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KFC franchisee loses fight to market chicken as Muslim-friendly

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Muslim KFC franchisee cannot advertise his fried chicken to the Chicago-area Muslim community as halal because KFC’s corporate policy prohibits franchisees from making religious dietary claims about its food.

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Cal State University blasted for $1.5 billion bankroll while hiking tuition

On the backs of tuition hikes and taxpayers, the California State University system has recovered nicely from the Great Recession. Gone are semesters of mandatory teacher furloughs, staff cuts and campus demonstrations during the late 2000s that often resulted in students getting arrested for protesting tuition fees and raises for administrators.

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The Bodies Unearthed in Texas Are Likely Those of Black Laborers

HOUSTON (CN) – A Texas school district has stumbled on the state’s post-Civil War history of leasing black prisoners to plantation owners, as its construction project turned up what archaeologists believe are the bones of prisoners-for-hire in an unmarked cemetery.

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GOP Lieutenant Governor Backed Bill He Called 'Bad Public Policy' to Block Opponent from Receiving Super PAC Funding

A secretly recorded audio allegedly reveals Georgia’s lieutenant governor and gubernatorial candidate Casey Cagle acknowledging that he backed a controversial education bill he described as “bad public policy” to block an opponent in the Republican primary from receiving millions of dollars from a super PAC.

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Monument Placed by Nazis Sits Quietly in Tennessee Cemetery

There’s little indication from looking at it that a pillar in a cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was erected by representatives of Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II.

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Colorado House OKs Bill to Let School Nurses Administer Medical Marijuana

DENVER (CN) – A bill that would allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students passed the Colorado House 47-17 on Thursday.

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Federal Sentencing Reform Bill Passes Out of Senate Committee, But Will It Get a Floor Vote?

WASHINGTON (CN) – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a broad, bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, sending it on to an uncertain future before the full Senate.

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Challengers of Marijuana Scheduling Unlikely to See Lift-Off

MANHATTAN (CN) – Forecasting defeat for a group of medical marijuana users, a federal judge said Wednesday that their strong arguments simply do not give him authority to alter Schedule I drug classifications.

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San Francisco to Wipe Out Thousands of Marijuana Convictions

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office will wipe out thousands of marijuana convictions going back decades, opening up new job and housing opportunities to those arrested for cannabis-related offenses, the city’s top prosecutor announced Wednesday.

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Feds Can Kill One Bird to Help Another, Appeals Court Rules

PORTLAND, Ore. – The government can move forward with its plan to slaughter barred owls as part of a study to see if their absence will help imperiled spotted owls, the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday.

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