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Federal workers sue US government for failing to pay up to $10,000 in overtime per person: lawsuit

Nearly 100 federal criminal investigators are suing the United States government for allegedly cheating each person out of between $5,000 to $10,000 in overtime pay for extra hours spent fulfilling training requirements, and the number of complainants is expected to grow exponentially, according to court papers and information released this week.
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Ask Eugene Robinson about the latest news around the U.S. and world
Columnist Eugene Robinson takes your questions and comments on the latest political news and developments.
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Saturday Sessions: Amythyst Kiah performs “Tender Organs"
Amythyst Kiah was raised in Tennessee. She was a rising star when she was invited to join "Our Native Daughters,"— a super-group featuring Rhiannon Giddens that paid tribute to the struggles of black women through history. One of her songs on that album earned a 2019 Grammy Nomination. That song also appears on her just-released solo album: "Wary and Strange." Performing for Saturday Sessions, here is Amythyst Kiah with “Tender Organs."
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How 10 countries began under bizarre circumstances, then disappeared
Here are 10 upstart countries that were unable to persevere, and the reasons for their untimely demise.
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Americans celebrate Juneteenth, the first new federal holiday in 36 years
The nation is marking Juneteenth on Saturday. President Biden signed legislation this week, making the day a federal holiday. Many large corporations recognized Juneteenth on Friday with moments of silence, early closures, or a paid day off for employees. But to many, the day represents much more than that. Christina Ruffini has the latest.
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Expert warns of the dangers of the Delta variant, effectiveness of COVID vaccines
Doctor Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss the dangers of the highly infectious Delta variant and the need for all Americans to get vaccinated.
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Saturday Sessions: Amythyst Kiah performs "Black Myself
Amythyst Kiah was raised in Tennessee. She was a rising star when she was invited to join "Our Native Daughters,"— a super-group featuring Rhiannon Giddens that paid tribute to the struggles of black women through history. One of her songs on that album earned a 2019 Grammy Nomination. That song also appears on her just-released solo album: "Wary and Strange." Performing for Saturday Sessions, here is Amythyst Kiah with "Black Myself."
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Shoplifters ruling the roost at big city stores, pharmacy chains
A recent viral shoplifting incident has highlighted trends in parts of the country where offenders at local drugstores rule the roost – in one case, even able to ride through the store on a bike and take a garbage bag full of stolen good as shoppers, and security watched on.
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Shocking video shows kids caught in middle of NYC shooting
In the video, the 10-year-old girl can be see hugging her 5-year-old brother, all while the gunman keeps firing.
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Democrats will need to blow up the legislative calendar if they want to get Biden’s agenda passed
Democratic leaders are getting ready to gently break the news to their rank-and-file members, who often take the contradictory positions of complaining to their leaders about not getting enough legislation approved and demanding to spend more time at home.
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Illinois governor signs bill making official titles more gender inclusive
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed a bill to change “alderman,” a word for elected district officials in the state, to “alderperson.”
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Biden, health officials make their case for vaccinations as Delta variant spreads
President Biden is urging Americans to pick up the pace and get vaccinated. The push comes with just over two weeks to go before the Fourth of July when the administration hoped to see 70% of adults in the nation vaccinated. It also comes as the dangerous and highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus surfaces in 49 states. Michael George has the latest.
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Millions in U.S. are under tropical storm warnings as Claudette hits Gulf
Tropical Storm Claudette has brought wind, heavy rain and flooding to the Gulf Coast. Also, President Biden sounds the alarm over the emergence of the COVID-19 Delta variant. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Hard-line judiciary head wins Iran presidency amid low turnout
Initial results showed Ebrahim Raisi won 17.8 million votes in the contest.
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Kevin Hart does 'Fatherhood' and more to watch
In this edition of Pop Life Chronicles, comedic actor Kevin Hart plays a dad on the big screen -- in time for Father's Day. Also, Lady Gaga drops a new album and model Gigi Hadid talks about identity.
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Video of Giraffe Lifting Boy Into Air Watched More Than 1M Times
Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth and males of some species can reach heights of 18 feet or more.
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After de Blasio, NYC must elect a crime-fighting mayor to avoid disaster
Mayor Bill de Blasio inherited a prosperous, safe city and, along with his progressive colleagues, ruined it.
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Antidepressants in waterways make crayfish braver and more prone to getting eaten
People on antidepressants flush trace amounts of the drugs that wind up in water bodies causing crayfish and their predators exposed to chemicals.      
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Record heat persists in West this weekend
About 20 record highs could be broken in the West this weekend amid a worsening drought. CNN Meteorologist Allison Chinchar breaks down how hot temperatures will get.
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Challenger crew likely survived explosion before tragic plunge to earth
A new book reveals how Christa McAuliffe was chosen as the first civilian in space, and why the Challenger crew likely survived the explosion before their fateful plunge to earth.
