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Bridgestone employees fire flares outside the tire factory of Bethune, northern France, Thursday, Sept.17, 2020. Workers protest over the Japan-based company's decision to close the plant and lay off all its nearly 900 workers. Bridgestone argues the factory is no longer competitive globally, but unions and French politicians accused the company of using the virus-driven economic crisis as a pretext for the closure and not investing in modernizing the plant instead. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

French unions protest tire factory closure amid virus crisis

Sep. 17, 2020 6:42 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Workers protested Thursday at a Bridgestone tire factory in northern France over the company’s decision to close the plant and lay off its nearly 900 workers, accusing management of using the virus-driven economic crisis as a pretext to ruin livelihoods. Japan-based Bridgestone argues...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 25, 2020, file photo, American Airlines jets sit idly at their gates as a jet arrives at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. American Airlines will let employees wear Black Lives Matter pins on their uniforms, calling it a matter of equality and not politics, the airline said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

American Airlines OKs Black Lives Matter pins for employees

Sep. 8, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines will let employees wear Black Lives Matter pins on their uniforms, calling it a matter of equality and not politics. With the move, American joins Starbucks, Delta Air Lines and other major companies that let employees wear items supporting the movement that...

Robert Mercer, former CEO of Goodyear Tire, dies at 96

Aug. 30, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

Robert Mercer, who served as CEO of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and fought a takeover of the Akron-based firm in the 1980s, has died. Mercer was 96 years old on Friday when he died, according to his son, Robert G. Mercer. He led the company from 1983 to 1989 and beat back an attempt by a financier to purchase...

A tyre is used to mark the entrance to Firestone's garage in the town of Harbel, Liberia Saturday, July 18, 2020. The rubber industry in Liberia has gotten so bad that some farmers are cutting down their rubber trees with hopes of producing palm oil instead and Firestone recently announced plans to lay off 374 people with the company citing the impact of the global COVID-19 economic crisis among other factors. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

Future for Liberia's rubber farmers shaky amid economic woes

Aug. 22, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

GBARNGA, Liberia (AP) — Christopher Reeves has farmed rubber for more than three decades in Liberia, selling his crop to the international tire-maker Firestone, which also operates the world’s largest rubber plantation here. Now Reeves, 61, and thousands of others working in Liberia's once-thriving...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, and teammate Anthony Davis slap hands before Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

LeBron James pumps up Goodyear after Trump attacks company

Aug. 21, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Akron’s best-known native responded to President Donald Trump's attack on his Ohio hometown's iconic company, offering a shout-out of solidarity with the city, company and workers. “Not only has Goodyear been great for my city, for the history of my city, but for...

In a photo from Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, President Donald Trump rides in the heavily armored limousine known as

Goodyear: Attire supporting police OK, but no political wear

Aug. 20, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEO of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. said Thursday that it will allow employees to wear attire supporting law enforcement, though it will continue to ask them not to express support for any political candidates while on the job. In a letter Thursday addressed to “Goodyear...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump lashes out at Goodyear about its policy on `MAGA' wear

Aug. 19, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged people to boycott tires from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., tweeting that the Ohio-based company had “announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS.” But the company didn't announce such a specific ban, only that it asks employees to refrain from...