Fast-food workers whose wages were stolen by an unscrupulous restaurant owner are getting a finger-lickin’ good settlement through the Attorney General’s office. Thirteen Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in the city will pay out $375,000 to workers in a deal announced Friday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman's office found evidence of several labor law violations from owner Hiren Patel, including requiring employees to continue to work after they clocked out, not paying all required overtime, failing to cover the cost of laundering employees' uniforms and more. Roughly 700 current and former employees are eligible for a cut of the deep-fried franchise money. “Denying any workers, but especially those who are working for low wages, the pay they have earned is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said Schneiderman. The corporation behind Patel’s restaurants, Divine Investors LLC, regularly broke New York labor laws, the … [Read more...] about City Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises to pay out $375K settlement over in stolen wages: Attorney General
Vice President Biden on Monday swore in former Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the country’s first female African-American attorney general. Then Lynch got right into the swing of things, eating lunch in a cafeteria for Justice Department employees and meeting with President Obama, in part to discuss the riots that broke out in Baltimore. “I am here to tell you, if a little girl from North Carolina who used to tell her grandfather in the fields to lift her up on the back of his mule so she could see ‘way up high, granddaddy,’ can become the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America, then we can do anything,” Lynch told department employees after her swearing-in. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. … [Read more...] about Loretta Lynch begins first day as U.S. attorney general
WASHINGTON — With Sen. John McCain moving firmly into the “no” column on Friday, Loretta Lynch is on pace to barely win confirmation as attorney general, leaving members in both parties sweating the vote count. McCain (R-Ariz.) said that he will oppose Lynch, the Brooklyn U.S. attorney, in a vote Republicans have said will occur sometime next week. “Senator McCain is voting against Lynch for one reason: her stated approval of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which McCain believes are clearly unconstitutional," said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. McCain previously said he was likely to oppose her. But after Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said Thursday that he’s leaning against Lynch, McCain’s more formal statement shows Republicans, including many the Obama administration had hoped would support the nominee, are breaking against her amid pressure from conservative voters angry about Obama’s actions on immigration. … [Read more...] about Sen. John McCain says he will oppose Loretta Lynch’s attorney general confirmation
The United Nations is announcing that Pope Francis will address the annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders on Sept. 25 during his first papal visit to the United States. The Pope earlier agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress on his visit. That Sept. 24 speech will mark the first time the head of the world's Roman Catholics will address Congress. Francis is also expected to have a White House meeting with President Barack Obama. The U.N. says the Pope also will meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his one-day visit to the world body. Wednesday's statement welcomes the Pope's visit as "an important part of a historic year in which the United Nations marks its 70th anniversary." … [Read more...] about Pope will address the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25 during first visit to U.S.
ABC’s “General Hospital” earned a leading 28 nominations for Daytime Emmy awards, with four of its stars competing for honors as top actor or actress. Nominations were announced Tuesday for the 42nd annual awards. The ceremony will be held on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, Calif., on April 26, televised on the Pop network. The other top soap operas, “The Young and the Restless” (25 nominations); “The Bold and the Beautiful” (19 nominations) and “Days of Our Lives” (16 nominations) were the other shows with the most potential trophies. “Sesame Street” earned 13 nominations and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” had 10. CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” joined “General Hospital among the nominees for best soap opera. Best actress nominees for … [Read more...] about Daytime Emmy nominations revealed: ABC soap opera ‘General Hospital’ leads pack
It’s a blessing to Democrats that Hillary Clinton is getting slammed now, rather than later, with serious questions about the money that flowed into her family’s charitable foundation when she was secretary of state. The party has fair warning: Revelations about the Clinton Foundation’s prowess in scoring large amounts of foreign cash, at times without proper disclosure or accounting, are likely to dominate the candidate’s early going, and perhaps beyond. If other credible candidates are going to make a play to be the party’s standard-bearer, they’d better start calling donors and staffers now. Democrats have warning also that trying to dismiss the disclosures as hyped right-wing confections won’t fly — not when the New York Times and, soon, the Washington Post are the messengers. On Thursday, the Times delved at length into serious issues surrounding millions of dollars in donations to the foundation from uranium interests at a … [Read more...] about Democrats, you’ve been warned: As new reports on the Clinton Foundation’s foreign donations surface, Hillary Clinton might be increasingly radioactive in a general election
WASHINGTON — The Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general Thursday — and President Obama hailed the vote, saying “America will be better off for it.” The Senate voted 56-43 to confirm Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, who becomes the first black woman to head the Department of Justice. She will replace Attorney General Eric Holder, the longest-serving member of President Obama’s cabinet. Lynch has “credibility with law enforcement, but she’s also got credibility with communities,” Obama said, pledging she will ensure that “all around the country we are rebuilding trust.” Lynch boasts a reputation as a tough prosecutor, but many Republicans opposed her because of her support for Obama’s executive actions on immigration. She won the votes of 10 Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had faced criticism for blocking a vote on her confirmation because … [Read more...] about Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general
A massive blaze has erupted at an industrial park in Louisville, Ky., sending thick, black smoke billowing into the sky Friday morning as the flames consume an enormous building. The now five-alarm fire has destroyed Building 6 at the General Electric Appliance Park along 4000 Buechel Bank Road, according to WAVE-TV. The industrial park sits in the southeast corner of the city. It’s unclear if anyone has been injuries, but reports indicate employees evacuated as the fire began. Authorities have not yet said what may have sparked the blaze. The city received up to six inches of rain overnight, and more storms are expected throughout the day Friday. THIS IS BREAKING NEWS. CHECK BACK FOR DETAILS. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Massive blaze consumes General Electric building in Louisville, Ky.
Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder says his own views about banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity have evolved along with those of the nation. Holder, who is wrapping up a tenure of nearly 61/2 years as the country’s top law enforcement official, said the country stands at the doorstep of change, an opportunity that comes along only sporadically. “This is a real opportunity for this nation, on a couple of fronts, to make substantial progress,” Holder told The Advocate in an interview published Friday. “These kinds of chances happen every other, every third, fourth generation.” Holder, 64, announced his resignation last year but has been unable to leave office until the Senate wrapped up the protracted confirmation proceedings for his successor, Loretta Lynch. His own views on marriage equality have developed considerably over the past quarter century, he said, recalling his time on the Superior Court … [Read more...] about Attorney General Eric Holder reflects on his evolving opinion of marriage equality
Sen. Mark Kirk said Thursday he would support Loretta Lynch for U.S. attorney general, a stance that should assure Lynch has enough votes to win confirmation. Kirk (R-Ill.) said in a statement he believes Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, will be a "valuable partner in confronting violence that is robbing families of their children every day in Chicago." He is the fifth GOP senator to announce plans to support Lynch's confirmation. With all 46 Democrats on board, Lynch has enough votes to overcome GOP opposition tied to her support for President Obama's executive actions on immigration. The Justice Department's indictment Wednesday of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on corruption charges had raised concerns Menendez would abstain from voting on Lynch's confirmation. Menendez said Wednesday he would vote for Lynch despite his indictment. Democrats have complained that Republicans have delayed … [Read more...] about Sen. Mark Kirk says he will support Loretta Lynch’s U.S. attorney general nomination, should be enough votes to confirm