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UK-EU trade talks back on after bloc offers olive branch

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union will resume their stalled trade negotiations at an “intensified” pace, the British government said Wednesday, in...

ILO says garment industry should do more to help workers

MITO, Japan (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the apparel industry, leaving many of the 65 million Asian garment factory workers struggling as...

San Francisco officials let people sue over racist 911 calls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fed up with white people calling 911 about people of color selling water bottles, barbecuing or otherwise going about their...

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by...

Marines remove general investigated over alleged racial slur

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Marine Corps has removed a two-star general from command of Marine forces in Europe and Africa based on an investigation...

From ‘role models’ to sex workers: Kenya’s child labor rises

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The teenage girls cannot remember how many men they have had to sleep with in the seven months since COVID-19...

Glenn Close to receive honorary AARP Purpose Prize award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Glenn Close will receive an honorary AARP award for her work with a charity that brings awareness to mental illness. ...

Kyle Larson reinstated to compete in NASCAR in 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson can return to NASCAR competition next season following a long suspension for using a racial slur while playing...

Black officers break from unions over Trump endorsements

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police unions nationwide have largely supported President Donald Trump’s reelection, amid mass demonstrations over police brutality and accusations of systemic racism...

The Latest: Trump tries to explain lower fundraising numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): ...

California jobless rate dips as jobs added despite pandemic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has regained more than a third of the 2.6 million nonfarm jobs the nation's most populous state lost to...

Dallas Morning News staff votes to unionize newsroom

DALLAS (AP) — The staff of the Dallas Morning News voted to unionize Friday, becoming the first newspaper in Texas to do so amid...

DEA recruits cite ‘monkey noises’ among claims of racism

At the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Training Academy in Virginia last year, an instructor on the firing range called out a name that was shared...

EU leaders divided over new climate goals for 2030

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday they need to raise their climate ambition above the existing target but stopped short of endorsing...

Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains

JOTOLCHEN, Mexico (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is threatening the future of a generation of the world’s children, depriving them of schooling and sending...

Time’s Up study: Many who report harassment face retaliation

Three years into the #MeToo movement, there may be more awareness around workplace sexual harassment. But a new report finds that almost three-quarters of...

US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high...

Greek civil servants walk off job in 24-hour strike

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek civil servants walked off the job in a 24-hour strike Thursday over demands that include better pay for health...

Turkey says Greece failed to fulfill promises, vows response

ANKAR, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday accused Greece and Cyprus of failing to fulfill “promises” made during negotiations within...

Effort to bar LGBTQ discrimination moves ahead in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in...

UK unemployment ascent accelerates amid winter job fears

LONDON (AP) — Unemployment in the U.K. spiked higher in August, a clear sign that the jobless rate is heading towards levels not seen...

The NBA offseason begins, with 1 major question: Now what?

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The season’s first big development came with the Los Angeles Lakers on a long road trip, in a...

Yet another Brexit deadline looms; trade talks in rut

BRUSSELS (AP) — Almost by tradition, another Brexit deadline is looming. Just as much by tradition, talks are expected to continue afterward. ...

A look at Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s notable opinions, votes

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, has written roughly 100 opinions in more than three years on...

Lesson not learned: Europe unprepared as 2nd virus wave hits

ROME (AP) — Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again...

Trump administration targets diversity hiring by contractors

American companies promising to hire more Black employees in leadership roles and teach their workforce about racism are getting a message from President Donald...

2 former eBay employees plead guilty in harassment scheme

BOSTON (AP) — Two former eBay Inc. employees pleaded guilty Thursday to their roles in a campaign to terrorize a publisher and editor of...

Slain Black man’s family vows legal fight against police

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for the family of a Black teen killed by a suburban Milwaukee police officer vowed Thursday to keep...

Protests against new labor law turn violent across Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Protests in many Indonesian cities turned violent Thursday as thousands of enraged students and workers criticized a new law they...

COVID-19 relief pushes U.S. budget deficit to a record $3.1T

WASHINGTON (AP) — New, eye-popping federal budget figures released Thursday show an enormous $3.1 trillion deficit in the just-completed fiscal year, a record swelled...

US layoffs still high, but so is skepticism on jobless data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week to a still-high 840,000, evidence that layoffs remain elevated seven months...

Government probes Microsoft’s effort to boost diversity

Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is scrutinizing its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company. ...

Trump administration to sharply limit skilled-worker visas

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced plans Tuesday to sharply limit visas for skilled workers from overseas, a move officials said was a...

Review: Few far-right cases in German security agencies

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official on Tuesday said a review has produced no evidence of structural far-right extremism in the country's security...

