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lawyers want civil claims in deadly bus crash put on hold


chattanooga, tenn. (ap) — lawyers for a man accused of causing a tennessee bus crash that killed six school students say they want civil litigation against their client put on hold to protect his constitutional rights during his criminal case.police have said johnthony walker was speeding in november while driving 37 elementary students home when the bus left a curvy road, hit a utility pole, overturned and hit a tree. he was charged with vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving in the chattanooga crash.attorneys representing families who have filed lawsuits against walker and his employer, durham school services, over the crash are opposed to putting the civil claims on hold.the chattanooga times free press (http://bit.ly/2lyjmoi) reports hamilton county circuit cour






china tries again to stitch together a unified civil code of law


beijing—chinese lawmakers are making fresh efforts to resolve one of their most enduring frustrations: an inability to put together a unified civil code of law.civil codes are important in civil-law countries like china, where courts settle private disputes by applying codified statutes, rather than relying on precedents from previous cases the way judges do in common-law countries like the u.s.the national legislature was...






court: civil rights act covers lgbt workplace bias


a federal court in chicago on tuesday became the first u.s. appellate court in the nation to rule that lgbt employees are protected from workplace discrimination under the 1964 civil rights act.the decision by the 7th u.s. circuit court of appeals sends the case involving kim hively, a former indiana community college teacher who claims she was denied promotions and let go from her job because she is a lesbian, back to a federal district court in indiana."it's really good to know that it's making some headway," said hively, who now works as a high school math teacher in indiana. "i always thought there was a big disconnect when they legalized gay marriage but didn't extend any protections against workplace or housing discrimination. what they're doing is allowing people to lose jobs and ho






court: civil rights act covers lgbt workplace bias


a federal court in chicago on tuesday became the first u.s. appellate court in the nation to rule that lgbt employees are protected from workplace discrimination under the 1964 civil rights act.the decision by the 7th u.s. circuit court of appeals sends the case involving kim hively, a former indiana community college teacher who claims she was denied promotions and let go from her job because she is a lesbian, back to a federal district court in indiana."it's really good to know that it's making some headway," said hively, who now works as a high school math teacher in indiana. "i always thought there was a big disconnect when they legalized gay marriage but didn't extend any protections against workplace or housing discrimination. what they're doing is allowing people to lose jobs and ho






obama’s top civil rights lawyer to lead advocacy coalition


washington (ap) — the obama administration’s top civil rights lawyer will lead a coalition of civil and human rights organizations at a time when they fear the justice department will soften its stance on criminal justice reform.vanita gupta led the obama justice department’s civil rights division. she said on thursday she will become the new president and ceo of the leadership conference on civil and human rights. she says she joins the organization amid an “unprecedented assault on civil rights,” as attorney general jeff sessions has indicated the department will soften its focus on protecting voter rights and monitoring troubled police departments.gupta is a former attorney with the american civil liberties union. she’ll start her new position june 1.






trump’s civil rights division will be headed by staffer who railed against civil


the trump administration has quietly appointed a heritage foundation staffer who has railed against civil rights protections for transgender patients as director of the federal agency charged with protecting the civil rights of all patients. though the administration did not issue a formal announcement, roger severino is now listed on the website of the u.s. department…






complaint: hilton paid woman less than her son for same work


newark, n.j. — the state of new jersey claims in a civil rights complaint that a hilton el paid a female housekeeper less than her male counterparts — including her own son — for the same work.the complaint against homewood suites in edgewater alleges the el paid rosa lopez $8 per hour while it paid six male employees hired after her $9 to $10 per hour.the division on civil rights alleges lopez's son was hired in march 2012, seven months after his mother was hired, and started at $9 per hour. it also alleges lopez was fired after she complained.the state is seeking back pay and damages for lopez.an attorney representing the el didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.






committee oks bill to change whistleblower law


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the senate public affairs committee passed a stripped-down version of sen. jacob candelaria’s bill to change whistleblower protections for government employees. candelaria removed language from his original version following criticism from new mexico ethics watch and others.candelaria’s amended bill would put a new requirement in the law that government employees exhaust certain administrative remedies prior to filing a whistleblower claim in court and would shorten the statute of limitations to 300 days from two years to file such claims.advertisementcandelaria said the bill would “at least give public bodies and whistleblowers the chance to sit down at the table to try to resolve the issues.”representatives of st






