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Pay and Unionizing Erupt as Issues at Calif. Port StrikesLOS ANGELES (AP) — Drivers in a long-running labor dispute with three trucking companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began what they said would be an indefinite strike Monday. The impact on the movement of cargo around the sprawling port complex, the main gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of [...]
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U.S. Court: Young Immigrants in Ariz. Can Receive LicensesPHOENIX (AP) — Reyna Montoya is one of nearly 19,000 young immigrants in Arizona who has been allowed to stay in the U.S. under the Obama administration’s deferred action policy, but the benefits of the program in the state have been limited. As Montoya applies for teaching jobs, she considers herself competitively disadvantaged because Arizona [...]
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Groups Speak Up, Obama Delays Fast Return of MigrantsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster from the Southern border, following criticism that the administration’s planned changes were too harsh. Instead when Obama formally asks Congress for more than $2 billion in emergency spending Tuesday to deal [...]
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Straining Resources? A July 4th Clash Over MigrantsMURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — Rumors had swirled among anti-immigration activists near a U.S. Border Patrol station in Southern California that the agency would try again to bus in some of the immigrants who have arrived across the U.S.-Mexico border. Instead, they got dueling anti- and pro-immigration rallies Friday. The crowd of 200 outside the station [...]
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A Reflection – on Better U.S. High School Graduation RatesLike high schools across the state and nation this summer, North Texas campuses have finished graduation season. As a former school board member in one of those districts, I can say there was no more meaningful experience than handing out diplomas to bright-eyed students as they crossed the stage. It is, after all, the moment [...]
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Mass. Domestic Workers Gain Protections With Rights BillAn estimated 67,000 care workers in Massachusetts will have a host of labor safeguards starting next year, following a new bill of rights that Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law in late June. The protections include ones that many people in the workforce take for granted. But nannies, housekeepers and home and care workers are [...]
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The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Five Key Facts to KnowWASHINGTON (AP) — On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most significant civil rights achievements in U.S. history. This new law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; It ended school, work and [...]
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Native Groups: Release Judge’s Racist, Questionable EmailsBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of American Indians wants a court to preserve and eventually release an investigative file containing inappropriate emails sent by a federal judge, including a racist message involving President Barack Obama. Two Indian advocacy groups from Montana and South Dakota and a member of the Crow tribe filed a petition [...]
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Calif. Group Waving U.S. Flags Blocks Buses With MigrantsSAN DIEGO (AP) — Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center. The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer [...]
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Is It a Slur? ‘Redskins’ Renews Debate About RespectSomething is happening just beneath the fight over the name of a certain Washington, D.C., pro football team: America is working through the process of determining what is — or is not — racially offensive. What is a slur, and who gets to decide? How many people must be offended to tip the scales? Why [...]
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