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Wal-Mart sued in Texas for gender discrimination

(Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. discriminated against female employees in Texas stores in pay and promotion decisions, according to a lawsuit filed on Friday in Federal Court in Dallas. The complaint is the second to be filed since a nationwide class action against the company was thrown by the Supreme…

Oakland mayor ‘sorry’ for clash that injured ex-Marine

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who was booed out of a public square by protesters against economic inequality on Thursday, apologized for a clash between police and demonstrators that badly injured an ex-Marine. Quan, who has drawn withering criticism for her handling of a confrontation with so-called…

Asian Americans most bullied in U.S. schools: study

Asian Americans endure far more bullying at US schools than members of other ethnic groups, with teenagers of the community three times as likely to face taunts on the Internet, new data shows. Policymakers see a range of reasons for the harassment, including language barriers faced by some Asian American…

Mysterious Lego sculpture in Florida police hands

A huge Lego sculpture that mysteriously appeared this week on a Florida beach will remain in police custody for 90 days while investigators try to figure out who it belongs to, according to authorities. The more than eight-foot-tall (2.5-meter) Lego Man weighing about 100 pounds (45 kilos) turned up on…

Second scandal in a week rocks New York cops

Sixteen New York Police Department officers pleaded not guilty to charges of widespread fixing of traffic tickets as well as more serious crimes, in the second scandal to hit the force in a week. Five civilians were also netted in the nearly three-year undercover probe that involved the wire tapping…

Credit union flap may reveal Goldman Sachs is bullying community banks

When it was announced recently that Goldman Sachs had withdrawn its sponsorship of the small community bank at which Occupy Wall Street had set up an account for its donations, it appeared to be merely a petty act of vindictiveness. According to investigative reporter Greg Palast, however, the motivations go…

Tennessee judge orders Occupy Nashville protesters released

Twenty-nine protesters arrested in Nashville, Tennessee at 3 AM on Friday for refusing to comply with a newly-enacted city rule banning “overnight occupation” have been released after a judge refused to sign criminal trespassing warrants against them. According to The Tennessean, Night Court Magistrate Tom Nelson explained in an email…

Huntsman’s daughters spoof Cain’s ‘smoking man’ ad

Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman may be trailing in the polls, but he has become the first of the candidates to put up a parody of former tobacco lobbyist Herman Cain’s already-notorious “smoking man” ad. Huntman’s ad features his three daughters in horn-rimmed glasses and false mustaches “Tomorrow is Friday,…

Occupy LA ripped apart by argument over pot-smoking

As the Occupy Los Angeles protesters begin to encounter pressure from a formerly welcoming city administration to think about ending their occupation, the group also appears in danger of being ripped apart from within over the issue of pot-smoking. The Los Angeles Times commented in a Friday editorial, “Four weeks…

Bachmann: Solve teen bullying by ending Dept. of Education

At a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa Friday, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann used a question about teen bullying as an opportunity to call to abolish the Department of Education. “I think that is an issue that needs to be handled at the local level,” the Minnesota congresswoman explained. “I…

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