Will NFL and Colin Kaepernick’s New Workout Plan Work Out? + More News

by Debra Brown

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N.F.L. Invites Teams to Watch Colin Kaepernick Workout

Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who for nearly three years has struggled to resume his NFL career after kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, has been invited to workout for teams on Saturday at the Atlanta Falcons’ facility so they can evaluate whether to sign him, according to a copy of a memo to the league’s 32 teams that was reviewed by The New York Times.

Kaepernick, 32, and his representatives were notified Tuesday of the league’s invitation and were told they had two hours to confirm that he would attend the workout in Flowery Branch, Ga., according to a person familiar with the discussion who requested anonymity. The person said that the representatives were confused about why the workout was slated for a Saturday when teams travel to away games and that they had asked for it to be moved to a Tuesday when teams usually hold their workouts, but that request was denied by the league.


McDonald’s Is Sued Over ‘Systemic Sexual Harassment’ of Female Workers

A former McDonald’s employee is suing the chain, blaming her mistreatment on what she calls a culture of sexual harassment at the fast-food company. In the complaint, the employee said a manager at a McDonald’s in Mason, Mich., repeatedly harassed her between 2017 and 2019. The former employee and the American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in state court, as hundreds of McDonald’s employees in Michigan prepared to go on strike to protest the company’s handling of such allegations and demand a labor union.

The store is owned by a McDonald’s franchisee, but the suit, the latest of dozens of sexual harassment complaints filed by McDonald’s employees in recent years, argued that the problem lies with the chain itself.


Supreme Court Lets Sandy Hook Families Sue Gun Maker Remington Arms

The Supreme Court has denied Remington Arms Co.’s bid to block a lawsuit filed by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre. The families say Remington should be held liable, like the maker and promoter of the AR-15-style rifle used in the 2012 killings. The families first filed their lawsuit in December 2014, saying the Bushmaster rifle never should have been sold to the public because it is a military-style weapon.

In filings with the U.S. Supreme Court, the Sandy Hook families say Remington “published promotional materials that promised ‘military-proven performance’ for a ‘mission-adaptable’ shooter in need of the ‘ultimate combat weapons system.’ They also accuse the company of fostering a “lone gunman” narrative as it promoted the Bushmaster, citing an ad that proclaimed, “Forces of opposition, bow down. You are single-handedly outnumbered.”


Jeanine Áñez Declares Herself Interim President

Bolivian opposition senator Jeanine Áñez has declared herself interim president of the South American country following Evo Morales’ resignation. Ms. Áñez said she was next in line under the constitution and vowed to hold elections soon. The parliamentary session to appoint her was boycotted by lawmakers from Mr. Morales’ leftist Movement for Socialism party, who said it was illegitimate.

Mr. Morales has fled to Mexico, saying he asked for asylum there because his life was in danger. He resigned after weeks of protests over a disputed presidential election result. Morales, a former coca farmer, was first elected in 2006, the country’s first leader from the indigenous community.


Federal Judge Decides Trump Can’t Sue New York State to Stop Release of Tax Returns

A Trump-appointed federal judge decided that Donald Trump can’t sue New York state officials in a Washington, DC, court at this time to stop the release of his tax returns to Congress. The case is one of many where the President or his administration has asked federal judges to intervene before House Democrats obtain Trump’s financial records.


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