committee oks bill to change whistleblower law


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the senate public affairs committee passed a stripped-down version of sen. jacob candelaria’s bill to change whistleblower protections for government employees. candelaria removed language from his original version following criticism from new mexico ethics watch and others.candelaria’s amended bill would put a new requirement in the law that government employees exhaust certain administrative remedies prior to filing a whistleblower claim in court and would shorten the statute of limitations to 300 days from two years to file such claims.advertisementcandelaria said the bill would “at least give public bodies and whistleblowers the chance to sit down at the table to try to resolve the issues.”representatives of st






trump lawyer claims the constitution prevents ex-‘apprentice’ contestant from su


an attorney for president donald trump believes he’s found the silver bullet to stop a woman from suing the president for allegedly defaming her after she came forward with claims of his past sexual misconduct.per the hollywood reporter, trump attorney marc kasowitz is arguing that trump is immune from such litigation thanks to the supremacy clause in the united states constitution.the clause establishes the constitution — as well as laws passed and treaties signed by the federal government — as the “supreme law of the land.”kasowitz argues that this clause means that “the ‘singular importance of the president’s duties’ warrants a stay where civil actions, such as this one, ‘frequently could distract a president from his public duties, to the detriment of not only the president and his off






court rejects uk couple's bid for civil partnership


london — a british couple who want their relationship recognized in law without the "patriarchal baggage" of marriage have lost a bid to be allowed a civil partnership.rebecca steinfeld and charles keidan say they face discrimination because only same-sex couples are eligible for civil partnerships.the high court ruled against them last year, and on tuesday the court of appeal upheld the ruling by a 2-1 margin.since 2005, gay couples in britain have been able to form civil partnerships, which have the same legal status as marriage. same-sex marriage became legal in 2014.the government says it wants to see the impact of gay marriage on civil partnerships before deciding whether to extend them to everyone or phase them out.steinfeld and keidan plan to appeal to the supreme court.






arkansas ends robert e. lee-martin luther king jr. holiday


little rock, ark. (ap) — arkansas’ governor signed legislation tuesday ending the state’s practice of commemorating confederate gen. robert e. lee on the same holiday as slain civil rights leader martin luther king jr., leaving only two states remaining that honor the two men on the same day.republican gov. asa hutchinson championed the bill, which also expands what is taught in schools about civil rights and the civil war, saying it would unify the state and improve its image. his signature comes two years after similar efforts repeatedly failed before a legislative panel, with critics saying it belittles the state’s confederate heritage.here are some details about the new law and background about the original duel-holiday:___most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.what






us judge clears arkansas police officers in backseat suicide


little rock, ark. (ap) — a federal judge has ruled in a civil rights case that two arkansas police officers didn’t violate the civil rights of a 21-year-old man who killed himself in 2012 while handcuffed in a police car.u.s. district judge kristine baker of little rock on wednesday dismissed claims that chavis carter was the victim of unreasonable search and seizure. baker found that carter was detained after lying to jonesboro police officers keith baggett and ronald marsh about his identity while riding in a pickup truck with its lights off at night. the officers did not find a gun on carter.chavis’ mother, teresa rudd, argued the city of jonesboro and its police chief at the time didn’t adequately train baggett and marsh, who she said detained her son without cause.






house passes bill to restrict legal claims against companies


washington (ap) — the house has approved a bill that would make it harder for individuals or groups to bring legal claims against companies in consumer disputes, employment discrimination cases and other areas.lawmakers approved the republican-sponsored measure, 220-201, thursday night. the bill heads to the senate, where its prospects are less clear.the legislation is the latest in a flurry of business-friendly moves by congress and the trump administration. changes mandated in the bill could help reduce legal costs for businesses by putting up more hurdles to bringing class-action lawsuits in federal court.supporters say the bill is needed to curb abuses in class-action suits that often result in a huge payday for lawyers.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“the cla






arkansas ends robert e. lee-martin luther king jr. holiday


little rock, ark. — arkansas' governor signed legislation tuesday ending the state's practice of commemorating confederate gen. robert e. lee on the same holiday as slain civil rights leader martin luther king jr., leaving only two states remaining that honor the two men on the same day.republican gov. asa hutchinson championed the bill, which also expands what is taught in schools about civil rights and the civil war, saying it would unify the state and improve its image. his signature comes two years after similar efforts repeatedly failed before a legislative panel, with critics saying it belittles the state's confederate heritage.here are some details about the new law and background about the original duel-holiday:___what does the law do?the new law will remove lee from the state holi






