By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM Maine (Reuters) - Two Maine companies and a labor recruiter are being sued for allegedly mistreating Haitian migrant workers during the state's wild blueberry harvest in 2008. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Bangor last week, alleges that a contractor for Coastal Blueberry Service and Hancock Foods lured 18 workers from New Jersey's blueberry fields and elsewhere without contracts. Many workers made the trip crammed three to a seat and in the aisle of an old bus, often without luggage, according to the suit filed by the non-profit Pine Tree Legal Assistance. One man slept in an abandoned vehicle while working in Maine, a woman opted to sleep in a car rather than share a bedroom with several men and others stayed in pest-infested bunkhouses, the lawsuit said.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A veteran Southern California lifeguard died over the holiday weekend after jumping from a rescue boat to save a distressed swimmer. Pop culture often depicts the lifeguard as a kid with a tan lounging in a tall chair, but the job can be dangerous and, in some places, a lifelong profession.
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge agreed on Monday to transfer former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez to a state jail near Boston and closer to his lawyers as he prepares for two trials where he will face charges of murdering three men. Prosecutors raised no objection to moving Hernandez from the Bristol jail, which is about 50 miles (80 km) south of Boston.
The July Fourth holiday weekend brought an explosion of gunfire to Chicago, where at least 60 people were shot and roughly a dozen killed, authorities said on Monday. The violence was so widespread during the three-day weekend that police were still tallying the dead and wounded, Chicago Police Department spokesman Hector Alfaro said. In a news conference Monday morning, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the violence "unacceptable," and he blamed it in part on a "proliferation of firearms." The Chicago Tribune reported 82 people were shot and 14 killed. To try to quell the violence, SWAT teams patrolled the streets along with police officers and law enforcement brought in SUVs packed with rifles, the paper said.
(Reuters) - Boeing Co said there would be no delay in shipments from supplier Spirit Aerosystems Holdings Inc, following the derailment of a train last week en route to the planemaker's factories in Washington state. Wichita, Kansas-based Spirit Aerosystems builds all of Boeing's 737 fuselages. The six fuselages involved in Thursday's derailment represent 14 percent of Boeing's current monthly production. Nineteen cars in a 90-car BNSF Railway Co [BNISF.UL] train loaded with six 737 narrow-body fuselages and assemblies for Boeing's 777 and 747 wide-body jets derailed near Rivulet, Montana on Thursday.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday he had signed legislation making New York the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana, calling his approach, which forbids smoking of the drug and includes strict limits, the "smartest" any state had taken so far. "This new law takes an important step toward bringing relief to patients living with extraordinary pain and illness," Cuomo told a news conference at the New York Academy of Medicine, flanked by lawmakers and 9-year-old Amanda Houser, who suffers from seizures. The legislation "gets us the best that medical marijuana has to offer in the most protected, controlled way possible,” the Democratic governor said. Medical marijuana is also legal in the District of Columbia.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Lifeguards along more than 6 miles of pristine sand in this Southern California beach city had rescued more than 200 people by the time the call came to help a distressed swimmer east of one of the main piers.
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in Los Angeles will no longer hold in jail undocumented immigrants for federal authorities unless a judge requests it, officials said on Monday. The announcement by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck marks the latest move by officials in California to limit cooperation with the U.S. government in a program that has been a top priority for immigration officials and has helped deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants. The federal government's Secure Communities program was launched in 2008 in partnership with the FBI and local law enforcement to deport unauthorized immigrants who are arrested by police for other offenses. Under the program, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can ask that detainees suspected of entering the country illegally be held for up to 48 hours extra to give federal immigration authorities more time to take custody of them.
NEW YORK (AP) — A 14-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York who was searching for victims in a burning, cluttered high-rise apartment was killed by smoke inhalation and thermal burns, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office said Monday.