Report alleges Grand Canyon harassment

A new report by the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General outlines harassment on river trips through Grand Canyon National Park in which male park employees allegedly propositioned female colleagues, touched them and made lewd comments. The report came after 13 current and former Grand Canyon employees filed a complaint in September saying that women had been abused over 15 years.


New York

Agency failed to investigate abuse, neglect

The agency responsible for protecting those with special needs declined to investigate most of the nearly 1,400 deaths of developmentally disabled people in state care in the past two years, leaving the investigations to the caretaker facilities. An advocate who sought documents’ release said they indicate that the investigative agency for possible cases of abuse and neglect in state care is not doing its job.


Washington, D.C.

Approval of FDA commissioner is on hold

A Senate committee voted unanimously to approve Dr. Robert M. Califf, a cardiologist and clinical trial expert from Duke University, as the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, put a hold on his candidacy because the FDA approved genetically engineered salmon as fit for consumption days after she questioned him on the topic at his confirmation hearing.



Cook County Jail placed on lockdown

Cook County Jail in Chicago, home to 8,500 inmates, was placed on lockdown after staffing levels fell too low to safely maintain normal operations. More than 140 of 800 workers said they couldn’t come in for a variety of reasons.



Doctors stage first strike in four decades

The first strike by medical doctors in England in four decades disrupted care for thousands of patients, heightening tensions over the stewardship of a strained health system. Tens of thousands of doctors refused to work, providing only emergency coverage because of a dispute over pay and working conditions, notably weekend shifts.



Rhino poaching doubled in 2015

The number of rhinoceroses poached in Zimbabwe more than doubled last year. At least 50 rhinos were poached, up from 20 in 2014, said Lowveld Rhino Trust Director Raoul du Toit. Much of the poaching is in private wildlife parks.



Human rights advocates arrested

Police arrested four human rights advocates for subverting state power after detaining them for six months. They were part of a flourishing group of legal experts who represented prominent Chinese clients, including the artist Ai Weiwei. In July, more than 200 of the experts were rounded up.

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