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US Inspectors Alarmed Over Conditions at Immigrant Detention Centers

Expired, moldy, and spoiled foods. Poor conditions in bathrooms. Long waits to receive medical care. These are some of the observations cited at a federal report released on Thursday that said detained immigrants, at four large U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) centers, are being treated inhumanly. The report issued by the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of Homeland Security shows that facilities in California, Georgia, New Jersey and New Mexico require “immediate attention.” “The ICE detention facilities were selected for inspections based on OIG hotline complaints, reports from…

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China Accuses US of Meddling Over Potential US Navy Visits to Taiwan

China submitted an official protest with the United States Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law a measure that could result in U.S. naval warships visiting self-ruled Taiwan. Trump signed into law Tuesday defense budget legislation that authorizes the possibility of mutual visits by naval ships between Taiwan and the U.S. Should any such visits occur, they would be the first since the U.S. severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979 and established relations with China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing that while…

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Finance News 

The Internet of Everything — $12.6 trillion ROI expected over the next decade [SLIDE DECK]

It all started on our PC’s. Now, single function items are becoming interfaces connected to the Internet and offering us capabilities above and beyond their original intended purpose. The phone goes way beyond making calls, the watch goes way beyond telling time, the car goes way beyond getting us from place to place, etc. Our businesses and governments are becoming more efficient by investing in the IoT revolution. Industries like oil, manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, insurance, retail, and utilities are all actively innovating with IoT installs. Governments are improving the quality…

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Days of Toil Bring Hard-won Gains Over Huge California Fire

Firefighters finally eked out progress on the titanic task of cutting fire lines around one of the biggest blazes in California history. As the fire straddling Santa Barbara and Ventura counties entered its 10th day, crews had carved containment lines around one-quarter of it. But the wildfire still raged Tuesday, threatening thousands of homes and stranding tens of thousands of evacuees. The so-called Thomas fire, one of several burning around the state, has burned over 900 structures, at least 700 of them homes. And it has stretched across nearly 370…

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Female workers sue McCormick & Schmick’s over lewd behavior

AP Photo/Stephan Savoia BOSTON (AP) — Female kitchen workers at the McCormick & Schmick’s seafood restaurant in downtown Boston were subjected to constant groping and lewd comments from male supervisors and co-workers, and their complaints to the company were routinely ignored, five women said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit highlights the abuse and harassment women in low-wage hospitality positions routinely face, even as allegations of sexual misconduct roil white-collar industries like film, media and politics, said Sophia Hall, an attorney for the … Read the referenced story here: Female…

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US High Court Turns Away Dispute Over Gay Worker Protections

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed and forced from her job because she is a lesbian, avoiding an opportunity to decide whether a federal law that bans gender-based bias also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation. The justices left in place a lower court ruling against Jameka Evans, who had argued that workplace sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Workplace protections are a major source of concern…

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Class action lawsuit sought over 1966 Spain H-bombs accident

AP Photo/Uncredited HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Veterans who say they responded to a 1966 accident involving U.S. hydrogen bombs in Spain and then became ill from radiation exposure asked a federal appeals court on Monday to allow a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Yale Law School students in Connecticut filed the request with the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on behalf of veterans who sought disability benefits from the VA but were denied. The students represent Air … Read the referenced story here: Class…

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