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Lawyer in governor's office called Flint water 'downright scary' 6 months before lead crisis

Gov. Rick Snyder's newest release of state emails and documents related to Flint's water disaster appears to indicate that his aides' reluctance to brief him, his own mismanagement — or both — led to delays in addressing the public health threat.<p>A full year before his administration helped the city …

The truth about football stadiums: Those supposed great new jobs are bogus

The creation of scads of great new long-term jobs is one of the siren calls of proposals for fancy new football stadiums.<p>That prospect played a central role, for example, in the pitch for the new Inglewood stadium for the new-model<p>Los Angeles Ramsof theNational Football League. The stadium was …

Supreme Court Rejects Stay In Redistricting Case; Congressional Elections In June

The U.S. Supreme Court late Friday rejected North Carolina’s request to put a new round of redistricting on hold. That means the state must follow a …

The Public Hate Them and They Love It: Martin Shkreli Is Our Latest Unapologetic Villain

When Martin Shkreli smirked and snarled at a House Committee, he proved himself to be a proud member of a small group—the very public, un-sorry …

Trump left his mark on Atlantic City — for better and for worse

At Evo Restaurant in the now-closed Trump Plaza casino here, white linen and dusty water glasses are still set on the tables, as if someone expected, any minute, the return of the high rollers who once made this spot the quick-beating heart of Donald Trump's casino empire.<p>Jack Przybyski of Brooklyn …

Employment

How cable and broadcast TV news fared in 2015

When 2015 began, it seemed unfathomable by the end of the year that<p>Brian Williamswould no longer anchor "NBC Nightly News" or thatDonald Trumpwould be leading in the polls for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.<p>But both circumstances factored into the mixed ratings performance for TV news …

Middle School

A GOP Governor Just Undid A Major Voting Rights Victory In His State

Kentucky's new Republican Gov. Matt Bevin reversed a move Tuesday by his Democratic predecessor to restore voting rights to at least 140,000 people with felony convictions.<p>The state is just one of just three, along with Florida and Iowa, that permanently disenfranchises all people with felony …

Rights & Freedoms

Sydney's Ubers Are Set to Become Legal and More Expensive

The NSW Government has announced Uber will become legal, regulated, and probably more expensive from midnight tonight.<p>New South Wales is officially set to become Australia's second state to legalize Uber, by introducing new regulations for the ride-sharing service and lifting red tape for …

New South Wales
Finance

Chipotle Ordered To Rehire Fired Worker Who Joined Fight For $15

The National Labor Relations Board ruled in a decision released Thursday that fast-casual chain Chipotle broke labor law when management fired an employee of a Missouri store who'd taken part in fast-food strikes.<p>The ruling from the board affirms a decision issued against Chipotle by an …

Fast Food

This Big Retailer Just Raised its Minimum Wage for U.S. Workers — Again

Last June, Ikea announced it would raise its hourly minimum wage in U.S. stores from $9.17 to $10.76, a 17.3% hike. Now, almost exactly one year …

IKEA

Colin Quinn rebukes Jerry Seinfeld’s P.C. police theory — much to the disappointment of “Fox & Friends”

“Do you feel more restricted in your freedom?” they asked. “No,” he replied, again and again and again<p>Former "Weekend Update" anchor on "Saturday Night Live" Colin Quinn stopped by "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning to discuss his new work, "The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in …

Seth Meyers

Even for Cable TV, These Customer Satisfaction Ratings are Horrible

Nearly all providers earned the lowest scores possible for value.<p>It seems like every customer satisfaction survey about pay TV and Internet providers …

Telecoms

Why Monitoring Employees’ Social Media Is a Bad Idea

People today live in a virtual online aquarium, and chances are good that one of the people watching you is probably your current or potential …

Social Media

For young Americans, unemployment returns to pre-recession levels

At 5.4%, April’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was the lowest it’s been in seven years, though essentially unchanged from March, according to …

Ferguson Police Chief Resigns After Damning Justice Dept. Report

Michael B. Thomas—Getty Images<p>Kate Munsch—Reuters<p>Kate Munsch—Reuters<p>Michael B. Thomas—Getty Images<p>Lawrence Bryant—St. Louis American/Reuters<p>Laurie …

Justice

Target Isn't Budging On Wages As Walmart And Others Raise Pay

Target isn't following in the footsteps of its biggest competitor when it comes to wages.<p>Just days after Walmart announced to much fanfare that it would raise its starting wage to $9 an hour in April, Target is continuing with its policy of constantly assessing wages and making changes as …

Personal Information
Leadership

3 Signs That Young Americans Are Getting a Raw Deal

We talk a good game about opportunity in this country, but here are three signs that we're failing to provide young people with a fair shot at prosperity.<p><b>Sign #1: People typically achieve most of their earnings gain in the first 10 years of employment.</b><p>A new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of …

Demographics

Walmart ups pay well above minimum wage

Walmart, the frequent focus of advocates for low-wage workers, is giving its lowest-paid workers a raise.<p>The company said 500,000 full-time and part-time associates, more than a third of its work force at Walmart (WMT) U.S. stores and Sam's Clubs, will receive pay raises in April to at least $9 an …

Employment

McDonald’s Social Media Team Will Answer Literally Any Question Except One

It’s almost like there is one issue they don’t want to confront. And, amazingly, what they’re hiding isn’t even about the quality of the food.<p>McDonald’s recently conducted an interesting experiment in pseudo-transparency. It invited consumers to ask questions about its food, some–like “Pink slime: …

Corruption
Cycling

Brian Williams Used 'Thuggish Kids' To Dramatize Hurricane Katrina Story

Brian Williams has been accused of many things, but being racist has not been one of them. Yet one of the stories Williams told whose authenticity has been called into question bears the hallmarks of subtle bigotry.<p>That story -- told over the years to various reporters, writers and others -- …

Sean Hannity

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Leadership