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Four US soldiers killed in Syria blast
Reuters
— A news site affiliated with Islamic State earlier issued a statement saying an attacker with a suicide vest had targeted a patrol of the U.S.-led coalition operating in Manbij.

Genuine fake news: That’s not the Washington Post
The Hollywood Reporter
wapostfake… At this time, it’s unclear who created the forgery. However, in a story, the Postnoted that liberal activist organization Code Pink published a video on Facebook in which copies of the fake paper were handed out. “This just in! Handing out the Washington Post paper on Trump leaving the presidency,” the video was captioned.
UPDATE: activists and Onnesha Roychoudhuri take credit, along with collective

“They aren’t gaming the system, they own the system.”
Wall Street Journal via RealNews
— How Amazon has radically changed bookselling, often in favor of the author.

US calls back 50,000 (unpaid) workers
Stars & Stripes
…. to fulfill key government tasks, including disbursing tax refunds, overseeing flight safety and inspecting the nation’s food and drug supply, as it seeks to blunt the impact of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
>>>> Air traffic controllers say if shutdown drags on, many will quit
The Hill

So-called judge rules against federal workers
Yahoo News
— 
A federal judge has refused to force the government to pay federal employees who have been furloughed because of the government shutdown.
— U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon announced the decision on Tuesday afternoon after hearing from three groups that filed the lawsuit. In his decision, he refused to grant a temporary restraining order that would have required the government to pay government employees for their work during the shutdown.

kidbiz
When Bella Berrellez learned her mother was furloughed, she looked for ways help the family. Political bickering in Washington means Bella’s mom and hundreds of thousands of other U.S. federal employees won’t get paid until the dispute is resolved. Bella, 11, created homemade body scrubs with various scents and sold them for $7 each to neighbors and online communities. In just two weeks, she has sold more than 400 jars.

Smile! You’re on AirBnB host’s camera
Fast Company
… 
a growing problem on Airbnb. More hosts are surreptitiously recording guests–likely as a defense in case crazy stuff happens. Sometimes we hear of egregious examples, where guests were able to get Airbnb’s attention because they discovered a hidden camera in a place like a bathroom. But during these less outrageous situations–which are invasions of privacy, nonetheless–Airbnb users have less recourse.

In some cities, housing costs mean rise in homeless elderly
Chicago Tribune

Oxycontin maker, aware of dangers of its pills,
pursued profit anyway, says Massachusetts Attorney General
NPR
… flooded Massachusetts with sales reps, influenced state legislation, and financially backed medical facilities and universities so they could tout Purdue opioids.

Sears gets reprieve with $5 billion bid
AP
… 
The plan still must be approved by the bankruptcy judge in White Plains, New York …  may keep the roughly 400 remaining Sears stores open, meaning tens of thousands of jobs have been saved, at least for now.

YET ANOTHER DOG & PONY SHOW
VP’s wife to ahem “teach part time” at Bible-loving, gay-hating school
Politico
Dog-and-pony-show
Wow, some GOP strategist came up with this gem as a way to appease Trumpy’s shaky base.
Karen Pence’s PR hacks issued a “statement” saying she is “excited to be back in the classroom and doing what I love to do, which is to teach art to elementary students.”
The school bans “participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity, promoting such practices, or being unable to support the moral principles of the school.”
——> The Pences are okay with Trumpy’s sexual assaults, right? Wouldn’t that come under “sexual immorality?” No?

karenpencephoto
Karen Pence and “art”

Citigroup: Female Employees Earn 29% Less Than Men
Bloomberg
The bank also reported that, among its U.S. employees, people of color earn 7 percent less than their white colleagues.
— “The numbers are difficult,” said Sara Wechter, Citigroup’s global head of human resources. “We should obviously be at 100 percent parity, and that’s what we’re striving for.”
— The gap reflects a company that’s mostly male at the highest levels. Women make up more than half of Citigroup’s workforce, but only 37 percent of employees at the assistant VP level through the managing director level. Over the years, banks have lost black executives. In 2017, Citigroup saw a drop in black bankers for the eighth consecutive year. Black workers only make up 1.8 percent of executive and senior manager positions, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Parliament slaps down May’s Brexit deal
BBC
— Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes – the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.
— MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU on 29 March.
— Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has now tabled a vote of no confidence in the government, which could trigger a general election.

Hall of Fame pitcher arrested in abuse of child, 4
Dallas Morning News
— Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland was arrested Monday on accusations that  he sexually assaulted a young child three times over two years.
— Wetteland, 52, has been charged with one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child younger than 14. The Trophy Club resident posted $25,000 bond and was released from custody the same day as his arrest.
— He forced a relative to perform a sex act on him, according to his arrest-warrant affidavit, beginning in 2004 when the child was 4 years old. It happened two other times during a two-year period, the accuser told police.

 

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