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Yesterday’s fatal shooting of a black man by police led to a night of widespread violence in Charlotte, North Carolina. A woman calling herself the dead man’s daughter said he was un-armed and reading a book in his car. Her claim went viral. This morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters, "A weapon was seized -- a handgun. I can also tell you we did not find a book that has been made reference to. I can just tell you what I've gathered thru the scientific process of going thru the evidence and we did find a weapon and the weapon was there and the witnesses corroborated it too, just beyond the officers."
Tom Bullock, who reports for public radio station WFAE in North Carolina, updates the story.
The $15 hourly minimum wage got its start in Seattle. Now the city has taken a new step for part-time, low-wage workers who have to be on call whenever they're needed. In fast food and retail, algorithms determine when business will be hot or cold, and employers set work schedules without advance notice. What about the workers' needs: plans for childcare, time off for illness -- or additional part-time jobs that allow them to make ends meet. Seattle's new rules include two weeks' advance notice for work schedules and 10 hours' rest between shifts. Do employers accept them? Will they become a failed experiment or a model for the rest of the country?
A bowl of skittles — brightly colored, fruit-flavored candies — inspired a controversial meme-gone-viral by Donald Trump, Jr., son of the GOP Presidential nominee. He tweeted: "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem."
So how many skittles would it take to accurately reflect the chances of an American being killed by a Syrian refugee? We ask Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the CATO Institute, the libertarian think-tank.
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Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
Autocracy, Theocracy and… paperwork Last month in Berlin, Warren visited the archives of Stasi, the Communist secret police of East Germany. He learned that paperwork was almost as important to oppressive control as maintaining a climate of fear. Then he heard Rukmini Callamachi’s podcast, “Caliphate,” about gathering records from ISIS. The result is a riveting conversation between Callamachi and Dagmar Hovestadt, spokesperson for the Stasi Museum.
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