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GM adds 824k small cars to ongoing recall

GM recallGeneral Motors is adding 824,000 more cars to an ongoing recall over defective ignition switches that have caused some engines to shut off and to disable airbags.

The US car maker said it was recalling a variety of models made 2008-11, in addition to 1.6m cars made before 2007 that were recalled last month.

GM said it was unaware of deaths caused by the flaw in the 2008-11 models. But the problem has been linked to between 12 and 303 deaths in crashes.


Christie: Port Authority Chairman David Samson Resigns Amid GWB Scandal

Samson resignsGov. Chris Christie on Friday defended a report by taxpayer-funded lawyers who cleared him of any involvement in closing lanes near the George Washington Bridge for political reasons, saying it “will stand the test of time.”

Christie also announced the resignation of David Samson as chairman of the Port Authority, which runs the bridge.

Christie spoke at his first news conference since Jan. 9. His appearance came a day after a report from a law firm he hired issued a 345-page summary of the scandal.


Violence against homeless on the rise in the United States

Homeless under attack in USDespite a decrease in the U.S. homeless population, new research by an advocacy group for the homeless indicates an alarming increase in violent crimes targeting those living on the streets.

In 2013, homeless Americans experienced a 23 percent increase in violence compared with the year before, according to preliminary figures by the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH). The U.S. homeless population declined over the same period, with 610,000 people going without shelter on any given day in 2013 — 20,000 fewer than in 2012.


Domino's pizza outlets in New York agree payout for 'wage theft'

Dominos pizza payoutThe owners of 23 Domino’s pizza outlets in New York have agreed to pay out $448,000 to hundreds of employees who were paid less than the minimum wage due to a variety of labour law violations.

Six Domino’s franchisees in New York City and elsewhere in the state reached the settlement after admitting they broke the law, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman announced on Thursday. It is estimated that some 750 workers will receive between $200 and $2,000 each.


Supreme Court upholds gun ban for domestic violence

SC Justice SotomayorThe Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a federal law intended to keep guns away from domestic violence offenders can apply even if their crime was nothing more than "offensive touching."

The decision was a victory for gun control advocates and groups that work to protect battered spouses and children, and a defeat for gun rights organizations that argued the federal law goes too far.


New York State schools the most segregated in the US: Report

NY schools most segregatedSixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, public schools in one of the most racially diverse states in the country — New York — are the most highly segregated, with minority and poor students increasingly isolated by race and class, according to a new report released Wednesday by a civil rights policy group at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The proportion of Latino and Asian students in the state of New York nearly doubled from 1989 to 2010, but their exposure to white students in public schools decreased during that time, the report said. And as minority student populations increased, the proportion of low-income students in those minority-majority public schools also rose, making the schools “severely segregated” in terms of both race and class, according to the report.


Northwestern football players OK’d to unionize

Northwestern playeres czan unionizeA decision to allow Northwestern University football players to unionize Wednesday is a first-of-its-kind ruling that could rattle conventional thinking about student athletes, lead to changes in the way they are treated and even discourage colleges and universities from running athletic programs.

The National Labor Relations Board ruling comes at a time when questions are growing about the tight hold the National Collegiate Athletic Association — which made $913 million in 2013 — has on its student athletes.

The ruling says players are technically “employees” of the university, and they have a right to vote on whether they want to be represented by the College Athletes Players Association.


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