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Yellen says US experiencing widening inequality

Janet YellenFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the last several decades have seen the most sustained rise in income inequality in a century.

In a speech to a Boston conference on economic opportunity, Yellen said this problem is of great concern to her and she pointed to increased education and ownership of small businesses as two ways to deal with the problem.

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US Government Sanitizes Vietnam War History

Revising Vietnam war historyFor many years after the Vietnam War, we enjoyed the "Vietnam syndrome," in which US presidents hesitated to launch substantial military attacks on other countries. They feared intense opposition akin to the powerful movement that helped bring an end to the war in Vietnam. But in 1991, at the end of the Gulf War, George H.W. Bush declared, "By God, we've kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all!"

With George W. Bush's wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, and Barack Obama's drone wars in seven Muslim-majority countries and his escalating wars in Iraq and Syria, we have apparently moved beyond the Vietnam syndrome. By planting disinformation in the public realm, the government has built support for its recent wars, as it did with Vietnam.

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Fla. Supreme Court puts limits on phone tracking

cell phonesPolice in Florida aren't allowed to use a cellphone to track someone's movements according to a sweeping new ruling from the Florida Supreme Court.

The court by a 5-2 vote ruled Thursday that authorities in Broward County had no right to stop and arrest Shawn Tracey for possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine.

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Hong Kong chief ready for talks with protest leaders

Hong Kong protestsHong Kong’s embattled chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, said on Thursday afternoon that the government would welcome a dialogue with protest leaders, after two consecutive nights of violent clasheswith police reinvigorated the pro-democracy movement, which has paralysed swaths of the city.

During an afternoon press conference Leung said the government would be willing to meet with the Hong Kong Federation of Students, one of the main protest organisers, “as soon as we can, and hopefully within the following week”.

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Chrysler recalls more than 900,000 vehicles globally in two actions

chryslerChrysler Group on Thursday announced two global recalls of more than 900,000 cars and SUVs combined for problems that could cause fires.

Chrysler, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI), is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs globally from model years 2011 through 2014 and equipped with a 3.6 liter engine and a 160 amp alternator, according to the company and documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The alternator may suddenly fail, possibly causing a stall or fire and increasing the risk of a crash, according to the NHTSA documents.

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U.S. asks to suspend Guantanamo video order

Gitmo tapesThe United States has asked a federal judge to suspend an order releasing videotapes of force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay inmates.

The U.S. Justice Dept. filed the brief Wednesday, requesting Judge Gladys Kessler of the District of Columbia Circuit Court halt plans to release the allegedly graphic tapes, currently under seal, of Abu Wa'el Dhiab, a hunger striker being force-fed his meals. Release of the information would disclose, for the first time, classified information involving Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

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Colombian farmers sue BP for $29M over alleged land degredation

BPColombian farmers took on oil giant BP in the British High Court on Wednesday, in a lawsuit that alleges that the company negligently managed the construction of a pipeline in the mid-1990s, resulting in severe damage to their land.

The four-month trial marks the first time the U.K. firm has faced a domestic court over its actions overseas in what is being billed as one of the largest environmental case of its kind.

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Atheist jailed for denying ‘higher power’ in Calif. drug rehab gets $2M

AA, Redding Recovery CenterAn atheist in Northern California has been awarded nearly $2 million in a settlement with the state and a nonprofit drug rehab organization for violating his religious liberty by sending him to jail for refusing to submit to a “higher power” as part of a treatment program, local news outlets reported.

After serving a year behind bars for methamphetamine possession, 46-year-old Barry Hazle Jr. of Shasta County was ordered to participate in a residential drug treatment program.

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Appeals court restores tough Texas voter ID law

Texas voter id lawStrict voter ID requirements are back in force in Texas after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals intervened late Tuesday to stay an order from a district court judge that found the law had been written with an “unconstitutional discriminatory purpose.” The three-judge panel cited U.S. Supreme Court admonitions against instilling confusion by changing voting rules too close to an election.

The ruling [PDF] — which reinstates a law that infamously allows some forms of identification, like gun permits, but disqualifies others, such as a current student ID — comes less than a week before early voting begins in Texas.

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