who's to blame for south sudan’s civil war? |


civil war, famine, and warnings of genocide; what’s gone wrong in the world’s youngest country?two years after south sudan gained its independence in 2011, a civil war erupted that has left the country devastated, with recent reports emerging of a man-made famine.for "mama" rebecca garang, widow of the country’s founder, its poor leadership is to blame, specifically president salva kiir."anything being done good in the country, or bad, is always going to the president, so everything, i think, is with our president," says garang, who was a former adviser to president kiir and has called for him to step down. "all of us, as the leaders of south sudan, we did not lead our people properly."asked why she did not speak out against human rights abuses while she was an adviser, garang claims that






who's to blame for south sudan's civil war? |


civil war, famine, and warnings of genocide; what’s gone wrong in the world’s youngest country?two years after south sudan gained its independence in 2011, a civil war erupted that has left the country devastated, with recent reports emerging of a man-made famine.for "mama" rebecca garang, widow of the country’s founder, its poor leadership is to blame, specifically president salva kiir."anything being done good in the country, or bad, is always going to the president, so everything, i think, is with our president," says garang, who was a former adviser to president kiir and has called for him to step down. "all of us, as the leaders of south sudan, we did not lead our people properly."asked why she did not speak out against human rights abuses while she was an adviser, garang claims that






emmett till relative asks sessions to push civil rights law


washington (ap) — family members of emmett till pushed attorney general jeff sessions tuesday to enforce a law that that allows prosecutors to reinvestigate old civil rights murder cases.deborah watts, till’s cousin and co-founder of the emmett till legacy foundation and alvin sykes, a member of the emmett till justice campaign, met with sessions before going down to the smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture afterward to view till’s casket, which is one of the centerpieces of the museum.“he’s definitely open to looking at cases that should be reviewed and cases where there are no answers for loved ones who have experienced the murder of their loved ones,” watts said.the emmett till civil rights crimes act allows prosecutors to investigate crimes committed befo






nj officer sues her department, claiming discrimination


hillside, n.j. — a new jersey police officer has sued her department, claiming she endured years of racial and gender discrimination.the civil lawsuit filed by hillside sgt. qiana brown, who is black, claims she has improperly been denied a promotion to lieutenant. brown says she earned the second-highest score on the department's promotion test, but four white men have, so far, been promoted ahead of her.brown also claims that supervisors prevented her from pumping breast milk and told her to style her hair like a white officer.besides the town and the police department, the suit names hillside's police chief, two other high-ranking officers and a former mayor as plaintiffs. messages seeking comment from the town and the police department were not returned tuesday.brown has worked for the






syria's civil war: disturbing facts show cost of conflict


as syria's six-year-long civil war appears to continue without end, the country's conditions are insufferable for civilians.        






judge: federal lawsuit against baylor university can proceed


houston — a lawsuit filed against baylor university by 10 women alleging they were sexually assaulted while students can proceed, a federal judge ruled tuesday.the women, identified as "jane doe" plaintiffs, allege baylor was indifferent to or ignored claims of sexual assault and didn't enforce federal general discrimination protections.baylor had sought to have the lawsuit dismissed, arguing the former students' allegations were insufficient to state a claim of liability and the women had failed to plausibly allege they were subjected to "further" harassment after reporting their initial sexual assaults.the university faces several federal lawsuits from women who say baylor mishandled, ignored or suppressed their claims of assault for years, including several cases involving football play






emmett till relative asks jeff sessions to enforce civil rights law in old cases


family members of emmett till pushed attorney general jeff sessions tuesday to enforce a law that that allows prosecutors to reinvestigate old civil rights murder cases. deborah watts, till's cousin and co-founder of the emmett till legacy foundation and alvin sykes, a member of the emmett till justice campaign, met with sessions before going down to the smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture afterward to view till's casket, which is one of the centerpieces of the museum. "he's definitely open to looking at cases that should be reviewed and cases where there are no answers for loved ones who have experienced the murder of their loved ones," watts said. the emmett till civil rights crimes act allows prosecutors to investigate crimes committed before 1980. watts






tesla refutes claims in racial harassment lawsuit filed by one of its workers


tesla has refuted the contents of a lawsuit filed by an employee who alleges he was the victim of racial harassment and discrimination while working at the company.dewitt lambert, a 44-year-old black man working on the assembly line at tesla’s california-based plant, claimed in a suit that he was “subjected to racial slurs and lewd behavior” from co-workers for more than a year.“they would call him the n-word throughout his workday, talk about the size of his penis and even placed a drill gun into his buttocks,” according to the lawsuit — which was filed by the california civil rights law group.lambert is currently suspended with full pay while tesla conducts an investigation into the apparent incidents, the company confirmed. it, however, refuted a number of the claims from the lawsuit wh