CEO says Southwest needs union pay cuts to avoid furloughs

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines will cut pay for nonunion workers in January and says union workers must also accept less pay or face...

Albania approves electoral code reform to boost EU prospects

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s parliament on Monday approved electoral law changes designed to prevent vote manipulation, which is a key condition for the...

Cities declare racism a health crisis, but some doubt impact

CHICAGO (AP) — Christy DeGallerie noticed a startling trend in her online group for coronavirus survivors: White patients got medications she’d never heard of,...

New Ukraine decree offers eased rules for Belarus IT workers

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has signed a decree simplifying regulations for IT workers from Belarus who are willing to relocate to the...

Grand jury audio details raid that killed Breonna Taylor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police said they knocked and announced themselves for a minute or more before bursting into Breonna Taylor’s apartment, but her...

LA Kings fire mascot employee accused of harassment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have fired the employee who dresses as the hockey team's mascot after an investigation into a...

Pre-election economy: Unemployment falls, but hiring slows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The final jobs report before Election Day a month from now showed hiring slowed in September even as the U.S. unemployment...

Mexican workers send home huge amounts of money amid virus

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic stopped work for nearly a month at the California farm where Luis earns $80 a day picking tomatoes,...

IG reports 63% jump in sexual harassment cases at State Dept

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department’s internal watchdog says there was a 63% surge in sexual harassment complaints at the agency between 2014 and...

UK, EU leaders to discuss Brexit, free trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain said Friday that wide gaps remained in their fraught talks on a rudimentary trade agreement following...

Judge blocks large parts of temporary work visa ban

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday temporarily lifted a visa ban on a large number of work permits, undercutting a measure that...

EU leaders overcome Cyprus veto, agree to Belarus sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed early Friday to impose sanctions on dozens of senior officials in Belarus accused of falsifying presidential election...

New possible health care benefit rule roils theater world

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 theater actors and stage managers is blasting a proposal that would...

California Gov. Newsom surprises, disappoints with vetoes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Labor unions in California celebrated earlier this month when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed laws expanding paid family leave and making...

Boeing picks South Carolina over Seattle for 787 production

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing said Thursday it will shut down the original assembly line for its two-aisle 787 jetliner near Seattle and consolidate the...

In NYC and LA, returning pupils face battery of virus tests

The two largest school districts in the U.S. are rolling out ambitious and costly plans to test students and staff for the coronavirus, bidding...

Unemployment marches higher in Europe as pandemic grinds on

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Unemployment rose for a fifth straight month in Europe in August and is expected to grow further amid concern that...

US layoffs remain elevated as incomes and spending weaken

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000, evidence that the economy is struggling to...

Californians to vote on racial, gender preference programs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California with vastly different political preferences and demographics is voting on whether to allow affirmative action in public hiring,...

Ban on chokeholds among California criminal justice reforms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Spurred by the slayings of George Floyd and other Black people in police custody across the country, California Gov. Gavin...

House approves second bill aimed at forced labor in China

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in two weeks, the House on Wednesday approved a bill aimed at cracking down on U.S. imports...

UN: Pandemic has cost 34 million jobs in Latin America

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.N.’s International Labour Organization said Wednesday that at least 34 million jobs have been lost in Latin America due...

Ex-UAW president pleads guilty in embezzlement scheme

DETROIT (AP) — The former president of the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to an embezzlement scheme, saying he suspected that union dues...

Ski resorts struggle to hire amid Trump’s student visa ban

DENVER (AP) — Milagros Sotelo was looking forward to traveling from South America to Tennessee to start a job at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort...

German jobless rate falls in September, fewer on furlough

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's unemployment rate declined in September despite the coronavirus pandemic, official data showed Wednesday. Jobless figures have been kept lower by...

UK pushes on with EU-reviled law as Brexit talks go to wire

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators hunkered down Tuesday to seek last-minute compromises on everything from fisheries to competition in hopes of...

Women’s issues at UN: Still ‘too low down on the agenda’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina noted a milestone: the 25th anniversary of the...

United Airlines pilots approve deal that delays furloughs

Pilots at United Airlines voted to approve an agreement that will avoid about 2,850 furloughs that were set to take effect later this week...

1 person dies as Nairobi hospital workers strike in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A man has died outside an emergency ward of Kenya's largest referral hospital after he was not treated for hours...

Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s schools Monday reopened for pupils in two grades as part of a gradual process that will see all pupils...

Family demands release of evidence in Breonna Taylor’s case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Breonna Taylor’s family demanded Friday that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the...

Police: California white supremacist was making illegal guns

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A white supremacist gang member was likely trying to get to a rifle in his car — or...

