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Springsteen Nixes NC Show Over Anti-LGBT Law

Bruce Springsteen nixes NC concertThe Boss has spoken.

Bruce Springsteen has canceled his Sunday concert in Greensboro in outrage over the controversial North Carolina law restricting transgender people’s rights.

“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them,” Springsteen posted on his website Friday. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is in the middle of “The River” Tour.


Four high-ranking NYPD officers disciplined amid FBI corruption probe

NYPD Commissioner Bill BrattonFour high-ranking NYPD officers have been disciplined in the midst of an FBI  investigation into corruption, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Thursday.

The high-ranking cops stripped of their badges and guns are: Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, the second in command of the NYPD's Housing Bureau; and Deputy Inspector James Grant, the head of the Upper East Side’s 19th Precinct.


Merle Haggard, Legend of Country Music, Dies at 79

Merle Haggard diesMerle Haggard, who overcame a youth of deprivation and imprisonment to become one of the enduring figures in hardcore country music, died Wednesday on his 79th birthday.

The singer underwent surgery for lung cancer in 2008 and had been hospitalized for various ailments over the past few years -  most notably for pneumonia, which forced several concert postponements and cancellations in 2015 and this year. He died at his home in Northern California, his agent said.


San Francisco approves fully paid leave for new parents

Full pay parental leave in SFSan Francisco became the first place in the country Tuesday to require businesses to provide fully paid leave for new parents in what was hailed as the latest move to address income inequality in the nation.

The measure approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors will give new mothers and fathers six weeks of fully paid time off, a rarity now offered to some government sector workers and some private employees, particularly those who work in the tech industry.


Two Losses for Bosses: SCOTUS Rules Against Walmart, Wells Fargo in Class-Action Suits

SCOTUS declines to hear Walmart and Wells Fargo appealsThe Supreme Court made more decisions unfavorable to corporate executives in the wake of Antonin Scalia's death.

Justices declined on Monday to hear appeals by Walmart and Wells Fargo in moves that upheld two nine-figure class action judgments that went against the multinational giants.

Walmart had been ordered to pay $150 million to 187,000 Pennsylvania workers for wage theft that occurred between 1998-2006. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had sided with the employees in 2014, ruling that they were forced to work off-the-clock and denied breaks.


Mississippi Governor Signs Law Permitting LGBT Discrimination

Mississippi GovernorMississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed into law a measure affording wide protections for actions considered discriminatory by gay rights activists.

The far-reaching law allows people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples. It also clears the way for employers to cite religion in determining workplace policies on dress code, grooming and bathroom and locker access.


PayPal pulls North Carolina center over new LGBT law

Paypal pulls out of NCPayPal will no longer move forward with its planned new global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the state passed a law that eliminates anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays and bisexuals and keeps transgender people from using the bathroom of their chosen gender.

“The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion in Charlotte,” a statement released by PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman said Monday.


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