tesla refutes claims in racial harassment lawsuit filed by one of its workers


tesla has refuted the contents of a lawsuit filed by an employee who alleges that he was the victim of racial harassment and discrimination while working at the company.dewitt lambert, a 44-year-old black man working on the assembly line at tesla’s california-based plant, claimed in a suit that he was “subjected to racial slurs and lewd behavior” from co-workers for more than a year.“they would call him the n-word throughout his workday, talk about the size of his penis and even placed a drill gun into his buttocks,” the lawsuit — which was filed by the california civil rights law group — added.lambert is currently suspended with full pay while tesla conducts an investigation into the apparent incidents, the company confirmed. it, however, refuted a number of the claims from the lawsuit wh






applications for unemployment benefits edge up 5,000


washington — the number of americans filing for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week but still remained at a level indicating a healthy job market.the labor department says claims for unemployment benefits rose by 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 239,000. the increase came after claims had dropped to 234,000 the previous week, the second lowest reading in the past year. the less-volatile four-week average edged up a slight 500 applications to 245,250. that marks 102 consecutive weeks in which claims applications have been below the key threshold of 300,000, the longest stretch since 1970.jobless claims are a proxy for layoffs. the low level for claim applications suggests that employers remain confident enough in the economy to be focusing on hiring new workers and retaini






judge won't dismiss trump supporters' suit against san jose


san jose — a federal judge wednesday denied san jose’s request to dismiss a lawsuit brought on behalf of donald trump supporters who claim city officers steered them into an angry mob of protesters who attacked and injured them as they left a june campaign rally downtown.“we look forward to now initiating discovery in this case — getting to the bottom of why this situation happened, holding the city liable for what happened to these individuals and ensuring this type of tragedy doesn’t happen again,” said san francisco attorney harmeet k. dhillon, who is representing 20 plaintiffs.the lawsuit, filed in july 2016, claimed san jose allowed trump supporters to be attacked by directing them to walk through a “violent mob” of protesters as they left a downtown trump rally on june 2. it alleged






civil rights leaders to meet atty. gen. jeff sessions on tuesday


leaders from some of the country's most prominent civil rights organizations, many of which have been critical of the trump administration's record on civil rights, plan to meet tuesday with atty. gen. jeff sessions. the group includes the leadership conference on civil and human rights president wade henderson, national urban league president marc morial, lawyers’ committee for civil rights under law president kristen clarke, national action network president rev. al sharpton, naacp legal defense and educational fund president sherrilyn ifill, and national coalition on black civic participation president melanie l. campbell. according to a news release from the leadership conference on civil and human rights, an umbrella group, the civil rights leaders plan to "express grave concern for s






witness to slavery, war and civil rights opens in florida


tallahassee, fla. — calling it a reflection of the "larger american experience," a home that has been witness to slavery, the civil war and the civil rights era has been opened to the public in tallahassee.state officials on saturday swung open the doors to the grove, a state-owned mansion that was once the residence to gov. leroy collins. secretary of state ken detzner was joined at a ribbon-cutting by members of the extended collins family.the grand opening came one day and 108 years after collins was born.built by one of florida's early territorial governors using slave labor, the grove would later serve as home to collins as he tried to shepherd the state through the civil rights era. the state spent nearly $6 million to renovate it.






3 bill cosby accusers have their distress claims dismissed


boston — three women who had accused bill cosby of the intentional infliction of emotional distress in a massachusetts case have had those claims dismissed.a document filed friday in federal court shows the claims were dismissed after therese serignese, linda traitz and joan tarshis conferred about the viability of the claims. the women are among dozens who've alleged cosby molested them decades ago.cosby is set to go on trial in june in another case. he's accused of sexually assaulting a former temple university employee at his suburban philadelphia home in 2004.prosecutors had hoped to call serignese and a dozen other women to testify at the trial. a judge blocked all but one of them from testifying.cosby has pleaded not guilty.






