August 30th, 2013
10:38 AM ET

Montana Supreme Court May Be Able to Give Rapist More Than Month in Jail

The shockingly light sentence of a Montana rapist, just 30 days in jail, might be reversed. CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.

Former Billings school teacher Stacey Rambold was sentenced to a month in jail after violating the terms of his 2007 parole that prosecutors set for raping a student, Cherice Moralez, when she was 14 and he was 49.

Moralez committed suicide before her 17th birthday and Rambold was recently dealt the short time behind bars.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito says he was shocked at the short punishment.

"The dream scenario for us was...that he would be sentenced to 20 years…10 of those years suspended."

On Wednesday, that dream might see the light of day. A conference call is scheduled between the Yellowstone County attorney and Montana's Attorney's General office.

Twito says, "There may have been a misapplication of the sentencing authority here.  And that is where I've focused my attention."

If the State's Attorney General agrees then Montana's supreme court would be asked to reverse the sentence of Judge G. Todd Baugh.

Controversy has already followed the judge as he partially blamed the victim at sentencing and had to publicly apologize afterwards.

An online petition urging Judge Baugh to resign now has nearly 50,000 signatures.

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August 30th, 2013
10:31 AM ET

Thousands of Fast Food Workers Strike

Just in time for Labor Day, thousands of fast food workers in nearly 60 cities across America want more than fries as payment.

In protests Thursday, the low-wage workers beat drums, blew whistles and shouted for higher pay. CNN's Christine Romans reports.

Chains like McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's are feeling the workers absence but strikers want to send their message of struggle up the corporate chain.

One protester in New York city says, "I would like to see those big bosses come down from their offices and live our lives for at least one month."

The average wage for fast food workers is $9 an hour or $18,500 a year, well below the census bureau's poverty line of $23,000 for a family of four.

In the nation's capitol, the fight for higher wages is at a critical turning point.

The controversial "Living Wage" bill is expected to be on the Washington Mayor Vincent Condol Gray's desk today.

The law requires big box retailers like Walmart to pay employees at least $12.50 an hour.

Dan Cantor, the director of Working Families Party, says, "We may look at these sort of moments when things changed in America, when low wage workers finally said we want our fair share."

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August 30th, 2013
10:21 AM ET

Tylenol Warns of Fatal Health Risks

Before you pop that Tylenol for a headache, read this news.

Bottles of the medication sold in the U.S. will soon bear the red warning alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever, CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Cohen says overdoses of acetaminophen, the drug in Tylenol, has been the leading cause of sudden liver failure in the U.S. for more than a decade and 500 people die a year from taking too much.

The unusual step comes amid a growing number of lawsuits and pressure from the federal government.

The warning labels will be on store shelves in October.

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August 30th, 2013
10:16 AM ET

NFL Pays $765 Million to Settle Concussion Lawsuits

The NFL pays $765 million to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players who developed dementia or other concussion-related health problems,  CNN's Andy Scholes reports.

This case could have dragged out for years, Scholes says, but by settling it now this dark cloud hanging over the league goes away and injured players will get the help they need.

A major part of this settlement says the NFL is cleared from having to admit any liability or say brain related injuries were caused by football. Many consider that a huge win for the organization and its owners.

All retired players, whether they were involved in the lawsuit or not, are eligible to receive compensation from the league.

Here's the breakdown of how the money will be allocated.

– $675 million will go to injury compensation

– $75 million for medical exams

-$10 million for medical research

– additional money goes to litigation fees

The agreement must still be approved by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody.

Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis  told "New Day's" Chris Cuomo, in the past he'd continue to play in games with head injuries that weren't called concussions at the time.

Though the football great defends the league when he says, "The NFL tried to do everything it can to protect its shield, its players, but it's football."


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