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Justice Dept. sues Houston over harassment of female firefighters

Justice Dept. sues Houston over harassment of female fire fightersThe U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the city of Houston, saying its fire department discriminated against two female firefighters and retaliated after their complaints.

According to the suit, firefighters Jane Draycott and Paula Keyes were subjected to a hostile work environment at Houston Fire Department Station 54.

The complaint was filed Wednesday in the Southern District of Texas. It says male firefighters at the station engaged in various forms of harassment -- including urinating on walls, floors and sinks of the women's bathroom and dormitory. It says they also disconnected the cold water to scald the women when they showered and deactivated speakers in their dorm so they couldn't hear emergency calls.



Walmart says it will raise age restriction to 21 for gun purchases, remove items resembling assault-style rifles from website

Walmart raises age of gun sales to 21

Walmart announced Wednesday that it is raising its age restriction to 21 for firearm and ammunition purchases.

The company said in its statement that it made the decision in light of recent events and will try to implement this change "as quickly as possible."

Walmart also pointed out that in 2015 it ended sales of certain sporting rifles like the AR-15. The company also said it doesn't sell accessories like bump stocks or high-capacity magazines.


Dick's Sporting Goods Ends Sale Of Assault-Style Rifles, Citing Florida Shooting

Dixk's will not sell assault weapons or to anyone under 21Following the mass shooting at a Florida high school, one of the nation's largest sporting goods stores announced Wednesday that it will enact tougher gun sale restrictions — including no longer selling assault-style rifles.

Saying "thoughts and prayers are not enough," Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack announced several gun sale restrictions at its over 600 nationwide chains.

The chain will stop selling assault-style rifles, end the sale of firearms to buyers under 21 (up from federal minimum age of 18), stop selling high-capacity magazines and continue to never sell controversial bump stocks, the company said.


Guns are allowed at the Florida Strawberry Festival. Beer, bottled water and pets are not.

FL Strawberry Festival allows guns, bans beer and petsYou can’t buy a beer at the Florida Strawberry Festival. You can’t bring a bottle of water or a dog that’s not a service animal.

You can, however, sit in the front row of a Reba McEntire concert with a Smith & Wesson holstered to your chest.

You can ride the Space Roller with a handgun. You can meet the Strawberry Queen with a handgun. You can stand atop the festival’s new $5.5 million concert amphitheater and look down on the stage, midway or basketball courts at neighboring Tomlin Middle School, all with a concealed carry permit and a gun you brought from home.


Rhode Island the first state since Parkland school shooting to take action on guns

R.I. Gov. signs bill to "red flag" people in danger of committing gun violence

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order Monday establishing a statewide "red flag" policy to help keep guns away from people "who pose a danger to themselves and others."

Rhode Island becomes the sixth state to take the action and the first since the Feb. 14 shooting rampage at a Florida high school that claimed the lives of 17 students and staff.

"The heartbreaking shooting in Parkland has once again proven that if the federal government won't act, states need to do more to prevent the gun violence that has become far too common," Raimondo said at a signing ceremony Monday in Warwick.


United Airlines, Delta are latest big names to cut ties with NRA

Airlines cut ties with NRA

Two major airlines — United Airlines and Delta — said Saturday that they are notifying the National Rifle Association that they will no longer offer discounted rates for NRA members in the latest display of corporate backlash to the pro-gun organization.

United said it is canceling its program for discounted rates to the NRA's annual meeting while Delta said it was dropping its contract for lower rates through our group travel program.


Actress Nanette Fabray, Perennial TV Mom, Dies At Age 97

Nanette Fabrau dies at 97

Actress Nanette Fabray, who was known to modern audiences as the mother of Bonnie Franklin’s character on the CBS sitcom “One Day at a Time,” died Thursday at her home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. She was 97.

The actress, born Ruby Nanette Bernadette Theresa Fabares in San Diego, was performing in vaudeville by the age of 4, according to The New York Times.

By the age of 19, she was doing bit parts in Hollywood movies and made her Broadway debut in the 1941 musical comedy “Let’s Face It” opposite Danny Kaye.


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