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Alabama firm to pay Indian workers $20M to settle labor suits

Alabama Signal settlesSignal International will pay $20 million to settle lawsuits alleging fraud and labor trafficking by the Alabama-based oil- rig repair company, which brought hundreds of Indian men to work on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, attorneys for the plaintiffs said on Tuesday.

The settlement, which included an apology by the company to about 200 guest workers involved in the suits, must win the approval by a bankruptcy court in Delaware, where Signal has filed for Chapter 11 protection.

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Three senior officials lose their jobs at APA after US torture scandal

Officials lose their jobsThe torture scandal consuming the US’s premiere professional association of psychologists has cost three senior officials their jobs, part of a reckoning that reformers hope will lead to criminal prosecutions.

As the American Psychological Association copes with the damage reaped by an independent investigation that found it complicit in US torture, the group announced on Tuesday that its chief executive officer, its deputy CEO and its communications chief are no longer with the APA.

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Wal-Mart sued over denying health insurance to gay worker's wife

walmart suedA Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) employee sued the retailer on Tuesday, saying its prior policy of denying health insurance benefits to the spouses of gay employees violated gender discrimination laws.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, seeks nationwide class-action status.

Wal-Mart, the largest private U.S. employer, began offering health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses last year, after the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to married gay couples.

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Eric Garner's family accepts $5.9M settlement from New York

Eric Garner settlementNew York City on Monday agreed to pay $5.9 million to settle a suit brought by the family of Eric Garner, a man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police last year.

Nearly one year to the day of Garner's death, his family, including widow Esaw Garner and his mother, Gwen Carr, agreed to accept $5.9 million in a deal arranged by City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Earlier in the day, they refused $5 million to settle their $75 million lawsuit.

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Son of Boston Police capt. charged in connection with ISIS terrorism plot

Alex CiccoloA man from Adams has been arrested and charged in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism on behalf of ISIS.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. The criminal complaint was unsealed on Monday.

Ciccolo is the son of Boston Police Captain Robert Ciccolo, who was one of the first responders to the Boston Marathon bombing. Capt. Ciccolo is in charge of the Boston Police Department's 911 call center. He has served with the department for more than 25 years.

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Napkin-eating broker at center of $5.6m insider trading scheme avoids jail time

SECA stockbroker who helped orchestrate a multimillion-dollar insider-dealing scheme by passing on secret tips written on napkins – before eating them – will be spared jail, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Monday.

Frank Tamayo acted as middleman in the $5.6m scheme by collecting insider information written down on napkins, which he allegedly took to show another broker at Grand Central station. Once the second broker had memorised the information – usually stocks ticker symbols – Tamayo would eat the paper to dispose of the evidence.

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Obama Commutes Sentences For Dozens Of Nonviolent Drug Offenders

ObamaPresident Barack Obama announced Monday that he has granted dozens of federal inmates their freedom, as part of an effort to counteract draconian penalties handed out to nonviolent drug offenders in the past.

The 46 inmates who had their sentences reduced represent a small fraction of the tens of thousands of inmates who have applied. The U.S. Justice Department prioritizes applications from inmates who are nonviolent, low-level offenders, have already served at least a decade in prison, and would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted today, among other factors.

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