Walmart Plans To Record Conversations Of Employees And Customers

Walmart wants to listen to its workers and shoppers more. A lot more. America’s largest retailer has patented surveillance technology that could essentially spy on cashiers and customers by collecting audio data in stores. The proposal raises questions about how recordings of conversations would be used and whether the practice […]

Seattle begins fencing off highways from the homeless

Transportation departments are spending at least $1.1 million this year on fences to keep homeless people separated from Seattle highways. It’s a one-off project, but the state expects to install more barriers in future years, as specific crises appear. “It’s a statewide issue,” said Travis Phelps, a spokesman for the […]

Trump administration suggests hunting elephants will save them from extinction 

The Trump administration said it will allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport, contending that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill them will aid the vulnerable species. The US Fish and Wildlife Service said in a written notice issued Thursday that permitting elephants from Zimbabwe […]

German newspaper prints names of 33,293 refugees who died trying to get to Europe

A German newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel, has  listed names of 33,293 people it says died while trying to immigrate to Europe between 1993 and May of this year. The piece includes 46 pages of victims’ names, ages and countries of origin, as well as causes and dates of death.  One entry […]

Nashville general hospital will eliminate inpatient care

Nashville’s mayor Megan Barry says Nashville’s only indigent care, safety net hospital will wind down inpatient services, and soon, inpatient care at Nashville General hospital won’t be available.   Barry said her administration would submit to the Metro Council a “substantial request” for funds to stabilize the facility until the end […]

U.K. Woman dies from cold after being unable to afford heating bill 

Cheshire, U.K.- A single mother of four was found dead wrapped in a coat and scarf at her home, and the victims family claims it’s because she couldn’t afford her heating bill. Elaine Morrall, who suffered from an eating disorder, physical and mental health problems, was discovered dead at her […]

Red Cross workers stole 5 million dollars during Ebola outbreak

The Red Cross has officially confirmed that more than $5 million dollars of aid money was lost to fraud and corruption during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The revelations follow an internal investigation of how the organization handled more than $124 million during the 2014-2016 epidemic that killed more […]

Trump continues quest to dismantle ACA and deny healthcare to as many Americans as possible 

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday intended to allow small businesses and potentially individuals to buy a long-disputed type of health insurance that skirts state regulations and Affordable Care Act protections. The White House and allies portray the president’s move to expand access to “association health plans” as […]

Gunmaker stocks see boost after Las Vegas shooting

Shares of gunmakers jumped 5% in early trading Monday after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Storm Ruger (RGR) was up $2.65, or 5.1%, to $54.35 and American Outdoor Brands (AOBC), the former Smith & Wesson, rose 71 cents, or 4.7%, to $15.96. Last year the board and shareholders of […]

GOP cashes in their CHIPs, denies healthcare to 9 million poor children

The Republican-led Congress failed to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) this weekend, spreading fear among states that rely on federal funding for the program.  Lawmakers missed the September 30th deadline to reauthorize the Clinton-era initiative, which provides insurance coverage for millions of kids in families with lower to […]