Mar 27, 2014, 1:04 pm EDT
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), ruled on Thursday, that college athletes have the right to form unions.
The NLRB ruling was made during a case where athletes from Northwestern University’s football team wanted to form a union. The ruling means that college athletes will have the right to form unions and fight for their rights. One of the arguments for the change was that football players spend anywhere from 40 to 50 hours a week on the sport, which is the equivalent of a full-time job, reports Businessweek.
“It’s like preparing so long for a big game and then when you win – it is pure joy,” Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA linebacker, told the Associated Press. Read
Mar 27, 2014, 12:49 pm EDT
NYC introduced a bill on Wednesday to help reduce the use of disposable grocery bags.
The bill would add a 10-cent fee for every plastic and paper bag used in NYC grocery stores. Shoppers can bring their own bags to buy groceries for no additional cost.
The grocery bag fee will apply to small markets and stores starting July 1. New York wouldn’t be the first city to impose such a restriction as Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington D.C. have similar laws. Read
Mar 27, 2014, 12:09 pm EDT
President Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday.
The President met Pope Francis in his private library in the Papal Palace. The two held an hour-long conversation and exchanged gifts. Obama gave the Pope seeds from the White House garden and told him he should visit the White House sometime. The Pope accepted the gift and in return gave the President a leather-bound copy of The Joy of the Gospels, which was written by Francis last year, reports Reuters.
“It doesn’t mean we agree on every issue, but his voice is one that I think the world needs to hear. He challenges us,” Obama told CNN while talking about the Pope. “He implores us to remember the people, especially the poor, who are affected by the economic decisions we make.” Read
Mar 27, 2014, 11:10 am EDT
Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested on corruption charges on Wednesday.
The Charlotte mayor was arrested after accepting a $20,000 bribe from what he thought was a developer interested in the city. However, the developer was actually an undercover FBI agent. The charges against Cannon claim that he accepted over $48,000 in cash, airline tickets and other gifts as part of bribes from January 2013 and February 2014, reports the Washington Post.
Cannon made an initial court appearance on Wednesday and was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. He resigned from office later that day. FBI agents started investigating claims of corruption in the city in August of 2012, when the Charlotte mayor was a member of the Charlotte City Council, the Washington Post notes. Read
Mar 26, 2014, 12:10 pm EDT
The government has decided to have the Obamacare deadline extended in order to allow more Americans to enroll without a penalty.
The Obama administration set March 31 as the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. However, Americans who were unable to complete their enrollment before March 31 will now get more time to get their health care without a penalty.
The government was originally going to impose penalties that would’ve set people back by as much as 1% of their income. This is not the case anymore thanks to the decision to have the Obamacare deadline extended. Read
Mar 26, 2014, 11:12 am EDT
Three Secret Service agents were sent home prior to President Barack Obama’s trip to the Netherlands for bad behavior.
The Secret Service agents were sent home after one of them was found drunk in a Dutch hotel. All of the agents were part of Obama’s Counter Assault Team (CAT) and were sent home on administrative leave. One of the agents taken off of Obama’s security detail was a team leader, reports the Associated Press.
While only one of the Secret Service agents was intoxicated, the other two were also put on leave because they didn’t intervene to stop the other agent’s drinking. Both of the agents were in a position that they could have intervened or at least helped the drunk agent, but he was instead found by hotel staff, the Associated Press notes. Read