Oct. 19 (UPI) — Social media giant Facebook on Tuesday reached a $14 million settlement with the U.S. government over accusations it discriminated against American workers in its hiring practices.
Under separate agreements reached with the departments of justice and labor, Facebook will pay a civil penalty of $4.75 million to the government and up to $9.5 million to eligible victims of the alleged discrimination. Continue reading “Facebook, U.S. reach $14M settlement on hiring discrimination claims”
Washington Examiner – by Joel Gehrke
U.S. military forces “don’t know how to defend” against China and Russia’s most advanced missile systems, a senior U.S. diplomat has acknowledged.
This comes after a shocking report that China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile earlier this year. The Chinese government has disputed the report, claiming they were testing a spacecraft instead. Continue reading “US admits Pentagon doesn’t know how to defend against China’s hypersonic missiles”
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On the same day last week that a southern Oregon county declared a state of emergency amid a sharp increase in illegal cannabis farms, police raided a site that had about 2 tons of processed marijuana and 17,500 pot plants.
The raid illustrates that the proliferation of industrial-scale marijuana farms has gotten so bad and so brazen that Jackson County Commissioners asked Gov. Kate Brown to send in the Oregon National Guard “to assist, as able, in the enforcement of laws related to the production of cannabis.” They also directly appealed to Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek for help getting additional funding to tackle the problem. Continue reading “Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard”
(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday signaled that it is not retreating from its inclination to grant a legal protection called “qualified immunity” to police accused in lawsuits of using excessive force, ruling in favor of officers on Monday in separate cases from California and Oklahoma.
The justices overturned a lower court’s decision allowing a trial in a lawsuit against officers Josh Girdner and Brandon Vick over the 2016 fatal shooting of a hammer-wielding man in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Continue reading “U.S. Supreme Court again protects police accused of excessive force”
Texas National Guard soldiers on the southern border were fired on Thursday by suspected cartel gunmen from Mexico, authorities said Friday.
The soldiers were in Roma, Texas when two shots were fired from across the border, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. No injuries were reported, and the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident. Continue reading “Texas National Guard soldiers fired upon across border by suspected cartel gunmen, authorities say”
A Texas constable deputy was fatally shot and two other deputies were wounded in what police are calling an “ambush” early Saturday morning outside a Houston nightclub.
The incident unfolded around 2:15 a.m. at the 45 North Bar and Lounge in the 4400 block of the North Freeway near Crosstimbers, Houston Police said. Continue reading “Deputy fatally shot, 2 injured in ‘ambush’ at Houston nightclub: Police”
WASHINGTON — After having lost a legal battle, the Biden administration tentatively plans a mid-November restart of a Trump-era policy that forces migrants seeking asylum to wait in Mexico for their U.S. immigration court hearings, according to a court filing late Thursday.
President Joe Biden had ended the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy when he took office this year, saying it was inhumane because of the violence migrants faced waiting in Mexico for their court hearings. Continue reading “Biden admin plans to restart Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy in mid-November”
New York Post – by Callie Patteson
White House chief of staff Ronald Klain is once again facing criticism over a retweet this week when he shared a post that categorized recent nationwide economic malaise caused by a supply-chain crunch as “high class problems.”
Late Wednesday, Klain shared a post from Harvard professor Jason Furman and wrote “This” with two emoji hands pointing a finger down at the original tweet. Continue reading “WH chief of staff slammed over post calling supply chain crisis ‘high class problems’”
Breitbart – by John Binder
President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided nearly 32,000 border crossers with work permits, allowing them to be released into the United States interior and take U.S. jobs, over the last two months.
DHS documents reviewed by Fox News’s Adam Shaw and Bill Melugin reveal the extent to which DHS is using the process known as “parole” to mass release border crossers into the U.S. with the benefit of giving them work permits. Continue reading “Biden Gives Work Permits to Nearly 32K Border Crossers in 2 Months”
Epoch Times – by Isabel van Brugen
The head of the Chicago police officers union on Tuesday called on its members to refuse to comply with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which is set to take effect on Friday.
“Do not fill out the portal information,” Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said in a video to officers posted on YouTube. “I’ve made my status very clear as far as the vaccine, but I do not believe the city has the authority to mandate that to anybody—let alone that information about your medical history.” Continue reading “Chicago Police Union Head Calls on Members to Defy Vaccine Mandate”
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A county in southern Oregon says it is so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, appealing to the governor and the Legislature’s leaders for help.