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How Trump turned Russia into a partisan issue
Trump was so friendly with Putin that he took an issue (Russia) that was either bipartisan or one on which Republicans were more skeptical and turned it into a partisan one, with Republicans more inclined to be on Russia's side. That still holds true.
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The American West is drying out. Things will get ugly
The incredible pictures of a depleted Lake Mead, on the California-Nevada border, illustrate the effects of drought brought on by climate change.
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Bear Attacks Teenager Sleeping in Hammock
The 16-year-old girl is in a stable condition in hospital after the incident in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.
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Help! A Family Member Told Me About Their Secret Affair.
Now they’re villainizing me for not supporting them.
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'Black joy is a form of resistance.' L.A.'s Juneteenth is partying with purpose
Juneteenth will be the first major opportunity to party in public after the city opens back up June 15.
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One Father's Day, I'm thankful for the lesson my son has taught me and sorry it took me so long
As Father's Day approaches, I realized that I owed my son two things after a year of life during the pandemic.       
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1971: The Year That Gave Us Starbucks, Disney World — And A Lower Voting Age
What a big year 1971 was. Here, we break down the 50th anniversaries of some of the biggest health initiatives, some serious industry game-changers, and more.
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The state of play on voting rights in Congress
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) says he'll bring legislation to the Senate floor, even though it seems destined to fail.
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The state of play on voting rights in Congress
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) says he'll bring legislation to the Senate floor, even though it seems destined to fail.
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Rita Moreno pushed back against dark makeup in original 'West Side Story': 'I'm not that color'
Rita Moreno reflects on wearing dark makeup in "West Side Story," and shares how Steven Spielberg improved on the original film with upcoming remake.      
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L.A.'s COVID-19 death rate falls below that of Bay Area in another sign of widening recovery
L.A. County is reporting about two COVID-19 deaths a day, while the Bay Area is reporting four.
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5 books not to miss: Brandon Taylor's 'Filthy Animals,' Laura Lippman thriller 'Dream Girl'
Booker Prize finalist Brandon Taylor is back with story collection "Filthy Animals" while Laura Lippman thrills with her latest, "Dream Girl."       
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Joe Biden's meeting with Putin, vaccine passports, nightclub shootings, and other top columns
From Joe Biden's meeting with Putin, to a Pulse nightclub shooting, and vaccine passports, here are some of our top columns you may have missed.       
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Kayla Harrison's strength and conditioning coach thinks she'll be even better at 145 pounds
Strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Fedoruk expects Kayla Harrison's performances to be even better once she commits to 145 pounds.       Related StoriesVideo: What's the best part of a UFC pay-per-view week?Video: What's the best part of a UFC pay-per-view week? - EnclosureBrendan Loughnane wants Bubba Jenkins in PFL final: 'Me and him are good for the organization' 
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Column: Hot days, packed beaches, lots of trash. It's Josey to the rescue!
Josey Peters has been on a mission since 2007 to clean up other people's messes in public areas.
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Severe heat and drought the hallmarks of a changing west
Farmers, regulators and politicians facing the consequences of historic water shortages.
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Can insects become a bigger part of humanity’s diet? Should they?
A diner eats a scorpion at a market in Mexico City. | Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images The biggest problem with eating insects isn’t the “ew” factor. When I was in college, a girl who lived in my dorm was an evangelist for an unlikely cause: the potential of insects as food. She was really, really passionate about bugs as an ethical, environmentally friendly source of protein, in the way that driven undergrads can be really, really passionate about quixotic causes. At the time I laughed it off. They’re bugs! No one will want to eat bugs, right? The joke was on me: A few years later, she and her business partner went on Shark Tank and received a $100,000 investment from Mark Cuban, and now her company, Chirps Chips, sells cricket-based chips around the world. My classmate was ahead of the curve. As humans gradually realize we need to cut back on traditional meat consumption for the sake of the planet, eating bugs — primarily crickets and mealworms — has become a buzzy, green alternative. Some cultures, encompassing some 2 billion people around the world, already eat bugs. Mopane worms and shea caterpillars are routinely farmed and eaten (the former in South Africa and Zimbabwe, the latter in Burkina Faso and Mali), as is the African edible bush-cricket, which is commonly consumed in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Madagascar. Wild insect gathering for food for either subsistence or sale is common throughout East Asia and the Pacific, from India to Indonesia to Japan to Australia. In the northwest Amazon region of South America, somewhere between 5 and 7 percent of total protein comes from insects. But proponents of insect farming are looking to further industrialize the practice to raise more insects as feed for