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New economy fallout – ‘wage theft’ from paychecks

WASHINGTON — For nearly a year, unemployed home health worker Leslie Gilbert of Grand Rapids, Mich., has fought to get more than $400 in unpaid wages from her former employer.

Report: GSA handed out $1 million to workers under investigation

WASHINGTON —The federal General Services Administration has handed out more than $1 million in taxpayer-funded bonuses since 2008 to dozens of employees who were under investigation for misconduct.

Company sues Fla. over new law banning government hiring of firms tied to Cuba

MIAMI —The Coral Gables, Fla.-based subsidiary of Odebrecht, the Brazilian engineering and construction conglomerate, sued the state of Florida on Monday over a contentious new state law that bans governments from hiring companies with business ties to Cuba.

How Bank of America Execs Hid Losses—In Their Own Words

When Bank of America announced it was buying Merrill Lynch in September 2008, bank execs told their shareholders that the merger might hurt earnings a touch. It didn’t turn out that way. Losses at Merrill piled up [1] over the next two months, before the deal even closed. Yet the execs kept painting a prettier picture to shareholders — even though it turns out they knew better.

Japan PM urged to be cautious about nuclear restarts

(Reuters) – Nearly a third of Japan’s ruling party lawmakers are petitioning Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to be cautious about restarting nuclear reactors given safety concerns after last year’s earthquake and tsunami, an organizer said on Tuesday.

Senate urged to take up pay equity for women

WASHINGTON —Gender politics takes center stage again this election year as the Senate on Tuesday is urged to consider a pay equality bill that the White House and congressional Democrats say is necessary but Republicans decry as a show vote designed to taint them as anti-women.

Voting rights gains of ‘60s in jeopardy, Attorney General Eric Holder says

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder told African-American clergy leaders Wednesday that a wave of new state laws on voting and legal challenges to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 may jeopardize rights they helped fight for in the civil rights era.

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