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10/23/2017

A federal judge has revoked the bond of Mashiyat Rashid, a businessman in West Bloomfield Township, Mich., who faces life imprisonment if found guilty of conspiracy, money laundering and other crimes in an alleged $132 million health care fraud scheme. Prosecutors said Rashid, who was jailed last week, repeatedly violated his bond by making 137 calls to various individuals, including a co-defendant, former employees and government witnesses.

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10/23/2017

A decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court supports the inclusion of nonbiological same-sex parents on birth certificates, but the matter of creating a legal procedure for implementing the ruling remains unresolved. "Extending the benefit of the statutes at issue to same-sex spouses will implement the mandate of the Supreme Court of the United States without impermissible rewriting of the statutes," Justice Robin Wynne wrote

10/20/2017

Discover what personal and creative strengths are unique to you, and use those to find your role in the workplace, writes Scott Mautz. He notes the story of filmmaker Nora Ephron, who used her writing and directing platform to send powerful messages and mentor other women.

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Nora Ephron, Scott Mautz
10/20/2017

In the week that ended Oct. 14, the number of Americans making their first claims for jobless benefits dropped to 222,000, the smallest number since March 1973, the Labor Department said. It was the 137th week in a row that claims held below the 300,000 mark, which is viewed by economists as a sign that the labor market is strong.

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Reuters
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Labor Department, labor market
10/20/2017

A lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court challenges US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' guidance for universities regarding sexual assault claims. At issue, according to the nonprofit organization Equal Means Equal, is that the revised standard for proof is in violation of federal rights law.

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10/20/2017

There may be similarities between human and fish depression, with scientists suggesting the study of fish could help develop antidepressants, writes Heather Murphy. Just like humans, when zebra fish become depressed, they lose interest in eating and their surroundings.

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Heather Murphy
10/20/2017

Not everyone can feel a deep sense of purpose at work, so focus more on doing something you love and quitting when that's not the case, writes Ted Kinni. "[D]o not sacrifice your happiness or your freedom or your very limited time on this planet to give Mark Zuckerberg or any other sense-of-purpose-spouting mogul another billion bucks," he writes.

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NewCo Shift
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Mark Zuckerberg
10/20/2017

Companies facing competition or other threats often look to grab control when they need to take a chance on the talents and insights of their employees, customers and partners, says Amanda Setili. "If you want to grow, you should consider all the ways that you might be able to create something entirely new by partnering with other organizations and individuals that can bring something to the table that you don't have," argues Setili.

10/20/2017

Smiling too much, not matching gestures to speech, pausing too often and ill-timed facial expressions are ways your audience perceives your authenticity, writes Anett Grant. It's important to note that doing these things doesn't make you inauthentic -- only that your audience could think that.

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Fast Company online
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Anett Grant
10/20/2017

Personalities are not rigid and narrow, and we can act differently through the use of meaningful and deliberate projects, says researcher and author Brian Little. "The sustainable pursuit of core projects in our lives is the hallmark of human flourishing," he argues.

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New York magazine