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Marshals get new tools for handling tipsters

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team has new tools to help track down fugitives.

Officials say the team now may receive anonymous tips via text message or online. Tipsters previously were limited to calling the 866-4WANTED hotline.

The tipster and the tipster’s phone number remain anonymous to law enforcement unless the tipster chooses to be identified.

Tipsters may text the keyword “DFAT” and the tip to 847411 (tip411). Investigators will be able to view the tip and send a text message back to the tipster to ask for follow up
information.

Regular text fees will apply based on the tipster’s phone service plan.

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Suit alleges Chipotle owes OT to workers

DENVER (AP) — An employee of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has filed a lawsuit alleging the company has failed to pay overtime to hundreds of employees.

The class-action complaint filed last week in federal court in New York says the Denver-based restaurant chain has misclassified its “apprentices” as managerial, salaried employees who don’t qualify for overtime pay. The suit contends apprentices earn salaries of $40,000 but frequently work more than 40 hours a week performing the duties of hourly workers, including cooking and filling orders.

Plaintiff Maxcimo Scott is a general manager of a Chipotle in New York but says he sometimes worked up to 55 hours a week as an apprentice.

The lawsuit seeks back pay and damages. Chipotle has about 1,350 restaurants.

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Amputee sues hospital for malpractice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man whose hands and legs were amputated is suing a hospital for medical malpractice.

The Sacramento Bee says 48-year-old Robert Downey blames the loss of his hands and limbs on Sutter Memorial Hospital, saying doctors failed to diagnose and treat him for an MSSA infection.

Methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus is typically treatable with antibiotics if caught early.

Downey lawyer Moseley Collins said the suit is designed to get Sutter Health to take responsibility and warn other hospitals about the consequences of malpractice.

Downey and his wife, Cheri, say the Sacramento hospital failed repeatedly to properly diagnose and treat the infection, even though their 11-year-old son had been treated for the similar infection at the hospital weeks earlier.

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Teacher employment suit can go to trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn five California laws governing teacher employment and dismissal on grounds that they protect ineffective educators who harm children’s learning.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu says he finds there are constitutional issues involved in the lawsuit, which was filed by the education reform group Students Matter on behalf of seven children.

Two defendants, the state Department of Education and San Jose’s Alum Rock Union School District, requested the suit be dismissed, arguing constitutional issues were not at play in the suit.

But Treu found that school districts and the state had the responsibility to uphold students’ right to a fair and equitable education.

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