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners said law enforcement officers and county and state regulators and code enforcers are overwhelmed and warned of an “imminent threat to the public health and safety of our citizens from the illegal production of cannabis in our county.” Continue reading “Overwhelmed by illegal pot, Oregon county declares emergency”
Workers left their jobs at a record pace in August, with bar and restaurant employees as well as retail staff quitting in droves, the Labor Department reported Tuesday.
Quits hit a new series high going back to December 2000, as 4.3 million workers left their jobs. The quits rate rose to 2.9%, an increase of 242,000 from the previous month, which saw a rate of 2.7%, according to the department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The rate, which is measured against total employment, is the highest in a data series that goes back to December 2000. Continue reading “A record 4.3 million workers quit their jobs in August, led by food and retail industries”
New York Post – by Callie Patteson
Vice President Kamala Harris is being roundly mocked on social media for her bizarre space exploration video, after it was revealed the children featured as “students” in the clip — produced by a company called Sinking Ship Entertainment — were actually child actors.
The video is the first in a YouTube Original series called “Get Curious with Vice President Harris,” and features the vice president speaking with several young “students” about the wonders of space exploration and science. Continue reading “Kamala Harris slammed for using child actors in bizarre space video”
Epoch Times – by Tammy Hung
Oregon state Sens. Kim Thatcher and Dennis Linthicum, both Republicans, have petitioned Acting U.S. Attorney Scott E. Asphaug to launch a grand jury investigation into the measurement of COVID-19 statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Thatcher and Linthicum submitted the petition in a letter (pdf) on Aug. 16 after gathering signatures from 1,718 Oregonians and 53,032 Americans. Continue reading “Oregon Senators Call for Investigation Into Alleged COVID-19 Statistical Manipulation”
A manhunt is underway in central Georgia after an officer was gunned down outside his police department early Saturday, authorities said.
Dylan Harrison, 26, of Dudley, Georgia, was working his first shift as a part-time officer with the Alamo Police Department in Wheeler County when he was fatally shot around 1 a.m. Saturday, police said. Continue reading “Suspect at-large in fatal shooting of officer outside police department in Georgia”
Texas police are responding to a high school shooting in Arlington that injured four people, including three students, Wednesday morning, and are now searching for the suspect who they say is on the loose.
Arlington Police confirmed it was on the scene of a shooting at Timberview High School, and its officers were carrying out a “methodical search” and working closely with ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), the Mansfield Independent School District, which has its own police department, the Mansfield Police Department, Grand Prairie Police Department and other agencies. Continue reading “Texas high school shooting injures 4, suspect on the loose, police say”
Yahoo News – NBC News
The FBI raided the Manhattan offices of a New York City police union Tuesday, and hours later, the union’s outspoken leader resigned.
Bearing a warrant, agents searched the headquarters of the fifth-biggest police union in the country, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, or SBA, which represents 13,000 active and retired New York City police sergeants. Continue reading “New York City police union leader resigns after FBI raid on headquarters”
Mail delivery for many Americans will slow starting on Friday, part of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s blueprint for overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in order to slash costs. But critics say the slower delivery standards could cause problems such as late bill delivery while more broadly undermining the public’s faith in the USPS.
Almost 4 of 10 pieces of first-class mail will see slower delivery, according to Paul Steidler, senior fellow at the Lexington Institute and an expert on the postal service. That “means mail delivery will be slower than in the 1970s,” he said, calling DeJoy’s plan “disastrous.” Continue reading “Mail delivery slowdown: USPS to slow delivery starting October 1”
Yahoo News – Axios
Panama foreign minister Erika Mouynes expressed frustration to Axios that the Biden administration seemed caught off guard by the Haitian migrant crisis because “we sounded the alarm when we should have.”
Why it matters: The worst may still be coming. Mouynes said there are as many as 60,000 migrants — mostly Haitian — poised to make their way north to the U.S.-Mexico border. Continue reading “Panama warns of even bigger Haitian migrant surge to come”
Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is preparing for a possible disruption Monday morning during rush hour of truck drivers shutting down parts of the interstate in protest over mask and vaccine mandates, according to local news Fox 19.
Dubbed the “#patrioshutdown,” the movement has spread on various social media platforms and is expected to begin Monday morning and last for several hours on a stretch of highway in Ohio. Continue reading “Ohio State Police “Aware And Monitoring” Possible Truck Protest Against Vaccine Mandate”