Hillary Clinton Will Resume Campaigning On Thursday

Hillary Clinton exits her daughter Chelsea Clinton’s apartment on Sunday after she became sick at a Sept. 11 memorial service. Diagnosed with pneumonia, she had taken several days off the campaign trail to recover. Yana Paskova/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Hillary Clinton is set to return to the campaign trail on Thursday after taking a three-day hiatus to recover from pneumonia.

“Thanks very much for your continued patience today as [Clinton] remains home. She has spent the day catching up on reading briefings, making calls, and she watched President Obama’s speech in Philadelphia on TV. We will resume campaign travel on Thursday, more details to come,” the Democratic nominee’s campaign told reporters in an email.

Clinton has not campaigned since Sunday, after she left a Sept. 11 memorial service after her campaign said she became overheated and dehydrated. A video later showed her losing her balance and being helped into a Secret Service van. Clinton went to her daughter, Chelsea’s, nearby apartment and left without assistance about 90 minutes later. Her campaign later revealed she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.

Clinton has been resting at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday evening, Clinton said she was feeling “so much better” but admitted that “I should have gotten some rest sooner.”

In her stead, Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, was set to step in for his wife at a fundraiser in California and a campaign stop in Nevada. President Obama also campaigned for her today in Philadelphia.

Clinton’s campaign also said it would release more information about her medical condition this week, which campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said would “put to rest any lingering concerns” about the 68-year-old’s health.

Clinton’s health has been under scrutiny, with many conspiracy theorists arguing she could be suffering from Parkinson’s disease, cancer or another illness. Donald Trump has fueled some of those accusations, with the GOP nominee suggesting she “lacks the mental and physical stamina” to be president.

Trump surrogate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani went even further last month, falsely claiming that there are “several signs of a Clinton illness” and that the media “fails to point out several signs of illness by her. All you gotta do is go online.”

Previously, Clinton has had diagnosed with blood clots, and in 2012 while she was secretary of state a blood clot was discovered in her brain while she was suffering from a concussion. She has since been given a clean bill of health.

Trump, 70, said he underwent a physical last week, and will reportedly reveal those Thursday on the Dr. Oz Show with controversial reality TV show Dr. Mehmet Oz. Trump’s personal physician claimed last December that Trump would “be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

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SoCal Gas To Pay $4 Million After Massive Gas Leak

Protesters wear gas masks at a hearing over a leak at the Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon Storage Facility near the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles. On Tuesday, the utility pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and agreed to pay $4 million for the massive gas leak. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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Southern California Gas Co. has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a case in which it faced a criminal charge associated with its handling of a massive gas leak in Porter Ranch, an affluent neighborhood of Los Angeles, last year.

The utility pleaded no contest to a single misdemeanor count for failing to immediately report the gas leak to state officials as required by law when it occurred on Oct. 23, 2015. Instead the company waited three days before alerting state emergency officials.

“This agreement ensures that Southern California Gas Co. is held accountable for its criminal actions for failing to immediately report the leak,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement.

The gas leak caused about 8,000 families to leave their homes for months. Many displaced residents complained of headaches, nosebleeds, and nausea. The leak wasn’t capped until February 2016. It is reported to be the largest known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history.

The settlement calls for SoCal Gas to pay a maximum fine of $75,000 and a penalty of $232,000. The bulk of the $4 million settlement cost will come from the installation and maintenance of an infrared methane leak detection system, including the hiring of six full-time monitors over the next three years.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the utility still faces civil lawsuits from thousands Porter Ranch residents, including some who are demanding the closure of the Aliso Canyon facility. But SoCal Gas officials say that facility is essential part of the company’s energy infrastructure.

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Man Booker Spotlights Novelists New To The Award's Short List

Six novelists have made it to the short list, the last step in the Man Booker Prize competition. The 2016 finalists are from Britain, the U.S. and Canada. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images hide caption

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In the world of literary prizes Britain’s Man Booker stands out as one of the most prestigious and lucrative. So every year writers and their publishers and agents are eager to learn who made the final cut. Today the six writers who made it to the short list were revealed. Two Americans, two Brits and two Canadians are now competing for the award which is given each year for a novel written in English which has been published in the U.K.

