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Somali workers fired at U.S. beef plant in prayer dispute

Denver | Reuters — Nearly 200 workers, mostly Somali immigrants, have been fired from a meat-packing plant in Colorado after staging a walkout to protest what they said were insufficient prayer accommodations, the company and Islamic advocacy groups said Thursday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the workers were treated in a “discriminatory manner” […] Read more

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Sage grouse denied U.S. endangered species status

Commerce City, Colo. | Reuters –– A long-simmering debate in the U.S. West over an imperiled ground-dwelling bird reached a climax on Tuesday when the Obama administration announced it was denying Endangered Species Act protection to the greater sage grouse. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell touted the decision as a success enabled by a sweeping […] Read more

Africanized bees found in Colorado, farthest north migration

Denver | Reuters –– Africanized honey bees have turned up in Colorado, officials said Tuesday, surprising scientists who previously doubted they could survive winters at northern latitudes. The Mesa County Health Department said in a statement that a peach grower contacted authorities last month to report abnormally aggressive behaviour at a beehive on his orchard […] Read more