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Justice Department: Tribal reservations can grow and sell pot

Reservations may grow and sell potTribal reservations in the United States can grow and sell marijuana, even in states where it is still illegal, the Justice Department says.

In a memorandum released Thursday, Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and chairman of a committee on Native American issues, said reservations must follow the same guidelines the department laid down last year for Colorado and Washington when they legalized marijuana sales.


Fatal shooting flags concerns of discriminatory policing in Arizona

Police abuseHundreds of activists chanting "I can't breathe" and "No justice, no peace" marched through Phoenix this week to urge justice for black father of four Rumain Brisbon, who was shot dead by a white city police officer in a disputed incident that flagged concerns over what critics say is a history of discriminatory policing in the Arizona capital.

"He was a good friend, a devoted father, a loyal community member … and did not deserve to be killed like he was in front of his family," Brisbon's friend Jenee Polk said as protesters carrying placards reading "Justice for Rumain" and "What happened to peace officers?" gathered in the parking lot of an Elks Lodge in central Phoenix before a recent protest rally.


NLRB Judge Rules That Walmart Illegally Punished California Workers For Participating In Protests

NLRB judgmentIn recent years, some Walmart workers have staged public protests about inadequate wages and unfair treatment. A number of these employees claim that management has retaliated against them for expressing their views. Now a court has ordered Walmart to reverse disciplinary action taken against protesting workers and put a stop to future retaliation.

The New York Times reports that a National Labor Relations Board judge found that managers at Walmart stores in Richmond and Placerville, CA, acted illegally by penalizing employees for going on strike, threatening to close a store if many of its employees joined a group demanding higher wages and telling employees that co-workers returning from a one-day strike would be looking for a new job.


Storm pounds Bay Area — rain, wind, outages packing punch

Bay area stormThe biggest storm to hit a drought-ravaged state in years plowed hard into Northern California Thursday, bringing a deluge of rain and heavy winds that toppled trees, flooded and closed roadways, cut power to tens of thousands, and damaged homes and businesses.

Sections of San Francisco’s Embarcadero were closed in the morning between AT&T Park and Pier 39 due to the threat of waves crashing over the sea wall. All over San Francisco, homes and businesses lost power, traffic signals were out and transit service was slowed or halted.


Fayetteville, Arkansas Repeals LGBT Protections

Repeal of LGBT rights in ArkansasFayetteville voters repealed a contentious new civil rights law on Tuesday.  Final unofficial results showed 7,523 votes (52 percent) for repeal and 7,040 votes (48 percent) against repeal.

The decision came during a special election called by petitioners who sought to repeal the new ordinance, which prohibits business owners and landlords from unjustly firing or evicting someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, marital status, or veteran status.


Hundreds march in fourth day of protests in California

California protets continueHundreds of protesters angered at the killing of unarmed black men by white police officers marched through downtown Berkeley streets, briefly blocking traffic on a state highway, and delaying metro and train services in the area as protests continued in Northern California.

Organizers of a protest planned for Wednesday morning in Oakland said they expect hundreds of white people to come out and help shut down a federal building.


Ex-Madoff aide gets 6-year prison sentence

Annetter BorgianoBernard Madoff's longtime assistant was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for helping the Ponzi scheme mastermind steal as much as $20 billion from investors rather than look at the massive fraud that happened "in front of her."

Annette Bongiorno, 66, was also held jointly liable for nearly $155.2 billion in forfeitures, representing the cumulative amounts taken in and distributed by one of the largest frauds in history. She is the second of five former Madoff employees convicted in March on fraud charges to receive a prison sentence for the crime.


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