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T.J. Maxx Employees Were Told to Throw Away Ivanka Trump Signs

T J Max dumps IvankaJust a few days after news broke that Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are dropping Ivanka Trump’s line, the New York Times reports that T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are also moving to distance themselves from the first daughter’s brand. A note from TJX Companies, the parent company of both stores, literally told employees to throw Ivanka Trump signs in the garbage.

“Effective immediately, please remove all Ivanka Trump merchandise from features and mix into the runs,” the note read. “All Ivanka Trump signs should be discarded.” (“Runs” are the clothing racks where the majority of items hang.)

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Facebook To Start Giving 6-Weeks Paid Family Leave To All Employees

Sheryl SandbergIn an announcement Tuesday afternoon that deftly weaved together the personal, the corporate and the political, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company would be giving all of its employees six weeks of family leave to care for ailing family members.

She also announced two other generous leave benefits: three days of additional time off for employees caring for a family member with a short-term illness, like a child with the flu, and 20 days of bereavement leave, twice as much as before.

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San Francisco announces free community college for all residents

Mayor Ed Lee of San FranciscoSan Francisco’s mayor announced Monday that the city would make college education free to all of its residents through the City College of San Francisco.  The agreement, made possible through a tax on properties sold for at least $5 million, is expected to begin next fall.

"To California residents who are living in San Francisco, your community college is now free," Mayor Ed Lee said.

Any San Franciscan who's lived in the city for at least a full year will be eligible, regardless of income, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.  Supervisor Jane Kim likened the agreement to public schooling for K-12 students, saying that City College would be free to all, too.

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Irwin Corey, the king of comedic confusion, dies at 102

Irvin Corey dies at 102 Irwin Corey, the wild-haired comedian and actor known for his improvisational riffs and nonsensical style who billed himself as "The World's Foremost Authority," died Monday at his home in Manhattan, according to his son, Richard. He was 102.

Corey's dizzying mix of mock-intellectual circumlocutions, earnest political tirades and slapstick one-liners made Corey the king of comedic confusion and earned him the nickname "professor."

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Human trafficking in U.S. rose 35.7 percent in one year

human trafficking riseIn 2016, Human trafficking in the United States rose 35.7 percent from the previous year, according to data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Polaris, which runs the hotline, reported 7,572 cases involving 6,340 females, 978 males and 70 listed as "gender minorities." A total of 4,890 reported cases involved adults and 2,387 involved minors. In some cases, callers do not provide demographic information.

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Gov. to sign bill making Missouri 28th right-to-work state

Missouri GovernorRepublican Gov. Eric Greitens is signing a bill to make Missouri the 28th right-to-work state on Monday, delivering a big win for primarily GOP supporters who have worked for years to pass the measure banning mandatory union fees and dues.

The bill signing in Missouri comes amid a national push to implement the policy. Republicans in Congress have introduced a version of right-to-work legislation that would, for the first time, allow millions of workers to opt out of union membership.

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Company forced to remove Trump wall image from Super Bowl ad

84 lumberAn American building materials company was forced to edit its Super Bowl ad to meet NFL standards, according to a new report.

84 Lumber, a family-owned company, produced a commercial showing a Mexican mother and daughter heading to the United States.

The two come across a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — similar to the one proposed by President Trump.

But Fox Sports wouldn’t let the wall itself into the commercial. The company’s director of marketing said Fox cited “concerns about some elements,” according to the Washington Post.

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