Top US News: Ben & Jerry’s Co-founders Arrested, Intel To Lay Off 12,000 Workers, & More
Co-founders of Ben and Jerry’s arrested
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s, and 300 others were arrested for being among those taking part in the Democracy Awakening protests in the capital over the weekend, CNN reports.
The website says that the demonstrators were protesting for myriad issues including climate change, racial discrimination, health care, and immigration reform. It also says that the protests were carried out “to protect voting rights, get big money out of politics and demand a fair hearing and an up or down vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.”
Intel to lay off 12,000 workers
Witnessing a decrease in the demand for personal computers, Intel will be sacking 12,000 of its workers – which constitute 11 percent of its workforce. The terminations come as part of a corporate restructuring, Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said. The company’s first quarter earnings were less than expected and it has also lowered its projected revenue for the year, the New York Times reports.
Former NYPD officer won’t go to jail for 2014 killing of unarmed man
Peter Liang, a former NYPD officer, charged for the 2014 killing of an unarmed Akai Gurley, will not go to prison, Wall Street Journal reports. The charge of manslaughter conviction against Liang was brought down to criminally negligent homicide, one that will see him serving five years in probation and 800 hours of community service. Liang was found guilty in February, and was facing 15 years of prison time.
Utah Gov: Pornography a “public health hazard”
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution that claims pornography to be “a public health hazard,” as reported by the Chicago Tribune. “We hope that people hear and heed this voice of warning,” Herbert said.
“For our citizens know that there are real health risks that are involved and associated with viewing pornography.” Herbert compared pornography to drugs and alcohol, saying that they “tempt the youth.”
Colorado school district to increase firepower of its security with semi automatic weapons
The Douglas County School District will assign semi automatic rifles to its eight armed security personnel, as reported by ABC News. In January, the school district had spent as much as $12,300 for ten semi automatic Bushmaster rifles and other equipment in a bid to increase the firepower of its security division. However, some of the school board members learned about this only recently.