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US could pay pension bill for AMR as it restructures: report
ReutersDecember 1, 2011

Tom Horton, the new chief executive of American Airlines and its parent company AMR said the fact the company had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection did not mean its pension plans would definitely move to the PBGC, but he signaled it was a real ...more »

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of China Organic Agriculture, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) despite indicating otherwise, China Organic had received no initial payments for its September 2008 sale of Jilin ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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A Very Nice Man, but a Constitutional Quack
National Review Online (blog)December 2, 2011

Domestic investigations and arrests are still to be handled by the FBI and other law-enforcement authorities; the military still limits itself to combat ops overseas. This is exactly how things worked pre-McCain-Levin: In 1942, American citizen ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Egypt Islamists outline strict law plans
Sydney Morning HeraldDecember 3, 2011

Salafis, who often wear long beards and seek to imitate the life of the Prophet Mohammed, speak openly about wanting to Egypt into a state where personal freedoms, including freedom of speech, women's dress and art, are constrained by Islamic law. ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Interviewing job applicants: What to ask, what not to ask
Agri-ViewDecember 1, 2011

Instead, rephrase the question: "To what professional organizations-except those that indicate race, religion, color or national origin-do you belong?" Be careful when addressing arrest and conviction records. According to the UW AgVentures resources, ...more »

Native Americans
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National coalition gears up to counter 'voter suppression'
Tri State DefenderDecember 1, 2011

The Stand coalition and supporters make the case that African-Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, seniors, students, working women and immigrants will be disproportionately affected by the new laws, since many in these communities ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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State University Professor Sponsors Religious Discrimination in Texas
Christian News Wire (press release)December 2, 2011

It is also unclear what steps state educational agencies will take against the UT professor or the school if it is shown that a state employee or entity sought to sponsor religious discrimination against an approved charity. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Eminent domain: An expensive lesson
Jacksonville Daily NewsDecember 2, 2011

While eminent domain may be constitutionally acceptable, it is morally repugnant and should go the way of the Jim Crow laws. There is no place in a civilized society for the forcible taking of someone's home and property by government.more »

Sexual Harassment
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Five Students Sue Howard University in Sexual Harassment Case
NBC WashingtonDecember 1, 2011

Since then, three other students have claimed they were victims of Bright-Abu and the university had yet again failed to act on the information. They are filing a civil lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and abuse against Howard University and ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Province risks turning Freedom of Information Act into a 'piece of Swiss cheese'
Edmonton JournalDecember 1, 2011

EDMONTON - Alberta's access to information boss on Wednesday warned the provincial government has created dozens of loopholes to override provincial freedom of information laws, ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Lomira man suing village, officer for unlawful arrest
Fond du Lac ReporterDecember 4, 2011

The suit seeks unspecified compensatory damages for violations of Bautista's constitutional rights against unlawful search and seizure stemming from the entry without a warrant, alleged excessive force in the arrest, unlawful detention and prosecution ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Powers of anti-obscenity board 'violate the law'
Inquirer.netDecember 6, 2011

The CCPC yesterday said two provisions on the powers of a proposed Anti-Obscenity Board of Cebu prvoince violate Constitutional mandates on press freedom and property rights. During its quarterly en banc meeting, the CCPC passed a resolution adopting ...more »


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