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Jury clears Kleiner firm in Silicon Valley gender bias case

Ellen PaoA California jury on Friday cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination claims brought against it by a former partner in a trial that transfixed Silicon Valley.

After further deliberation, the jury also cleared Kleiner on a claim that the firm had retaliated against former partner Ellen Pao by terminating her employment after she sued in 2012.

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Arkansas follows Indiana into 'religious freedom' fight

Arkansas follows IndianaIndiana was the focus of harsh news this week when Gov. Mike Pence signed a “religious freedom” act and much of the business and political world erupted in criticism.

Those opposed to the law, which allows businesses to refuse service to potential customers and clients on religious grounds, say it’s a clear shot at the LGBT community – in particular those advocating or wanting to participate in same-sex marriage.

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San Francisco bans publicly funded travel to Indiana after discrimination law

Edwin LeeSan Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee on Thursday banned all publicly funded city employee travel to Indiana after the governor there signed a law allowing businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers.

The legislation, signed into law Thursday by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, allows businesses to refuse service to customers based on their religious beliefs.

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Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

fiber opticWhen vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

Because Internet service is largely unregulated by the federal government and the states, decisions about network reliability are left to service providers. Industry analysts say these companies generally do not build alternative routes, or redundancies, unless they believe it is worthwhile financially.

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Former Alabama officer charged with violating man's civil rights after beating

Ala. officer sued for violation of civil rightsA former Alabama police officer has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian man who was injured during a violent confrontation in February, authorities said on Friday.

Former Madison police officer Eric Sloan Parker is charged with using unreasonable force that left Sureshbhai Patel hospitalized. He was slammed face-first to the ground in the confrontation, which was captured on video.

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Calif. deputy police chief among six arrested in drug sting

Calif. deputy police chief among six arrested in drug stingA deputy police chief in Fresno, Calif., was among six people arrested Thursday in a federal drug-trafficking bust that involved the sale of heroin, marijuana and prescription narcotics, authorities said.

Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster was taken into custody and faces charges of conspiracy to distribute or possess with the intent to distribute, ABC 7 in San Francisco reported.

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Judge in Texas blocks federal rules change for gay couples

Texas judge blocks federal lawA federal judge in Texas has blocked temporarily federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples.

In a 24-page ruling filed Thursday in Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a preliminary injunction that stays expansion of the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex couples.

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