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UK train strikes and energy hikes add to a week of turmoil

Oct. 01, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Trains in Britain all but ground to a halt Saturday as coordinated strikes by rail workers added to a week of turmoil caused by soaring energy prices and unfunded tax cuts that roiled financial markets. Only about 11% of train services were expected to operate across...

Pay bumps coming for more farmworkers, long denied overtime

Sep. 30, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

STUYVESANT, N.Y. (AP) — Harvest season means long days for U.S. farmworkers — but usually no overtime pay. Federal law exempts farms from rules entitling most workers to 1.5 times their regular wage when they work more than 40 hours in a week. New York is now joining several...

A doc from the Disney family takes aim at the Mouse House

Sep. 30, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Abigail E. Disney has been critical of the company that bears her name before. But for the first time, Disney, the granddaughter of co-founder Roy O. Disney, has put her views into the medium the Mouse House was built on: a movie. In the new documentary “The...

Suicide bomber strikes Kabul education center, killing 19

Sep. 30, 2022 10:07 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck an education center in a Shiite area of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing 19 people and wounding 27, including teenagers who were taking university practice entry exams, a Taliban spokesman said. The morning explosion at the...

UN body faults 'piecemeal' work to end racial discrimination

Sep. 30, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Recent initiatives in places like the Americas and Europe to end discrimination against people of African descent are mostly “piecemeal” and more efforts are needed to dismantle entrenched racism, the U.N. human rights office said Friday as it released a new report. ...

Report: Ex-Cal State Chancellor mishandled misconduct claims

Sep. 30, 2022 01:31 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The former chancellor of California State University, the nation’s largest public university system, mishandled sexual misconduct allegations while he headed the Fresno campus, according to a report released Thursday. Joseph I. Castro failed to deal...

Albuquerque Starbucks votes to unionize, 1st store in state

Sep. 29, 2022 20:21 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is poised to have its first unionized Starbucks store, organizers say. A majority of rank-and-file workers at an Albuquerque location of the Seattle coffee giant voted in favor of unionizing Thursday, said Starbucks Workers United, the group...

Sheriff probed after comments surface condemning Black staff

Sep. 29, 2022 19:59 PM EDT

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff was recorded calling Black employees by derogatory names and saying they should be fired, a television station reported. Several Black officers in leadership positions were later demoted or fired. Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene...

Alabama prisons reduce meals, nix visits amid inmate strike

Sep. 29, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Thousands of inmates in Alabama's overcrowded prison system are receiving only two meals a day during a prisoner work stoppage that was in its fourth day Thursday, and the agency said weekend visitation also was being canceled. While inmates and activists...

EXPLAINER: How do we know when a recession has begun?

Sep. 29, 2022 13:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy shrank in the first half of this year, the government confirmed in a report Thursday, underscoring fears of a broad-based slowdown that could lead to a recession. At the same time, the number of people seeking unemployment benefits — a figure that...