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GM president in Wentzville Friday for 'major announcement'

Dec. 12, 2019 5:01 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The president of General Motors is expected to be in Missouri Friday for what officials are calling a “major announcement” at the company’s plant in Wentzville that makes trucks and vans. Gov. Mike Parson, Sen. Roy Blunt and other government officials are scheduled to...

After tragedy, Oregon Christmas tree industry buoyed by bill

Dec. 12, 2019 5:00 PM EST

GERVAIS, Ore. (AP) — It was nighttime when Pedro Lucas came home, clutching receipts showing he had paid a funeral home to have the bodies of three immigrant laborers returned to Guatemala from Oregon. The three, including two of Lucas' cousins, were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a van carrying...

Kansas judge admits cursing, says he didn't mistreat staff

Dec. 12, 2019 4:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge acknowledged Thursday during a disciplinary hearing that he frequently cursed in his conversations with employees and attorneys and was sometimes unprofessional in his conduct, but he insisted he didn't abuse court staff or direct vulgar and sexist terms at female...

US labor board rules for McDonald's in unionization case

Dec. 12, 2019 4:27 PM EST

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in McDonald's favor in a long-running case filed by 20 workers who were fired or faced retaliation for trying to unionize. The board said Thursday that it favors a settlement that will require McDonald's franchisees to pay $171,636 to the affected workers. The...

Weinstein lawyer says 98% of creditors agreeing to settle

Dec. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ninety-eight percent of The Weinstein Co.'s creditors are joining a tentative settlement that plaintiffs say includes $25 million for over two dozen actresses and former employees who claim Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them, a lawyer said Thursday. The attorney, Karen Bitar, provided...

Nebraska inmate seeks to overturn prison's pornography ban

Dec. 12, 2019 3:42 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man serving a life sentence for murder in Nebraska has asked a judge to let him keep racy books that were confiscated after prison officials banned pornography. Danny Robinson Jr. filed a lawsuit last week arguing that the policy is unconstitutionally vague and discriminatory because...

Southwest to share $125M from Boeing settlement with workers

Dec. 12, 2019 3:18 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines will share about $125 million with its employees after reaching a partial settlement with Boeing over damages from the grounding of the airplane maker's 737 Max. But the president of the pilots union at Southwest says that the amount doesn't fairly compensate employees for...

EU leaders set to reject Turkey-Libya maritime border deal

Dec. 12, 2019 12:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set to reject a maritime border agreement between Turkey and Libya as invalid and insist that the pact interferes with the rights of other Mediterranean Sea countries, according to a draft summit statement. The border deal, endorsed by the Turkish parliament last...

French union warns pension reform strike could hit Christmas

Dec. 12, 2019 12:17 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron suggested Thursday that he was ready to make changes to his plans to overhaul the pension system as a major union warned that nationwide strikes and protests could continue unabated until Christmas. Labor strikes crippled France's train services and Paris metro...

Christmas cards collected for jailed Hong Kong protesters

Dec. 12, 2019 10:14 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong wrote hundreds of Christmas cards on Thursday for people jailed in the city's pro-democracy movement, promising they won't be forgotten as they face spending the festive season behind bars. “Please know that u are not alone,” said one of the cards, a...