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Safety groups, unions urge US to fix recalled gov’t vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — More than a dozen consumer groups and three federal employee unions are asking the U.S. government to stop using vehicles in...

Governor pushes school reopening as many districts resist

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday urged all California schools to reopen, emphasizing that there are no state or health barriers...

‘Zoom in a Room’? California’s schools lag in reopening push

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Frustrated parents in San Francisco have coined a new phrase for their latest classroom reality: “Zoom in a Room." In...

EU throws weight behind Pfizer-BioNTech and new technology

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a stinging rebuke to pharma giant AstraZeneca Wednesday, the European Union announced plans to negotiate a massive contract extension for...

European lawmakers, executives urge US to halve emissions

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of European lawmakers, business executives and union leaders on Tuesday urged the United States to cut its greenhouse gas emissions...

US nominates NY lawyer to monitor United Auto Workers union

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit is recommending that a federal judge name New York lawyer Neil Barofsky to monitor the...

After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the strongest public support and the most sympathetic president in years, the American labor movement just suffered a stinging defeat...

Amazon warehouse workers reject union bid in Alabama

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama handed the online retail giant a decisive victory when they voted against forming a union and...

EXPLAINER: What to know about the Amazon union vote count

Amazon is known for quick delivery. But finding out whether Amazon warehouse workers voted for or against unionizing is going to take some more...

Tesla appeals federal order to delete Musk tweet about union

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tesla is asking an appeals court to set aside a federal agency’s order that a Twitter post discouraging union organizing...

California targets critical farmworkers for vaccinations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The fight to end the coronavirus' devastation throughout California's heartland extends to the Mexico border, where migrant farmworkers heading north...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though...

EU nations struggle to full show vaccination solidarity

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is struggling to show complete coronavirus vaccination solidarity among member nations, after a week of negotiations over the...

Judge rejects rule that let pork plants speed up production

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a rule allowing pork plants to speed up production lines because the U.S. Department...

‘Lighting a fuse’: Amazon vote may spark more union pushes

What happens inside a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, could have major implications not just for the country's second-largest employer but the labor movement at...

‘Treating us like robots’: Amazon workers seek union

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — Linda Burns was excited at first to land a job at the Amazon warehouse outside Birmingham, Alabama. The former nursing...

Agency finds that Elon Musk tweet violated federal labor law

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk has tweeted his way into trouble with another federal agency, this time the National Labor Relations Board. ...

EU leaders grapple with surge of infections, vaccine issues

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed to settle a fight about the distribution of COVID-19 shots among member states Thursday but pledged to...

EU offers Turkey aid, trade help despite rights concerns

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday offered new incentives to Turkey to improve cooperation on migration and trade despite democratic backsliding in...

Biden to address video summit of EU leaders on Thursday

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden will join a video summit of European Union leaders on Thursday to discuss improving trans-Atlantic cooperation after...

Ikea France on trial over claims it spied on staff, clients

VERSAILLES, France (AP) — Ikea’s French subsidiary and several of its former executives went on trial Monday over accusations that they illegally spied on...

‘Borat,’ ‘Promising Young Woman’ win at Writers Guild Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Sacha Baron Cohen's “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” was partly improvised and scripted by nine writers, but it still walked away Sunday...

US prison guards refusing vaccine despite COVID-19 outbreaks

A Florida correctional officer polled his colleagues earlier this year in a private Facebook group: “Will you take the COVID-19 vaccine if offered?” ...

Mexico’s ex-oil boss quits; Fuel oil burn to increase

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The former leader of Mexico’s oil workers’ union will finally be resigning from his symbolic post as a worker at...

Labor movement targets Amazon as a foothold in the South

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — The South has never been hospitable to organized labor. But that may be changing, with an important test in Alabama,...

Black Lives Matter backs Amazon union push in Alabama

NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers trying to form the first union at an Amazon warehouse are getting support from another big name: Black Lives...

Hungary emerges as an EU vaccination star amid surging cases

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary has emerged as a European Union leader in COVID-19 vaccinations thanks to a strategy that sought shots from Russia...

Los Angeles school district reaches deal to reopen classes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students in the nation's second-largest school district could return to class next month under a tentative deal announced Tuesday with...

House approves pro-union bill despite dim Senate odds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House approved legislation that would invigorate workers' unions, following decades of court defeats and legislative setbacks that have kneecapped...

House approves pro-union bill despite dim Senate odds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House on Tuesday approved legislation that would invigorate workers' unions, following decades of court defeats and legislative setbacks that...

San Francisco schools to reopen starting April 12 under deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco school officials plan to reopen classrooms for some of the youngest students beginning April 12 under a tentative...

Myanmar crisis heightens with police raids and strike call

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar careened deeper into crisis, as police occupied hospitals and universities and reportedly arrested hundreds of people involved in protesting...

