Seattle educators and support staff took to picket lines on Wednesday for the first time in three decades on what should have been the first day of the school year. The walkout by the 5,000-member teachers' union was the latest upheaval in Washington state's public education system following court cases challenging charter schools and classroom funding. "Seattle Public Schools appreciates our teachers and educators.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Mark Rozzi says he was 13, a young altar boy, when a priest at his eastern Pennsylvania parish sexually assaulted him in a shower. It took Rozzi, who says the priest spent a year grooming him with trips to McDonald's and secretly shared beers, a quarter century to talk about the experience publicly. By then it was too late for any legal action.
Law enforcement groups have stepped up their efforts against proposals circulating in Congress to roll back tough mandatory sentences for drug crimes and focus more resources on reducing recidivism and alternatives to incarceration. The opposition represents a personal and political challenge to Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime ally of law enforcement, who has been tasked by the White House with winning over skeptical cops even as he weighs whether to enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. “Law enforcement will always be the bigfoot in the conversation,” said Jesslyn McCurdy, legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, which supports sentencing reform.
By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber has lost another legal round in the dispute over whether its drivers are independent contractors or employees, an issue that threatens the core of the ride-hailing company's business model. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) determined that a former Uber driver in Southern California was an employee, not an independent contractor as the company has claimed, and the decision was upheld twice after Uber appealed by both an administrative law judge and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. The case came to light when a lawyer suing Uber on behalf of other drivers posted documents to her website.
Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, 52, was found wounded on Sept. 1 after reporting to dispatch that he was pursuing three suspects on foot. Gliniewicz was killed by a single bullet, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd told reporters on Wednesday, though it was not yet clear whether the gunshot was the result of homicide, suicide or an accident. “We obviously know that a bullet killed him,” Rudd told Chicago NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV.
Donald Trump belittled the physical appearance of fellow Republican U.S. presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in remarks published on Wednesday, saying: "Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?" The comments by the billionaire real estate developer published in an article on the website of Rolling Stone magazine were aimed at the only woman in the large field of Republicans vying for their party's 2016 presidential nomination. The magazine reported that Trump, leading in the polls among the Republican contenders, made the remarks while watching Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard Co chief executive, on television.
Three police officers in Washington state who fatally shot a Mexican immigrant farmworker in a confrontation in February will not face criminal charges, a local prosecutor and a lawyer for the man's family said on Wednesday. The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in the southeastern farming hub of Pasco sparked anger in the city's majority Latino community and helped fuel scrutiny across the country of police use of force against minorities.
Three police officers in Washington state will not face criminal charges in the February shooting death of an unarmed Mexican farmworker who threw rocks at them before fleeing arrest, a lawyer representing the victim's family said on Wednesday. Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot dead in the southeastern farming city of Pasco in an incident that sparked outrage in a majority Latino community that has likened his death to fatal police confrontations with unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant, who was due to hold an afternoon news conference on the matter, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A U.S. judge said on Wednesday congressional Republicans could proceed with parts of a lawsuit that alleges executive overreach by President Barack Obama's administration in implementing his signature healthcare law. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer, appointed by former President George W. Bush, a Republican, said the House of Representatives has standing to pursue claims that the secretaries of health and human services and of the Treasury violated the Constitution by spending funds Congress did not appropriate. At the same time, Collyer determined they could not pursue claims that the Treasury secretary improperly amended the healthcare law, as those concerned only the implementation of a statute and not adherence to any congressional requirement.
By David Lawder and Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans showed no signs on Wednesday of having a clear plan for averting a U.S. government shutdown in three weeks over funding for Planned Parenthood, though senior party leaders have made clear they want to avoid that scenario. After an hour-long, closed-door meeting of fellow party members, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said there were "no decisions at this point" on the content of a stopgap funding bill for the federal fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. Boehner, speaking to reporters for the first time since returning to Washington after a five-week summer recess that ended on Tuesday, also could not say when he would bring a spending bill to the House floor for passage.
Baltimore city officials on Wednesday approved a $6.4 million settlement to the family of Freddie Gray, a black man whose death from an injury in police custody triggered protests and rioting. The unanimous vote by the Board of Estimates comes ahead of a Thursday hearing on moving the trials of six police officers charged in Gray's death from a spinal injury from the city.
By Steve Bittenbender MOREHEAD, Ky. (Reuters) - Supporters of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples due to her religious beliefs, said on Wednesday that any of her deputies who provide such documents without her permission should be fired. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis released on Tuesday after six days in jail, warning her not to interfere with her deputy clerks who are issuing the licenses, or face further sanctions. Bunning had found Davis, clerk for Rowan County in eastern Kentucky, in contempt after she stopped issuing licenses to any couples, citing her belief as an Apostolic Christian that a marriage can only be between a man and a woman.