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Female workers in California are getting new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation that supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure Tuesday while surrounded by women and girls at an event at Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond, northeast of San Francisco.
The bill expands California's existing equal pay law and goes further than federal law by placing the burden on the employer to prove a man's higher pay is based on factors other than gender.
It also protects workers from discrimination and retaliation if they ask questions about how much other people earn, though it doesn't require that employers provide that information.
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Two former inmates filed a federal suit on Monday alleging that Sonoma County, California, jail guards orchestrated a five-hour "sadistic" attack on nearly two dozen men, some of whom they allegedly beat, forced to wear tiny underwear and allowed to sit in feces for more two days, among other claims.
The suit claims between 20 to 25 inmates were “sadistically attacked" on a single day – May 28 – in the male special module of the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention facility in Santa Rosa.
Marqus Martinez and Daniel Banks say their Fourth and Eighth amendments were violated and jail supervisors are liable for the "deliberate indifference" of policy, according to the suit, filed by an attorney in San Francisco on their behalf. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department "categorically" denied the "outrageous and inflammatory accusations delineated in the complaint" and hinted there might have been some sort of riot situation in process, Sgt. Cecile Focha wrote on the department's Facebook page.
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The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to government figures obtained by The Associated Press.
Deportations of criminal immigrants have fallen to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, despite his pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally. The share of criminal immigrants deported in relation to overall immigrants deported rose slightly, from 56 percent to 59 percent.
The Food and Drug Administration, never known for its cachet with the youth of America, is reaching out with a new hip-hop themed anti-smoking campaign, NBC News reported.
Featuring YouTube videos of up-and-coming artists, it's seeking to discourage black and Hispanic youths from using tobacco.
"I reject anything including tobacco that tries to control me," one teenager after another says in one of the videos.
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A man who maintains he was wrongly convicted in a notorious 1990 tourist killing deserves a new trial, a judge said Tuesday, throwing out a verdict in a case that helped crystallize an era of crime and fear in the nation's biggest city. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Eduardo Padro overturned Johnny Hincapie's conviction after a hearing that spanned months and delved into the 1990 death of Brian Watkins of Provo, Utah. But Padro stopped short of declaring Hincapie innocent, as he and his lawyers had hoped the judge might.
Authorities say a mother is under investigation by the Department of Social Services after writing "bad" on her son's head, dressing him in women's clothes and parading him around a Wal-Mart store as punishment. The mother told police she was punishing her son for fighting and making homophobic remarks.
Students at a community college in Center City Philadelphia were told to shelter in place as heavily-armed police searched for a gunman who reportedly entered a building after getting into an argument with a student Tuesday morning.
Community College of Philadelphia students were told to shelter in place at the main campus as police searched for gunman inside the Winnet Student Life Building along 17th Street near Spring Garden Street in the city’s Spring Garden section around 9:30 a.m. due to a report of a person with a gun, Philadelphia Police said.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that police apprehended a 17-year-old suspect in a classroom inside the business school. He didn't however have a gun on him.
Witnesses told officers that two men who knew each other got into an argument on the street outside the Winnet Building. At some point the suspect pulled a gun on the other man, who is a student, said Ramsey.
A 50-year-old supervisor at a Michigan fiberglass factory is the winner of a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot.
Julie Leach of Three Rivers said she was having a "bad night" at her third-shift job when she took a lunch break. She checked the numbers while waiting in a McDonald's drive-thru.
"It’s crazy, unreal," Leach said during a press conference on Tuesday. "Never thought it would happen. I’m still in disbelief."
Leach said she "automatically" quit her "nasty, dirty" job of 20 years and plans to build houses in Michigan for her and her partner of 36 years, their three children and 11 grandchildren.
"I’m going to take care of my kids... Just want to make it a good life for them," she said.
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A woman wanted on identity theft charges has been arrested in Oregon after a construction worker lifted the lid of a portable toilet to find her hiding inside.
The Register-Guard reports that 27-year-old Treasure Dawn Shockey, who had two warrants for her arrest, ran when police in Eugene tried to talk to her Saturday morning.
The success of Microsoft's fall lineup of devices will ride on the company's ability to convince people who got free Windows 10 software upgrades this summer to spring for new devices — specifically, Windows devices.
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled a new laptop, a tablet, three phones and a fitness tracker meant to keep people tied to its array of online services. Many of the products have impressive hardware features, but they face heavy competition from Apple and Android products.
With the new lineup, Microsoft appears to be targeting professionals, people more likely to have Windows already in their office computers. The Redmond, Washington, company is hoping to build on a successful summer launch of Windows 10, which Microsoft says is now in more than 110 million devices.
Man survives bear attack by remembering a tip from his grandmother.
Volusia County Sheriff's Office
Police in Daytona Beach, Florida, have arrested a 52-year-old convicted sex offender after a homeless pregnant woman was tied up and tortured in a recreational vehicle.
John Lytus remained in the Volusia County Jail on Tuesday after his arrest last week on charges that include sexual battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and failure to register as a sex offender. It's not known whether he has a lawyer.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Lytus was convicted of first-degree rape in Rockland, New York, in 1982.
A food truck at the University of Connecticut is now serving up roasted crickets.
The Daily Campus reports that the school's dining services are advertising the insects as organic, not genetically modified and earth friendly.
They also are high in protein, low in fat and a source of B vitamins, iron and zinc.
The school says the farm that supplies the crickets uses carbon dioxide to kill them and then roasts them.
Cook County Sheriff's Office
A Chicago man accused of fatally hitting a person on the Eisenhower Expressway over the weekend was pulled over after police spotted him driving with the victim’s body still on his car. Adrian Harris, 33, appeared in court Monday, where a judge set his bail at $400,000. Harris was charged with reckless homicide in the death of Jess Rodriguez, who was fatally hit while trying to cross Interstate 290.
The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating the derailment in central Vermont of a Washington, D.C.-bound Amtrak train after it hit rocks that had fallen onto the tracks, sending two cars down an embankment and injuring seven people, the head of Amtrak said Tuesday.