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United Auto Workers Lose Crucial Union Battle At Mississippi Nissan Plant

Nissanplant votes down unionThe U.S. labor movement suffered a painful loss late Friday when workers at a Nissan factory in Mississippi overwhelmingly voted against joining the United Auto Workers union.

The election involving about 3,700 workers at the Canton manufacturing facility was the most closely watched of its kind in years. Desperate to expand its footprint in a region that can be hostile to unions, the UAW poured a decade of organizing into the Mississippi campaign, marrying a message of worker rights with civil rights to persuade the mostly African American workforce to join their ranks.

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Martin Shkreli Found Guilty On Several Counts Of Fraud

Shkrelli convicted on fraud chargesAfter five days of deliberations, jurors have found Martin Shkreli guilty on three charges of fraud and not guilty on five charges.

Shkreli faces jail time, though legal experts say he’ll likely receive far less than the maximum 20-year sentence he would have faced had he been found guilty of all eight counts of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Shkreli spoke after receiving the verdict from the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, saying, “We have some work to do” on the three guilty verdicts.

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Shattered faith: Nearly 100 sex abuse suits against Catholic priests rock island of Guam

Sex abuse rampant on GuamIt started off innocently: a 15-year-old boy helping out at San Miguel, a local church named for Archangel Michael, the leader of all angels.

There was yardwork and cleaning, followed by invitations to the rectory to eat and watch TV. Soon, there were offers to drink sacramental wine and watch X-rated movies. Then sexual assault.  

More than 50 times over three years.  By the parish priest.

Those jarring allegations come from a recent lawsuit claiming assault from 1985 to 1988. It is one of nearly 100 lawsuits that describe rampant child sexual abuse by some of Guam’s most revered men: the Catholic clergy.

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Justice Dept. says feds will deny grants to sanctuary cities

No grants to sanctuary cities: sessionsThe Justice Department on Thursday said it will withhold federal grant money to law enforcement agencies in so-called "sanctuary cities" unless they assist Homeland Security in deporting undocumented people who their departments identify.

In a memo released online, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said municipalities that have refused to comply with federal agencies seeking to deport undocumented people are endangering the safety of officers and the public. He cited a case in Portland, Ore., where an illegal alien who's been deported "20 times" was accused of sexually assaulting an elderly woman.

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Evacuation ordered after CSX train derails in western Pennsylvania

train derailmentFire crews from several states are looking Thursday into the derailment of 32 rail cars -- some carrying hazardous material -- in western Pennsylvania.

Preliminary reports said the railroad cars left the tracks in Bedford County, near Hyndman, at around 5 a.m. Three cars burned, as well as residential garage struck by a rail car.

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Katie Yow refuses to testify amid activist 'witch hunt'

katie Yow refuses to testifyAn activist in the US state of North Carolina could face up to 18 months in jail for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury over the firebombing of a Republican Party office during the 2016 presidential election.

Katie Yow, a 31-year-old anarchist and social worker, decried the order, arguing that the secretive nature of grand juries enables the government to target activists without accountability.

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U.S. Citizen Who Was Held By ICE For 3 Years Denied Compensation By Appeals Court

US citiaen held by ICE for 3 years, denied copensationDavino Watson told the immigration officers that he was a U.S. citizen. He told jail officials that he was a U.S. citizen. He told a judge. He repeated it again and again.

There is no right to a court-appointed attorney in immigration court. Watson, who was 23 and didn't have a high school diploma when he entered ICE custody, didn't have a lawyer of his own. So he hand-wrote a letter to immigration officers, attaching his father's naturalization certificate, and kept repeating his status to anyone who would listen.

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