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Federal labor officials accuse Starbucks of unfair labor practices in Buffalo

Updated May 7, 2022 at 7:11 AM ET

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Federal labor officials filed a sweeping complaint Friday accusing Starbucks of unfair labor practices at its stores in Buffalo, New York, including retaliation against pro-union employees.

The National Labor Relations Board's Buffalo regional director outlined a host of labor law violations in a filing seeking reinstatement and backpay for the employees.


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Florida approves 10 tax-free holidays for essentials like gas and diapers

A variety of items, from diapers to gas, will be tax-free in Florida over coming months thanks to a bill approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

House Bill 7071 gives Floridians 10 sales tax holidays for items like school supplies and clothes, according to the governor's office. The deals start this month and continues through October, when a month-long gas tax holiday will be in effect.


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Coronavirus FAQ: Should I go to that party? What do I do if guests got COVID?

We regularly answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here.


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Abortion-rights groups see a surge in donations after Roe v. Wade leak

Abortion-rights groups across the country experienced a tidal wave of financial support this week after a leaked Supreme Court draft decision to tentatively overturn Roe v. Wade was made public.


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A car linked to an Alabama escapee and jail worker has been found

The getaway vehicle used by a man wanted for murder in Alabama and the jail official suspected of helping him escape after a "jailhouse romance" was found in an impound lot in Tennessee, where it sat for nearly a week before authorities realized they had it, officials said Friday.


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Russia-Ukraine war: What happened today (May 6)

As Friday draws to a close in Kyiv and in Moscow, here are the key developments of the day:

Ukrainian forces inside Mariupol's besieged Azovstal steel works continue resistance. United Nations aid workers are pushing to evacuate more people from the bunkers and tunnels inside the plant, saying that 50 more civilians — including 11 children — were rescued in the latest operation.


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YouTuber and self-appointed relationship guru Kevin Samuels, dead at 56

Kevin Samuels, the self-appointed relationship guru, has died at the age of 56. His mother, Beverly Samuels-Burch confirmed the news to NBC News.

The Atlanta Police Department confirmed with NPR that Samuels was found unresponsive on the floor of his apartment yesterday evening, and had complained about chest pains earlier in the morning. He was then transported to the hospital.


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Texas governor says the state may contest a Supreme Court ruling on migrant education

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says his state shouldn't have to provide free public schooling to undocumented students, despite a long-standing Supreme Court decision that says the opposite.

The high court's Plyler v. Doe ruling of 1982 struck down a Texas law that did two things: It denied state funds for any students deemed not to have lawfully entered the U.S., and it allowed public school districts to deny admission to those children.


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Georgia officials rule that Marjorie Taylor Greene can remain on the ballot

Updated May 6, 2022 at 6:00 PM ET

Officials in Georgia have ruled that Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene should remain on the ballot for reelection, after a group of voters and a supporting legal group filed a formal challenge to her candidacy for her role in the Capitol riot.

On Friday, a state administrative judge said that the lawyers challenging Greene's run failed to prove that she engaged in insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.


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Daunte Wright's mother was detained after recording a traffic stop

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The mother of Daunte Wright, who was fatally shot by a suburban Minneapolis police officer, said she was injured while she was briefly detained by one of the same department's officers after she stopped to record an arrest of a person during a traffic stop.


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