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Judge strikes down wage boost for some home workers

home care workersA federal judge on Monday struck down Labor Department regulations that would have meant higher pay for some home health care workers.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said part of the rules approved last year conflict with federal law that has long exempted third-party providers of in-home care for the elderly and disabled from complying with minimum wage and overtime laws.

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Arizona abandons experimental drug cocktail used in Joseph Rudolph Wood execution

Execution drugsArizona officials will no longer administer the two-drug combination used in the nearly two-hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood this year.

The state Department of Corrections will instead try to obtain drugs that were successfully used for many years but have become obsolete and difficult to obtain after an EU-led boycott. If the state cannot get those drugs, it will use a different three-drug combination that will include midazolam, the sedative used in Wood’s death.

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Arizona sheriff aims to halt Obama immigration order

Arizona sherrifA gadfly attorney and an Arizona county sheriff want to halt President Barack Obama's immigration order in the first courtroom battle over an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.

On Monday, lawyer Larry Klayman will try to convince a judge nominated by Obama that the immigration system isn't really broken — contrary to what the president says.

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Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting

ex-officer not charged in killingA white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said Christopher Manney won't be charged because he shot Dontre Hamilton in self-defense. Manney is at least the third white police officer to not be charged in the past month after a confrontation that led to a black man's death.

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‘I felt like a piece of trash’ – Life inside America’s food processing plants

Immigrant workers in USMaria Lopez will never forget that day. It was 2004, the middle of an ordinary shift on the line at Hormel Foods – a sprawling brick-and-concrete complex on the southern edge of Fremont, Nebraska.

The worker beside her fed pork shoulders one after another into a spinning saw, just as he did every other day of the week, while Lopez gathered and bagged the trimmed fat to go into Spam. The pace of work had always been steady, but the speed of the line had jumped recently – from 1,000 pigs per hour to more than 1,100 – and Lopez was having trouble keeping up.

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Staples: millions exposed in data breach

Staples hackedStaples Inc. said hackers stole personal information from up to 1.16 million payment cards used in the Northeastern United States during the busy back-to-school shopping weeks earlier this year.

Malware was deployed at 115 of the office-supply company's approximately 1,400 stores in the United States, the company said.

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Gunman Kills 2 Police Officers; Suspect Dead: NYPD

2 NYPD officers killedA gunman possibly bent on retribution shot and killed two NYPD officers sitting in their squad car Saturday in Brooklyn, according to police officials and other sources.

After firing on the officers, the man ran into a nearby subway station and turned his weapon on himself, officials said. The suspect died, an NYPD spokesman said.

The gunman posted an angry, threatening message about the police on a social media account, according to one law enforcement source.

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