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McDonald's franchisee fined $26K for teens working too long

JACKSON (AP) — The government says a Michigan operator of 10 McDonald's restaurants has paid a $26,000 penalty for keeping teens on the job for too long.

The Labor Department says 73 teens, who were 14 or 15 years old, worked more than three hours on days when school was in session. They also worked more than eight hours when school wasn't in session. The government says it was a child-labor violation.

The 10 McDonald's restaurants are operated by Stejoca Inc. of Jackson. Investigators also found that some teens worked after 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. during the summer.


Officials: Rash still spreading at Michigan women’s prison

YPSILANTI (AP) — Officials say an itchy rash has spread to more inmates at Michigan's only prison for women.

The Detroit Free Press and The Ann Arbor News report that at latest count nearly 200 inmates at the Huron Valley prison near Ypsilanti are believed to have the rash, up from more than 100 in October. The prison has about 2,100 inmates and the number affected is up from about 50 when the Free Press initially reported about the rash in March.

Officials still don’t know for sure what’s causing it.

The prison has been subject to complaints by prisoners and guards about conditions at the facility.


High court sends bar fees case back for further look

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is telling a lower court to take another look at a case challenging mandatory fees lawyers pay to a state bar association.

The case the justices sent back for further consideration Monday involves North Dakota attorney Arnold Fleck, who sued after learning that bar fees were being used to oppose a ballot measure he supported.

Fleck says he should have to affirmatively consent to paying for the association’s political activities instead of being able to opt out.

North Dakota’s fees range from $325 to $380. Lawyers who don’t want to support the bar’s political activities can deduct about $10.

The justices say the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should reconsider the case in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling about fees paid to unions.


Sheriff: Man pulls gun on Popeyes worker in condiments clash

MARRERO, La. (AP) — A man is accused of pointing a gun at the manager of a Popeyes in Louisiana during a dispute over condiments.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Earl Jethroe, 59, of Marrero walked into the eatery, ordered a meal and apparently took issue with the condiments provided by employees.

At some point, the arrest reports says, Jethroe threw his chicken across the counter, pulled a pistol from his waistband and pointed it at the manager. Jethroe didn't fire the weapon, and no one was hurt.

Authorities say deputies later found Jethroe at another restaurant, yelling. They say he smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.

Jethroe was arrested and charged with offenses including aggravated assault with a firearm.

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