3 bill cosby accusers have their distress claims dismissed – the denver post


boston (ap) — three women who had accused bill cosby of the intentional infliction of emotional distress in a massachusetts case have had those claims dismissed.a document filed friday in federal court shows the claims were dismissed after therese serignese, linda traitz and joan tarshis conferred about the viability of the claims. the women are among dozens who’ve alleged cosby molested them decades ago.cosby is set to go on trial in june in another case. he’s accused of sexually assaulting a former temple university employee at his suburban philadelphia home in 2004.prosecutors had hoped to call serignese and a dozen other women to testify at the trial. a judge blocked all but one of them from testifying.cosby has pleaded not guilty.






catholic diocese in montana seeks bankruptcy protection in sex abuse claims


a roman catholic diocese in montana has filed for bankruptcy protection, months before facing its first trial of a civil lawsuit stemming from child sex abuse claims against its clergy, church officials and the plaintiffs’ lawyers said on friday.the diocese of great falls-billings filed a chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in montana federal court as part of a negotiated settlement of dozens of “credible” sex abuse cases that date from 1950s through the 1990s, lawyers for 72 victims and the diocese said in separate statements.at least 15 other u.s. catholic districts and religious orders have been driven to seek chapter 11 protection by a sex abuse scandal that erupted in 2002. montana’s other catholic diocese in helena, the state capital, filed for bankruptcy in 2012 to settle cases stemming






bay area judge takes on new role


long a hard-charging, trail-blazing star in california legal and civil rights circles, retired judge ladoris cordell is about to go national.starting next month, northern california’s first african-american judge will preside over civil cases in a new court reality show on fox called “you the jury,” which she taped last spring.but don’t lump cordell in with such tv judges as judge judy sheindlin or recently deceased judge joseph wapner, former star of “the people’s court,” who decided small claims cases.“you the jury” will present ”some of the most explosive, real-life, ripped-from-the-headline civil cases” in the country, according to a fox press release. among the topics: the constitutional clash of gay rights with religious freedom and online trolling.“i didn’t want to be a part of some






a look at a trial over missouri river flooding


kansas city, mo. — a look at the civil trial over the u.s. army corps' stewardship of the missouri river and landowner claims that the agency's decisions have contributed to devastating floods.what's alleged: several hundred landowners named in the class-action lawsuit filed in 2014 allege in the u.s. court of federal claims that the army corps has deemphasized flood control along the missouri and put more emphasis on habitat restoration, leading to more flooding. the plaintiffs also insist the corps unconstitutionally deprived them of their land, essentially taking it without compensation.the corps' stance: the federal government argues in court filings that authorities never promised to stop all flooding along the 2,341-mile-long missouri, and that the corps' providing habitat for endang






bart's filthy, broken elevators violate civil rights


san francisco — bart’s filthy, urine-soaked and feces-ridden elevators that are frequently breaking down are just one of the issues that disabilities rights advocates say are violating passengers’ civil rights.two disability rights groups, senior and disability action and the independent living resource center of san francisco, filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against the regional transit agency wednesday. concord resident pi ra and oakland resident ian smith joined the advocacy groups in filing the suit. bart officials did not deny the allegations, so much as they acknowledged that they, too, would like to provide accessible service to all riders.“we share in their endeavor to ensure accessible public services, and understand as both users and operators of the system the hard






judge: married lake stevens cop’s misconduct didn’t violate girlfriend’s civil r


lake stevens attorneys, in court pleadings, described the woman’s lawsuit “as a weird little case about a private tryst gone awry.”by any measure, former lake stevens police officer andrew thor was a cad. for years, he cheated on his wife and lied to his girlfriend, whose name he routinely queried in law-enforcement databases, according to court documents. when she learned of the searches, the girlfriend, natalie brunner, sued thor and the lake stevens police department, alleging thor violated her civil rights and that the department let him do it. the city’s attorneys, in court pleadings, described the lawsuit “as a weird little case about a private tryst gone awry.”a federal judge dismissed that 2015 lawsuit this week, finding that a police officer can’t be sued for merely being a scound






ukip's paul nuttall on hillsborough, tranmere rovers and phd claims


5 march 2017 last updated at 10:19 gmt the bbc's andrew marr asks ukip leader paul nuttall about claims that he has not told the truth about aspects of his life.






new ulm diocese files for bankruptcy protection


the diocese of new ulm filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on friday, becoming the 16th catholic religious organization in the nation to seek protection from clergy sex abuse claims.the new ulm diocese had received 101 claims of child sex abuse in recent years, and financial reorganization was the fairest way to address the claims, said new ulm bishop john levoir in a statement.the claims were made through the 2013 minnesota child victim’s act, which opened a three-year window for filing older abuse claims.“reorganization provides the diocese a process to fulfill its obligation, as much as possible, to victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse of minors, while continuing to carry out its ministry,” levoir said in a statement.new ulm is the third minnesota diocese to declare bankruptcy in re






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