New California law aims to put kids in class. Will it work?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s public schools can tap into $6.6 billion in a plan Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday to try...

Dems draw on civil rights history to push Amazon union vote

BESSEMER, Alabama (AP) — Some Democratic members of Congress and national union leaders on Friday sought to rustle up support for unionizing a massive...

Teacher vaccinations go untracked amid school reopening push

The national rush to vaccinate teachers in hopes of soon reopening pandemic-shuttered schools is running into one basic problem: Almost no one knows how...

France backs Italy in vaccine ban as EU defends mechanism

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's vaccine solidarity got a boost on Friday after France said it could emulate Italy's move to block coronavirus vaccine exports...

The Latest: San Diego zoo vaccinates 9 great apes for virus

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Zoo has vaccinated nine great apes for the coronavirus after a troop of gorillas in its Safari Park...

EU, Italy stop AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Australia

BRUSSELS (AP) — A shipment of more than a quarter million AstraZeneca vaccines destined for Australia has been blocked from leaving the European Union,...

California Legislature OKs plan aimed at in-person learning

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday approved a $6.6 billion plan aimed at pressuring school districts to return students to the classroom...

San Francisco leaders cheer reopening as COVID-19 cases fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will begin reopening more parts of its economy starting Wednesday, including indoor dining, movie theaters and gyms, an...

Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) — The majority of California's 6.1 million public school students could be back in the classroom by April under new...

Senate confirms Cardona as Biden’s education secretary

The Senate voted Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden’s effort to reopen the nation’s...

Biden says workers in Alabama have a right to vote on union

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden said workers in Alabama and across the country have the right to join a union without intimidation...

Chicago schools open doors to thousands more students

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students returned to school on Monday morning, the second — and largest — wave of students...

Governor’s vaccine plan aims to reopen California classrooms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California released a new plan Thursday outlining how the state will allocate vaccines to education workers as Gov. Gavin Newsom...

EU vows to speed vaccine roll out, presses drug makers

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders vowed Thursday to accelerate the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and pressed pharmaceutical companies to respect their delivery commitments,...

California governor says deal to reopen schools is close

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As the vast majority of California students approach one year of distance learning, Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed Tuesday that classrooms...

School testing can be delayed but not canceled, feds say

The Education Department said Monday that it will not allow states to forgo federally required standardized testing in schools this year but will give...

CDC study: Teachers key to COVID-19 infections in 1 district

ATLANTA (AP) — A new study finds that teachers may be more important drivers of COVID-19 transmission in schools than students. ...

California lawmakers, governor at odds on school reopening

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After weeks of tense negotiations, California's legislative leaders agreed Thursday on a $6.5 billion proposal aimed at getting students back...

Divides in parent opinion complicate school reopening push

President Joe Biden is pushing for K-8 schools to fully reopen in his first 100 days. But don’t look for Omeisha Snape’s kids in...

Muddled promises on schools pose political problem for Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is in a political firestorm over how and when to get more schools open during the coronavirus pandemic,...

Muddled promises on schools pose political problem for Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is in a political firestorm over how and when to get more schools open amid the coronavirus pandemic,...

Los Angeles County meets mark to open elementary schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Falling coronavirus rates are expected to allow elementary schools in Los Angeles County to reopen as early as this week,...

Union says meatpacking workers should be vaccinated sooner

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Hundreds of meatpacking workers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus but the union that represents many of them says several...

CDC: Strong evidence in-person schooling can be done safely

The nation’s top public health agency said Friday that in-person schooling can resume safely with masks, social distancing and other strategies, and vaccination of...

EU aims to release virus recovery fund billions by summer

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union officials on Friday urged member countries to swiftly submit plans for how they would use their share of...

Chicago schools reopen doors after tough union fight

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents Willie and Brittany Preston have spent almost a year wrestling with online school schedules for their six children, often...

Chicago begins return to classrooms after bitter union fight

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents Willie and Brittany Preston have spent nearly a year wrestling with online school schedules for their six children, often...

The Latest: Jump in cases worries S. Korea as holiday starts

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 504 new coronavirus cases for the latest 24-hour period. It is the highest daily jump in...

Union approves deal with Chicago schools to return to class

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union has approved a deal with the nation’s third-largest school district to get students back to class during...

Italy teachers balk at AstraZeneca vaccine plans

ROME (AP) — Italy’s main teachers' union is balking at plans for educators under age 55 to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine rather than jabs...

Chicago mayor touts deal with union to reopen schools

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot touted a preliminary agreement with the teachers union over COVID-19 safety protocols on Sunday, potentially averting a...

VIRUS TODAY: In COVID-19 era, Americans choose dying at home

Here’s what’s happening Sunday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: ...

Reopening debate testing Biden’s ties with teachers unions

The increasingly heated school reopening debate is forcing President Joe Biden to balance two priorities: getting children back into the classroom and preserving the...

