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Justices uphold $5.8 million award against Tyson Foods

SCOTUS sides with Tyson workersThe Supreme Court has ruled for more than 3,000 workers at a Tyson Foods Inc. pork-processing plant in Iowa in a pay dispute with the company.

The justices voted 6-2 on Tuesday to reject new limits Tyson asked them to impose on the ability of workers to band together to challenge pay and workplace issues.

Instead, the court upheld a $5.8 million judgment against the Springdale, Arkansas-based company for not paying employees for time spent putting on and taking off protective work clothes and equipment before wielding sharp knives in slaughtering and processing the animals.


Pro-Israel group accuses Jewish CUNY professor of anti-Semitic behavior

sarah schulmanA pro-Israeli group has targeted a CUNY professor it said has engaged in anti-Semitism.

The Zionist Organization of America, in a letter to state Sen. Jack Martins, ripped Sarah Schulman, who holds the title of distinguished professor of English at the College of Staten Island.

Schulman also serves as the faculty adviser to Students for Justice in Palestine, which has been accused of instigating anti-Jewish harassment and intimidation on different CUNY campuses.


U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Referee State Disputes Over Marijuana

SCOTUS rejects pot appeal by statesThe U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a lawsuit filed by two of Colorado's neighboring states over its legalization of marijuana.

Nebraska and Oklahoma said Colorado's decriminalization has "increased the flow of marijuana over their borders," forcing them to expend greater "law enforcement, judicial system, and penal system resources," thereby harming the welfare of their residents.


Controversial Texas family detention center to change back to all-male facility

Texas family detention center to revert back to male facilityA controversial family detention center in Texas will be converted back to an adult male facility, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Thursday in the latest signal that the Obama administration will reduce the detention of women and children before the president’s time in office ends.

During a House appropriations committee hearing Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard asked the ICE director, Sarah Saldaña: “is it possible that ICE will stop using Karnes and Dilley [another facility] for families in [fiscal year 2017]?”


SEC says Amazon should allow shareholder vote on gender pay

Amazon must let investors vote on gender Inc (AMZN.O) should allow shareholders to vote on a proposal on gender pay equality, the U.S. securities regulator decided this week in rejecting the retailer's request to omit the measure from its annual ballot.

Arjuna Capital, the activist arm of investment firm Baldwin Brothers Inc, said it submitted the proposal to Amazon and eight other technology companies, including eBay Inc (EBAY.O) and Intel Corp (INTC.O).


Frank Sinatra Jr., son of the legendary actor and singer, dead at age 72

Frank Sinatra Jr diesHis voice was his, yet echoed his father’s just enough to invite a comparison he could never live up to. He was talented and tenacious, but Frank Sinatra Jr. was always burdened with that magical name.

Sinatra Jr. died Wednesday while on tour in Florida of cardiac arrest, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 72 and had not been ill, his family said.


FBI raids in Ramapo target yeshivas, tech businesses

FBI raids misused tech funds in Orthodox schoolsFBI agents and Rockland district attorney's office detectives fanned out across Ramapo on Wednesday with search warrants demanding that vendors and yeshivas provide records and account for equipment allegedly bought by religious schools with millions in federal education technology dollars.

Agents descended around 1:30 p.m. on vendors at 21 and 29 Robert Pitt Drive, Monsey; 161 Route 59, Monsey; and 386 Route 59, Airmont, among other locations. The raids spread in the late afternoon to yeshivas in the Monsey area.


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