Google parent agrees to $310M misconduct lawsuit settlement

NEW YORK (AP) — Google's parent company has reached a $310 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of executives'...

EU leader Michel lashes out at Britain over post-Brexit plan

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leader Charles Michel used the virtual pulpit of the U.N. General Assembly on Friday to lash out at Britain...

In despair, protesters take to streets for Breonna Taylor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some of them raised their fists and called out “Black lives matter!” Others tended to the letters, flowers and signs...

UK announces new plan to help workers hit by pandemic

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s treasury chief announced a new income support program Thursday for workers hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, as the government races...

Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for comments about diversity

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf apologized Wednesday for comments he made suggesting it is difficult to find qualified Black executives...

UN labor agency: Growing rich-poor gap amid COVID pandemic

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. labor agency warned Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a massive drop in income for workers around...

Congress seeks to block goods from China over forced labor

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill aimed at keeping goods out of the U.S. that are made with the forced labor of detained ethnic...

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad...

Gina Yashere memoir ‘Cack-Handed’ to be released in June

NEW YORK (AP) — Gina Yashere has some tough stories to share but also some inspiring ones. ...

March of 100,000 marks week 7 of Belarus protests

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Tens of thousands of Belarusians calling for the authoritarian president to resign marched through the capital Sunday as the country’s...

Des Moines says no to governor’s demand for classroom return

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Students in Iowa’s largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into...

Public sector strikes to hit Germany next week over wages

BERLIN (AP) — Public sector workers in Germany will start staging short-term warning strikes after the latest round of wage negotiations failed to produce...

California jobless rate falls with help of temporary jobs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A raft of temporary government jobs for the U.S. Census boosted California's economy in August as the state added 101,900...

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks...

COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates...

French unions protest tire factory closure amid virus crisis

PARIS (AP) — Workers protested Thursday at a Bridgestone tire factory in northern France over the company’s decision to close the plant and lay...

Fed sees rates near zero through 2023, perhaps longer

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the economy still struggling to recover from the pandemic recession, Federal Reserve policymakers signaled Wednesday that their benchmark short-term interest...

Doubts persist at start of NYC’s hybrid school year

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's already- delayed school year started remotely Wednesday in a soft opening that will serve as a prologue...

The Latest: UN assembly head warns of pandemic unilateralism

UNITED NATIONS — The new president of the U.N. General Assembly is warning that unilateralism will only strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic and is calling...

States face pressure to ban race-based hairstyle prejudice

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A growing number of states are facing pressure to ban race-based discrimination against hair texture and hairstyles in schools...

Asia Today: India adds over 83,000 cases, nears 5 million

NEW DELHI (AP) — India confirmed more than 83,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing its total caseload to nearly 5 million. ...

Federal Reserve to meet after sharp changes to its outlook

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers will meet this week for the first time since they significantly revised the Fed's operating framework in ways...

LA Sheriff to politicians: Emphasize trust in justice system

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County sheriff on Monday criticized elected officials, sports figures and civic leaders for “fanning the flames of...

Boris Johnson defends Brexit change to avoid UK ‘carve-up’

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly defended his government's plan to override sections of the Brexit deal he negotiated with...

Chiefs, Texans booed as racial justice stand sparks outrage

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NFL’s new stance encouraging players to take a stand against racial injustice got its first test as some...

The Latest: NYC teachers union will block school reopening

NEW YORK — The New York City teachers union warns it won’t let the nation’s largest school district reopen for in-person classes this month...

Black in Berlin: Group seeks more diversity in tech industry

BERLIN (AP) — The beginning of 2019 is when Kave Bulambo really started to wonder: Where are all the Black software engineers in Berlin? ...

Teacher deaths raise alarms as new school year begins

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Teachers in at least three states have died after bouts with the coronavirus since the dawn of the new school...

GOP targets Democratic-run California in election gamble

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican candidates eager for a turnaround in heavily Democratic California are spotlighting what they see as a dire threat to...

The Latest: Trump questions Pentagon leaders’ motives

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on Election 2020 (all times local): ...

Trump, Biden spar over economy, workers in Labor Day blitz

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump spent Monday diminishing each other's credentials on the economy and understanding...

In ruling, judge throws lifeline to diversity visa lottery

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to resume issuing diversity visas for immigrants from underrepresented countries, partially reversing a...

Unions threaten work stoppages amid calls for racial justice

NEW YORK (AP) — Ahead of Labor Day, unions representing millions across several working-class sectors are threatening to authorize work stoppages in support of...

Child care crisis pushes US mothers out of the labor force

NEW YORK (AP) — Angela Wynn had just launched her own project management business, hitting a career stride after years of struggle that began...

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