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New York Police Disband Muslim 'Eavesdropping' Unit
Offbeat  (tags: NYPD, eavesdrop, Muslims, terrorism, Demographics Unit, USA )

Ray
- 1 day ago - bbc.co.uk
The New York Police Department has disbanded a secret programme designed to eavesdrop on Muslims to identify potential terrorism threats.
Judge Overturns Tough North Dakota Abortion Law
Offbeat  (tags: federal judge, Court, abortion law, North Dakota, USA )

Ray
- 1 day ago - bbc.co.uk
A US federal judge has overthrown a North Dakota law banning abortion after the foetus' heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks in some cases.
Who Are the 55 Bodies Buried at the Dozier School?
Offbeat  (tags: Florida, school, bodies, children, USA )

Ray
- 1 day ago - bbc.co.uk
Forensic anthropologists are disinterring the remains of children at a Florida reform school. Former students hope the dig will provide answers about alleged child abuse within the school's walls.
Oklahoma Prohibits Towns From Setting Own Minimum Wage Standards
Offbeat  (tags: Conflict, Global economy, Law, Politics, Protest, USA )

Ray
- 2 days ago - rt.com
No city or county in Oklahoma will be allowed to set their own mandatory minimum wage or employee benefits, according to a law signed by Republican Governor Mary Fallin on Monday.
North Dakota Struggling to Deal With Radioactive Fracking Waste
Offbeat  (tags: Accident, Biology, Law, Politics, Protest, SciTech, Science, USA )

Ray
- 2 days ago - rt.com
Environmental regulators and North Dakota state officials have expressed concern that the state has failed to adequately adjust to the state's sudden influx of crude oil output, a worry highlighted by the recent discovery of abandoned radioactive waste.
Oligarchy, Not Democracy: Americans Have 'Near-Zero' Input on Policy - Report
Offbeat  (tags: Corruption, USA )

Ray
- 3 days ago - rt.com
The first-ever scientific study that analyzes whether the US is a democracy, rather than an oligarchy, found the majority of the American public has a "minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy" compared to the wealthy.
Why Can't the Selfie Generation Find Jobs?
Offbeat  (tags: Jobs, Unemployment, USA )

Ray
- 10 days ago - bbc.co.uk
On Friday the US Labor Department released the latest national employment figures. The report had good news for many - overall unemployment remained at 6.7% - but continued to paint a dreary picture
Texas Executes Inmate With Drugs From Secret Source
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Crime, Drugs, Law, USA )

Ray
- 12 days ago - rt.com
Texas executed its fifth inmate this year on Thursday, one day after federal courts rejected an attempt to force the state to disclose where it purchased the drugs used in its lethal injection procedure.
Chicago Train Crash Driver Who 'Fell Asleep' Is Sacked
Offbeat  (tags: Train, De-railment, Chicago, USA )

Ray
- 12 days ago - bbc.co.uk
A Chicago train operator, whose train derailed last month when she dozed off, has been sacked, officials say.
Koch Ally to Introduce Monsanto-Backed Bill to Bar State GMO Labeling Laws
Offbeat  (tags: Agriculture, Food, GMO, Health, Law, Monsanto, Politics, USA )

Ray
- 12 days ago - rt.com
Rep. Mike Pompeo will introduce legislation backed by powerful trade groups to prevent states from passing laws requiring the labeling of genetically-modified foods, according to reports. The bill is linked to biotech giant Monsanto and Koch Industries.
Teacher Has to Resign After Taking Sick Student to the Hospital and Paying Her Bill
Offbeat  (tags: Children, Conflict, Court, Education, Health, Law, Medicine, Scandal, USA )

Ray
- 12 days ago - rt.com
A former Red Bank, Tennessee teacher claims she was forced to resign from her position - all for taking a sick student to the doctor and paying the bill.
Tell a Story About a Great Teacher! Help Us Donate $10,000+ to Public Schools! ACTION US
Offbeat  (tags: public schools, USA, teachers, students, free donation, teacher story for charity )

Nancy
- 13 days ago - takepart.com
The Lovefest Has Begun! Your Teacher Stories Raise Money for Public Schools
US Army Fort Hood Murder-Suicide: Soldier Kills Three
Offbeat  (tags: Fort Hood, US Military, murder-suicide, USA )

Ray
- 14 days ago - bbc.co.uk
A soldier shot dead three colleagues and injured 16 others at the US Army's Fort Hood base in Texas before killing himself, the military says.
Oklahoma Sparks Concerns After Unveiling New Lethal Injection Drug Combo
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Drugs, Health, Law, USA )

Ray
- 15 days ago - rt.com
The state of Oklahoma unveiled on Tuesday the controversial three-drug combination it plans to use to kill two death row inmates via lethal injection later this month.
Inequality Gap Between Super Rich and Poor Continues to Widen
Offbeat  (tags: Economy, USA )

Ray
- 15 days ago - rt.com
Things aren't getting much better for the gap between America's rich and poor: a new study reveals that inequality within the United States is only getting worse.
 

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