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In China, human costs are built into an iPad, New York Times
The workers who assemble iPhones, iPads and other Apple products labor in dangerous environments, but a radical overhaul would slow innovation.
Contributed by @ericuman
The controversial drug ractopamine has sickened or killed more pigs than any other livestock drug on the market, leading the European Union and China – which together produce and consume about 70 percent of the world’s pork – to refuse to import meat raised on the additive. The U.S. pork industry wants to change their minds.
Contributed by @naomistarkman
Texas hate crime law has little effect, Austin American-Statesman
A decade after a Texas hate crime law was enacted, just 10 cases have been prosecuted despite hundreds of hate-crime reports. Only one case has gone to a jury.
Contributed by @AASInvestigates
Two hundred and eighty sex offenders in Washington State are locked up indefinitely "as a way to protect society.” Under state law, prisoners who are legally defined as "violently sexual predators" are legally allowed to be detained after their sentences are through. Part of a series.
Contributed by James Neff
In police training, a dark film on U.S. Muslims, New York Times
At least 1,489 police officers have been shown an anti-Muslim film during training, according to documents obtained by the Times. A top police official denied in January 2011 that the department had used the film, then said it had been mistakenly screened "a couple of times" for a few officers.
Contributed by Richard Tofel
Con artist starred in sting that cost Google millions, Wall Street Journal
Google agreed to pay $500 million to avoid prosecution for aiding illegal sales of pharmaceuticals. The settlement “signals that, where evidence can be developed that a search engine knowingly and actively assisted advertisers to promote improper conduct, the search engine can be held accountable as an accomplice,” said to the lead prosecutor.
Contributed by @kleinmatic
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