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Supreme Court Upends All-White Jury Verdict and Death Sentence

Supreme Court Upends All-White Jury Verdict and Death Sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a Black Georgia man Monday because prosecutors violated the Constitution by excluding African-Americans from the all-White jury that determined his fate. The 7-1 ruling in favor of death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster came in a case in which defense lawyers obtained […]

Advocates Hail New Overtime Rules, Which Will Benefit 4M

Advocates Hail New Overtime Rules, Which Will Benefit 4M

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules to be issued Wednesday by the Obama administration. The policy changes are intended to counter erosion in overtime protections, which date from the 1930s and require employers to pay 1 ½ times a worker’s regular salary for […]

WH: Transgender Pupils Must Have Proper Access to Restrooms

WH: Transgender Pupils Must Have Proper Access to Restrooms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina. The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated […]

Social Service Advocates Sue Illinois Governor for $100 Million

Social Service Advocates Sue Illinois Governor for $100 Million

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than five dozen social service agencies sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday for $100 million in overdue payments, perhaps an inevitable byproduct of the historic 10-month budget stalemate. It’s the latest in an increasingly complex web of legal, political and public-relations maneuvers to short-circuit the state Capitol deadlock over […]

Advocates: Supreme Court Will Let $15 Minimum Wage Continue

Advocates: Supreme Court Will Let $15 Minimum Wage Continue

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation, worker advocates say. The justices refused to hear a challenge to Seattle’s law, which franchise owners said discriminates against them by […]

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