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LA Settles Police Shooting Case For $5 Million

LA Settles Police Shooting Case For $5 Million

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a $5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed National Guard veteran killed on live television in a barrage of gunfire at the end of a wild pursuit last year in downtown L.A. The proposed payout is the largest settlement the city […]

National Education Poll Shows Opposition To Standards, Support For Charters

National Education Poll Shows Opposition To Standards, Support For Charters

(MCT) — Results of a national poll released Wednesday show that many Americans are opposed to the newly implemented Common Core standards. Similarly, the 46th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll gauging public attitudes toward public schools and other education issues, showed strong support for charter schools, even though many people surveyed had misconceptions about how […]

Fired Nuclear Whistleblower Wins Reinstatement Order

(MCT) — The U.S. Labor Department ordered the reinstatement of an environmental specialist at the former nuclear weapons complex at Hanford, Wash., saying she had been wrongfully fired. Shelly Doss, an employee of Washington River Protection Solutions, was fired in October 2011 after she had reported federal and state environmental violations at a cleanup site […]

Wasserman Schultz Visits Hobby Lobby Store — To Urge A Boycott

Wasserman Schultz Visits Hobby Lobby Store — To Urge A Boycott

DAVIE, Fla. (MCT) — Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, stopped at a Hobby Lobby store in her district on Wednesday — not to pick up some craft supplies for one of her kids’ school projects, but to alert people to the store’s existence and urge people not […]

Contraception, Abstinence Push U.S. Teen Birthrates To Historic Lows

Contraception, Abstinence Push U.S. Teen Birthrates To Historic Lows

(MCT) — The birthrate for American teens hit an all-time low in 2013, and government statisticians attribute the decline to a reduction in teenage sexual activity and more widespread use of birth control among those who are having sex. Preliminary birth certificate data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 277,749 […]

Mexico Calls 2012 Attack On U.S. Embassy Vehicle A ‘Crass Error’

MEXICO CITY (MCT) — A 2012 incident in which Mexican federal police raked an armored U.S. Embassy vehicle with gunfire was the result of a “crass error” in judgment by the officers but was not an ambush ordered by organized crime, the nation’s top security czar said Wednesday. In the Aug. 24, 2012, incident, federal […]

Minnesota Restaurant Chain Backs Off Employee Tip Fee

ST. PAUL, Minn. (MCT) — A Minnesota restaurant chain no longer plans to take a cut out of its servers’ tips to offset the state’s higher minimum wage. In the face of blistering community backlash, the St. Paul-based Blue Plate restaurant chain announced Wednesday that it will resume paying a 2 percent credit card fee […]

CHP Officer Videotaped Punching Woman Could Face ‘Serious Charges’

CHP Officer Videotaped Punching Woman Could Face ‘Serious Charges’

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that one of its officers faces “potentially serious charges” for repeatedly punching a woman in the head along the 10 Freeway in July, an incident that was caught on video and posted to YouTube, causing widespread outrage. In addition to turning its internal investigation over […]

Establishment GOP Candidate Defeats Tea Party Opponent In Alaska Race

Establishment GOP Candidate Defeats Tea Party Opponent In Alaska Race

(MCT) — In one of the final primary-season fights between battling Republicans, former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan defeated Tea Party favorite Joe Miller to seize the party’s nomination for a much-desired U.S. Senate seat. Sullivan will take on Democrat Mark Begich, a first-term incumbent who glided to his party’s nomination. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, […]

Supreme Court Blocks Ruling That Would Have Allowed Gay Marriages In Virginia

Supreme Court Blocks Ruling That Would Have Allowed Gay Marriages In Virginia

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a court order that would have allowed gay marriages in Virginia to begin Thursday, adding to the likelihood the justices will decide the issue themselves in the coming term. The brief order by the court contained no explanation for its rationale, but it was not […]

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