Oct 06
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‘Oh, my God’

Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, has reportedly told investigators that he “would lie in bed, just moaning and screaming, ‘Oh, my God,’” according to former FBI officials who were briefed on the matter. NBC News reported that investigators believe that Paddock suffered from mental illness or physical pain, but that deterioration of his mental health did not appear to be the catalyst behind a deadly shooting spree that killed 59 people and injured more than 500. State and federal officials did confirm that Paddock had been prescribed anti-anxiety medication Valium.

Danley, 62, a Philippines native with Australian citizenship, was seen in footage being removed from a flight to Manila out of Los Angeles Airport after FBI agents declared her a person of interest in the case. Danley’s sisters had said that Paddock had bought her the ticket to the Philippines, and that she had no idea about his plan to attack the music festival.

Paddock is believed to have investigated other possible targets for his attack in Boston and Chicago, where thousands, including former first daughter Malia obama, attended Lollapalooza in early August.

Read the full story at NBC News.


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The financial services firm behind Wall Street’s famous ‘Fearless Girl’ statue has settled a discrimination claim for $5 million after 305 top female employees and 15 of its black vice president’s alleged that they were being paid less than their white male peers. State Street was not forced to admit guilt in the case, but did agree to pay $4.5 million in back pay and $500,000 in interest into a settlement fund.

State Street installed a statue of a defiant young girl facing down Wall Street’s iconic ‘Charging Bull’ the day before International Women’s Day as part of a campaign intended to draw attention to the lack of women on corporate boards. The statue sparked a powerful response, as young men on Wall Street were captured abusing the statue, while others condemned it for representing “corporate feminism.” But after an outpouring of public support, it was announced that the ‘Fearless Girl’ would remain in place until International Women’s Day next year.

With the news of State Street’s settlement, criticism of the statue erupted once more as social media users accused the financial firm of hypocrisy.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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A day after thousands of Polish woman took to the streets to protest the country’s restrictive abortion laws, police staged raids on women’s groups that had participated in the anti-government demonstration. The recent protest had come on the first anniversary of the famous “Black Monday” march that helped defeat a proposed total ban of abortion in the country that would have allowed women who underwent abortions, and the doctors who performed them, to be jailed for up to five years.

Tuesday’s protests were organized to condemn abortion laws that make abortion illegal in almost all cases, as well as new regulations that require women to get a doctor’s prescription in order to buy the morning-after pill. Prosecutors claimed that it was only a coincidence that two groups involved in the march, the Women’s Rights Center and Baba, were raided a day after the demonstrations. Both groups, which work with victims of domestic abuse, were told that they were looking for evidence into suspected wrongdoing by the former government.

“We are afraid that this is just a pretext or warning signal to not engage in activities not in line with the ruling party,” said the Women’s Rights Center in a statement.

Baba leader Anita Kucharska-Dziedzic said that police had confiscated numerous files from their offices, including some which contained private information on domestic abuse victims. The loss of the files, she said, was directly inhibiting the group’s ongoing work.

“This is an abuse of power,” said Marta Lempart, the head of the Polish Women’s Strike, which organized the protests. “Even if there is any suspicion of wrongdoing, an inquiry could be done in a way that doesn’t affect the organisations’ work.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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Tale of 2 Trumps

Tiffany Huizar, who was hospitalized on Sunday after the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, says that she appreciated the very “comforting” visit she received from President Donald Trump.

“He was super nice,” the 18-year-old said from her bed at University Medical Center. “He wasn’t who we see on social media. He was much more comforting.”

Huizar’s impression of the president stands in stark contrast to the one Trump left after visiting hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico the day before. After his visit to the island, Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, said Trump’s behavior in Puerto Rico was “terrible and abominable” and that his visit amounted to a P.R. stunt.

Trump and first lady Melania met with several of the more than 500 people injured in the mass-shooting during their day-long Vegas trip on Wednesday. Video of Huizar talking about Trump went viral on social media, providing a much needed boost to the image of a man who was recently seen throwing supplies as though they were basketballs at hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico.

Asked about what made Trump seem so comforting, Huizar said, “I don’t know, I guess tone of voice, and just, the way he was.”

Watch video of Huizar below.

Read the full story at Inside Edition.


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The death of a 31-year-old political reporter in Japan has been attributed to overwork, reigniting discussion in the country over a demanding workplace culture that encourages long hours above all else. NHK reporter Miwa Sado, who died of heart failure in 2013, had reportedly worked 159 hours of overtime in the month before her death from heart failure.

As a result of Japan’s “salaryman” culture, one in five workers in the country are at risk of working themselves to death, government studies have found. The phenomenon is apparently common enough that the Japanese language even has a specific word for death by overwork: karoshi. A 2014 law had called on companies to reduce the risk of karoshi by easing working conditions, but offered no requirements that companies actually do so.

In a similar case in 2015, Matsuri Takahashi, an advertising worker, killed herself after a month in which she worked 105 hours of overtime. The CEO of the company resigned after investigators found that she had been forced into working excessively long hours, resulting in her suicide.

Read the full story at CNN.


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Sharing is caring

Parental leave is a sore subject for many women and men in the United States: with no government-mandated paid parental leave, only 13 percent of people working in the private industry have access to paid leave. Silicon Valley, however, in order to attract the top talent, has been more generous than other companies in their paid leave policies — and Amazon in particular seems to be leading the way. “We wanted to build an egalitarian program that would work for all of our employees,” Steve Winter, Amazon’s director of global programs and services explained to CNBC. Mothers can potentially take up to 20 weeks of paid maternity leave, while dads, adoptive parents and non-birth mothers are entitled to six weeks of fully paid parental leave when they have been with the company for a year.

But the most surprising aspect of the retail giant’s policy is the so-called Leave Share program, which gives employees the chance to “share” their parental leave with their spouse, if they work at a company that does not have a parental leave policy in place. Additionally, the company has a Ramp Back program in place, where new parents are allowed an eight-week flexible schedule and reduced work hours to make for a smoother transition back into the workforce. Liz Swanby, an operations manager for the company is grateful for the policy because “the first weeks are critical.” As the parent of a special needs-son, she said parental leave helped her and her wife, Andrea, navigate a difficult time. “Companies should be more sensitive to that, especially to more atypical situations like ours,” she told CNBC. She stressed that the policy is a win-win for employees and employers,” since she was able to ease back into work without feeling too overwhelmed. “When things are going well at home, I do better at work. The two co-exist,” she added.

Read the full story at CNBC.


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