According to the award’s own website, this year’s judges were “unswayed by literary celebrity” in whittling down the long list of 13 to the final 6. Such popular writers as South Africa’s J.M. Coetzee and American Elizabeth Strout were passed over in favor of an eclectic mix of writers including debut novelist Ottessa Moshfegh for Eileen. Deborah Levy, author of Hot Milk, is on the short list for the second time. The rest are newcomers to the list: Paul Beatty for The Sellout, Graeme Macrae Burnet, author of His Bloody Project, Madeleine Thien for Do Not Say We Have Nothing and David Szalay who wrote All That Man Is.

In announcing their decision the judges cited the writers’ “willingness to play with language and form.” They also noted the important role novels can have “in exploring culture and tackling unfamiliar and challenging subjects.” And these novels cover a wide range of subjects: a murder trial set in 19th Century Scotland, a satirical take on race relations in the United States, a family of musicians caught up in the political turmoil of modern China, and more.

The winner of the 2016 Man Booker Award will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 25. In addition to a prize of 50,000 pounds, the lucky writer is likely to leave that ceremony with a much higher profile and very possibly a nice boost in book sales.

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Angel Olsen Is Ready To Have Fun

“I was a cheerleader in high school, for example, and I quit because I was not very good at being in a good mood when I needed to be,” Angel Olsen says. “I’m still a cheerleader in a lot of ways.” Amanda Marsallis/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Since Angel Olsen’s first album in 2010, she’s carved out a smoky, country-flavored corner of the indie rock world for herself. Her distinctive voice delivers taut meditations on love and loneliness, sometimes with a shout and other times with more of a whisper. Her music earned her critical acclaim, but also a reputation as a tortured soul — one she wasn’t really looking for. Her new album puts that reputation to rest: It’s called My Woman, and the 29-year-old artist says her latest work reflects the fact that she’s aged a bit.

“If I were to critically compare this record and the last one,” Olsen says, “I would say the last record is like when you first pick up Dostoyevsky or Kafka and you’re talking with all your friends and you’re like, ‘I understand things now and I’m going to tell people what I understand and it’s going to be important.’ And then this record is more like, ‘I’m going to take a little bit of those things, but I also want to have fun, because fun is important to me.'”

Growing older has also changed Olsen’s emotional approach to performance. She says sometimes that means performing happiness for an audience, regardless of her mood.

“I think it’s harder to perform something happy when you’re in a bad mood than it is to perform a sad song over and over again,” Olsen says. “I was a cheerleader in high school, for example, and I quit because I was not very good at being in a good mood when I needed to be. I’m still a cheerleader in a lot of ways. I still am gonna sing ‘Shut Up Kiss Me,’ ‘Hi-Five,’ all these upbeat songs. I might not be having the greatest day that particular show day.”

Olsen’s third studio album also invites more broad reflection on her career. She says that someone asked her recently whether she felt that she had “made it.”

“I looked around and I was like, ‘What do you do? Like, how do you know that you’ve made it?'” Olsen says. “Maybe when you play Madison Square Garden or maybe when you play for your mother and she starts crying and she’s finally proud of you, finally in your life. I don’t know. Technically, I’ve made it my whole life because my mom’s been crying to my music forever, so — I’ve felt like we’ve made it for a while and now the band is bigger and we’re about to have more fun, so in that way I feel like we’re making it.”


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'The Gefilte Manifesto:' A Loved, And Loathed, Jewish Staple Gets Updated

Herbed gefilte fish is baked in a terrine for a brighter, fresher take on tradition. Lauren Volo/The Gefilte Manifesto hide caption

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First, a confession: I’ve never liked gefilte fish. The slimy, grey balls of fish from a jar have always struck me as icky.

Turns out, I am not alone.

“I had the same experience as you. I never ate gefilte fish,” says Liz Alpern. “It was disgusting to me. I literally think I never ate it, until I started making it.”

That’s a remarkable statement coming from someone in the gefilte fish business. Alpern is half of the team behind the Gefilteria, which makes artisanal gefilte fish. Yes, that is a thing. Alpern gave me a demonstration at a catering kitchen in Brooklyn.

