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Questions Brew but Starbucks to Offer College PlanNEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is giving its baristas a shot at an online college degree, an unusual benefit in an industry where higher education is often out of reach for workers. The coffee chain is partnering with Arizona State University to make an online undergraduate degree available at a steep discount to any of [...]
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Holder: Better Voting Access for Native Americans NeededANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said that his office will consult with tribes across the country to develop ways to increase voting access for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Holder said recently that the goal is to require state and local election officials to place at least one polling site in a [...]
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Civil Rights Order to Protect About 14M LGBT WorkersWASHINGTON (AP) — After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday.  While Obama lacks the authority to extend that protection to all Americans, the [...]
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Volunteers Get Out the Vote in Calif. – in 14 Languages“Every call is my favorite call,” 18-year-old George told me on June 2. It was the end of our three-week blitz of calling voters to make their voices heard by going to the polls. I had asked him which was his favorite. I was thrown back by his response. Rewind three weeks. George, a high [...]
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How Will Eric Cantor’s Defeat Affect Immigration Reform?DENVER (AP) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s startling primary loss this week to a tea party-backed opponent illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the Republican Party’s future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall. Almost all represent [...]
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Actress Ruby Dee, who Battled Injustice, Passes AwayNEW YORK (AP) — For Ruby Dee, acting and activism weren’t contradictory things. They were inseparable, and they were intertwined. The African-American actress, who earned lead roles in movies and on Broadway, also spent her life fighting against injustice, even emceeing the 1963 March on Washington and protesting apartheid in South Africa. “We are image [...]
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What’s Next? Issues After Court Ruling on Calif. Tenure LossSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a two-month trial and another two months of deliberating, a California judge on Tuesday found that a handful of laws governing the hiring and firing of the state’s teachers are unconstitutional because they deprive children of a quality education. It was the first time in U.S. history a court has [...]
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Lawsuit Says Seattle’s $15 Hourly Wage Hurts CommerceSEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges Seattle’s adoption of what would be the nation’s highest minimum wage as unfair to small franchises. The Seattle City Council voted unanimously this month to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least [...]
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LOS ANGELES — “I’m the people’s general,” says TC, explaining the nickname he’s been given on Fifth Street. He earned it by keeping the homeless residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row informed and educated about neighborhood issues, in part through the literature table he maintains next to the blue tarps of his tent. Under the [...]
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Maya Angelou Remembered for Clarity, Voice, WisdomWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) —  Maya Angelou liked to say that people will forget what you said or did in your life, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey said Saturday they were among the millions touched by Angelou’s wisdom when they needed [...]
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