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U.N. rights experts seek review of U.S. police practices

Source: Reuters

United Nations human rights experts on Friday called for a halt to racial profiling by U.S. law enforcement officers and a review of laws allowing police to use lethal force.

The independent experts regretted that grand juries in the United States had failed to indict police officers for killing two unarmed black men in separate incidents that have led to mass protests.

Sending to trial the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York would have brought all evidence to light and allowed justice to take its course, they said in a statement.

"I am concerned by the grand juries' decisions and the apparent conflicting evidence that exists relating to both incidents," said Rita Izsak, U.N. special rapporteur on minority issues.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/05/us-usa-new-york-un-idUSKCN0JJ1E620141205

2014 on track for best year for hiring since 1999

US employers are thought to have hired at another robust pace in November in the latest sign that the United States is outshining struggling economies throughout the developed world.

Analysts have forecast that the economy generated 225,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate remained 5.8%, according to a survey by FactSet. If those predictions prove generally accurate, November would mark the 10th straight month of strong US job gains above 200,000 and would put 2014 on track to be the best year for hiring since 1999.

The government will release the November employment report at 8:30 a.m. ET on Friday.

The improving US job market contrasts with weakness elsewhere around the globe. Growth among the 18 European nations in the euro alliance is barely positive, and the eurozone's unemployment rate is 11.5%. Japan is in recession.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/a-strong-us-jobs-would-put-hiring-in-1999-territory-2014-12

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Is HIV Evolving Into A Weaker Virus?

Viruses are masters at mutating.

So the big concern with deadly viruses, like Ebola and hepatitis C, is that they will evolve into more dangerous forms over time.

It looks like just the opposite is happening with HIV — although it's happening slowly.

"HIV can generate any mutation in the book, on any day," says virologist Philip Goulder at the University of Oxford.

Over a 10-year period, HIV has picked up mutations that make it slightly less virulent in parts of southern Africa, Goulder and his team reported Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

That means it could take a little longer for some people to develop AIDS if they don't get HIV treatment. The mutations push back the average time to develop AIDS in Botswana from about 10 years to about 12.5 years, Goulder says.



Teacher orders third-grader to unclog toilet with bare hands

OTHELLO, Wash. – A Washington state teacher acknowledged ordering an 8-year-old student to unclog a toilet with his bare hands, and the boy’s parents say the educator deserves more than a reprimand.

Artie and Lisa Adams tell KEPR-TV that they learned of the Nov. 6 incident at Scootney Springs Elementary School in the small city of Othello when they asked their son about his day at school.

The third-grader said he reported the clog and teacher Brent Taylor told him to clear it with his bare hands.

The parents complained. The principal reprimanded Taylor and ordered the 23-year teaching veteran to review a hygiene course. Othello Superintendent George Juarez says he stands by the principal’s decision.



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High School Apologizes For Teen Who Posted “Go Bach To Africa” After Ferguson Verdict

by Ryan Broderick

A high school senior from Illinois tweeted this on Monday night during the announcement of the grand jury decision not to charge Darren Wilson with the death of Michael Brown.

The backlash was immediate as the girl’s tweet went viral on Twitter and Tumblr. The girl didn’t delete the post and at one point said she only regretted the tweet had a typo in it.

Twitter users started sharing all of the girl’s personal information. Then people began mass emailing her high school.

The school received so many emails, apparently, that it was forced to issue a statement, saying in part, “We assure anyone who read those comments that they do not reflect any of the teachings of this school district.”



She needs to talk to this guy...

Miami-Dade County Bans Anti-Transgender Discrimination

In an 8-3 vote Tuesday night, the Miami-Dade County board of commissioners passed an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s gender identity in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

But the commisisoners’ decision was not without objection — nor did they reach it quickly.

Critics came in droves, packing seats at Miami-Dade County Hall and waiting for hours to testify against the ordinance. More than 130 signed up to speak. Pastors, parents, teens, and seniors expressed particular concern that the measure would grant sexual predators a carte blanche to prowl women’s bathrooms.

“There are cases of the deviants who will take advantage of this,” said Commissioner Esteban Bovo, who represents suburban Miami. He would only support the ordinance if it carved out an exception so it did not apply to transgender people using public bathrooms. “We have to be mindful of a segment of the population, who is probably a majority, who is very concerned with this issue,” he said. “It is a concern for the safety of their family.”

But in the end, a majority of the commission rejected a bathroom amendment and sided with supporters of the ordinance, who characterized the measure as a basic civil right.


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