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A Growing Divide Over Official-English Laws

A Growing Divide Over Official-English Laws

A growing language divide has opened up across the country, as a sharp increase in the number of Americans who speak English as a second language — or don’t speak it at all — is driving local governments to respond, often in radically different ways.

Fantasy Football May Cost $13 Billion In Lost Productivity, Firm Estimates

(MCT) — Fantasy football may cost employers more than $13 billion in lost productivity as millions of Americans who spend the season helming imaginary football teams spend work hours reviewing player statistics and managing their pretend rosters. Chicago-based outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which calculated the estimate, emphasized that it “fully acknowledges the absurdity” […]

SEIU Stops Collecting Fees From Non-Member Home Health Workers

(MCT) — Various chapters of the Service Employees International Union have stopped collecting fees from home care workers who are not union members, a move that exemplifies the broader implications of a recent Supreme Court ruling. The court’s decision only prevented SEIU from collecting fees of such workers in Illinois. But in an attempt to […]

Hawaii Sets Friday Make-Up Election To Decide Senate Nomination

(MCT) — A primary election in Hawaii that had threatened to extend weeks beyond last Saturday’s balloting will conclude Friday when voters affected by Tropical Storm Iselle cast the remaining ballots that will determine the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Appointed incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz held a lead of 1,635 votes, out of 230,000 […]

Robin Williams Hanged Himself In Bedroom With A Belt, Sheriff Says

(MCT) — Actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself after first apparently trying to slash one of his wrists, authorities said Tuesday. Marin County sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams hanged himself with a belt in his bedroom, where he was found by his personal assistant shortly before noon on Monday. Williams […]

More Protests Over Missouri Shooting; Cop Who Shot Teen Won’t Be Named

FERGUSON, Mo. (MCT) — As demonstrators gathered for the fourth straight day Tuesday, the Ferguson, Mo., police chief said that because of death threats he will not publicly release the name of the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager whose killing has roiled racial tensions in the St. Louis suburb. The parents […]

WHO Says It Is Ethical To Use Experimental Drugs To Fight Ebola Virus

(MCT) — A World Health Organization panel advised Tuesday that it was ethical to use experimental, unapproved drugs to combat the ongoing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. “There was unanimous agreement among the experts that in the special circumstances of this Ebola outbreak, it is ethical,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of […]

Thousands Might Lose Health Insurance Over Missing Documents

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Some 310,000 people with inconsistencies in their citizenship and immigration materials might lose their federal marketplace health coverage Sept. 30 unless they provide proper supporting documents by Sept. 5, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. In May, the Department of Health and Human Services began contacting about 2 million people about discrepancies or […]

Oil Companies Fracking Into Drinking Water Sources, New Research Shows

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Some companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists. Though researchers cautioned their study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, employed at two Wyoming geological formations showed no direct evidence of […]

Several States Have Tons Of Sun But Rules That Prevent Harnessing Its Power

(MCT) — Few places in the country are as warm and bright as Mary Wilkerson’s property on the beach near St. Petersburg, Fla., a city once noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for a 768-day stretch of sunny days. But while Florida advertises itself as the Sunshine State, power company executives and regulators […]

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