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Appeals court sides with railroads in class action suit against fuel surcharge conspiracy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday vacated a trial court’s decision to certify a class action against railroad companies, a procedural win for the companies in a case about whether they illegally colluded to fix the price of fuel surcharges. A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court…

Women push to pray in the same room as men at British mosques

In the damp basement room of a Caribbean restaurant in London, Naima leads prayers for an audience of male and female worshippers. They face Mecca, directed by an arrow scrawled on a blackboard in pink chalk. But Naima — she did not want to give her full name — had…

How courts stopped unpaid interns from filing sexual harassment lawsuits

By Blair Hickman and Christie Thompson, ProPublica In 1994, Bridget O’Connor began an internship at Rockland Psychiatric Center, where one of the doctors allegedly began to refer to her as Miss Sexual Harassment, told her that she should participate in an orgy, and suggested that she remove her clothing before…

Hunger-striking California inmate on 27 years in solitary: ‘Every minute has been torturous to my mind and body’

Hundreds of inmates across the state enter second month of protest against ‘inhumane’ solitary confinement units California’s prison hunger strike is pitting hundreds of inmates against authorities in a battle of wills largely invisible to outsiders. A mass protest which has just entered its second month is playing out in…

HBO: High rates of ‘Game Of Thrones’ piracy is ‘better than an Emmy’

HBO says Game of Thrones 'piracy' is better than an Emmy (via The Inquirer) ACCORDING TO Time Warner CEO Alan Bewkes the ‘piracy’ buzz around Game of Thrones is a good thing, so good that it’s better than an entertainment industry award. The firm was talking about its latest financial…

Florida OKs exhuming bodies from gravesite at boarding school plagued with abuse

By Bill Cotterell Tallahassee, Florida (Reuters) – Declaring that “there is no shame in searching for the truth,” Florida’s cabinet agreed on Tuesday to permit bodies to be exhumed at an infamous former boys reform school, to identify dozens of children buried and forgotten in woodlands decades ago. The institution,…

Obama met with tech executives on Thursday to discuss government surveillance: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama quietly met with the CEOs of Apple Inc, AT&T Inc as well as other technology and privacy representatives on Thursday to discuss government surveillance, according to a media report. Google Inc computer scientist Vint Cerf and civil liberties leaders also participated in the meeting,…

Swiss store denies wrongdoing in Oprah ‘racism’ controversy

A Swiss luxury boutique denied any wrongdoing Friday after US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey claimed she had been the subject of racism when a shop assistant allegedly refused to show her an expensive handbag. Winfrey, one of the richest women in the world, said she had been in Zurich…

Snoop Dogg Lion is selling a $100 spliff – and you can’t even smoke it

The rapper’s app, Snoopify, allows users to decorate their photos with cartoons, including ones of his ‘Golden Jay’ joint Fans of rapper Snoop Dogg – or Snoop Lion as he now calls himself – are paying almost $100 (£65) for the chance to adorn their photographs with an imaginary spliff.…

‘Easy Rider’ star Karen Black dies at 74

American actress Karen Black, who shot to fame in the 1969 counter-culture classic “Easy Rider,” died Thursday in Los Angeles, her husband said. She was 74. Black, who starred alongside Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in the film, died after battling cancer. “It is with great sadness that…

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