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New director of communications rescinds acceptance of role

Associated Press

Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly has announced the city will have to look for a new director of communications now that Kip Harmon has decided not to take the job after reports of his criminal history resurfaced.

Protestors gather outside of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office on third avenue Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in New York.  Tech leaders and hundreds of Airbnb hosts gathered outside Cuomo's office to rally for 'fair' home-sharing laws. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Home-sharing under attack

The real pros, however -- hotel chains and hotel workers' unions -- don't like this upstart competition. They're working to get home-sharing banned or effectively regulated out of existence.

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2014 file photo, New Haven Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries, center, speaks at a Board of Education meeting at Hill Regional Career High School, in New Haven, Conn. After only slightly more than three years, and repeated clashes with members of the city's school board, Harries is stepping down Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. He lasted about as long as the average for superintendents in urban American districts, a turnover rate that has been on the rise in recent years. (Arnold Gold/New Haven Register via AP, File)

Quitting school: Turnover rises for urban superintendents

- Associated Press

As the architect of school reform in New Haven, Superintendent Garth Harries appeared to be making progress. Test scores were up, dropout rates were down and a new teacher evaluation system became a national model.

More newcomers move to Williston in hopes of employment

- Associated Press

Tshala Kadima and five of her friends were working at a meat processing factory in Illinois when they heard about the money to be made in western North Dakota. In search of higher wages and a fresh start, the group jumped into a car and drove to Williston last week.

In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, EpiPens brought by Mylan CEO Heather Bresch are seen on Capitol Hill in Washington as she testified before the House Oversight Committee hearing on EpiPen price increases. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Mylan agrees to pay $465M in EpiPen settlement

- The Washington Times

Mylan Pharmaceuticals on Friday said it has agreed to pay $465 million to settle claims it short-changed taxpayers by classifying its popular EpiPen as a generic instead of a brand-name product -- a move that allowed it to pay smaller rebates to states under Medicaid.

Joe Main, third from left, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, and Patricia Silvey, center, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations with MSHA, speak with workers at the Gibson North mine, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Princeton, Ind. Main and Silvey were being shown a new proximity sensor that will increase the safety of workers around mining machinery. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Will Uncle Sam be the mine union's sugar daddy?

Should taxpayers have to pick up the tab when unions break their promises? The United Mine Workers of America union thinks so. Its pension fund has promised workers $5.6 billion more than it can pay. Now that it is running out of money, the union has had its friends in Congress introduce legislation (HR 2403 and S 1714) that would use taxpayer funds to cover the multibillion-dollar shortfall.