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OCT 22, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Fired officer cites Ferguson protests as stressor

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer who was fired after shooting a man in a downtown park says in his application for duty disability that he has debilitating mental health issues tied to the incident and later protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over a separate police shooting. The officer also applied for disability two days before his firing, blaming his ...

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OCT 22, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Judge: March trial for mentally ill in jails case

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday set a March trial date for a lawsuit filed on behalf of mentally ill inmates who say they are waiting months for competency evaluations and treatment. Before deciding on a date, U.S. District Chief Judge Marsha Pechman repeatedly asked the disability rights lawyers whether the wait list issue could be decided with ...

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OCT 22, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Business Highlights

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. The government's auto safety agency says that inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed. On Wednesday, the ...

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OCT 22, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Social Security benefits get another tiny increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government benefits for millions of disabled veterans, federal retirees and people drawing disability payments for the poor. The government announced the benefit ...

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OCT 22, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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German firm wins appeal in Spain thalidomide case

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has upheld an appeal by a German pharmaceutical company, ditching a previous ruling that ordered the company to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities on the drug thalidomide. In November 2013, the court had ordered Gruenenthal to pay 20,000 euros ($25,500) for each percentage point of disability of the victims as ...

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