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Hearing on UAW vote at Tennessee VW plant vote April 21

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 02:07
The United Auto Workers (UAW) union will make its case on April 21 that the results of a February election it lost at a Chattanooga, Tennessee Volkswagen plant should be thrown out. The parties involved agreed to delay the hearing, which was previously scheduled for April 7 in Chattanooga, a U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) representative said on Friday. The UAW has asked the NLRB to invalidate the 712-626 vote at the VW facility and hold a new election, alleging that workers were improperly influenced by anti-union statements made by Tennessee Republican politicians and outside interest groups in the days leading up to the election. The federal agency supervises union elections and polices unfair labor practices in the private sector, and its regional office in Atlanta is handling the VW Chattanooga challenge.

Georgia lawmakers expand gun rights as medical marijuana bill dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:48
By Steve Norder ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia lawmakers approved a watered-down expansion of gun carry rights, but an effort aimed at legalizing medical marijuana for children with severe seizure disorders failed on Thursday, the final day of the state's legislative session. "We did nothing for kids, but we passed a gun bill," said Republican state Senator Fran Millar. The gun measure passed by large margins in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate after a compromise was reached to save it in the session's waning hours. Prompted by mass shootings across the country in recent years, state legislatures are considering hundreds of proposals to both limit and expand the rights of gun owners, while 20 states have legalized medical marijuana in various forms and others are considering doing so.

Modern home divides historic Southern neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:44

Architect Louis Cherry and his wife, Marsha Gordon, stand in front of their new home in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood of Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The couple may have to demolish the unfinished home because of a neighbor's challenge that the house doesn't meet guidelines for the historic district. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Architect Louis Cherry sees the two-story structure — with its exposed beams, masonry piers, deep overhangs and shallow-pitched roof — as a "contemporary interpretation" of the Craftsman-style homes that dot the city's Historic Oakwood District.


Muslim group to appeal ruling on police spying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:42
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A group of Muslims from New Jersey is appealing a federal judge's ruling that determined that New York City Police Department's surveillance of Muslims did not violate their civil rights.

Navajo family fighting to stay on monument land

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:38

In this March 10, 2014 photo, Navajo elder Stella Peshlakai Smith, 89, stands outside a traditional dwelling on her homestead at Wupatki National Monument in northern Arizona. The National Park Service, which manages the monument, and the Peshlakai family are at odds over the family's pursuit of residency in the vast expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. (AP) — Before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajos whose ancestors returned to settle the area after a forced march to an eastern New Mexico internment camp.


Anti-abortion activist loses appeal over Ohio home raid

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:35
A federal appeals court refused to hold members of the U.S. Marshals Service liable for raiding the home of an anti-abortion activist to enforce a money judgment favoring Planned Parenthood, but strongly criticized their tactics, saying they appeared aimed at stifling the activist's "repugnant" ideas. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the raid violated the Fourth Amendment rights of Michael Bray and his family. Planned Parenthood had been seeking to collect an $850,000 judgment it had won against Bray in an Oregon case, and obtained a court order to seize assets from his home in Wilmington, Ohio. He claimed that he was forced to sit on a couch, unable to call a lawyer, during a four-hour search of the home, while a Planned Parenthood worker allegedly videotaped the interior.

Chimp attack victim to appeal to Conn. legislators

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:29

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2012 file photo, Charla Nash sits before a hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., to determine whether she may sue the state for $150 million in claimed damages. Nash, who was mauled by a friend's chimpanzee in 2009, is making a last-ditch appeal to legislators in her bid to sue the state for $150 million, saying the attack has left her so her reliant on others that she feels like she is locked in a cage. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's attorney general urged lawmakers Friday not to allow a woman disfigured in a 2009 chimpanzee attack to sue the state, saying she has his sympathy but the law does not support her claim seeking $150 million.