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41 Secret Service agents disciplined for leaking Chaffetz personnel file

Secret Service agents disciplinedU.S. Secret Service agents involved in leaking the personnel file of Rep. Jason Chaffetz will face discipline ranging from a reprimand to suspensions without pay, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, led a probe of embarrassing Secret Service disclosures which included drinking on the job and intruders at the White House. In response to Chaffetz' investigation, an unidentified Secret Service official encouraged "some information that he might find embarrassing" to be released, a September Department of Homeland Security report by its Inspector General said.

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High court ruling helps federal workers file job bias claims

SCOTUSThe Supreme Court is making it easier for federal workers to file employment discrimination lawsuits after quitting their jobs over conditions they consider intolerable.

The justices ruled 7-1 Monday that workers who bring so-called "constructive discharge" claims have 45 days from the time they resign to begin the process. The court rejected the Justice Department's position that the clock should start running when the alleged abuse occurs.

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Alabama attorney, second man arrested on multiple human trafficking charges

Alabama attorney arrested on human traficking chargesA Lauderdale County grand jury convened by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office has indicted a Florence attorney and a second man on human trafficking charges.

Attorney Edward “Chip” Dillard, 51, and Tim Staggs, 83, were arrested and booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Center on multiple human trafficking charges Thursday.

Dillard is being held on a $500,000 cash only bond and Staggs is being held on a $300,000 cash bond.

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Connecticut Court Upholds Abolishing Death Penalty For Existing Death Row Inmates

Connecticut death penalty ban upheldThe Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld its ruling that extends the state’s 2012 death penalty repeal to the 11 inmates already on death row.

State lawmakers initially made the 2012 death penalty repeal prospective so it would apply only to future crimes. The state Supreme Court’s 5-2 decision on Thursday upholds its 4-3 ruling from last August that extended the repeal to inmates who were already sentenced, thus converting their sentences to life without parole.

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Monsanto Ordered to Pay $46.5 Million in PCB Lawsuit in Rare Win for Plaintiffs

Monsanto loses psb suitYesterday’s 10-2 verdict in St. Louis Circuit Court awarded $17.5 million in damages to the three plaintiffs and assessed an additional $29 million in punitive damages against Monsanto, Solutia, Pharmacia and Pfizer, the St. Louis Dispatch reported.

PCBs were used to insulate electronics decades ago. Before switching operations to agriculture, Monsanto was the sole manufacturer of the compound from 1935 until 1977. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned PCBs in 1979, due to its link to birth defects and cancer in laboratory animals. PCBs can also have adverse skin and liver effects in humans. PCBs linger in the environment for many decades.

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Kenneth Starr's job in peril for handling of Baylor University sex assault cases

Ken StarrHe was a leading cast member in that seemingly distant drama of Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky and the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Now Kenneth Starr, bete noire of liberals in America, is making a comeback, though not entirely of his choosing.

Starr, the president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, is facing mounting pressure over how the university has handled reports of rape and assault by football players. The university says its governing board is still studying the results of an internal investigation and has refused to confirm speculation that Starr will be ousted.

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Gov. Nikki Haley signs bill outlawing abortion after 19 weeks

Niki Haley signs 20 wk abortion lawGov. Nikki Haley on Wednesday signed a bill that makes it illegal for a woman to get an abortion after her pregnancy reaches 19 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest.

The legislation was passed out of the Senate last week.

The bill would allow doctors to perform abortions past 20 weeks only if the fetus has been diagnosed with an “anomaly” and will die, or the mother’s life is threatened. Doctors who disobey the new rules would face jail time.

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