Disney workers win back pay
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division said two Walt Disney Co. subsidiaries—Disney Vacation Club Management Corp. and the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc., both located in Orlando, Fla.—will pay $3.8 million in back wages to 16,339 employees. DOL said the Disney companies paid less than minimum wages to the employees after charges for uniforms and costumes were deducted from paychecks.
Citizens United decision was guided by false assumptions
A report from Public Citizen reviews campaign finance tactics during the past several elections and concludes that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was based on a false premise. The Court held that corporations could make unlimited expenditures to promote the election or defeat of candidates if they were fully independent, but PC’s review underscores activities of SuperPACs which collected corporate funds to finance election-related expenditures in collusion with candidates.
Cyberstalker arrested for epilepsy-inducing tweet
John Rivello, 29, of Salisbury, Md., was arrested and charged with cyberstalking a Dallas-based Newsweek magazine reporter by sending a Twitter image with an animated strobe light that was intended to induce an epileptic seizure, the Department of Justice said. “I hope this sends him into a seizure,” Rivello wrote to other Twitter users, referring to the image he sent to Kurt Eichenwald, the news magazine reporter, who suffered a seizure when he saw it.
Florida marketers fined for baseless promotions
Three affiliated Florida marketing companies will pay $500,000 to settle charges that they sent millions of spam emails to promote a worthless weight-loss product, the Federal Trade Commission said. Links embedded in the emails led consumers to websites that advertised such “weight loss” products as Original Pure Forskolin and Original White Kidney Bean, and falsely claimed the products were endorsed by Oprah Winfrey and the hosts of the television show “The Doctors.”
Criminal alien caught sneaking back into U.S.
Genaro Galvan-Mora, 26, a Mexican national, was apprehended by border patrol agents in the Tucson Sector near Nogales, Ariz. Galvan-Mora was deported less than three weeks ago after completing a nine-month prison sentence for “reckless homicide,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. He was convicted of the homicide charge last May in Loudon County, Tenn.
34 illegal aliens intercepted in Puerto Rico waters
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted a wooden “yolo” vessel with 34 illegal aliens from the Dominican Republic and Haiti on board, including four who were charged with attempting to re-enter the U.S. after a previous deportation. The boat, which was carrying 31 men and three women, was found about eight miles from Rincon, P.R.
Dogs sniff out drug smugglers in New Mexico
A seven-hour search in rough terrain and the assistance of specially trained dogs paid off for border patrol agents near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry near Lordsburg, N.M., U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. At the conclusion of their search, the agents located two suspected vehicles hidden in a wash and covered by tarps. The driver and two passengers fled the area, but they were tracked by dog teams. Agents seized 3,610 pounds of marijuana from the two vehicles.
Working in the big cities
Among the nation’s 51 metropolitan areas that have populations in excess of 1 million people, Salt Lake City, Utah, had a 3.0% unemployment rate, the lowest in the country, and Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio, had a 6.6% jobless rate, the country’s highest, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Among all of the 388 metropolitan areas, Ames, Iowa, had the lowest rate of 2.3%, and El Centro, Calif., had the highest rate of 19.6%.
31 tons of ground beef recalled
King’s Command Foods LLC, of Kent, Wash., recalled 63,252 pounds of ground beef meatball products for possible contamination with extraneous metallic materials, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said. Some of the recalled meatballs were shipped to Department of Defense facilities and institutions nationwide.
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The press releases and documents linked to this report were posted on their websites on Friday, March 17