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Wisconsin Senate to pass critical race theory ban

Jan. 25, 2022 02:14 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin public schools would be prohibited from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias under a Republican bill the state Senate was poised Tuesday to send to Gov. Tony Evers. The Democratic Evers will...

Australian opposition leader: China relations won't change

Jan. 24, 2022 23:16 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The opposition leader in Australia said Tuesday its relationship with China will remain difficult even if his center-left Labor Party wins power at elections for the first time in almost a decade. Anthony Albanese addressed the National Press Club in what...

Lawsuit: 1st Wyoming Black sheriff fires deputy for racism

Jan. 24, 2022 20:27 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s first Black sheriff last year fired a white deputy who is accused of tormenting a Black subordinate for years with racist name-calling that led him to quit, a new federal lawsuit reveals. Albany County Patrol Sgt. Christian Handley once drove past...

MLB players withdraw free agency shift as labor talks resume

Jan. 24, 2022 19:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Locked-out Major League Baseball players removed the first of three major obstacles to a labor contract, withdrawing their proposal for more liberalized free agency when the sides met face-to-face Monday for the first time since the management lockout began Dec. 1. ...

Railroad contract talks head for mediation after impasse

Jan. 24, 2022 17:18 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Contract talks between the biggest freight railroads and unions that represent 105,000 employees are headed to mediation this week after the unions declared an impasse following more than two years of negotiations. The unions said Monday that the contract talks...

Pennsylvania rolls out 'strike team' to ease hospital crunch

Jan. 24, 2022 16:24 PM EST

SELLERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has deployed its first pandemic “strike team” of out-of-state health care workers to a suburban Philadelphia hospital under severe strain from COVID-19, the state's top health official announced Monday. The team, which includes nurses and...

Whitmer to propose tripling tax credit for low-wage workers

Jan. 24, 2022 15:16 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will ask lawmakers to triple Michigan's tax credit for low- and moderate-income workers, putting on average an extra $350 a year into their pockets. The proposal, which is to be unveiled in her annual State of the State address, would...

Lawmaker's claim of anti-Muslim bias is new blow to UK govt

Jan. 24, 2022 14:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered an investigation into a Conservative lawmaker’s claim that she was fired from a government job in part because of her Muslim faith — the latest allegation of wrongdoing that is shaking the Conservative government and...

Biscuit World union effort rooted in West Virginia history

Jan. 24, 2022 13:41 PM EST

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — While making biscuits and meatloaf at a fast-food restaurant during the coronavirus pandemic, 64-year-old Cynthia Nicholson often thinks back to her husband’s coal mining days in West Virginia. In that job and in his time as a pipefitter, she said, the work...

Fed to signal rate hike as it launches risky inflation fight

Jan. 24, 2022 11:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With inflation punishing consumers and threatening the economy, the Federal Reserve this week will likely signal its intent to begin raising interest rates in March for the first time in three years. The Fed's challenges will get only harder from there. Among the...