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January 2017 Archives

Employees Face 'Freeze' under Trump Administration

The Trump administration has just instituted a freeze on hiring of federal employees, as the Washington Post reports, with the exception of military service members. This action comes via executive order and is in line with what Trump said he'd do while campaigning, which was "drain the swamp." The Post quotes Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer: "We've got to respect the American taxpayer."

New Year Driving in California: 8 New Laws on the Books for 2017

On Dec. 29, the Los Angeles Times published a run-down of new laws on the books in California. There are dozens. When it comes to driving, drivers, and passengers, the Times lists eight. These run the gamut from child seats to the blood alcohol content of Uber drivers.

Arrest of Compliance Executive Latest Chapter in Volkswagen Emissions Saga

In yet another chapter in the VW emissions saga, the New York Times reports that the FBI has arrested Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, who was the chief emissions compliance officer for VW in the U.S. Schmidt has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. The Times characterizes Schmidt's arrest as an "escalation" of the criminal investigation against VW.

Today, a Pharmaceutical Executive Faces Trial for His Alleged Role in Killing Dozens of People in 2012

Cadden is accused of having caused the deaths of dozens of people, for which he faces second-degree murder charges. Cadden used to be the co-owner and chief pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, until around 2012, when he and his colleagues were implicated in a deadly meningitis outbreak that sickened hundreds of people in 20 states.

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