“So we’ve got some oil. We’ve got egg, onion, sugar, kosher salt, a little bit of white pepper,” Alpern says. “We also have whitefish that I picked up from the Jewish fishmonger this morning.” She blends it all together in a food processor, along with fresh dill and watercress.

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Gefilte fish is Yiddish for “stuffed fish.” It’s a staple of Jewish holiday tables around the world. To Ashkenazi Jews from eastern Europe, it was a delicacy. But it is not so beloved by their American descendants. Ashkenazi cuisine in this country has earned a reputation for being heavy, monochromatic and bland. But Alpern and her business partner, Jeffrey Yoskowitz, say it doesn’t have to be.

“We both had a love for these food traditions, and we didn’t want to see these traditions die with the older generation,” Yoskowitz says. “And so we started making gefilte fish. We were making borscht. We were making all sorts of pickles and sauerkraut. And that became our mission: to sort of revitalize this cuisine.”

Yoskowitz and Alpern grew up eating traditional Jewish foods at home in the suburbs of New York. When they were starting their business five years ago, Yoskowitz and Alpern wrote a mission statement that they called The Gefilte Manifesto. That’s also the title of their new cookbook. It’s got recipes for pastrami and pickles, brisket and blintzes, kugel and kreplach. And of course, three different recipes for gefilte fish. “Of all the Jewish foods,” Yoskowitz says, “this is the one that needed the most love.”

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Yoskowitz remembers that his grandparents in Brooklyn would buy a live fish at the beginning for a week, and keep it in the bathtub until it was time to cook it. Alpern says this is a time-honored tradition that was brought over from the Old World.

“The whole idea culturally is that this fish was so important to the holiday table — so critical, so sacred — that you would give up bathing for a week in order to have gefilte fish,” Alpern says. The stay in the bathtub accomplished a couple of goals. It helped to flush out the muddy flavor of a bottom-feeding fish like a carp. And Alpern says it also meant you could shop early and beat the holiday rush.

Alpern and Yoskowitz update their gefilte recipe with a trick from the Jews of Argentina. Instead of poaching the gefilte fish in broth, the way most American Jews do, they bake it in a terrine. The result is lighter, fresher and entirely less icky than the canned gefilte fish I grew up with.

A lot of the recipes in The Gefilte Manifesto are about taking this food back to basics, says Alpern, with good, seasonal ingredients. But she says they’re not overly concerned about authenticity.

“It’s one thing to make something and associate it with your grandmother,” Alpern says. “It’s another thing to make something at a table, today, now, with your friends who are cool.”

And she says the bathtub is optional.

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Companies Can't Set Own Rules For Injured Workers, Okla. Court Says

Bill Minick, the president of PartnerSource, a Texas company that writes and administers opt-out plans, vowed that despite the Oklahoma Supreme Court decision, he would continue efforts to promote alternative plans in other states. Dylan Hollingsworth for ProPublica hide caption

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A national campaign to rewrite state laws and allow businesses to decide how to care for their injured workers suffered a significant setback Tuesday when the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that Oklahoma’s version of the law is unconstitutional.

The 2013 legislation gave Oklahoma employers the ability to “opt out” of the state workers’ compensation system and write their own plans, setting the terms for what injuries were covered, which doctors workers could see, how workers were compensated and how disputes were handled. The statute was backed by the oil and gas industry and retailer Hobby Lobby.

Buoyed by the success in Oklahoma, proponents took the idea nationwide as a coalition led by Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and several of the largest retail, trucking and health care companies sought to pass similar laws across the country. Bills and draft proposals have been floated in Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Last year, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR found that the plans typically had lower benefits and more restrictions than workers’ comp. The story was part of a series on how states have been dismantling workers’ comp, which was designed a century ago to protect businesses from lawsuits while providing medical care and lost wages to workers who had been hurt on the job.

Tuesday’s decision is the latest in a series of state Supreme Court rulings that have struck down several business-driven workers’ comp laws featured in the ProPublica and NPR investigation.

