Twenty-nine states, including California, have laws prohibiting discriminatory hiring based on legal activity like smoking. However, other states are free to cite being smoke-free as a condition of employment. The latest to adopt this kind of policy is the University of Pennsylvania Health Care System.
Could Gawker's lawsuit have a "chilling effect" on tabloid news? One of the major sources of funding for CA's high speed rail project was revenue from cap and trade auctions of carbon credits, but last week's auction was a bust; then, a state bill would free passersby of liability if they break someone's car window to rescue a hot dog inside - will owners avoid bringing dogs for fear of overzealous animal lovers breaking into their cars to free a dog that's just fine? And a closer look at why it's taken so long to cleanup Exide.
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