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Disney, Marvel to break ties with Georgia if state passes antilaw

Disney and Marvel to break ties with Georgia over anti gay billDisney and Marvel are threatening to take their filming business elsewhere if Georgia passes a controversial law the inclusive companies say is discriminatory and "anti-gay."

Called the Free Exercise Protection Act, or House Bill 757, the bill would legally protect faith-based companies and other entities that refuse to provide services that they claim violate their beliefs. If enacted, the legislation would act as a buffer for opponents of same-sex marriage who refuse service to gay and lesbian couples.

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Legendary baseball announcer Joe Garagiola Sr. dies at age 90

Joe Garagiola dies at 90Joe Garagiola's nine-year baseball career was a modest one. His 57 years in broadcasting that followed made him one of the most popular figures in the sports world and beyond.

The man Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall called "one of the biggest personalities this game has ever seen" died Wednesday. He was 90.

The Diamondbacks announced Garagiola's death before their exhibition game againstSan Francisco, and there were murmurs of shock and sadness at the ballpark. He had been in ill health in recent years.

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Michigan task force blames state government for Flint water crisis

Michigan state govt, responsible for water crisisA task force appointed by Michigan's governor found that the state government is “fundamentally accountable” for Flint’s drinking water crisis.

In a comprehensive report released Wednesday, the task force primarily blamed the state’s emergency-manager law that gave state-appointed managers wide-ranging authority over Flint’s affairs.

But it also blamed the state’s environmental and health agencies for not providing better information about the lead content of Flint’s water, the health impacts to city residents and other important data.

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Justices uphold $5.8 million award against Tyson Foods

SCOTUS sides with Tyson workersThe Supreme Court has ruled for more than 3,000 workers at a Tyson Foods Inc. pork-processing plant in Iowa in a pay dispute with the company.

The justices voted 6-2 on Tuesday to reject new limits Tyson asked them to impose on the ability of workers to band together to challenge pay and workplace issues.

Instead, the court upheld a $5.8 million judgment against the Springdale, Arkansas-based company for not paying employees for time spent putting on and taking off protective work clothes and equipment before wielding sharp knives in slaughtering and processing the animals.

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Pro-Israel group accuses Jewish CUNY professor of anti-Semitic behavior

sarah schulmanA pro-Israeli group has targeted a CUNY professor it said has engaged in anti-Semitism.

The Zionist Organization of America, in a letter to state Sen. Jack Martins, ripped Sarah Schulman, who holds the title of distinguished professor of English at the College of Staten Island.

Schulman also serves as the faculty adviser to Students for Justice in Palestine, which has been accused of instigating anti-Jewish harassment and intimidation on different CUNY campuses.

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Referee State Disputes Over Marijuana

SCOTUS rejects pot appeal by statesThe U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a lawsuit filed by two of Colorado's neighboring states over its legalization of marijuana.

Nebraska and Oklahoma said Colorado's decriminalization has "increased the flow of marijuana over their borders," forcing them to expend greater "law enforcement, judicial system, and penal system resources," thereby harming the welfare of their residents.

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Controversial Texas family detention center to change back to all-male facility

Texas family detention center to revert back to male facilityA controversial family detention center in Texas will be converted back to an adult male facility, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Thursday in the latest signal that the Obama administration will reduce the detention of women and children before the president’s time in office ends.

During a House appropriations committee hearing Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard asked the ICE director, Sarah Saldaña: “is it possible that ICE will stop using Karnes and Dilley [another facility] for families in [fiscal year 2017]?”

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