The Florida Supreme Court struck down laws that placed strict caps on attorney fees and limited workers to two years of temporary disability pay regardless of whether they were able to return to work. Two-year caps have also been passed in California, North Dakota, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas.

In addition, the top Oklahoma court in April overturned a provision that drastically cut compensation for workers who suffered permanently disabling injuries. Florida, New York and Tennessee have also significantly reduced benefits for such injuries in the past 13 years, but those provisions are still in place.

The stories also prompted two groups — one of academics and one of workers’ comp regulators — to schedule separate forums later this month to discuss the various changes that have occurred and ways to improve workers’ comp.

Oklahoma’s ruling leaves Texas as the only state that lets employers opt out of workers’ comp insurance.

Bob Burke, a longtime workers’ comp attorney who has filed several successful challenges to Oklahoma’s new law, called opt out “the biggest attack on the American worker” since he started practicing law.

Had the Supreme Court not acted, the Oklahoma opt-out law “would have deprived injured workers out of necessary surgeries and weekly benefits,” he said in an email. “Opt out also would have allowed companies to shift the cost of paying for work-related injuries to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.”

Bill Minick, a Dallas lawyer whose company PartnerSource wrote most of the Oklahoma opt-out plans and about half of those in Texas, said in a statement that the ruling was specific to “Oklahoma’s unique constitution.” He vowed that his company and other supporters would continue their efforts to promote the alternative plans in other states.

“We believe it’s critical to provide better care and benefits for injured workers, decrease the number of disputed claims and significantly decrease insurance premiums and claim costs for all employers,” he said.

The Oklahoma case involved an employee at Dillard’s department store who injured her neck and shoulder while lifting shoe boxes in 2014. Dillard’s, which had opted out of workers’ comp and created its own benefit plan, initially paid for her medical care. But the company later denied her claims, insisting that any further damage and surgeries she might need were due to a pre-existing degenerative condition and not her injury at work.

In a 7-2 ruling, the justices found that such opt-out plans were unconstitutional because they treated one group of injured workers differently from all other injured workers in the state. In a concurring opinion, Justices Noma Gurich and Tom Colbert noted that while most Oklahoma workers have 30 days to report an injury and can request a hearing before a judge, Dillard’s employees had to report injuries by the end of the workday and could only appeal in writing to a committee made up of people picked by the company.

The court sent the case back to the state’s workers’ comp commission to determine whether the injury was work-related and what benefits, if any, the woman should receive.

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Another Election Day First: OAS Will Observe U.S. Voting

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The upcoming presidential election will mark a surprising first. Yes, a woman will be on the ballot as a major party nominee. But in addition, for the first time ever, the Organization of American States is sending poll observers to watch as U.S. voting takes place.

The OAS, based in Washington, D.C., has previously observed elections in 26 of its 34 member nations, but never before in the United States. The mission will be led by former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla.

Gerardo de Icaza, the OAS director of electoral observation and cooperation, says “a small deployment” of 20 to 30 observers will be sent at the invitation of the U.S. State Department. He says the OAS views it “as a learning experience” and will issue nonbinding recommendations “that can improve the electoral system anywhere.” Those recommendations will be shared with the other OAS members.

“The Department of State greatly values the OAS’s important work promoting free and fair elections throughout the region and invited the OAS to observe the U.S. electoral process this fall. As a member state of the organization and a signatory to the Inter American Democratic Charter, we welcome OAS observation as an opportunity to demonstrate the United States dedication and support for this important function of the institution,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement to NPR.

The OAS will send observers to 10 states. De Icaza said they’re still determining which ones but the participants will only go to states open to international observers and will be looking for geographic and political diversity.

De Icaza added the OAS also wants to go to states with different ways of voting, including those that require picture IDs, and ones that allow same-day registration.

“We will be trying to have a very global, but a very plural way of seeing the election here in the U.S.,” he said.

As it has done previously, the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe will also be observing the election.

The U.S. has often sent observers to watch elections in other countries, but some may be troubled by outsiders watching Americans vote. De Icaza, however, argued that observers are not just for emerging or weak democracies.

“I think that every democracy has flaws and every democracy has positive aspects,” de Icaza said. “The way we share those positive aspects can help us resolve the flaws.”

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