LeBron James surprises students with free tuition

Students from LeBron James’ I Promise School got a life changing surprise Thursday — one that will impact their lives for years to come. Students in the 11th grade at the I Promise School, which is a tuition-free school in James’ hometown of Akron, were invited to spend the day at Kent State University.When they…

Los Angeles to dismiss nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions

Los Angeles to dismiss 66,000 pot cases In a sweeping move, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Thursday that her office has asked the court to dismiss nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions going back decades, CBS LA reported. In a news conference, Lacey called it the largest such undertaking in state history. “We believe…

Court orders Apple to pay employees for bag searches

California’s Supreme Court has ordered Apple to pay its store employees for time spent in off-the-clock mandatory bag and phone checks by managers or security personnel.  In a court order released Thursday, Judge Tani Cantil-Sakauye said the decision is retroactive for employees, although it is unclear how much Apple will need to pay. In January, Apple…

FTC cracks down on deceptive business coaching company

An Australian man has agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission more than $17 million for creating what the agency alleges was a bogus business scheme. Matthew Lloyd McPhee started the U.S. operation of My Online Business Education, or MOBE, in December 2014. The company, based in Malaysia, promised that it’s 21-step system could teach…

Trump to use $3.8 billion in military funds for border wall

Washington — The Trump administration on Thursday announced it plans to make yet another multi-billion-dollar transfer of Pentagon funds to finance the construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, tapping into money originally allocated for military weapons and hardware. By diverting $3.8 billion Department of Defense funds, officials hope to erect 177 miles of border barriers…

Barr: Trump tweets about DOJ “make it impossible for me to do my job”

Washington — Attorney General William Barr says the president’s tweets about the Justice Department’s cases “make it impossible for me to do my job,” and he won’t be “bullied” by anyone, whether that someone be Congress, editorial boards or the president. Barr made the comments to ABC News in an interview airing Thursday night. Barr’s…

Judge sides with Amazon, halts Microsoft’s Pentagon contract

A federal court ordered a temporary halt in Microsoft’s work on a $10 billion military cloud contract that Amazon was initially expected to win. In December, Amazon sued to revisit that decision, alleging that President Donald Trump’s bias against the company hurt its chances to win the project. Amazon requested the court injunction last month.…

Book excerpt: “Migraine: A History”

In the book “Migraine: A History” (Johns Hopkins University Press), medical historian Katherine Foxhall writes of a disabling disease that has been documented going back thousands of years, though the causes of this neurological disorder are still unclear. Symptoms vary, as have treatments through the ages (such as wrapping the patient’s head with ground-up earthworms).Migraine…

Rush Limbaugh: “America’s not ready” for a gay president

Limbaugh given Presidential Medal of Freedom Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is facing heat over his remarks about Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on his show Wednesday. Limbaugh, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last week, suggested that Buttigieg, who is openly gay, wouldn’t look as masculine facing President Trump because he “loves…

Culinary Union announces it will not endorse a candidate before Nevada caucuses

The Culinary Union announced Thursday that it won’t endorse a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary race, just days before Democrats in Nevada will caucus for the next presidential contest.   “We are not going to endorse a candidate, a political candidate,” Culinary Union chief Geoconda Arguello Kline said at a news conference announcing the…