farmed animals as well as for human consumption — mostly in Europe and the US, where the practice is less common. In May, a European Union panel voted to approve the sale of an insect-based food for humans for the first time in the union’s history. The French company Agronutris had put in the application to sell dried yellow mealworm, a maggot-like organism “said to taste a lot like peanuts” when dried; with EU regulatory approval, the company hopes to sell the mealworm as a flour-like powder. Cyril Marcilhacy/Bloomberg via Getty Images An employee loads mealworm larvae into a sorting oven inside the Ynsect insect farm in Dole, France. Insect farming may still be a niche industry, but dozens of startups have come on the scene over the last few years. (And two French startups received a combined $537 million in funding in just the last year.) Meanwhile, chefs in the US are embracing cicadas, trillions of which have emerged on the East Coast, as a potential ingredient. Dogs are already enjoying the bounty of Brood X, the current crop of cicadas, but there’s no health or safety reason for why humans couldn’t join in. This excitement is eminently understandable: Insects are nutritious and environmentally sound to produce, which makes them a compelling alternative to traditional factory-farmed meats. But setting aside people’s personal tastes, I’m still wary of the push to eat bugs, largely because of one unanswered question: Do we really know all we need to know about the lives of insects — and whether they’re worthy of moral consideration? Why insects could be a good alternative to traditional meat … The case for eating bugs is straightforward: They’re healthy, and doing so is good for the environment. A study published in May from researchers at Harvard and the University of Wisconsin-Madison summarizes both arguments well. The authors found that if consumers in Africa and Asia added 5 grams of insect food to their daily diets, 67 million fewer people would be at risk of protein deficiency, with 166 million fewer people at risk of zinc deficiency and 251 million fewer people at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. Anemia would also fall considerably. The study notes that 5 grams is not that much in the grand scheme of things. Cricket protein companies often cite a serving size of 10 to 20 grams of cricket protein powder for use in smoothies or porridge and the like. A 5-gram requirement could be met by one of those meals every two to four days. Particularly in areas of the world where nutritional shortfalls are common, insects could fill a useful role. Then there’s the environmental side. Factory farms are an environmental disaster. Beef farming specifically produces a huge share of the world’s methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas than ordinary carbon dioxide, and drives deforestation in the Amazon as beef companies seek more open land for grazing. But factory farms of all kinds have environmental costs, not least from manure runoff that can poison streams, hurt local ecosystems, and endanger the health of local residents. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has promoted insect-based food in part because insects, which are cold-blooded, are more efficient than other animals at converting their food into meat. “On average, insects can convert 2 kg of feed into 1 kg of insect mass, whereas cattle require 8 kg of feed to produce 1 kg of body weight gain,” the FAO has noted. Insects also require less water and land than traditional livestock, and produce 10 to 100 times fewer greenhouse gas emissions per kilogram of food than pigs, per the FAO. Their climate impact looks even better next to cows, which emit more than pigs. … And why we should be wary about it anyway The anti-entomophagy case is subtler but (I think) still compelling. We have to ask what farmed insects will be used for — and more importantly, what farming insects means for the insects themselves. Let’s take cricket farms as an example. At a cricket farm, the animals are typically laid out in plastic bins with cardboard walls they can climb and lay eggs on, according to a report from the research group Rethink Priorities. Because crickets need humid temperatures and can easily drown in a pool of water, damp sponges are often included in the bins to both regulate humidity and provide a drinking source. This video tour of a cricket farm in Finland gives a good sense of the situation, as does this photo of a Canadian farm: James MacDonald/Bloomberg via Getty Images Crickets cover cardboard lattice and feeder trays in the final grow room at Entomo Farms in Norwood, Ontario. Entomo is North America’s largest farmer of insects for human consumption. Lewis Bollard, who runs the farm animal welfare program at Open Philanthropy — the effective, altruist-inspired grantmaking group funded by billionaires Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz — recently published an excellent rundown of the perils of insect meat, specifically when it comes to industrializing insect meat production. First and foremost for animal welfare supporters, the market for human-edible insects is completely overshadowed by the market for insects as feed for farm animals. Most insects are raised to be fed to farmed fish and chickens (or ground up into pet food). “Insect farming isn’t an alternative to factory farming — it’s a supplier,” Bollard writes. This usage further indicts the environmental case for insect farming, he argues: “Feeding corn to insects, then feeding them to chickens, is inherently less efficient than just feeding the corn to chickens.” (To be fair, this is more an argument against the current insect-farming industry, as opposed to what some proponents want it to become: a system to feed humans more efficiently.) Then there are the insects themselves. As Bollard notes, we really have no idea if insects are “sentient” in the way that, say, a pig or cow appears to be (or if they’re sentient at all). Pigs are really smart; they can play video games. Flies, by contrast, aren’t going to trounce you at Skyrim. Some smart people are trying to think through what we do know about insect sentience, but we still don’t know a lot. Rethink Priorities has tried to pull together