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  • Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case To Lower Court
    The Supreme Court on Monday sent a high-profile affirmative action case back to a lower court. It said the University of Texas' affirmative action program must be narrowly tailored. The vote was 7-1.
  • Justices Rule In Favor Of Employers In Discrimination Cases
    At the Supreme Court on Monday, it was a rough day for working people. In two cases, the justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to make it harder for employees to win discrimination lawsuits. The court raised new hurdles for plaintiffs who claim they're victims of bias and that companies retaliated against them.
  • In Light Of Protests, Brazil Offers Changes
    Brazil's president has proposed a $25 billion transportation upgrade, in a bid to take the wind out of the sails of the nation's protest movement. After the police aggressively broke up the first demonstrations, the protests spread and grew into the hundreds of thousands.
  • Chinese Factory Workers Hold U.S. Boss Captive
    In China, a U.S. factory executive is being held captive in his office by his own workers. He's Chip Starnes, a co-owner of the Florida-based Specialty Medical Supplies. It hasn't been a violent takeover. In fact, Starnes has been able to get a few words out to the press.
  • Sea Lamprey Nosed Into Controlled Areas By Scent
    Researchers in the Great Lakes are trying to control an ancient fish with a new approach. Sea lamprey are notorious for latching onto other fish and literally sucking the life out of them.
  • IRS Systematically Targeted 'Progressive' Groups Too
    It wasn't just Tea Party groups that had a "be on the lookout" list at the IRS. A "broad spectrum" of groups were also targeted for increased scrutiny on other lists, which the agency has stopped using under its new acting leader Danny Werfel.
  • As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White
    Nearly a quarter of all public school kids are Latino, but only 3 percent of kids' books are by or about Latinos. There's a similar dearth of Native American, black and Asian characters. Why? One editor says librarians, with their high demand for multicultural books, don't drive best-seller lists.
  • Regulators Scrutinize Google's Deal With Waze
    The Federal Trade Commission is looking into Google's recent deal to acquire the map company Waze. The question is whether Google was trying to buy up a potential competitor. Waze, based in Israel, makes an app that uses crowd sourcing to provide real-time traffic data.
  • Regulators Approve Deal Between Delta, Virgin Atlantic
    Delta Airlines has just completed its purchase of 49 percent of Virgin Atlantic. Beginning early next month, the two airlines will begin marketing each others flights. They hope to become a formidable competitor on transatlantic routes.
  • Idaho Leads Nation In Number Of Low-Wage Workers
    Tuesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act. That law created a nationwide minimum wage which is now $7.25 an hour. Democrats are pushing to raise the wage, but Republicans say higher pay would hurt job creation. Idaho has been losing higher paying manufacturing jobs but gaining low-paying service jobs.

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