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Baltimore residents urge support of consent decree; Justice Dept. seeks delay

Baltimore consent decreeA federal judge in Baltimore heard public testimony largely urging him to agree to a consent decree ordering sweeping reform of the city's police force.

In a four-hour hearing on Thursday, U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar heard from Baltimore residents and community organizers, asking for approval of an agreement reached in the final days of the Obama administration. The city and the Justice Department, led at the time by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, agreed on the terms of the decree after a federal investigation of city police and courts found numerous examples of racial discrimination, unconstitutional actions and excessive force.

The majority of those speaking at the hearing were supportive of the consent decree.


Master of the insult: Comedian Don Rickles dies at 90

Don Rickles dies at 90Don Rickles was Mr. Warmth to a generation of comics as the master of the put-down.

In a career that spanned more than 60 years, Rickles, who died at age 90 Thursday at his Los Angeles home, appeared in movies (from Beach Party films of the early '60s to Casino in 1995) and sitcoms (CPO Sharkey) and he voiced Mr. Potato Head in three of Disney’s Toy Story films. (”It’s a beautiful check,” he said of the toy character, and his main accomplishment in the eyes of his grandchildren. “I sit in a booth and just do me.”)


Law-abiding mother to be deported to Mexico in sign of Trump policy shift

Law abiding mother to be deportedThe mother of four American children, the youngest of whom is three years old, has been picked up by federal agents at her home in Fairfield, Ohio, and taken into detention ahead of imminent deportation back to her native Mexico.

Maribel Trujillo has been told that her deportation is set for next Tuesday from the US, where she has lived for the past 15 years. Her rushed removal is one of the starkest examples yet of Donald Trump’s push to catch and deport undocumented immigrants who previously were tolerated by the authorities as law-abiding and peaceful members of society.


Appeals Court: Civil Rights Act protects gay workersAppeals Court: Civil Rights Act protects gay workers

Civil Rights law protects gays: Appeals CourtA federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In an 8-3 decision, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said "discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination."

"Any discomfort, disapproval or job decision based on the fact that the complainant -- woman or man -- dresses differently, speaks differently, or dates or marries a same-sex partner, is a reaction purely and simply based on sex," Chief Judge Diane Wood wrote for the court.


Homeland Security announces steps against H1B visa fraud

Dept. of Homeland SecurityThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced steps on Monday to prevent the fraudulent use of H1B visas, used by employers to bring in specialized foreign workers temporarily, which appeared to fall short of President Donald Trump's campaign promises to overhaul the program.

A White House official said Trump may still do more on the program.

Trump had promised to end the lottery system for H1B visas, which gives each applicant an equal chance at 65,000 positions each year.


Susan Rice Denies ‘Unmasking’ Trump Officials

Susan Rice denies 'unmasking'Former national security adviser Susan Rice denied on Tuesday that she was responsible for “unmasking” the names of top Trump officials, as was claimed in reports on Monday. “I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would,” Rice said on MSNBC.

Rice denied that she or any Obama administration official “used intelligence for political purposes.”

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Women are missing from the highest paid jobs

women in high paid jobsIf it's a high-paid job, chances are you won't find a woman in it.

That's the conclusion of a LinkedIn analysis, prepared for Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, of how women fared in the top 100 highest-paying jobs in the U.S. On average, women make up less than 30% of employees in each role. Among the highest-paid roles, only three of them employ more women than men — all within human resource roles.


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