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Once, the idea of standing in front of a crowd terrified Darius Anderson. A shy boy, he’d long stuttered in public, but at age 13, after joining a Boys-to-Men program run by Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), Darius began to change both himself and the young people around him. He is now at the forefront [...]
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Walmart Agrees to More Farmworker Protections in FloridaNAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Walmart Stores Inc. on Thursday joined an initiative that will require its Florida tomato suppliers to increase farmworker pay and protect workers from forced labor and sexual assault, among other things. The nation’s largest retailer became the most influential corporation to join the initiative promoted by a coalition of farmworker activists [...]
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New Budget Funds U.S. Government Through SeptemberWASHINGTON (AP) — After last fall’s tumultuous, bitterly partisan debt ceiling and government shutdown battles, a sense of fiscal fatigue seems to be setting in among many Washington policymakers as President Barack Obama prepares for his fifth State of the Union address later this month. A declining U.S. budget deficit, still-accommodative Federal Reserve and a [...]
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Budget Deal Restores Head Start Cuts, Supports EducationWASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands more American babies, toddlers and preschoolers would be eligible for early childhood programs under a budget deal reached by lawmakers that advocates hailed as an encouraging sign that Congress is committed to early education programs. They are hopeful the next step will be the icing on the cake in [...]
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U.S. Govt.: Walmart Violated Rights of Striking WorkersWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials filed a formal complaint Wednesday charging that Walmart violated the rights of workers who took part in protests and strikes against the company.  The National Labor Relations Board says Walmart illegally fired, disciplined or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain [...]
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Senate Bill to Extend Jobless Benefits is Pushed BackWASHINGTON (AP) — Compromise talks on a new program of long-term jobless benefits ran aground in the Senate on Tuesday, leaving the fate of the measure in extreme doubt while Republicans and Democrats vied for political advantage in the wreckage. “This is a dispiriting moment for millions of Americans,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., whose state’s [...]
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Tradition, Change and a Hmong Family: A Photo EssayFRESNO, Calif. — Leenee Vue, 24, tosses her backpack in her dusty Toyota Corolla and drives to class on this particular day late last year. She’s a junior at Fresno State University. She’s studying business. Dirt from her mother’s garden plot remains under her fingernails and stalks of sugarcane and lemongrass sit piled in the [...]
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U.S. Govt.: Most School Discipline Shouldn’t Lead to CourtWASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration last week pressed the nation’s schools to abandon what it described as overly zealous discipline policies that send students to court instead of the principal’s office. Even before the announcement, school districts around the country have been taking action to adjust the policies that disproportionately affect minority students. Attorney [...]
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‘Promise Zones’ to Offer Grants, Help in Anti-Poverty FightWASHINGTON (AP) — Invoking his own personal story, President Barack Obama made a plea for bipartisan work to combat poverty and declared, after a 2013 marked by struggles and disappointments, that “this is going to be a year of action.” Obama on Jan. 9 offered a glimpse at his coming State of the Union address [...]
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U.S. Government Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages in UtahSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gay couples in Utah have experienced a helter-skelter wave of emotions over the last three weeks: They were suddenly allowed to marry, then saw the weddings stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court and were told the state wouldn’t recognize the unions. Now, the federal government has intervened and said it [...]
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