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Top fashion designers breaking laws by importing protected animal products

+ Some of the most well-known fashion labels in the world, including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen, have been caught violating international laws by importing protected animal products, reports NBC4’s I-Team. “I think the general public would be shocked at how much wildlife is still imported and exported to and from the United States,” says Fish and Wildlife supervisor Erin Dean, whose agency has seized more than 10,000 items imported to the U.S. since 2010.

+ The state of Minnesota is failing thousands of adults living with disabilites, segregating them and putting them in low-paying jobs with little room for growth, reports the Star Tribune in “A Matter of Dignity,” a five-day series of stories.

+ The use of pesticides on marijuana crops is a threat to public safety, warns Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in the wake of multiple reports about the potential danger and a lawsuit against the LivWell chain of dispensaries for alleged use of Eagle 20, a petroleum-based fungicide, on marijuana.

+ Vladimir Putin’s daughter, Katerina, and her boyfriend, Kirill Shamalov, have corporate holdings worth about $2 billion, largely from a stake in a major gas and petrochemical company that Kirill acquired from a longtime friend of Putin, according to estimates provided to Reuters by financial analysts.