled and increases the number of vehicles affected in the United States to as many as 24 million, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.


National Review aims to take down Trump

National Review aims to take down TrumpFor months, Republican leaders have worried about how to stop 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump. Now, one of the conservative movement’s most influential publications is taking matters into its own hands.

National Review is dedicating a special issue of its magazine, one week before the Iowa caucuses, to stopping Trump. “Against Trump,” blares the magazine cover. Inside, a blistering editorial questions Trump's commitment to conservatism, warning voters that backing him is tantamount to allowing the conservative movement to have “fallen in behind a huckster.”


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