Michael Farrell, the director of the CDC's Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory (BRRAT) in Atlanta, has resigned from his post, the CDC confirmed Wednesday.
Farrell's departure comes after reports that government employees may have been exposed to live anthrax when samples that weren't properly inactivated left the BRRAT lab last month. He is the first CDC employee to resign over the incident.
The CDC reported in June that proper deactivation procedures were not observed, and the live bacteria was passed on to other labs. No workers, however, contracted the disease. As the CDC conducted its investigation, Dr. Farrell was reassigned last month, Time reports. Meghan DeMaria
A Florida judge had one unusual question for the burglary suspect in her bond court: Did you go to middle school with me?
Arthur Booth, 49, was arrested in Hialeah on charges of burglary, grand theft, fleeing, and resisting arrest, NBC 6 South Florida reports. Judge and former middle school classmate Mindy Glazer's question shocked him. He immediately teared up, held his head, and repeated "Oh my goodness."
Glazer had some encouraging words for the man she called "the nicest kid in middle school."
"Good luck to you sir," she said. "I hope you are able to come out of this OK and just lead a lawful life."
JetBlue ran its first official direct flight from New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport to Havana's José Martí International Airport on Friday, the first in a planned series of weekly charter flights.
It's the first major airline to do so, though smaller outfit Sun Country was the first to start servicing the two cities, Time reports.
JetBlue also runs flights to Cuba from Florida cities following the easing of travel restrictions earlier this year as the two nations work to restore diplomatic ties after half a century without relations. Julie Kliegman
Reddit users shut down hundreds of the site's sub-sections Friday following the alleged removal of Victoria Taylor, the online discussion board's director of talent and supervisor of the popular Ask Me Anything function connecting Redditors with famous people, Mashable reports. Moderators, often Reddit community members as opposed to employees, set subreddits to private in protest.
"I want to apologize to our community for yesterday," interim CEO Ellen Pao told Time on Friday. "We handled the transition in a way that caused some disruption, and we should have done a better job."
The site appointed staff member Kristen Fasnacht to communicate with subreddit moderators. Julie Kliegman
Iran has reached a tentative agreement with the U.S. and five other world powers, anonymous diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday. The deal, which hasn't yet been officially signed, is expected to relieve some international economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbing their nuclear program over the next decade
Negotiators face a July 7 deadline, extended from June 30 after more than a year of talks. Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a YouTube video Friday negotiations had "never been closer to a lasting outcome." Julie Kliegman
Governors and law enforcement officials are increasing security Saturday in light of State Department warnings of a heightened risk for a July Fourth terrorist attack, CNN reports. Authorities didn't have one specific threat to highlight, but are especially mindful of any attacks from suspected ISIS supporters in the country.
In particular, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday he is upping security statewide for various holiday-related events.
"We are keenly aware that New York State remains a top target for terrorists," he said. Julie Kliegman
Only in America: Man complains about NBC changing logo to 'colors of gays,' doesn't realize it hadn't changed
A Little Rock, Arkansas, man lodged a complaint with the local NBC affiliate over its peacock logo, charging it included "colors of gays" to show support for the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. Don Stair said the logo was "a disgrace" and vowed to switch to ABC. The station responded that its multicolored NBC peacock — which dates from 1956 — is the "same logo as always."
As America continues its slow, miserable climb out of the 2008 recession, wage stagnation is becoming a bigger concern. On Thursday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' jobs report showed that wage growth effectively remains flat. It's a trend that has actually defined most of the 21st century — and, at least in comparison to one particularly well-off group, the depressingly slow growth of worker compensation goes back further still:
Since 1978, CEO compensation has risen 90 times faster than the average worker's, the liberal Economic Policy Institute shows in the above graph. That's not CEO pay vs. worker pay; that's just rates of growth.
The average CEO made $1.5 million, after adjusting for inflation, in 1978, EPI says. He or she now makes $16.3 million. The salary of the average worker, however, has risen from $48,000 to just $53,200. CEOs at top firms now make over 300 times more than the average worker. Nico Lauricella