what we know about the welfare experience of insects on farms, but similarly, it’s not a lot. Insect farms mostly freeze and/or shred their animals, but we don’t know much about whether those methods cause the insects significant pain. If you’ve read this far and aren’t a vegan or vegetarian, or even someone who thinks about animal welfare much at all, all of this may seem absurd. Insects are not creatures whose welfare we’re used to considering, an indifference that even makes its way into our vernacular. “She wouldn’t hurt a fly” doesn’t mean “she’s not a sociopath” in the same way that “she wouldn’t kick a dog” does — it means “she wouldn’t do a mean thing so trivial no one should care about it.” But humans are constantly expanding our circle of moral concern. And though most humans have yet to expand their moral circle to fully include farm animals, attitudes on animal welfare have certainly evolved. The number of pets in the US has more than doubled since the 1970s, while the number euthanized every year has fallen dramatically, from 20 million to 3 million. Humans have become less comfortable killing animals just for being a nuisance: A half-century ago, it wasn’t so uncommon for dog owners to euthanize their pet because it was cheaper than putting them in a kennel during their vacation. That’s unimaginable today. It’s not a far step from “cats and dogs deserve to be treated well” to “pigs and cows deserve to be treated well.” And while “caterpillars and crickets” is a leap further from there, it’s hardly an unthinkable one. They’re animals too. Bees understand the number zero, a concept that human children often cannot grasp. Fruit flies sometimes act in ways that suggest they experience a form of chronic pain. Is it so inconceivable that the insect world might deserve humane treatment? For me, the most sobering finding of Rethink Priorities’s research is that around 1 trillioninsects are already raised and killed on farms every year — a staggering number, since we’re stillat the start of the insect-food boom. Because insects live very short lives, that annual total encompasses many generations; only between 79 billion and 94 billion farmed insects are alive at any given time. I don’t know for sure whether those insects feel pain — but if there’s even a small chance they do, the scale of the suffering that would imply is massive. I’m not categorically against insect farming, but I do hope we can learn more about what insects’ lives are like before we start farming them at an even greater scale.
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Why bother organizing your books? A messy personal library is proof of life.
As the French writer Georges Perec wisely put it, book arrangements are “hardly any more effective than the original anarchy.”
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Our democracy needs a bipartisan win. Biden can help the Senate get one on infrastructure.
Biden must help Democrats not to make the best the enemy of the good.
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Big banks want communities of color to trust them. But it's not so simple
Communities of color have reasons to distrust large banks, including racist practices such as redlining, past bank failures and a lack of transparency about fees.
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Ariz. 'audit' becomes campaign stop, fuels conspiracy that election can be overturned
Politicians have been trekking to Phoenix to visit the election "audit" in Arizona. Experts said they are perpetuating a disinformation campaign.
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Understanding 2021's Rise In Gun Violence
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Art Acevedo, Chief of the Miami Police Department, about the rise of violence across the U.S. and what can be done in the short term to stem further injury and death.
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College pitcher dies due to complications from Tommy John surgery
20-year-old Sang Ho Baek had recently completed his freshman season, the university's athletics department said.
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NC State's Corey Phillips had 'incredible' support from football staff during family crisis
Corey Phillips was named NC State's new director of scouting in April. A month into his new job, he was faced with a family crisis.       
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Extreme weather, Father's Day and a new federal holiday: 5 things to know this weekend
Summer arrives with trouble in the forecast, fathers and a historic day are celebrated, plus more news to start your weekend.      
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UFC on ESPN 25 play-by-play and live results (4 p.m. ET)
Check out live play-by-play and official results from UFC on ESPN 25 in Las Vegas, featuring Chan Sung Jung vs. Dan Ige.      Related StoriesUFC on ESPN 25 breakdown: Can Dan Ige get back on a roll against 'The Korean Zombie'?UFC on ESPN 25 commentary team, broadcast plans set: Two former champs call the fightsUFC on ESPN 25 pre-event facts: Matt Brown aims to tie all-time knockout record 
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UFC on ESPN 25 discussion thread
UFC on ESPN 25 takes place Saturday in Las Vegas, and you can discuss the event here.       Related StoriesUFC on ESPN 25 discussion thread - EnclosureUFC on ESPN 25 play-by-play and live results (4 p.m. ET)UFC Fight Night 191 poster: Cory Sandhagen, T.J. Dillashaw clash for top contender status 
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Push to honor Otto Warmbier by renaming street outside North Korean UN mission gets bipartisan support
The North Korean mission to the United Nations is located in a Manhattan office building at 820 Second Avenue, just one block from the U.N. Now, there are growing calls to change the building's address to: 820 "Otto Warmbier Way."
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Clippers' historic win: 13 incredible facts about comeback vs. Jazz
Here are 13 incredible facts about the Clippers' 25-point comeback to beat Utah on Friday night and advance to the Western Conference finals.
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