Clarification: Virus Outbreak story

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In a story published February 2, 2021, The Associated Press reported that a survey by a teachers union in Fairfax...

US ends deal with Arizona restricting Biden on immigration

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has terminated an unusual agreement that Arizona’s top prosecutor signed with the agency in the...

San Francisco sues its own school district to reopen classes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The city of San Francisco took a dramatic step Wednesday in its effort to get children back into public school...

Education nominee pledges new guidance, more virus testing

President Joe Biden's nominee for education secretary is pledging to counter the “frustration and distrust and fear” about reopening schools in the middle of...

Former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney dies at age 86

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Sweeney, who spent 14 years steering the AFL-CIO through a time of declining union membership and rising internal dissent, has...

Chicago schools extend talks with union over in-person class

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools leaders extended remote learning Monday for two more days and called for a "cooling-off period” in negotiations with...

California governor and unions clash over school openings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An effort to reopen California schools is foundering, stoking frustrations across America’s most populous state from parents eager to get...

Oregon 1st state to decriminalize possession of drugs

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other...

Terri Lyne Carrington is the definition of Black Girl Magic.

NEW YORK (AP) — Terri Lyne Carrington is just 11 years old and hanging backstage at a concert hall with her friend “Ella” —...

Chicago schools reopening uncertain as union talks stall

CHICAGO (AP) — A plan to reopen Chicago schools remained in limbo as last-minute negotiations over COVID-19 safety measures with the teachers' union stalled...

Push to reopen schools could leave out millions of students

President Joe Biden says he wants most schools serving kindergarten through eighth grade to reopen by late April, but even if that happens, it...

Things to Know: Fewer Black Americans are getting vaccinated

Here’s what’s happening Saturday with the pandemic in the U.S.: ...

Fiat Chrysler agrees to plead guilty, pay $30M in UAW probe

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $30 million fine for a corruption scandal at the...

Chicago schools reopening hits snag as union fight escalates

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago ditched plans Tuesday for thousands of teachers to report to schools this week ahead of students after the teachers union...

Norway to fine dating app Grindr $11.7M over privacy breach

LONDON (AP) — Gay dating app Grindr faces a fine of more than $10 million from Norwegian regulators for failing to get consent from...

The Latest: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Texas continues to fall from record highs as the state nears the end of...

Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union said Sunday that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom over concerns...

Chicago teachers to start getting vaccinated in mid-February

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's school district announced Friday that it plans to start vaccinating teachers for the coronavirus in mid-February, though it remained to...

Chicago teachers begin vote to defy order to return to class

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers began voting Thursday to defy orders to report for in-person class next week ahead of elementary students' return, actions...

EU leaders agree to keep borders open, want to limit travels

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed that borders should remain open and assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during...

Vaccinations urged for Southern California dockworkers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Port executives, union leaders and elected officials are pushing for dockworkers to become eligible for coronavirus vaccinations to prevent a...

Unions strike over job cuts at French vaccine maker Sanofi

MARCY L'ETOILE, France (AP) — Unions at French drug maker Sanofi held a one-day strike Tuesday at the lab where it is developing a...

Unions: Passenger rails need better security, no-ride list

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other...

California budget urges $90 billion for schools, reopening

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed Friday a $90 billion budget aimed at helping schools rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, as...

Biden picks Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary

BOSTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday that he has chosen Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to be his labor secretary, selecting a former...

Judge blocks strike over railroad’s virus safety precautions

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked one of Union Pacific's main unions from going on strike over its concerns about the...

Ex-California union leader gets 12 years for theft

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former president of a Southern California labor union who stole nearly $800,000 from the organzation's health plan was sentenced...

Google workers form new labor union, a tech industry rarity

A group of Google engineers and other workers announced Monday they have formed a union, creating a rare foothold for the labor movement in...

In farewell, DeVos urges Congress to reject Biden’s policies

In a farewell letter to Congress on Monday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged lawmakers to reject President-elect Joe Biden's education agenda, while imploring them...

UK’s Johnson warns of more lockdown measures as virus soars

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Sunday that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England are likely in the coming weeks as...

UK hits daily virus record, is urged to keep schools closed

LONDON (AP) — With daily coronavirus infections surging as a result of a new virus variant, the British government faced mounting pressure Saturday from...

California governor offers plan to reopen in-person schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a plan Wednesday for schools to resume in-person teaching next spring, starting with the youngest...

EU, China leaders seal long-awaited investment deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union officials and Chinese President Xi Jinping concluded a business investment deal Wednesday that will open big opportunities to...

US plants hope to maintain production despite virus threat

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. factories have been cranking out goods during much of the pandemic at rates that are remarkably close to normal....

Edging into Christmas Eve, EU and UK near Brexit trade deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators inched their way to within touching distance of a trade deal early Thursday, raising hopes a...

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