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Appeals court upholds Indiana’s anti-union ‘right to work’ law

The validity of an Indiana state law that bars companies from requiring workers to join a union and pay union dues was affirmed on Tuesday by a U.S. appeals court in a win for “right to work” advocates. The Indiana law does not violate the U.S. Constitution or federal labor…

South Carolina teen sues DMV after being told to remove makeup

The mother of a South Carolina teenager who says he was ordered to remove his makeup for his driver’s license photograph filed suit on Tuesday against the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles on civil rights grounds. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Chase Culpepper, 16, who regularly wears makeup and…

‘I’m back, Obama’: Islamic State jihadists claim beheading of second US journalist

The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant beheading another American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive. The footage, identified by private terrorism monitor SITE and seen by AFP, shows 31-year-old freelance writer Steven Sotloff dressed in orange and on his knees in a…

Celebrity lawyer tells clients to avoid using iCloud after nude photos stolen

A leading celebrity lawyer has advised his clients not to use smartphones and the iCloud after intimate photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and female entertainers and models were posted online following an apparent mass hacking. Martin Garbus, a New York trial lawyer who over the years has represented actors…

Midair reclining seat dispute causes yet another flight to be diverted

An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week. Delta Air Lines said that “out of an abundance of caution”…

After three-year legal battle, Texas voter ID law heads to trial in US court

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) – A U.S. court in Texas will hear arguments on Tuesday in a case over a law requiring voters to present photo identification, a move the state’s Republican leaders say will prevent fraud while plaintiffs call it a veiled attempt at suppressing minority turnout. The case…

GOP congressman Michael Grimm to face tax-evasion trial on December 1

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday set December 1 as the start of the tax-evasion trial of New York Congressman Michael Grimm, one month after elections in which the Republican seeks a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Grimm, a former FBI…

Scientists use E.coli bacteria to create fossil fuel alternative

LONDON (Reuters) – British and Finnish scientists have found a way of generating renewable propane using a bacterium widely found in the human intestine and say the finding is a step to commercial production of a fuel that could one day be an alternative to fossil fuel reserves. “Although we…

Nashville police search for 17 teens who escaped Tennessee detention center

By Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) – Nashville police were searching on Tuesday for 17 teens still at large after 32 boys escaped from a detention center overnight, a spokesman said. At around 11 p.m. on Monday, some of the teens began pushing their way out of the dorms at the Woodland…

Frankfurt court bans Uber taxi services across Germany

By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A German regional court has issued a temporary injunction against Uber, the fast-growing, U.S.-based online chauffeur service which is no stranger to legal challenges from taxi-cab rivals and regulators around the globe. In its ruling, the Frankfurt Regional Court said the company could no…

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